The anticipation for this year’s Osheaga Music and Arts Festival is fairly high with acts like New Order, The Cure, Mumford and Sons, Beck, The Lumineers, Frank Ocean, and Tegan and Sara being on the bill. It is such a full schedule that it has overflowed to other dates. That will be to the benefit of music lovers as they have combined the talents of Canadian hip hop artists Buck 65 and Shad. Buck 65 is a veteran whereas Shad is an up and comer. Together it is bound to be a great show. And all this for less than $10.
Buck 65 (or Richard Terfry) was born on the east coast in Nova Scotia. As a young lad he was really marked by hearing hip hop music for the first time on CBC Radio in the 1980s. His fascination with the musical genre continued to grow. Terfry taught himself how to rap, produce and DJ. Since 1993 Buck 65 has been releasing his own music under different monikers. Critical acclaim and worldwide notice brought him a major label deal with Warner. Lately his music has drifted away from being purely hip hop and has evolved into a mixture of folk, blues, country, and electronica.
Shad was born in Kenya and then moved to Canada. Introduced to hip hop it was love at first listen and he began rapping at 14. The hip hop artist released his debut album, When This is Over, in 2005. He holds an undergraduate degree and a master’s degree in liberal arts, so it is not surprising that his lyrics are socially conscious, but what most like about him is his self-deprecating nature which is so unlike most other hip hop artists. He has worked with the likes of Lights, K-os and Hey Ocean! as well as winning the 2011 Juno for Rap Recording of the Year.
The show is sold out, so tickets will be scarce.
-Date: Friday, May 17, 2013
-Venue: Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre
-Ticket Purchase: www.osheaga.com
-Ticket Price: $7.50 (plus handling charges)
-Show Time: 8:30 p.m.