Sage Francis

London Music Hall & SummerCamp Productions present..

Sage Francis

Transit, Animal Nation, Thesis Sahib, Moore & Exit Only

Mon, October 26, 2015

8:00 pm

$15.00

This event is all ages

Sage Francis
Sage Francis
Sage Francis is widely considered one of our generation's greatest lyricists. His career derives mainly from gifted wordplay which creates vivid narratives to instigate as well as inspire, but since it often derives from an accumulation of public disdain and personal turmoil, it's made abundantly clear that it's more about storming the castle than watching the throne.

Dubbed as the "forefather of indie-hop," Francis originally earned acclaim in the early 2000's by winning the most highly coveted titles of the emcee battle circuit. With little to no funding, Francis sustained himself by selling his innovative "Sick of" mixtapes, all made by hand on the floor of his Providence, RI apartment. These were essentially bootleg compilations full of select recordings from his 12" vinyl singles, demo sessions, live performances and radio freestyles. The popularity of these tapes birthed Strange Famous Records (SFR); a meager, one-man operation in 1999.

Despite having no official distribution, Francis' unique brand of music spread like wildfire via the advent of file sharing networks. This resulted in him attaining a massive cult-like following around the world, creating a demand for his albums and live performances at which point the bigger labels took notice. With his first studio album, Personal Journals (2002,) Francis daringly set aside the more boastful side of rap by catering to his poetic leanings and scathing socio-political commentary.

In 2005 Sage Francis was the first hip-hop artist signed to Epitaph Records and soon became one of the highest selling independent artists of his genre. Rather than abandon his day-to-day grind at SFR, he channeled all of his newfound resources into it, allowing the label to expand in staff as well as roster. Having fulfilled the three-album contract deal with Epitaph, Sage Francis has returned to releasing music independently as he gears up to defeat the odds once more.

The "SICK TO D(EAT)H" mixtape dropped on in December of 2013, which will be followed up by the next official album, COPPER GONE, in June of 2014.
Transit
Transit
Transit is a Western Canadian Music Award nominated rapper, a Calgary poet laureate finalist and a winner of a Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award. He has released 5 albums which have sold thousands of copies, and has collaborated with Rhymesayers recording artist Grieves, Astronautalis, Mad Child of Swollen Members, Kyprios of Sweatshop Union, and 8-time Juno Award winner Jann Arden. Transit has toured as a headliner several times and has also supported tours of Canada, the United States, and Europe with Apathy & Celph Titled, Zion I, Grieves, Astronautalis, and Shad, and has shared stages with internationally recognized names like Mac Miller, Tech N9ne, Swollen Members, Murs, Hilltop Hoods, Down With Webster, and 54-40, and has been selected to showcase at prestigious festivals like SXSW, CMW, and Breakout West. He has received national media coverage including features on Global TV, CBC TV, CBC Radio One, in Maclean's Magazine, and regular MuchMusic rotation of his music videos, which have also gotten substantial support online with over 1,000,000 views on YouTube. Transit has also been awarded several FACTOR grants to further the development of his career.
Thesis Sahib
Thesis Sahib
Venue Information:
Rum Runners
178 Dundas Street
London, ON, N6A 1G7
http://www.londonmusichall.com/

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