Photo by Justin Broadbent



Feb. 14
7 p.m.

Born in Kenya and bred in Ontario, Shad is synonymous with consciousness and positivity in rap—sometimes he sounds like an underground Common. He’s one of Canada’s hip-hop heroes, thrice nominated for the Polaris Music Prize. You may have also seen him hosting the Emmy-winning Hip-Hop Evolution, and even if Shad hasn’t made the same impact as some of the legends he interviewed for the docuseries, down-to-earth but purposeful MCs like him are essential to the breadth of rap.