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