In his new leadership role with Def Jam, he is a global ambassador with signing authority, and no doubt will be cementing his imprint on a new generation of superstars and influencers.
An in-depth look at hitmaker Stephan Moccio (pictured), mavericks Hawksley Workman and Kevin Breit join forces, and high marks for Arkells’ Grey Cup show. Also in the headlines are Amaal, Hawksley Workman, No, It’s Fine., Joe Keithley, Kardinal Offishall, Matt Andersen, MIDEM, Capitol Records, Spotify, Utopia, Rob Stringer, Brad Pitt, Olivia Rodrigo, Springsteen, West Side Story, and Xmas music.
Serena Ryder (pictured) recruits Steve Earle for a new duet, Kardinal Offishall wins the first Canada Listens contest, and Music Declares Emergency tackles the climate crisis. Also making news are Miriam Baghdassarian, Klô Pelgag, Ken Tizzard, INDIE 101, Greg Keelor, eMusic Live, BAD CHILD, SOCAN, LTtheMonk, POP Montreal, MusicNL, APA, Jay Ferguson, and farewell Micky Erbe, Black Rob, and Rusty Young.
The Phoenix Concert Theatre hangs tough, Kardinal Offishall (pictured) pays homage to his roots, and Toronto concerts are announced. Others in the headlines include Justin Bieber, The Damn Truth, jooj, Garth Richardson, NFTs, Skratch Bastid, Soundcloud, Larry Mercey, Patreon, Margaret Atwood, Influence Media Partners, Eric Bloom, Merry Clayton, Taylor Swift, Dave Grohl, Prince, Pearl Jam, and Matt Gudinski.
Universal Music Canada announces today that Kardinal Offishall has been named Senior Vice President, A&R. In 2013, he was named Creative Executive Director for the firm’s A&R team and remains active as a decorated recording artist and producer.
imagineNATIVE turns 20, Kardinal Offishall (pictured) hosts TEDxToronto, and a new John Coltrane album with Canadian roots. Also in the news are Mirvish musicals, Dave Bidini, Shakira and Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, ArtsCan Circle, OMF, NSMW, Cœur de pirate, Suzanne Jarvie, The Lifers, and Cavendish Beach Music Festival. With video.
Coinciding with the wonderful run by the Raptors in the NBA finals is a new single from the 6 booster and hip-hop veteran. It features his signature bold and bravado-filled rhyming plus deft production.
The well-respected Toronto rapper and producer enlists a veteran hip-hop star for this entertaining new track and video. The pair trade verses fluently and the witty rhymes and upbeat vibe make this a winner.
Anthony Bourdain's musician encounters, cannabis firms eye music sponsorship and picks for NXNE. Others in the headlines include Robert Smith, drill music, Alanis Morissette, John Roney, Ray Reaves, Angelique Kidjo, Social Distortion, Kardinal Offishall, She Stole My Beer, and Tona.
"I feel like I won the lottery every morning because of my daughter. I’ve met a lot of women who feel like they never had a great relationship with their fathers (or maybe no relationship at all)..."
Sloan gives up the secrets to longevity, Beyonce rewards black students, and Kardinal Offishall salutes the Raptors with Northern Touch remix. Others in the headlines include Janelle Monáe, Record Store Day, #MeToo, Kanye West, Prince, Johnny Reid, Lo Moon, and London Music Awards.
As an author, journalist, programmer, and publicist, he has had a major impact on Canada's urban music scene. In this interview, Higgins reflects upon a fascinating career and the ascent of domestic hip-hop and R&B artists.