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    February 8th, 2018

    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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    January 20th, 2018

    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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    July 10th, 2015

    Had a chance to kick it on The Come Up show recently… check it out here…

    http://thecomeupshow.com/2015/07/09/interview-d-o-gibson-talks-motivation-the-music-business-and-the-meaning-of-life/

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    May 19th, 2015

    Really excited to be releasing a new album on May 26th.

    In the meantime, I’ve released a lot of new music leading up to it… check it out!

    Missy Elliott

    They Don’t Want It Like

    Rookie and the Vet

    Follow Me

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    May 15th, 2015

    D.O. is back with another album dropping this spring. Catch him live this Saturday @ Studio Bar with guest appearances from D-Sisive, Illvibe and Robbie G. Plus, music will be provided by the one and only DJ Nana.

    For more information check out the flyer below.

    D.O. Album Release, May 23rd 2015 @ Studio Bar

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    February 25th, 2015

    See D.O.’s latest visuals for the track “I Stand Up” directed by iLLvibe featured on Omni’s V-Mix.

    V-Mix: Anti-Bullying Special
    V-Mix: Anti-Bullying Special

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    January 8th, 2015

    Happy New Year!

    Check out the new video “Time Will Tell” produced by Classified and directed by illVibe.

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    November 26th, 2014

    What’s up yall!

    It’s been a busy November as I have been on the road doing a lot of shows… and since I had a chance to connect with so many new and old fans I thought it would be a perfect time to release a couple of new videos.

    DOWN HOME is from my album of the same name… we shot it this summer in Nova Scotia

    I STAND UP is a video we shot this month at Oakdale Park school in Toronto…

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    November 11th, 2014

    Posted this a few years ago but had to repost it today…

    Remembrance Day hits home when you have a family member that has made the sacrifice of fighting for his/her country. For me, it was my grandfather. Even though he passed several years ago, I often think about him – especially every November 11th.A few years ago I wrote a song about him… The song is called the “The Tin Man” and is produced by good friend and musical collaborator DJ Speed. The first thing I noticed when playing the instrumental was the sample “What would I do… if I could feel?” It’s from the Tinman in The Wizard of Oz. For me, it made me think, what would I do if I was in his position and left home to fight for my country.My grandfathers story alone is memorable. He was shot twice in one battle and left for dead in a pile of bodies. Another soldier found him and saved his life.Remembrance Day isn’t only about looking to the past… Last month, my cousin went to Afghanistan so he’s in my prayers for a safe return home.Here is a link to the song and video:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOMdCcQGGuU&hl=en&fs=1&

    A couple of years ago CBC aired a piece on the song…

    Last Word: The Tin Man

    Earlier this week we talked about how hip-hop has crossed the racial divide. Well, today, on Remembrance Day, we’re going to show you how it might also cross a generational oneToronto rap artist Duane Gibson , or “D.O.”—his emcee name—-wrote a song honouring his grandfather, Larry Gibson. He was a black Nova Scotian who fought in the second World War with the Cape Breton Highlanders. Larry Gibson was shot twice in one battle and left for dead in a pile of bodies. Another soldier found him and saved his life. So to commemorate his grandfather’s contribution to the war, D.O. wrote a song called, “The Tin Man” and we played this song to end our show this week.

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    November 3rd, 2014

    I am excited to announce this new contest!

     To learn more about the contest click below:

    http://www.staydriven.com/contest

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