"Poet, rapper, slammer, actor, singer-songwriter and troubadour"Émilie Côté, Balade à Toronto
$10 Student tickets available in advance for this show, with valid student card.
Pop, groove, sometimes funk and always soul, Yao captivates audiences with his deep baritone voice, his gentle poetry, and his trailblazing artistic approach.
His deeply sensitive, descriptive lyrics recall the rich texts of French rappers MC Solaar and Oxmo Puccino. What sets Yao apart is his eclectic pop sound, a fusion of interwoven musical influences and his own textual escapades.
Prominent on Canada’s French-language music scene, nominated in seven categories at the 2015 Trille Or awards gala and winner of the Prix Édith-Butler from the SPACQ Foundation (Société professionnelle des auteurs et des compositeurs du Québec), Yao released his latest album, Lapsus, on November 4, 2016.
Last January 17 he received two more nominations at the 2017 Trille Or gala (coming up on May 5): one for Best Singer, Songwriter or Singer–Songwriter (for Lapsus) and one for the Export Ontario award (best Ontario artist or band performing outside the province).
An impressive nod of approval from this effervescent industry, to which the artist responds with an intimate and spellbinding new show.