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Ep. #44: Shad

Shad is one of North America’s most thoughtful and skilled hip-hop artists and we here in Canada are proud to call him one of our own. The gifted MC has won a Juno and been nominated for the Polaris Music Prize twice, most recently for his record TSOL. Its stunning follow-up is Flying Colours, which is out now via Black Box and brings Shad to a city near you on his extensive North American tour. Here he discusses his recent stint co-hosting the Polaris Music Prize, his new album and why we’re all doing ok, stepping up his skills, Jay Z’s recent output, hip-hop’s fascination with guest stars, Canadian politics and multiculturalism, the song “Yall Know Me” and more.

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Ep. #5: Exclaim! Editor James Keast at a Blue Jays game

My friend and colleague James Keast invited me to a Jays game on Sunday and it seemed like a great place for us to talk about jocks vs. music nerds, his work at Exclaim!, his role at the Polaris Music Prize and tips for jurors, his take on Arts & Crafts and their Field Trip show, his recent vacation to Prague, this idiot Lawrence who sat behind us and would not shut up, the Rolling Stones, NXNE this week and more. You’ll hear all of this from innings seven to nine, Texas Rangers vs. Toronto Blue Jays, June 9, 2013.

James and Vish




Damian loves me, this I know.

Photo of me and Damian Abraham of Fucked Up at the 2011 Polaris Prize short list announcement by Connie Tsang, Drake Hotel, Toronto, ON July 6, 2011.