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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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    March 16th, 2016

    Had a blast on NBA All Star Weekend…

    Got a chance to perform with Snoop by my side!

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    January 22nd, 2015

    Really looking forward to rocking this show in Mississauga in March!

    WHEN: March 6, 2015 7:00pm
    WHERE: Living Arts Centre, Mississauga
    WHAT: A Showcase Of 6 Electrifying Superstars
    WHY: To Benefit The SickKids Foundation
    ‎COST: $45 before March 1, $60 at the door
    ‎WEBSITE: www.qmack.com

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    October 9th, 2013

     

    Ah yeah! Looking forward to the celebration this weekend hope yall can make it!

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    May 6th, 2013

    D.O. & Famous Announce Asia “Life Size Feeling” tour dates

    Canadian rappers D.O. Aka Defy the Odds and Famous will be touring Asia for a string of dates this May.

    The tour will be the third Asian tour for D.O. who has released music in the region and gained a sizeable fan base.

    The shows in Singapore will be for “Music Matters”  – Asia’s biggest music conference.

    Wednesday, May 15th – Taichung, Taiwan
    Thursday, May 16th -  Kaohsiung, Taiwan
    Friday, May 17th -  Taipei Artist Village – Taipei, Taiwan
    Saturday, May 18th – The Brickyard -  Kaohsiung, Taiwan
    Sunday, May 19th – Happy Panda- Kenting, Taiwan
    Friday, May 23 – Music Matters, Singapore
    Saturday, May 24 – Music Matters, Singapore

    For more information visit:

    http://www.iamdo.ca

    http://www.roadtocenterstage.com

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    March 1st, 2013

    On January 24/25th 2013 I had one of the best days of my life when I was in five countries all in one day.

    #1 TORONTO – CANADA

    The journey began in Canada.  I spent the day packing and getting ready for the trip.  After the hassle of parking the car and going thru security, I was relieved when  finally had the chance to sit and chill in the airport lounge before the flight.  For those that don’t know, the airport lounge is one of my favorite spots when I fly internationally.  Complimentary drinks, buffet, comfortable chairs, and wi-fi get me in the right vibe before stepping on the plane.

    #2 AMSTERDAM – NETHERLANDS

    I caught some sleep on the plane and arrived in Amsterdam for breakfast.  I didn’t have too much time before my flight so I grabbed a smoothie for a quick breakfast.

    Breakfast in Amsterdam

    #3 NICE AND CANNES – FRANCE

    Touched down in Nice at noon and the sun was shining.  I had left -15 degrees celcius weather in Toronto so seeing the sun out and no snow on the ground had me in a good mood.

    This was my sixth time in the South of France and the fifth year in a row.  I was here for MIDEM – the world’s largest music conference.

    There is a small cafe when you come out with your luggage so I stopped in to grab a bite to eat.  Last year we arrived earlier than the homie Shaun Boothe and waited at this spot.  This year I was waiting to connect with Preetam.  This place has great coffee and sandwiches so it is the perfect place to chill.

    Lunch in Nice

    Once connecting with Preetam we were off Cannes. (For those that don’t know it is pronounced CAN like a pop can, not “canS” or “Khan” – that’s a character in Star Trek).

    We had rented an apartment on airbnb.  I’ve done it a few times before, and most times I’m really happy with the place we get, but still there is always a little bit of worry that maybe the place won’t be as nice as the pictures show or that a problem will arise.  Fortunately, everything went smooth… the place was great… we were right downtown with a beautiful view of Cannes.

    View from our spot in Cannes

    Last year it rained everyday.  Not just in the day but all night too.  So even though we were tired, we were feeling inspired by the beautiful weather.  We couldn’t just take a nap and chill out.  We went straight to the train station bound for Italy.

    #4 – VENTIMIGLIA, ITALY

    Ventimiglia

    The town of Ventimiglia is about an hour and a half away from Cannes.  By the time we arrived the sun had set and we were ready for adventure.  We checked out a few bars and talked to a few of the locals.  Was surprised that barely anyone spoke English, but  we made out fine… especially when we went to Bar Savvy.

    The World Famous Bar Savy

    Bar Savvy is a small bar on the corner of one of the main streets in town.  As soon as we came in, they treated us like family.  We ended up talking to everyone in the bar, including the man we affectionately refer to as “Uncle Lucky.”  When they asked us why we were in town, we told them about MIDEM and how we are musicians.  A man sitting at a nearby table with his family spoke up and said something to the bartender that we didn’t understand, but when he pulled out his cell phone we got the picture – he wanted to check out some of my music.   A small crowd gathered around as he started playing She Likes You.  They enjoyed it so I loaded up several more videos for them.

    And yes that is someone in the spot shouting out “Scarborough” in the background – got to love random Scarborough shoutouts – it’s where one of the patrons’ cousins lives.

    Shoutout to the owner of the bar for taking this pic with us.

    Owner of Bar Savy

    They even started buying us drinks but we had to turn them down, we were too hungry.

    Next up was dinner.  We found the hot spot in town and this place didn’t disappoint!

    Preetam’s dinner

    I asked for the chef specialty and even though I usually don’t like creamy pasta this one was bomb!

    We were having such a good time that we forgot that the last train was leaving shortly.  We ran to the station and jumped on the train just before it was leaving.  We had some important business to do… had to hit country number 5!

    #5 – Monaco

    Monaco

    Now if you don’t know much about Monaco let me break it down this way.  They have the world’s highest life expectancy – 90 years… and also the world’s lowest unemployment rate – 0%.  Yes 0%!

    It also is the  world’s most expensive real estate market, at $65,600 per square meter.  That’s insane.  They have the most millionaires and billionaires per capita then anywhere else in the world.

    We learned the difference at the first bar we went to.  Instead of paying 2 Euro a beer that we were paying half an hour ago, now it was 6 euro ($9 CAN) a beer.

    Savouring Stellas in Monaco

    We went by the famous Monte Carlo casino, and into the Hotel de Paris – a spot you can get a beer for a the reasonable price of 25 euro ($40 Canadian).  Unfortunately the iphone was dead by this point so no pics, but there is a video we did… the phone died after this… check my freestyle while kicking it with b-boys doing their thing in the train station…

    We found out the hot spot to go to at night was “The Black Legend” – a club downtown.  But things work differently in Monaco.  The reason we didn’t get in wasn’t because we weren’t on the ‘list’ it’s because we weren’t part of the ‘club’.  It was all good, I managed to talk our way into a spot a few doors down that was bumping some Hip-Pop music.  It was a cool spot and we had a good time chilling out there for the next hour.

    From that point on the night is kind of a blur.  After five countries and numerous stops in various bars you can see where I’m coming from.  We caught the last train of the night but it only went to Nice… however we were able to catch a cab back to Cannes.  Then we connected with friends at our favorite Irish Pub – Morrisons.  This is the spot that has all the Canadian events over the weekend.  From hosting one of the parties last year to performing their the year before, I’ve established a good rapport with the staff and owner.  That led to a few free drinks, which led to us inviting our crew back to our apartment for a party.   Music blaring, drinks flowing, this became the anthem of the night – the day – and the trip…

    Then we woke up and we did it all again…

    Like I said…#canttellmeiaintmadeit

     

     

     

     

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    October 30th, 2012

    STAY DRIVEN TOUR TO HIGHLIGHT THE IMPORTANCE OF BULLYING AWARENESS AND PREVENTION.

     

    Stay Driven by Duane Gibson - "Can't Nobody Hold You Down!"

    Stay Driven by Duane Gibson

     

    Toronto, ON – Canadian rapper and Guinness World Record holder for the longest freestyle rap, Duane Gibson aka D.O. (Defy the Odds), is set to release his first self-published book, Stay Driven, on Monday, November 19, 2012. D.O’s inspiration for writing this book began with his participation in the Toronto District School Board’s “Read To Succeed” program where he has performed for several years, encouraging students to read.

    Stay Driven will be available on iBooks and through ww.staydrivenbook.com

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    October 4th, 2012

    Check out D.O. alongside other Canadian hip hop talents, Dj, Nana, Shaun Boothe, Rich Kidd and JD Era for the 2012 A3C Hip Hop Festival in Atlanta, GA. Click the flyer below for showtimes.

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    March 14th, 2012

    D.O. will be performing Live tomorrow night for  The Blast SXSW Edition 2012. Check the flyer below for more details.

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