Arlo Maverick (of Politic Live) is an artist whose sound explores Jazz, Electro, and Soul yet identifies itself as hip-hop. With music that is as much about moving his audience physically as it is about moving them emotionally Arlo connects with his fans through songs about falling in love, confronting inner demons, and the struggles of making ends meet. With influences like K-Os, The Black Keys and The Roots, Arlo’s live show is a fun, energetic and interactive experience where the audience is freed of their inhibitions and exist in the moment.
Arlo Maverick is currently promoting his concept album, Maybe Tomorrow. Since it’s release in February of 2016, Maybe Tomorrow topped the Canadian Campus Radio Hip-Hop Charts for three consecutive weeks while peaking at number at #3 on the US Campus Radio Weekly Hip-Hop Charts. The album has also garnered multiple 2016 WCMA nominations and is currently up for three 2017 Edmonton Music Awards.
When you can rap circles around your competition but croon your way to a woman’s heart it can be very hard for the industry to categorize you. But with both talents in his arsenal K-Riz is part of hip-hop’s new generation of melodic based MCs who lyrics can still spark barbershop conversations.
Although born in Toronto, Ontario K-Riz has lived in Edmonton, Alberta for a number of years. Shaped by the polarizing lifestyles found between Canada’s East and West, K-Riz has truly come into a sound of his own that is drenched in these varied experiences.
On August 4, 2016 K-Riz released his official debut, Fresh Air – a project he thinks will help to revitalize the rap game. Inspired to usher in a new sound, Fresh Air is a 14-song hip-hop album that is progressive and futuristic with elements of 90s R&B.
Shad (Shadrach Kabango) is a Juno Award-winning rapper and songwriter born in Kenya and raised in London, Ontario.
His first album was released in 2005 and financed by winning the $17,500 Rhythm of the Future unsigned talent competition hosted by 91.5FM The Beat in Kitchener-Waterloo. Since then, Shad had released 3 more albums, all to considerable acclaim. He has earned multiple Juno Award nominations - including a win for Best Rap Recording in 2011 - and a record-tying 3 short-list nominations for the prestigious Polaris Music Prize (2008, 2010, 2014). He has toured Canada, the U.S., and Europe extensively, and received praise from the likes of Pitchfork Media, The National Post, and The Village Voice. His peers in Canadian Hip Hop recently voted him the 2nd Greatest Rapper Ever in Canada in a poll produced by the CBC.
In addition to his career as a rapper, Shad has pursued a variety of interests both within and outside of music. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University (2005) and an M.A. from Simon Fraser University (2011). He participated in the CBC's Canada Reads debates in 2012, successfully defending Carmen Aguirre's memoir Something Fierce, and more recently, Shad hosted CBC's flagship arts and culture show q (2015-2016), and also hosted a 4-part documentary on the history of hip hop for HBO Canada entitled Hip Hop Evolution. Musically, Shad continues to explore new territory as well, releasing a retro pop-rock album in 2016 through taste-making independent label Arts&Crafts.