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Reminder – CMW – I AM CANADIAN – March 21- Winnipeg’s ABSTRACT ARTFORM
ABSTRACT ARTFORM – “I Am Canadian”
CMF Showcase Details
480 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON
19+ All wristbands accepted
Philly Moves – 8:00PM
Abstract Artform – 9:00PM
SaulPaul – 10:00PM
Def 3 – 11:00PM
SonReal – 12:00AM
Vibonics – 1:00AM
Abstract Artform , Winnipeg’s fuse masters of Prairie-inspired hip-hop and funk will be performing in Canada’s hip-hop capital, Toronto, as part of Canadian Music Week 2012 on March 21 at Comfort Zone (480 Spadina Avenue).
They may only have three years on the scene behind them, but Abstract Artform have already topped !earshot hip-hop college radio charts, landed on the Top 25 Hip Hop charts on CMJ in the USA and now, being selected as semi-finalists from over 16,000 entries in ISC 2011 for their song “Things Aint What They Used to Be” in the R&B/hip-hop category, one of Winnipeg’s leading acts is once again proving they are here to stay.
Abstract Artform will also be releasing “As The Crow Flies” on Ol Roy Records later this year produced by Juno-nominated producer Fresh Kils, will feature collaborations with blues/roots artists such as Manitoba Hal, Rambling Dan Frechette and notable country artist Ridley Bent.
Teaser Video: As The Crow Flies (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=punzRlvurwI)
Promo Video: As The Crow Flies (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PoMj3RLO2Q)
Summer in the City ft. Doodlebug (of Digable Planets) (http://youtu.be/XfsnHkWnNmM)
I Am Canadian (http://youtu.be/N6f8C-mDc9g)
Abstract Artform ft. Jurassic 5 – Bring It Back (http://youtu.be/vZPDsZsHiiQ)
In Studio Performance at Winnpeg’s Streetz FM 104.7 (http://youtu.be/ZF9g8Y_mQgQ)
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R.I.Y.L. : Jurassic 5, Everlast, Kid Rock, Buck 65
2011 – Song Placement SHAW TV Show Milkshakes Burgers and Fries” in conjunction with the HOT AC HOT 103 (Winnipeg) “ http://www.hot103live.com/feature/milkshakesburgersandfries.aspx
2010 – Uptown Mag / Streetz 104.7 FM – #9 for Top 10 Winnipeg hip hop singles on Streetz FM – Abstract Artform feat. Doodle Bug – Summer In The City (http://www.uptownmag.com/music/features/Top-10s-of-2010-112963724.html)
2010 – Finalists International Songwriting Competition: http://www.songwritingcompetition.com/winners
2009 – CBC Track of The Day w/Lauren Burrows: http://radio3.cbc.ca/#/podcasts/CBC-Radio-3-Track-of-the-Day/Abstract-Artform—Stay-Prairie
Band Members: Shea “Abstract Artform” Malcolmson – MC/Lead Vocalist, Justin “Cue” Mathews – Backup Vocals/Hype Man, Daryl “D-Rail” Hayward – Bass, Mike “Bishop” Gould – Drums/MPC
Shared Stage w/: Akil the MC (Jurassic 5), Imaginary Cities, Digable Planets, Cancer Bats, Pigeon John, Abstract Rude, Choclair, Muneshine, D-Sisive, Josh Martinez, Tanika Charles, Birdapres
Past Festivals & Tours:Canadian Tours in 2008, 2009 NXNE Showcases 2010, 2011, Indieweek Showcase 2011, Canadian Music Week 2012
Awards Nominations: International Songwriting Competition 2010 finalist, 2009 reverbnation/Microsoft Sponsored Artist/Windows 7 launch.
Discography: (2008) Prairie Kid LP, (2009) Big Shiny Rhymes Mixtape (2009) Summer in the City single, (2010) Birth of a Track Single windows 7/reverbnation (2010) His Story in the Making LP, (2011) As The Crow Flies LP
What The Press & Industry Is Saying:
Canadian Musican Magazine: Halifax’s Classified might be trying to establish himself as the preeminent writer of hip-hop songs tied to our national identity, but Winnipeg’s Abstract Artform might just give him a run for his money.
The group, fronted by MC and producer Shea “Kid A” Malcolmson, fuses live jazz and soul-like music with vocal delivery familiar to fans of groups like Jurassic 5. Their “I Am Canadian” single from 2010’s His Story In The Making is a hit waiting to happen while other cuts share and celebrate life in a Prairie capital. Upcoming full-length As The Crow Flies is their second in as many years and the third since 2008’s Prairie Kid. The band’s work ethic has garnered them consecutive appearances at the taste-making NXNE festival, a 12-month stay on the Chart college lists, and a slew of other appearances and opportunities.
With easy flow, great instrumentals, and lyrics worth turning an ear to, Abstract Artform should be must-play material for any Canadian hip-hop fan.
Uptown Mag – Review – His Story In The Making: His Story in the Making, the second album from Abstract Artform (aka producer/MC Kid A, aka Shea Malcolmson), delivers on the promise hinted at on Prairie Kid. From the easy groove of Winnipeg (feat. Fashawn) to the funked-out Old School (feat. Flo Soul) to the hooky Hip Hop (Is What I Was Doing), Kid A establishes himself as a self-deprecating, clever wordsmith who isn’t afraid to let his Prairie roots show. There are no bitches ’n’ bling tales of excess here, either; Steady At It is a refreshing reality check about the financial struggles faced by Canadian artists, hip hop and otherwise.- 4/5 – Jen Zoratti
HipHopForever – Review – His Story In The Making: Canadian hip hop group ABSTRACT ARTFORM is a perfect recipe of golden era hip hop combined with funk and soul from the 70’s, and of course some new school influence. Abstract Artform founded by Kid A, the band includes several members: Kid A – lead vocalist/writer/producer, Cue – hypeman/back-up vocalist, DJ ill Type – DJ, Bishop Grandin – drums, D-Rail – bassist, Cam Wilks – drums
Uptown Mag – Review – Prairie Kid: “What happened to hip hop?” MC Abstract Artform, aka Shea Malcolmson, asks on Here We Are. Good question. Luckily, this Prairie kid is eschewing the commercial hip hop cluttering our radio airwaves and, like Winnipeg expat Grand Analog and Edmonton’s Cadence Weapon, takes a decidedly old-school approach to hip hop. Heavily funk inflected, Prairie Kid dares you not to dance – but it’s Malcolmson’s deep, Buck 65-esque vocals that make this record shine. Check out Boom and They Call Me featuring the renowned DJ Brace. – Jen Zoratti
Winnipeg Sun – Review – Prairie Kid: “You can call him Abstract Artform. You can call him Kid A. You can even call him Shea Malcolmson. But don’t call him a poser. This debut proves the local MC and producer is definitely for real. His beats are stark yet distinctive, his eclectic tunes splice ’70s samples with his own material, and his gruff, tongue-tripping flow bypasses thug fantasies for intelligent realism. We’d call that cool.”- Darryl Sterdan
Radioindy.com – Review – Prairie Kid: “Abstract Artform is the real deal, true emcees that cannot be denied, reminiscent of Jurassic 5, The Roots, and even old school hip-hop like Fab 5 Freddy.” – Ross Shotland
“You one of the coolest, smartest and sincerest artist I know. Much success.” – Akil the MC (LA SKILL DISTRICT/JURASSIC 5)
“…Distinctively Canadian Hip-Hop…” “…National hit song writing material…” – Greg Wells PRODUCER (ONE REPUBLIC, LINDSAY LOHAN, CRASH TEST DUMMIES, DEFTONES)
Interviews To Check Out:
(2011) Kick FM Radio Interview w/Pamela Roz: http://www.tinderboxnorth.com/fr_audiointerviews.cfm
(2011) HOT 103 FM Locals Only Interview: http://www.hot103live.com/Blog/localsonly/blogentry.aspx?blogEntryID=10216224