• Number seven… Can you believe it bredren?

    A few weeks ago I released my new album.

    I’m finally starting to catch my breath.

    2018 has been a busy year.  But busy is always good.
    I’m at show 59 on this Black Canadian tour and next Saturday I’m going to wrap up the tour with a release party back in Sarnia.

    This was a fun album for me.  I had a chance to collaborate with some talented friends and try some new things.

    This weekend is the Juno’s but I don’t feel like I’m missing out…

    I’m focusing on next year when its in London.

    Now that will be a good time…

    And never know, maybe this will get that elusive nomination.

    Speaking of Good Times – there is a bonus song that I will be adding to the album.
    It just wasn’t finished by the time we had it released, so look out for that coming soon.

    Now I’m gearing up for another tour kicking off in May… back to Netherlands, back to France, a Sarnia show in between and then an album release party in Toronto.

    April and may I’ll be planting the seeds.
    May and June we’ll be knocking over the dominoes.

    Ahhh yeaaah

    Check out the album here

     

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    Ah Yeah!  Excited to release a new song and head out on this 50 show tour!

     

    Black Canadian, Black Canadian – that’s just who I am
    Black Canadian, Black Canadian – I am from this land
    I could go way back and tell you other places,
    But ain’t no other way to say it, except by saying
    I’m Canadian.

    Black Canadian is the powerful new release from D.O. Gibson that is accompanied by a 50 show school tour.

    According to Gibson, the song is about claiming identity:

    “When you live in a city as diverse as Toronto, people will often ask “Where are you from?”  When I’d respond “Canada” they would reply “No, where are you really from.” My family is from Canada.  My parents and grandparents were born in Canada.  I’m Canadian.”

    Released to coincide with a Black History Month tour, Gibson thinks it is important to talk Black Canadian history.  He’s been doing so for over fifteen years through his Stay Driven hip-hop assembly program. Over the next six weeks, he will do over 50 shows for the Black Canadian tour.

    “It didn’t take me long to see that most of the time schools only focused on two people – Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks.  These are key figures, but I think we need to dig deeper.  There is so much history about Black Canadians and I think we need to learn about that.”

    In his presentations and in the song Black Canadian, D.O. tells the stories of black Canadians including Viola Desmond and Josiah Henson.

    “These stories are close to me,” says D.O. “I have family in New Glasgow – where Viola Desmond sat down in the movie theatre to stand up for her rights.  I’ve been in that theatre – though now it’s a night club, so a different experience.”

    In addition, Gibson’s father plays the role of Josiah Henson – a slave that became a freedom fighter – in a short film that plays at Uncle Tom’s cabin in Dresden.

    D.O. also tackles the issue of being of mixed descent when he raps:

    “When I say I’m black that’s no disrespect to my mother”

    “You often hear of people that are mixed as being confused of their identity – not black enough to be black or white enough to be white.  This hasn’t been my experience.  I was born in a small town in Saskatchewan.  My mother and her family are white.  That’s me.  Maybe because I grew up in communities where I was often the only person of colour, but I never had confusion – I always thought of myself as black.  To me that doesn’t mean that I don’t acknowledge my “white” side.  I think it is up to each individual to find their own voice and their own identity.”

    Black Canadian is available on all digital retailers.

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    Ahh yeah! I’m fired up to be performing in New York City during Grammy week.

    Will be attending the Grammy’s as well!

    Make sure to follow me on Instagram to catch all the latest including live feeds while in NYC!

     

     

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    Ahh yeah!

    Excited to release new music… hear is a new track from my forthcoming album Seeds and Dominoes

    Hit me up on Twitter or Instagram and let me know what you think!

    http://hyperurl.co/o6dhef

    MIGHT AS WELL

    Ever had a time when you planned to lay low and take it easy but then ended up going out and having the time of your life?

    Love those times.

    That’s what “Might As Well” is all about.  D.O. teams up with ILLvibe over a Triple A banger for his latest single from the forthcoming album Seeds and Dominoes.

    “It’s based on a true story,” says D.O. “One Saturday I planned on staying in even though my friends had planned a guys night out in Niagara Falls.  Then things fell into place, next thing you know I’m out there having a blast.”

    iLLvibe joins D.O. with a powerful verse chronicling their time together on the road:
    “I’ve been touring with D.O. the last few years.  From Netherlands, to Croatia, to Germany – it’s always an adventure.  We have some great times and meet some great people.”

    For iLLvibe, the last lyric of the song is ironic.
    He raps: “Just landed in Germany, route the moves and ask D what we bout to do!”

    “The lyric was about a one-night layover before went to Croatia.  But a year later and I am showcasing at a major festival in Germany.  D.O. landed the day before me, and is also my manager, so literally I’m hitting him up to see what the plan is.”

    Following a successful run of performances in Germany in September, D.O. and iLLvibe are excited to hit the road in 2018.  D.O. has a West Coast Canada tour in February, while ILLvibe will be touring the West Coast in California in April.  Then they will each be returning to showcase at New Skool Rules in May.

    It will be the fifth showcase for D.O. at the conference, and iLLvibe’s third.

    When asked why they continue to return, both responded: “Might as Well!”

     

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    Ah yeah!

    “We Did It” produced by my man DJ Speed!

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    Check out my latest song

    “Northern Hospitality”

    Produced by Andrew Triple A!

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    I’m really excited for this one.

    We shot the video last summer at a beach near Amsterdam.

    Summertime vibes!!

    Listen on Spotify
    https://open.spotify.com/album/3GBz5XwRhTyPU2NetUyVBP

    It may not be May yet but “Summertime has arrived you can feel it in the air…” declares D.O. on the new single “Good For The Summer” from LDM, NTRIKIT, iLLvibe and D.O. Gibson.

    The track is an international collaboration amongst artists from the Netherlands, US and Canada. The four connected at New Skool Rules – Europe’s largest Hip-Hop conference – in Rotterdam, Netherlands in 2015.

    They would reconnect in the summer of 2016 to shoot the video for the song at Bloemendaal – a pristine beach located thirty minutes from Amsterdam.

    The track began as a single for Lloyd De Meza aka LDM – a longtime fixture in the Netherland music scene. US producer NTRIKIT approached LDM to make a remix of the song. They knew they had something special on their hands, but felt that it was missing one thing – a guest rapper. Instead of getting one, they got two – they reached out to friends D.O. Gibson and iLLvibe to contribute vocals.

    “As soon as I heard it, I knew it was a smash. I wrote and recorded my lyrics in the span of a couple of hours,” says iLLvibe.

    2017 will see the four reconnect at New Skool Rules in May with a performance at the conference that they originally connected at.

    “You attend conferences to build relationships with artists and people in the industry, but most people don’t follow up so nothing happens. We wanted to show people the power of collaboration,” says producer NTRIKIT.

    While a collaborative release, each of the four artists has something major planned for 2017 with a steady stream of releases.

    “We are supportive of each other,” says LDM “We all want each other to win.”

    The proof is in his lyrics, “Flex, Relax, No negativity on deck,” sings LDM.

    “Good For The Summer” is available on all digital outlets via Heavy Aux / Fontana.

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    Excited for this years Black History Month tour!

    02 – St Brigid Stouffville
    03 – St John Vianney Toronto
    04 – St Thomas More Mississauga
    07 – Milliken Mills Markham
    15 – Evelyn Gregory Library* Toronto
    16 – Stonebridge Markham
    17 – Milliken Mills Highschool Markham
    21 – McGregor Park* Toronto 4:30 pm
    21 – Bedford Park Toronto
    22 – Yorkdale Highschool Toronto
    22 – Jane/Sheppard Library* Toronto 1:00 pm
    23 – St. Raphael Brampton
    23 – Victoria Park Toronto
    23 – Osprey Woods Mississauga
    24 – Woodbine Toronto
    27 – Father Clair Tipping Brampton
    27 – Our Lady of Providence Brampton
    28 – Macklin Toronto
    28 – Rick Hansen Mississauga

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    Check out my new video on Black History!

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    I came out with this a few days before the election…
    Never really thought he was going to win though lol

    or on Facebook…

    https://www.facebook.com/iamdogibson/videos/10153911391916003/

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