Concert: El Rass الراس | Toronto
Critical Distance is thrilled to co-present El Rass in concert with MARSM Canada at Adelaide Hall on June 24, as part of the exhibition Garden of Broken Shadows, curated by Fatma Hendawy Yehia. As part of his first tour in Canada, El Rass, known for his critical lyrics and performances, will engage with the exhibition’s topics around identity, immigration and adaptation through a vernacular yet deeply philosophical language. Tickets on sale now through MARSM Canada.
Mazen El Sayed (aka El Rass) is a rapper and music producer from Tripoli, Lebanon. His discography includes 8 albums, the most recent is titled “Ard El Khof” , as well as more than 200 singles in collaboration with other music-makers and rappers from the region. El Rass’s work has earned recognition and visibility in the Arab world, specifically for his dense lyrical content, versatility of styles and subject matter, and his personal sonic approach. El Sayed worked as a journalist before devoting his time to music, and has been described as a subversive voice inspired from traditional and contemporary expression, from the spiritual and the worldly.
Adelaide Hall is located in the lower level of 250 Adelaide Street West. The entrance is through the alley next to 26 Duncan Street West (between Nelson St. & Adelaide St. West). The venue can only be accessed via two flights of stairs (4-5 steps each) connected by one landing.
Critical Distance thanks co-presenter MARSM Canada for partnering on programming for El Rass. Garden of Broken Shadows is made possible through the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts. Critical Distance gratefully acknowledges funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.
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