Oddisee & Good Compny – Own Appeal live at Toronto Jazz Fest 2019

Oddisee & Good Compny performing Own Appeal live at the 2019 Toronto Jazz Festival.

There are many ways to ring in the summer in Toronto, and one of those ways would be the opening weekend of the TD Toronto Jazz Festival! On the first official weekend of summer, and for the entire week to follow, the Toronto Jazz Fest shut down a stretch of Bloor Street between Bay Street and Avenue Road, and set up a few stages to host some free, outdoor concerts. On the third day of the festival, a Sunday night, there would be a Hip-Hop showcase that was both curated and headlined by Juno award-winning emcee, Shad. With Hip-Hop producers often sampling Jazz music to create their beats, it’s only right that at least one of the ten days of the festival include a Hip-Hop showcase, and the Toronto legend Shad was a perfect pick to curate it.

Shad is coming off of releasing season 2 of his award-winning documentary series, Hip-Hop Evolution, where he takes us through the history of Hip-Hop culture dating back to 1970’s New York by interviewing several iconic and influential figures. With the way he’s able to connect the dots between the most prominent Hip-Hop artists all the way back to that 1973 rec room party hosted by DJ Kool Herc, drawing Hip-Hop’s ties to Jazz music would be a piece of cake for him. On the music side of things, Shad is also coming off of releasing his sixth full-length album, 2018’s A Short Story About A War. The album made our list for the best albums of last year, and Shad was able to go on an international tour off of it, including two shows at The Great Hall last December. While he’s known to perform in Toronto at least once a year, this would just be his third concert in the city since releasing the new album.

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