The place: Hub Coffee House and Locavorium on Shaw. The people: hip hopper Buck 65 and R&B singer Jully Black. The subject: awards, ambition and the all-powerful Internet
This month, the Juno Awards return home to Toronto—with hip hop star Drake as host—to mark 40 years of honouring Canada’s music makers: Stompin’ Tom Connors and Maestro Fresh Wes, the Tragically Hip and Arcade Fire, and Anne Murray and Avril Lavigne have all snagged prizes. Add rapper Rich Terfry (a.k.a. Buck 65) and R&B diva Jully Black to that list. On paper, the pair don’t have a lot in common: he’s kinda quiet, she booms into a room; he’s from small-town Nova Scotia, she grew up at Jane and Finch; he spits out rhymes, she belts it out like Beyoncé. But, as is often the case when two people sit down together, similarities emerge. In addition to both being Juno winners (he claimed Alternative Album of the Year and Video of the Year, she took home R&B/Soul Recording of the Year), both have gigs on the other side of the mic (she as a correspondent for Etalk, he as the host of CBC’s Radio 2 Drive), both have new projects (his recently released album 20 Odd Years, her upcoming 8ight), both think Justin Bieber is more a sign of the times than a sign of the second coming, and both credit their moms (awww) with much of their success. With the Junos looming (and the snow dumping down), we bought them a drink and listened in.
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