Shad – Canadian rap star, and host of the Emmy and Peabody award-winning Netflix Original docu-series Hip-Hop Evolution – has announced a 16-date North American tour.
The Shad tour kicks off on Nov. 1 in Waterloo, where the JUNO-winning rapper attended post-secondary education (Wilfrid Laurier University). In total, there will be 10 Canadian shows including two dates in Toronto venue, The Great Hall, to close out the campaign.
The tour will support Shad’s new album, A Short Story About A War, set to drop Friday, Oct. 26 via Secret City Records. Yesterday we posted the Kaytranada-produced “The Fool Pt. 3 (Frame of Mind)” single in support of the project.
The tour dates are:
Thurs. Nov. 1 – Waterloo, ON @ Starlite
Fri. Nov. 2 – London, ON @ Rum Runners
Sat. Nov. 9 – St, Catharines, ON @ FirstOntario PAC
Sun. Nov. 10 – Hamilton, ON @ Casbah
Thurs. Nov. 15 – New York, NY @ Knitting Factory
Fri. Nov. 16 – Washington, DC @ DC9
Sat. Nov. 17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot and Saddle
Thurs. Nov. 22 – Ottawa, ON @ 27 Club
Fri. Nov. 23 – Montréal, QC @ Le Ministère
Sat. Nov. 24 – Québec City, QC @ L’Anti
Tues. Dec. 4 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza
Wed. Dec. 5- Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
Fri. Dec. 7 – San Francisco, CA @ Café du Nord
Sat. Dec. 8 – Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan
Fri. Dec. 14 – Toronto, ON @ The Great Hall
Sat. Dec. 15 – Toronto, ON @ The Great Hall
In addition to three of his records being nominated on the Short List of the prestigious Polaris Music Prize, TSOL won the 2011 Rap Recording of the Year at the Juno Awards. Since then, Shad has elevated his practice by emerging as a vital broadcaster. After hosting CBC Radio’s q, he went on to host the Hip-Hop Evolution docuseries, whose 2016 season on HBO Canada earned both a Peabody Award and an International Emmy Award.
A Short Story About a War tells the story of a fictional world consumed by war, with various factions and philosophies clashing, and in the middle of it all, one character who doesn’t believe in the power of bullets. The poetic storytelling weaves its way through themes of migration, environment, economics, politics, and most critically, the deepest parts of our spirit.
This music was created in collaboration with dozens of musicians and engineers: From genre-less luminaries like Kaytranada, 2oolman of A Tribe Called Red, and Lido Pimienta, to crafty indie rockers Yukon Blonde, and Toronto rap vets Ian Kamau, Eternia, and DJ T Lo. Their contributions bring multiple textures and colours to the singular vision Shad created. In the end, this serious record is a joy to listen to, full as it is of pop craftsmanship that doesn’t turn a blind eye to human nature.
Be sure to check out Shad’s official site, ShadK.com.
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