March 16th, 2016
Had a blast on NBA All Star Weekend…
Got a chance to perform with Snoop by my side!
January 22nd, 2015
October 9th, 2013
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
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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.
#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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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
October 30th, 2012
STAY DRIVEN TOUR TO HIGHLIGHT THE IMPORTANCE OF BULLYING AWARENESS AND PREVENTION.
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
October 4th, 2012
March 14th, 2012
December 19th, 2011
I recently got back from spending a week out in Nova Scotia. Now I can’t wait to get back.I got a chance to make music, rock shows, see friends, and best of all – see family.There aren’t too many places you can go and do all of that!The first stop was to see my man Classified. Next thing you know Mic Boyd rolls through.After working with Class for so long, it wasn’t so much about making sure we recorded something as much as it was about catching up and listening to new beats. We talked about the first time we met up, almost 10 years ago now. Not too many cats still in the game that was doing it ten years ago!Now Class is going out to do arena shows across the Country. It’s good to see people succeed that deserve to succeed.As he went through some of his beats, I started typing a list on my blackberry – but then I stopped. Every beat was banging! It got to a point where I liked everything he played – and I’m picky when it comes to beats so this was a good thing.The next day I was back at the studio but just as an observer. Kayo was in the lab and they were writing a new track for Kayo’s debut. I just wanted to come through and introduce myself. I knew Kayo was from St. Lucia so we connnected talking about the Caribbean.From there I was back in Halifax, I thought about writing some business emails but decided to pop in the beats CD. Then I got out the rhyme book and proceeded to write a few songs. It felt like deja vu. The last time I was in Scotia – to shoot the Now I Understand video – I had met up with Class and then wrote a few songs in the hotel room right after. The first song was “She Likes You” which became one of my biggest releases, and the next was “It’s On” which I’m about to release in 2012.After writing my third song, the phone rang – it was the fam.I met up with my cousins and we went out to the Seahorse to see a dope funk band play – The Mellotones http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1ckPAallT4On Friday I headed up to New Glasgow to see more family. The highlight being kicking it with my 97 year old Uncle Sonny.The thing that amazed me was that he kept on saying “October 6th… October 6th…” He was saying my sons birthday. But how does he remember that? For the next couple of hours I was silent as I listened to story after story – many of them I’ve heard before – but it didn’t matter. When you are around older family members you treasure the time because you say “maybe this will be the last time.” The thing is I remember feeling that way almost 20 years ago. After all he was 80 at the time.The next day I was up early for the drive to Cape Breton. It’s one of those drives that I look forward to – especially when there isn’t snow! It’s not like driving on the 401 where you have to compete with the traffic. It’s a familiar road and beautiful scenery along the way.I showed up at my grandmothers house around 3. It looked the same as it always has. As a kid, I moved around alot but the one constant was my family. I’d been to this house for 30 years now. Looked a lot bigger when I was a kid though!Before I went out for the night, I stopped at the neighbour for a beer – or two. They do a lot for my grandma so it was important to stop by and give my thanks. Its a tight knit community where people look out for each other.Then it was time to head out. I had a show to prepare for.My man A.G. rolled through to pick me up. He’s a young MC that I met by chance in a hotel elevator in Halifax. Since then we’ve kept in touch and he’s always encouraged me to come out to do a show. We even did a track together recently.We did up the soundcheck and then I stopped in at a hotel party to connect with my cousins. That’s when I knew we were in for a big night. We spent some time catching up and then A.G. came back to give me a ride to the venue.It’s always good to walk into a crowd. You know its not going to be “one of those nights” – when the venue is half empty and you have to create the vibe. I could feel the vibe walking in.When it was time to perform, I already had a packed dance floor. Even though I had family out here, you never know what the response is going to be like. If you are going to have to call people to the floor or if they came to get down. I’m glad this was the latter.And the spot was live! I did a few Art of Fresh tracks at the end as an encore, but then they wanted to keep going!We ended up at another bar for an after party before calling it a night.On my final day I took it easy in the afternoon… ran a few errands for my grandma, stopped by some family, and shot scenes for a video with A.G. I had planned to connect with my cousins in the evening, but after a week of non stop action, it was good chilling on the couch kicking it with my grandma.As I got on the plane for the flight back, I was a little tired, but refreshed. It was a great week and even more, I felt like the mission was accomplished.Now time to plan the next trip… I’m serious… I’m checking flights right now!