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Cadence Weapon: Reading and Conversation

Join us for a book reading and conversation with Rollie Pemberton, a writer, rapper, producer, poet and activist who performs under the name Cadence Weapon. His 2022 book, Bedroom Rapper is a wide-ranging and crucial history of hip-hop with an international perspective that’s often missing from rap music journalism. Integrating the gestation of American hip hop with UK grime and niche scenes from the Canadian prairies, Pemberton brings his obsessive knowledge of hip hop to bear on his subject.

Tracing his roots from recording beats in his mom’s attic in Edmonton to performing with some of the most recognizable names in rap and electronic music, Pemberton captures the joy in finding yourself, and how a sense of place and purpose entwines inextricably with a music scene.

Cadence Weapon will be joined on stage by Elliott Walsh, aka Nestor Wynrush, the Winnipeg-based artist and founder of The Live Mixtape project.

No registration required. Admission by donation; free entry for members and youth under 18.

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Riverview Room

About the Artists

Rollie Pemberton is a writer, rapper, producer, poet and activist who performs under the name Cadence Weapon. He won the 2021 Polaris Music Prize for his album Parallel World. His writing has been published in Pitchfork, The Guardian, Wired and Hazlitt. Currently based in Toronto, Pemberton was a former Poet Laureate in his hometown of Edmonton.

Elliott Walsh, aka Nestor Wynrush, is a Winnipeg-based emcee, writer, educator and workshop facilitator. A first-generation Canadian, his work draws from his Caribbean roots and passion for hip hop music. His storytelling explores ideas of home, love, identity and accessibility. An innovator of hip hop arts programming in Manitoba, he has worked with The Winnipeg Art Gallery, Graffiti Art Programming, University of Manitoba Campus Radio, Wall To Wall Mural Festival, UNITY Charity and TSN Radio. He is a board member of Manitoba Music and Jazz Winnipeg.

April 15, 2023 at 2:00PM