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Gig Pick: The Sorority + Snotty Nose Rez Kids at SAW Gallery—11.23.2019

By Jared Davidson on November 22, 2019

What’s the capacity of SAW Gallery? It can’t be much more than 200.

Tomorrow night there will be three Polaris Prize shortlisters and one winner sharing that small stage. On the positive side, it’s pretty cool we can see this calibre of artist up close in a small club. On the negative, the show will likely sell out.

Because this is The Sorority’s last tour. Member Haviah Mighty just won a Polaris Prize for her solo work. Also on that shortlist (for the second time) was Snotty Nose Rez Kids. And that, plus the amazing BACKXWASH, is tomorrow night’s line up. We are truly spoiled.

The Sorority is one of the best things to happen to Canadian hip hop. This is stadium stuff, so think about what this might be like in a small room at Arts Court. That this show still has tickets to sell is mind boggling. And I know Ottawa isn’t a big hip hop town, but I believe we know what good music is. Nickelback isn’t touring right now, so no excuse.

That this show still has tickets to sell is mind boggling.

Oh that’s right:  The Sorority is only half of the headline for this show. And I know I have a history of being a little enthusiastic about things, but come on. Snotty Nose Rez Kids are a force, and they happen to have a song with The Sorority, so of course they’ll be playing that.

This is potentially the only time Ottawa will get to see that collaboration live on stage. Snotty Nose Rez Kids are wrapping up their tour after this weekend and this is officially it for The Sorority. SNRK have played almost 100 shows this year, and they’re in need of a rest.

“It’s tiring but this is what we’ve worked for,” says Quinton “Yung Trybez” Nyce, speaking to me from St. John’s on tour. “You just think about all the artists that wish they were in this position, and you think, ‘What am I tired for?’”

“You just think about all the artists that wish they were in this position, and you think, ‘What am I tired for?’”

The duo is experiencing something of a career peak having released TRAPLINE to nothing but praise, and making the Polaris Prize shortlist again.

“The first year, it was kind of a surreal feeling,” says Nyce. “But when we did get put on the short list, the feeling was exactly the same as the last time. It felt good.”

It must have been a wild night at the Polaris Prize Gala that night when Haviah Mighty won it. Not only is she one of the most influential artists in the scene, she’s built relationships with so many great acts across the country and her win must have felt like a win for Canadian hip hop. It definitely did for Snotty Nose Rez Kids who couldn’t be happier in losing.

“The moment we heard Pledge [The Sorority’s debut album] we wanted to work with them,” says Nyce. So tomorrow night will be a little bitter sweet. It could be one of the last times (plus Toronto on Sunday) that “Son of Matriarch” is performed live.

“I’m hoping for a reunion tour,” says Nyce.