Shad

spectrasonic and the NAC's Ontario Scene present

Shad

Zoo Legacy, Story Tellers, Jesse Dangerously

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Bronson Centre Theatre

Ottawa, ON

$22.00

This event is 19 and over

tickets also available at the NAC box office and Vertigo Records

lineup, date, venue, times and ticket price subject to change without notice.

Shad
Shad
Shad is a critically-acclaimed MC, regarded for his humour, honesty, and intelligence. His fan base graciously received his first two albums, and his third LP, TSOL, continued to pique new levels of international interest.

Born in Kenya to Rwandan parents and relocated to Canada shortly after, Shad has nurtured a broad range of interests and experiences since his formative years, including, of course, a passion for music. After high-school Shad put his nose to the grindstone and wrote his first songs while studying business at Wilfrid Laurier University where he later graduated with a Bachelor's degree. Sprung from his dorm-room and financed by the 17 500$ winnings from an unsigned talent competition, Shad's first record When This Is Over was released in July 2005, and was characterized by overt introspection and social awareness. An unadulterated glimpse of young-adulthood, the self-made album bore promise of even greater accomplishments.

When 2007's The Old Prince was released on Black Box Recordings, critics immediately incorporated Shad into the dialogue among the most well-regarded MCs in North America. The Juno Awards, the most prestigious honor in Canadian music, nominated the album as Rap Recording of The Year. The Old Prince was also named an official contender for the cutting edge Polaris Music Prize in 2008.
His third album, TSOL, continued his thoughtful approach which traverses soulful arrangements with sharp, progressive lyrics. Since its release on Black Box/Decon in 2010, TSOL was named a shortlist nominee for the Polaris Music Prize - Shad's second consecutive nomination - and won the 2011 Juno Award for Rap Recording of the Year.
Between tours and stints in the studio, Shad also completed a Master's degree in Liberal Studies at Simon Fraser University, graduating with an M.A. in 2011. With a supportive fan base growing around the globe, Shad has been hard at work on his 4th album, hoping to continue to inspire hope and joy while exploring the depths of his wide-ranging ideas and experiences.

Born in Kenya to Rwandan parents and relocated to Canada shortly after, Shad has nurtured a broad range of interests and experiences since his formative years, including, of course, a passion for music. After high-school Shad put his nose to the grindstone and wrote his first songs while studying business at Wilfrid Laurier University where he later graduated with a Bachelor's degree. Sprung from his dorm-room and financed by the 17 500$ winnings from an unsigned talent competition, Shad's first record When This Is Over was released in July 2005, and was characterized by overt introspection and social awareness. An unadulterated glimpse of young-adulthood, the self-made album bore promise of even greater accomplishments.

When 2007's The Old Prince was released on Black Box Recordings, critics immediately incorporated Shad into the dialogue among the most well-regarded MCs in North America. The Juno Awards, the most prestigious honor in Canadian music, nominated the album as Rap Recording of The Year. The Old Prince was also named an official contender for the cutting edge Polaris Music Prize in 2008.

His third album, TSOL, continued his thoughtful approach which traverses soulful arrangements with sharp, progressive lyrics. Since its release on Black Box/Decon in 2010, TSOL was named a shortlist nominee for the Polaris Music Prize - Shad's second consecutive nomination - and won the 2011 Juno Award for Rap Recording of the Year.

Between tours and stints in the studio, Shad also completed a Master's degree in Liberal Studies at Simon Fraser University, graduating with an M.A. in 2011. With a supportive fan base growing around the globe, Shad has been hard at work on his 4th album, hoping to continue to inspire hope and joy while exploring the depths of his wide-ranging ideas and experiences.
Zoo Legacy
Zoo Legacy
Formed in Ottawa, Canada in 2010, Zoo Legacy is a band best described as the successful union of hip-hop and indie rock. Consisting of rapper Nick Pouponneau and multi-instrumentalists Mark Milloy, Dominic and Samuel Goss, the band’s music appeals to hip-hop fans and rock fans alike, providing them with a sound they haven’t heard before. While not easy to pinpoint, Zoo Legacy's style falls into the category of alternative hip-hop that is currently occupied by artists such as Gorillaz, M.I.A., and KiD CuDi.

The group's skill at creating art with a number of instruments, from shining guitar riffs to haunting piano chords, chest thumping beats to contagious melodies, allows Pouponneau free reign to do what he does best – catchy rhymes and melodic hooks. Zoo Legacy’s music isn’t characterized by any single tempo or song structure, but rather offers listeners variety. Whether an upbeat crowd pleaser, moody synth-driven rap, or thoughtful acoustic verse, the band’s music maintains a recognizable style that is unique to Zoo Legacy.

Since releasing their acclaimed first EP in 2011, Zoo Legacy has shared the stage with Ms. Lauryn Hill and Canadian hip hop legends Kardinal Offishall, and Classified and have performed at some of Canada's leading festivals including NXNE, Bluesfest, JUNOfest and Canadian Music Week among others. Zoo Legacy released their second EP titled 'City Light Glow' on September 5, 2012. The music video for their lead single 'L.K.U.T.' was subsequently selected as a featured video on MuchMusic. In October 2012, Zoo Legacy won the Toronto Independent Music Award for Best Urban act.
Story Tellers
Story Tellers
We are two indigenous individuals hailing from the akwesasne and star blanket reservations.
We take pride in our aboriginal heritage and believe that we are meant to carry on the tradition of spoken word.
Jesse Dangerously
Jesse Dangerously
Growing up in Nova Scotia loving rap above all, Jesse began with lighter fare in 1989, embraced hardcore in the early 90s, and found his calling in the independent rap revolution at century's end. All the while, he was honing his own style, ethos and skill set within a distinctly Haligonian hip-hop identity.

His first cassette, BREAK, came in 1997. He has since independently released five further albums, frequently in collaboration with members of the Canada-wide Backburner crew. He's toured a dozen times across Canada and the US, sold music on every continent, scored films and video games, and accidentally assisted in developing "nerdcore" hip-hop into a scene.

Jesse's 2011 album, Humble & Brilliant, is also a book.

He will be the first to tell you that he is a Genuine Independent Rap Legend (GIRL)! Others will tell you he's a gorgeous, fat, feminist sex god. You be the judge!
Venue Information:
Bronson Centre Theatre
211 Bronson Avenue
Ottawa, ON, K1R 6H4
http://www.bronsoncentre.ca/