Sweatshop Union at Juliets Castle

Saturday November 10 2012

Doors: 9:00PM

18+, no minors


TRUE RHYTHM presents...

Sweatshop Union

Sweatshop Union are heavyweights of North Western hip-hop, and have earned a reputation as the hardest working collective in the region. Having performed over five hundred shows internationally, they have changed the perception of what live hip-hop can achieve.

The group's most ambitious record to date was the 2011 award winning Bill Murray EP, ( Western Canadian Music Awards' Hip Hop Album of the Year ) and brought a whole new level to their steadily growing underground following. Building on this they are releasing another two albums this year first starting with The Leisure Gang EP available now for free from : leisuregang.bandcamp.com


Danny Fernandez a.k.a. Def3 is a Regina, Saskatchewan based hip hop artist. He has been a major contributor to the Provinces hip hop scene through his work as an established MC, experience Graffiti Artist and Resident DJ. He has gained national and even international notoriety through his active touring schedule and official showcases at festivals such as SXSW, Shambhala, Juno Fest, NXNE, CMW, Breakout west, Prairie Scene even headlining the Saskatchewan pavilion for the opening ceremonies at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. His interactive and high energy live show has landed him gigs everywhere and anywhere. He has gained experience with all types of crowds in coffee shops, pubs, clubs, galas, award ceremonies, festivals all over the world. His Honesty in his music has opened many doors for him and has even allowed him to perform at private galas for the Governor General of Canada, her excellency, Michaelle Jean, as well the lieutenant Governor of canada.

He has released several music videos all landing rotation on Much Music's Much Vibe and Rapcity. His most recent "Real Talk" from the Amnesia EP is currently on rotation. His last 2 major releases were nominated for WCMA awards for "Rap recording of the year" in 2008 and again in 2010. His album "Dog River" a collaboration with Canadian veteran rapper Moka Only charted #1 on Charttack and earshot for college radio stations throughout Canada for 12 weeks before moving down in the charts.

Since 2006 till present he has started, organized, and led instructional workshops to all ages of youth and a wide variety of students through his work with inner city youth programs, partnerships with the Regina Board of education, and even Graduate classes at the IMP labs through the U of R in Saskatchewan. He has toured extensively throughout Canada east to west, as well as embarked annually on multiple tours throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, and South America performing more then 100 International Showcases. He and shared the same stage as well as toured with a wide variety of well known artists such as Nas, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, Masta Ace, Michael Franti and Spearhead, K-OS, The Beatnuts, Onyx, Maestro Fresh Wes, Classified, Shad, Swollen Members, Choclair, Zion I, Mystic, Cage, Del The Funkee Homosapien, Souls of Mischief, and many more.

Def3 has recently joined forces with Vancouver's Sweatshop Union and their latest release as part of the Leisure Gang. (Album available for FREE DL http://leisuregang.bandcamp.com/ ) Def has been touring extensively with Sweatshop throughout Canada and the U.S for the past 8 months. He is currently promoting his latest EP entitled "Amnesia". The EP features Moka Only, Josh Martinez, Tonye Aganabe and Ra Focus. Expect to hear a lot more from Def in the next few years as he is just getting started. Please Dowload "Amnesia" FREE at www.def3.ca


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