Shad gets it in early at Fortune Sound Club with Scion (Live) [Review/Photos]
Vancouver, B.C. – This past weekend Juno Award winnerShad K performed a very early show presented by SCION and Exclaim at Fortune Sound Club… it was strange to be in the club before the sun had even set, but it was definitely worth checking out. Montreal-based indie rock band Miracle Fortress opened for the old prince, playing primarily off their last release “Was I The Wave?”: they played a few tracks including popular single “Raw Spectacle” that was catchy, engaging and well performed. Being unfamiliar with this genre, their music seemed kind of reminiscent of Muse or Coldplay with an electronic spin on it. With their mini light show and great energy they had the crowd excited and amped up for the lead act to come.
Before Shad even came out, chants of “We Want Shad” emerged from the audience, getting louder and louder; he drew out quite the interesting group of people and it looked as though he has a pretty good fan base within Vancouver, which is where he’s been living for the past few years. When he finally appeared on stage the room roared and he started off with a crowd favorite “Compromise.” Within minutes he had hands waving in the air and his lyrics being sung back to him. His down-to-earth, yet exciting energy maintained throughout, as he performed over 15 tracks, some of which included “Keep Shining,” “Old Prince Still Lives at Home,” “I Don’t Like To,” “A Good Name,” and the universal favorite “Rose Garden.”
How he engaged his audience was very impressive: it was almost as if he were performing for friends. He had this humble composure and seemed genuinely grateful as he thanked the crowd for coming out on a Canucks game night. There were a few times when the music would cut out and he’d rap a track a cappella. People were going crazy as seemingly every last person in the crowd felt his music. This artist has been labeled “conscious” for a reason, with lines like, “look I ain’t the Christ, but if you wanna know what my faith is like… in the way that you love people, and shun evil, become peaceful, and be slow to speak because the tongue’s more lethal than the gun when it’s all said and done.”
Shad is refreshingly deep and fearlessly raps about topics that most would shy away from, and yet that’s surely one of the reasons why he is so well received. Overall Shad put on a wicked show! He’s one of those artists that makes me proud and gives me hope for the Canadian hip-hop scene and it would definitely be worth the money to see him again.
Written by Shayla Symonds for HipHopCanada
Photography by Amalia Judith for HipHopCanada
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