From NYC to MIA

I woke up this morning and felt like I should be getting ready to go to the airport… that’s how I’ve spent the previous three days so I was getting in a routine!

On Wednesday morning the crew was off to New York City for the CMJ Music Festival… We were playing as part of the Canadian Blast event and were the only hip-hop act on the line up… but first, I had to get my Diddy on. I was invited to be part of a luncheon with music executives from the US. It was interesting because it was held at the Canadian Counsel… Shout out to CIMA for organizing it and doing an amazing job on the catering!

From there we only had a couple of hours to rest up before the big show…

The venue was Arlene’s Grocery in the Lower East Side of NYC…

The first act of the night was Rich Aucoin from Scotia… I didn’t know much about Rich before but whoa! This man can put on a live show. First he was giving out 3-D glasses… next thing you know he was getting everyone to hold a parachute while bouncing glow sticks off of it…

We were on next and as always, Nana made sure that the crowd was hype before we went on. We’ve heard in the past that a New York crowd was similar to Toronto in terms of lack of crowd response, but we didn’t have that problem. The crowd was hype and were rocking with us from beginning to end!

photo credit: Duncan McKie

After the show we didn’t get a chance to take a break… we were doing a few interviews outside of the club.

We caught a couple hours of sleep and had to head to the airport for the next stop… at least we managed to hook up a nice ride to the airport!


Then it was off to beautiful Miami… after reading tweets and status updates from our Canadian friends of the cold weather it was a little different here and we could tell as soon as we touched down – sunny sky, no clouds and 86 degree temperature. We performed at Barry University which is in North Miami. As soon as we hit the campus, students were showing us love and we saw lots of posters up so we knew it was going to be a hype show. “You guys are going to do Out This World right??” – yep we knew it was about to get hype. The best part about the show was the group of dancers that came. They danced the whole time so it was easy for us to maintain the high energy. After rocking a couple of encore songs we chilled out with the students for awhile before bouncing… after all we had another plane to catch in a few hours.

So there it is – two days – two wild nights – from East Coast to down South to back up to the North… wish we could have spent more time in each city but it also feels good to be home!

Next stop?? stay tuned!

D.O.

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