The In­sider

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If any­one has their fin­ger on the pulse of Canada’s mu­sic scene, it’s Shad, a rap­per and the new host of CBC Ra­dio’s cul­ture flag­ship Q. Here are four rea­sons he says we’re hot­ter than ever:

1. The Aubrey Graham Ef­fect “The con­tin­ued reign of Drake has been great for the hip-hop scene and inspired so many singers and rap­pers, like Bren­dan Philip. He’s a cool new artist who has re­leased some ma­terial that’s re­ally catch­ing on.”

2. A New In­dige­nous Sound “There is a cur­rent wave of in­dige­nous artists—A Tribe Called Red, Tanya Ta­gaq, Leonard Sum­ner, Buffy Sainte-Marie—who are of­fer­ing a range of dif­fer­ent voices that have never crept so close to the main­stream in re­cent mem­ory. They’re pre­sent­ing pro­gres­sive per­spec­tives on im­por­tant is­sues.”

3. Our Cut­ting- Edge Pro­duc­ers “There are a lot of great new Cana­dian mu­sic pro­duc­ers, like Ryan Hemsworth (Grimes, Cat Power, Frank Ocean) out of Hal­i­fax and Kay­tranada out of Mon­treal. Peo­ple say ‘moody’ is some­thing Toronto does re­ally well, but in gen­eral, I don’t think Canada has a dis­tinct sound, which is some­thing that’s pretty cool about the mu­sic cul­ture we’ve man­aged to foster here. There’s a lot of cre­ativ­ity.”

4. We Ex­port The Best “The next to go global will be Hey Rosetta! from St. John’s, N.L. They’re al­ready quite big here in Canada, but I re­ally think they’re as good as any­body.”

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