1 Minute with Kardinal Offishall:1 Minute with Kardinal Offishall:
1 Minute with Kardinal Offishall:
Canada's beloved hip-hop MC on why music is a key to life
1 Minute with Kardinal Offishall:
Canada's beloved hip-hop MC on why music is a key to life

1 Minute with Kardinal Offishall:
Canada's beloved hip-hop MC on why music is a key to life
Published November 18, 2016

Kardinal Offishall is an award-winning, Toronto-born-and-based artist, radio personality, international DJ (as a member of the Celebrity Marauders crew) and record executive frequently credited as Canada’s ‘hip-hop ambassador.’ A gifted lyricist and entertainer, Offishall started rhyming early; he was winning competitions by the time he was 12 and signed a publishing deal by 20.

Since then, the man known for his distinctive reggae and dancehall-influenced style of hip-hop has released six studio albums, including his deeply inventive 1997 debut, Eye & I, and highly infectious 2015 release,
Kardi Gras, Vol. 1: The Clash.

Along the way, the multiple JUNO Award-winner has mentored youth, collaborated with some of today’s top talents, and, in 2013, became the Creative Executive Director of Universal Music Canada's A&R team. Offishall’s influence in Canadian music circles is deeply and widely felt.

The charismatic Kardi also happens to be a talented event host. He brought his energy and eloquence to the stage this past summer as host of the TD Union Block Party, a free live concert held in the plaza outside Toronto’s Union Station. Happily, TD Music had the opportunity to speak with Kardinal about why music matters so much to him.

Watch the video above to find out why Offishall is a big advocate of music programs for children and youth, and to hear his take on music as a key to life.

Visit our TD Music Fridays event page to find out which #TorontoMade artists will perform weekly at Union Station, now through to December 9th.