Abstract Artform “As The Crow Flies” Canadian Tour

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Abstract Artform “As The Crow Flies” Eastern Canadian Tour & CD Release

Touring w/ Juno winner Relic and Ambition from Halifax

   Winnipeg’s prairie kid rapper Abstract Artform is proud to announce he will be trekking across Eastern Canada with Juno winner Relic and Halifax rapper Ambition this summer along with a show date at the COCA conference in promotion of his upcoming release ‘As The Crow Flies’on July 5th on Ol’ Roy Records (http://olroyrecords.com).

The album was produced by Juno nominated producer Fresh Kils and features collaborations with Juno nominated rapper D-Sisive, Toronto Independent Music Award nominee Blackboltt, blues/roots artist Rambling Dan Frechette and cuts from Uncle Fester.

“I’m looking forward to hitting the road with my new album As The Crow Flies. It’ll be a long trip but I’m ready to meet every single one of you from coast to coast. I’m especially excited to be in parts of Canada that I haven’t been yet with my music. Juno award winning Relic from Toronto will be joining me on the road, as well as Halifax’s Ambition!  We’re also filming the trip and will be posting up footage daily!! Be sure to keep up to date on my Twitter and social media!! It could get pretty wild on the open road.” comments Abstract Artform.

In the last four years on the scene Abstract Artform has performed at the Grey Cup Fest, Canadian Music Week, Indie Week, won the Intel Superstars Urban edition plus has topped the earshot Canadian hip-hop college radio charts, landed on the Top 25 Hip Hop charts on CMJ in the USA and was selected as a semi-finalist from over 16,000 entries in ISC 2011 for the song “Things Ain’t What They Used to Be” in the R&B/hip-hop category.

Join Abstract Artform July 5th at Le Garage in Winnipeg to celebrate the release of his new album As The Crow Flies.  Farmery Brewery has joined forces with Abstract Artform and will be there to educate Manitoba on one of Abstract’s favorite topics….BEER!!

Abstract Artform – New Music – As The Crow Flies – Coming Soon - http://youtu.be/punzRlvurwI

As The Crow Flies – Abstract Artform Promo - http://youtu.be/-PoMj3RLO2Q


Thursday, June 13, 2013 – Ottawa, ON – Ritual Nightclub
Friday, June 14, 2013 – Montreal, QC – Café Chaos
Thursday, June 18, 2013 – London, ON – Club Large (opening for Styles P)
Monday, June 24, 2013 – Halifax, NS – COCA Conference Showcase @ Pacifico Dancebar
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 – Halifax, NS – The Company House
Friday, June 28, 2013 – Toronto, ON – Bite Bar
saturday, June 29 2013 – Sudbury, ON – Little Montreal
Sunday, June 30, 2013- Thunder Bay, ON – Crocks
Friday, July 5, 2013 – Winnipeg, MB – Le Garage – CD RELEASE “AS THE CROW FLIES”
Saturday, July 20, 2013 – Dauphin, MB – Boulevard Bar
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 – Saskatoon, SK – The Fez on Broadway

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Music Videos

Summer in the City ft. Doodlebug (of Digable Planets) - http://youtu.be/XfsnHkWnNmM

I Am Canadian - http://youtu.be/N6f8C-mDc9g

Abstract Artform ft. Jurassic 5 – Bring It Back - http://youtu.be/vZPDsZsHiiQ

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“If “REAL” hip hop is your thing than you’ve got to see these guys live.” – The Scene Magazine (Indie Week 2012 Concert Review)

“Abstract Artform is all about putting its own distinctive twist on things when it comes to hip-hop. The genre is principally about repping where you’re from, and frontman/producer MC Shea Malcolmson notes they take it to heart.” - CBC Radio 3

Halifax’s Classified might be trying to establish himself as the preeminent writer of hip-hop songs tied to our national identity, but Winnipeg’s Abstract Artform might just give him a run for his money.

The group, fronted by MC and producer Shea “Kid A” Malcolmson, fuses live jazz and soul-like music with vocal delivery familiar to fans of groups like Jurassic 5. Their “I Am Canadian” single from 2010’s His Story In The Making is a hit waiting to happen while other cuts share and celebrate life in a Prairie capital. Upcoming full-length As The Crow Flies is their second in as many years and the third since 2008’s Prairie Kid. The band’s work ethic has garnered them consecutive appearances at the taste-making NXNE festival, a 12-month stay on the Chart college lists, and a slew of other appearances and opportunities.

With easy flow, great instrumentals, and lyrics worth turning an ear to, Abstract Artform should be must-play material for any Canadian hip-hop fan.” – Canadian Musician Magazine

“Abstract Artform came out swinging with “Here We Are” from their debut album Prairie Kid. Their high energy set continued with stomping, rap exercises and oh yes songs: “Hands up”, “I Am Canadian” and “Summer in the City.” They debuted “BAMF”(produced by Canadian beatsmith/MPC-Jedi Fresh Kils) a new song from their upcoming album.”(Live Review) – Stylus Mag (Winnipeg)

His Story in the Making, the second album from Abstract Artform (aka producer/MC Kid A, aka Shea Malcolmson), delivers on the promise hinted at on Prairie Kid. From the easy groove of Winnipeg (feat. Fashawn) to the funked-out Old School (feat. Flo Soul) to the hooky Hip Hop (Is What I Was Doing), Kid A establishes himself as a self-deprecating, clever wordsmith who isn’t afraid to let his Prairie roots show. There are no bitches ’n’ bling tales of excess here, either; Steady At It is a refreshing reality check about the financial struggles faced by Canadian artists, hip hop and otherwise.- 4/5 – Jen Zoratti – Uptown Mag – Review – His Story In The Making

Canadian hip hop group ABSTRACT ARTFORM is a perfect recipe of golden era hip hop combined with funk and soul from the 70′s, and of course some new school influence. Abstract Artform founded by Kid A, the band includes several members: Abstract, Cue, Bishop, D-Rail and DJ Toad” - HipHopForever – Review – His Story In The Making

“What happened to hip hop?” MC Abstract Artform, aka Shea Malcolmson, asks on Here We Are. Good question. Luckily, this Prairie kid is eschewing the commercial hip hop cluttering our radio airwaves and, like Winnipeg expat Grand Analog and Edmonton’s Cadence Weapon, takes a decidedly old-school approach to hip hop. Heavily funk inflected, Prairie Kid dares you not to dance – but it’s Malcolmson’s deep, Buck 65-esque vocals that make this record shine. Check out Boom and They Call Me featuring the renowned DJ Brace. – Jen Zoratti – Uptown Mag – Review – Prairie Kid

“You can call him Abstract Artform. You can call him Kid A. You can even call him Shea Malcolmson. But don’t call him a poser. This debut proves the local MC and producer is definitely for real. His beats are stark yet distinctive, his eclectic tunes splice ’70s samples with his own material, and his gruff, tongue-tripping flow bypasses thug fantasies for intelligent realism. We’d call that cool.”- Darryl Sterdan - Winnipeg Sun – Review – Prairie Kid

“You one of the coolest, smartest and sincerest artist I know. Much success.” – Akil the MC (LA SKILL DISTRICT/JURASSIC 5)

“…Distinctively Canadian Hip-Hop…” “…National hit song writing material…” Greg Wells PRODUCER (ONE REPUBLIC, LINDSAY LOHAN, CRASH TEST DUMMIES, DEFTONES)

Awards / Accomplishments / Placements

2012 – Intel Superstars Winner Urban

2011 – Song Placement SHAW TV Show Milkshakes Burgers and Fries” in conjunction with the HOT AC HOT 103 (Winnipeg) “http://www.hot103live.com/feature/milkshakesburgersandfries.aspx

2010 – Finalists International Songwriting Competition: http://www.songwritingcompetition.com/winners

2009 – Reverbnation/Microsoft Sponsored Artist/Windows 7 Launch

2009 – CBC Track of The Day w/Lauren Burrows: http://radio3.cbc.ca/#/podcasts/CBC-Radio-3-Track-of-the-Day/Abstract-Artform—Stay-Prairie

Shared Stage w/
Akil the MC (Jurassic 5)
Imaginary Cities
Digable Planets
Cancer Bats
Pigeon John
Abstract Rude
Josh Martinez
Tanika Charles

Past Festivals & Tours:

2013 – Coca showcase

2013, 2012 – Canadian Music Week (Toronto)

2012 Grey Cup Fest (Toronto)

2012, 2011 – Indieweek (Toronto)

2011, 2010 – NXNE (Toronto)

2009, 2008 – Canadian Tours


(2008) Prairie Kid LP

(2009) Big Shiny Rhymes Mixtape

(2009) Summer in the City single

(2010) Birth of a Track Single windows 7/reverbnation

(2010) His Story in the Making LP

(2012) As The Crow Flies LP

Interviews To Check Out:

(2011) Kick FM Radio Interview w/Pamela Roz: http://www.tinderboxnorth.com/fr_audiointerviews.cfm

(2011) HOT 103 FM Locals Only Interview: http://www.hot103live.com/Blog/localsonly/blogentry.aspx?blogEntryID=10216224

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