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Karriem Riggins announces 2 Canadian dates in Toronto & Montreal [News]

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Toronto/Montreal – Detroit native and jazz musician/hip-hop and soul producer Karriem Riggins will be gracing Canada this month with two show dates; the first in Toronto on February 22nd and the second in Montreal on February 25th. Karriem is a very interesting cat who is a jazz drummer for Canada’s own Diana Krall and played with legends like Paul McCartney, Donald Byrd and Oscar Peterson. The trippy part is he’s also an established hip-hop/soul producer who’s worked with Common, Erykah Badu, Talib Kweli and The Roots, to name a few. Karriem recently released his debut instrumental album Alone Together (Download on iTunes) on Stones Throw Records.

The good people at Stanton DJ want to giveaway 2 amazing prize packs (1 for Toronto and 1 for Montreal) that include: a pair of tickets to the Toronto and Montreal show, Pro DJ headphones, Scratch DJ Academy Mix Software, and a Stanton t-shirt. Hit the jump to see the official contest details and both show flyers.

News/Contest: Karriem Riggins announces 2 Canadian dates in Toronto & Montreal - HipHopCanada.com

Toronto – February 22nd at Wrongbar

News/Contest: Karriem Riggins announces 2 Canadian dates in Toronto & Montreal - HipHopCanada.com

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Montreal – February 25th at Le Belmont

News/Contest: Karriem Riggins announces 2 Canadian dates in Toronto & Montreal - HipHopCanada.com

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Stanton DJ x Karriem Riggins Prize Pack Giveaway

To be entered into the contest to win the fabulous prize pack courtesy of Stanton DJ, tweet #KarriemRigginsToronto or #KarriemRigginsMontreal to @HipHopCanada and @StantonDJ4LF telling both of us why you deserve to win the prize pack. The winner will be chosen at random on February 21st (for Toronto) and February 24th (for Montreal).

The prize pack includes:
- 2 pairs of tickets (1 pair for Toronto, 1 pair for Montreal)
- Pro DJ Headphones (check them out here)
- Scratch DJ Academy Mix Software (check them outhere)
- Stanton t-shirt

News/Contest: Karriem Riggins announces 2 Canadian dates in Toronto & Montreal - HipHopCanada.com

News/Contest: Karriem Riggins announces 2 Canadian dates in Toronto & Montreal - HipHopCanada.com

About Karriem Riggins

The Karriem Riggins types do not come around twice in a lifetime. Not too many artists have worked so closely with some of the greatest luminaries in hip hop (Common, J Dilla, Madlib, Kanye West, Slum Village, The Roots & Erykah Badu), whilst still maintaining a solid grounding in jazz backing the likes of Hank Jones, Oscar Peterson, Donald Byrd, Bobby Hutcherson, Ron Carter as well Grammy winner and Canada’s own Diana Krall. But at that inflection point sits the Detroit native Karriem Riggins.

Karriem Riggins’ latent’s speak largely for themselves. Following in his father’s footsteps as a jazz musician, and then becoming a maestro on the Akai MPC, he performed, produced, arranged and mixed seamlessly between hip hop and jazz, with dozens of credits to his name. He also collaborated with former Beatle Paul McCartney in concert as well on Kisses on the Bottom, McCartney’s first studio release in five years. He even found the time to rap on record with Madlib as Supreme Team/Jahari Masamba. But after keeping a hectic touring schedule as jazz drummer, Karriem Riggins finally celebrated the October release of his 1st solo LP Alone/Together with SoCal’s Stones Throw.

Having emerged from the legendary hip hop period that spawned Slum Village and J Dilla, Karriem Riggins’ 34-track instrumental album Alone Together signaled his “return to the machines”, including the famed Akai MPC – how he produces and expresses himself freely.

News/Contest: Karriem Riggins announces 2 Canadian dates in Toronto & Montreal - HipHopCanada.com

Twitter: @KarriemRiggins | @StantonDJ4LF

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Natasha was born and raised in Toronto. She graduated from York University almost 2 years ago and since then has co-founded a youth led, social enterprise called The Next Edition which uses media and art to engage youth with their community. For the past year and a half she has been working with young aspiring artists who are looking for a way to showcase their skills and have their voice heard. With juggling weekly meetings, managing a website, and planning events for hundreds of people Natasha takes refuge in urban music. Researching and knowing the latest headlines, and newest tracks in the hip-hop world is something that she loves. But more importantly for her hip-hop is a lot more than just a genre of music, it is a culture and it has shaped who she is today. Finding a way to combine her passion for music, the knowledge she has gained from working with young people and the issues she has seen in the community is a goal Natasha would like to achieve in the near future. Recently, Natasha has taken on PR work for rappers and DJs.

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