Day 14: Hamilton - Spring Music Festival
Location: Hamilton, ON
So I'm two weeks in and feeling a bit lonely. Yes, I'm crashing with my brother, which is great, but most all the free time is spent coordinating upcoming shows and/or publicity... This is the groundwork. The next one will be easier, shorter and with other people! :)
So tonight I played the Urban Hamilton showcase as part of the Spring Music Festival. On the way there, I stopped in Burlington to visit with James Orr, who produced a track on my first album. He hooked me up with a travel pillow! yay!
I played right after an amazing 9-piece gospel band, Retali8... They truly were a hard act to follow. Watch out for them.
The crowd was diverse... Some were on the more harder side of rap (thug/gangsta) like fans of Menace, others were more on the gospel side, but overall it was a pretty good vibe. I was blinded by the lights, and had fun!
I finally met DeShaun Jones of Bandwagon Marketing who's going to be releasing a 12" vinyl single from DJ/Rapper/Graffitier, Relic. Daddy J of CFMU's DOPE FM was in the house.
I also got a chance to see performance and chat with real good folks like Jamila B, Chris Jackson and Christopher Charles, who's "Smile" song had me texting smiles to some good friends.
But the night didn't end there... I scooted over to Corktown Pub to catch the end of Grady's set. I caught up with Mr. Gordie Johnson who was sporting his Super Dude shirt. Chatted with their drummer, Nina, for awhile. I met the infamous Cameron Carpenter of Cool Planet in flesh for the first time. And I chatted with Jay from Murder City Sparrows about how amazing Arlo Maverick is (of Politic Live and of CJSR's Urban Hang Suite
K, need sleep yet again. Kitchener tomorrow...