Shad (Shadrach Kabango)


Juno award-winning Canadian hip-hop star Shad became involved with Cape Farewell as a participant in the Carbon 14 Workshop in Toronto, November 2011. He was then invited to create some text works for a large digital billboard along one of Toronto's busiest highways, the Gardener Expressway. His Gentle Reminders are part of Ship of Fools, a multi-site urban intervention reminding us of the importance of addressing climate change.

In matter of years a young rapper from London, ON, known as Shadrach Kabango has become a member of Canada’s hip-hop royalty. The emcee known simply as Shad, has been in the midst of a sea of praise for each of his three albums, not to mention all the nominations and award wins including a 2011 Juno Award for Rap Recording of the Year.

Shad's career got a kick-start of $17,500 when Kitchener/Waterloo's 91.5 FM hosted their annual talent competition, Rhythm of the Future, and selected the burgeoning rapper as their winner. The winnings funded the rapper's debut release, When This Is Over, which not only put him on the Canadian hip-hop map with opening slots for Common and Lupe Fiasco, but landed him a record deal with Black Box Recordings. It was with Shad's follow-up The Old Prince that Canada started to embrace the new hip-hop hero. The release led to Shad's first Juno Award and Polaris Music Prize nominations in 2008.

TSOL, Shad's latest and best work was released in 2010 and garnered recognition again with a Polaris Music Prize nomination along with a startling 2011 Juno Award win for Best Rap Recording of the Year over shoe-in nominee Drake.

Shad continues to tour internationally and is currently working on his 4th full-length release. He hopes to continue to breathe new life into the music scene with honest, clever lyrics and rich, soulful arrangements.