8PM – Doors
9PM – Show
Draw a circle on a page. Now—what do you do next? Do you sketch a smiley face? A peace sign? An anarchy symbol? A yin-yang? A boob? A pie chart? A pizza? When you draw a circle, the space is finite, but the possibilities and meanings are endless. And that’s how Shad has approached hip-hop over his 16-year career to date: as an established, readily understood artform that nonetheless contains multitudes. Over the course of five records to date, the JUNO Award-winning Toronto rapper has used an array of old-school tools to tackle modern problems, addressing the indignities and absurdities of our world through a shapeshfiting melange of boom-bap breaks, dusty soul samples, jazzy improvisation, and 10 dollar words rolled into thousand-dollar rhymes. But after weaving his myriad musical and philosophical interests into a socio-political song cycle on 2018’s A Short Story About a War, Shad began building his sixth record, TAO, from a much simpler concept: an image of a circle. Though, in true Shad fashion, he saw something much more profound within its basic round boundaries.
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