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The Live Mixtape, featuring Cadence Weapon

The Live Mixtape is a program of live music and public engagement that brings together a group of established and emerging prairie hip hop artists. Through collaboration, conversation and performances, the artists will reflect on the development of a vibrant music culture that explores the specificities and complexities of place, inherited histories, and Black experience on the prairies.

The program considers the latent political dimension of regional music and the ways hip hop music forms subjectivity, builds community and forges solidarity across geographical and cultural differences.

$25 members / $40 non-members
Members will receive a discount code to their member email. If you haven’t received your code, email info@remaimodern.org

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Riverview Room

The Live Mixtape is conceived and organized by emcee, educator and hip hop workshop facilitator, Elliot Walsh (Nestor Wynrush). First presented in Winnipeg, Walsh has worked in collaboration with Remai Modern to present a new iteration featuring guest artists Cadence Weapon, Odario, Winnipeg Poet Laureate Chimwemwe Undi, Andrew.O, and Marisolle Negash. Local artists include Eekwol, ZHE the Free, The Northwest Kid, Katie Tupper and Chaps with production by Factor Chandelier, Rove, 2oolman and Kimmortal.

In the weeks leading up to the public events, the artists will work with Walsh to stimulate creative exchange and foster new artistic collaborations culminating in the performance of new works at The Live Mixtape.

The evening concludes with a 30-minute solo set by Cadence Weapon, winner of the 2021 Polaris Music Prize, followed by an afterparty with Odario and DJ Ofield.

Live Mixtape is presented in collaboration with Trinnipeg & Synonym Sound, Winnipeg.

About the Artists

Cadence Weapon is the Edmonton-born, Toronto-based rapper, producer, writer, poet, and activist Rollie Pemberton. Throughout his work, the multidisciplinary artist aims to preserve and resurrect Black cultural memory by forging connections between personal, local, and collective histories. Cadence received the 2021 Polaris Music Prize for his fifth and latest album, Parallel World, an incisive project that uncovers the splintering realities both created and hidden by modern systems of inequality, atop blistering production that draws from UK grime, trap, and acid house.

Cadence Weapon photo Mat Dunlap
Photo: Mat Dunlap
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Photo: BNB Studios

Elliott Walsh (Nestor Wynrush) is a Winnipeg based emcee-singer, writer, and workshop facilitator. This first-generation Canadian taps his Caribbean roots to cook up an authentic pot-au-feu that can aptly be described as Prairie Rap with a dash of Red River & West Indian Soul.

Odario is a storyteller, a hip-hop junkie and a lover of all things analog. Born in Guyana, and raised in Winnipeg, he acknowledges his prairie upbringing as a major influence in his unique career… and cites Peg City as a hotbed for creative self-expression. Today, Odario hosts CBC Music’s Afterdark program and is currently writing a new album titled, We Are Animals. Odario will perform with DJ Ofield at The Live Mixtape.

Ofield Shoot May 2016 Rough 31

2oolman is a hip hop artist and producer from Six Nations Reservation, ON. He’s part of The Halluci Nation (formerly known as A Tribe Called Red).

Andrew Sannie is a Canadian creative, business owner and member of acclaimed Canadian hip hop group, The Lytics and co-founder of award winning, experiential marketing and consultation company, Grape Experiential.

Andrew Sannie
Photo: Ebunolowa Akinbo

Chimwemwe Undi is a poet, editor and lawyer based on Treaty 1 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her work has appeared in Brick, Border Crossings, Canadian Literature, CBC Manitoba and BBC World. Her debut collection, Scientific Marvel, is forthcoming with House of Anansi Press. She is Winnipeg Poet Laureate for 2023 and 2024.

Eekwol (born Lindsay Knight) is a rapper/educator/activist and community motivator from the Muskoday First Nation in Saskatchewan. Her passion for hip-hop, born from the genre’s attention to political, socioeconomic, and racial inequality began at the age of 16 and soon flowered into her first independent album in 1998. Her music continues to be a powerful statement that relies on creative innovation to represent community realities of the past and present.

Eekwol Stage2023
Factor Chandelier
Photo: King Rose Visuals

Factor Chandelier is a producer who combines smooth melodic moods with live instruments over seemingly effortless arrangements and immaculate drums to create a distinct sound. His work and signature sound have earned him a reputation as one of underground music’s favourite producers.

Katie Tupper, a 23-year old neo-soul musician, embodies that spirit and is determined to show there’s an entire world of boundary-pushing, genre-defying artists at work within the often overlooked region.

Katie Tupper 2023 Thomas van der Zaag
Photo: Thomas van der Zaag

Kimmortal is a queer non-binary filipinx multi-hyphenate artist born in Vancouver, BC. Combining their passion for hip hop, visual art, theatre, spoken word, ancestral wisdom, and liberation, Kimmortal strives to build worlds that make queer and diasporic weird kids feel like they belong.

Marisolle Negash is a performer and songwriter from Winnipeg, Canada. She began sharing her work by curating shows with friends, using DIY venues and programming performances in the historical Exchange District: collaborating with producers, singers, poets, MCs and instructors. Marisolle’s swooning melodies are paired with lush keyboard-to capture times of hope, heal moments of regret and to revel in imagination.

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Rove by Noyz
Illustration: Noyz

Born and raised in the three Canadian prairies provinces, Rove is Métis with rust on his bones and maple syrup in his veins. He comes from a lineage of artists and found his way to visual art from his love of graffiti. Rove released his first album in 2022 in collaboration with his favourite underground rappers.

The Northwest Kid, formerly known as Craig Edes is of Gitxsan descent, from the Frog Clan, House of Haawx. Edes has actively served as a poet and emcee within the Canadian music scene for nearly a decade under The Northwest Kid, sharing the stage with Jeremy Dutcher, The Halluci Nation, Tanya Tagaq, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and Lido Pimienta.

A portrait of emcee The Northwest Kid.
ZHE full wall

ZHE the FREE is a multi-disciplinary artist, community builder and explosive performer. Growing up on Treaty 7 Land, she extends her fire from mountains to prairies. ZHE connects with audiences on a deep level through the realness she brings to the stage and powerful messages she shares.

April 15, 2023 at 7:00PM