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OT Rising: CBC Ottawa and SHIFTER collaborate on 4-part digital series

SHIFTER Magazine and CBC Ottawa are coming together for a digital collaboration called “OT Rising” featuring four artists who are making a name for themselves in Ottawa, or as it’s known in the hip-hop and R&B community, “OT.”

All episodes now available on the CBC Ottawa Community Instagram

OT Rising features local hip-hop artists Asuquomo, Hueso, Lia Kloud and City Fidelia. (Photo credits: Jennifer Falanga, Ek Visions, Osmo Capture and Nabeel Pervaiz. Graphic: Marwan Mansour)

Despite the toll COVID-19 has taken on the music industry worldwide, there's been a lot of momentum in Ottawa's hip-hop and R&B scene in 2020. To those in the know, there's a resounding feeling that Ottawa is on the verge of major commercial recognition and that the Nation's Capital may very well be Canada's next hip-hop and R&B hotbed outside of Toronto.

This is why SHIFTER Magazine and CBC Ottawa are coming together for a digital collaboration called OT Rising featuring four artists who are making a name for themselves in Ottawa, or as it's known in the hip-hop and R&B community, "OT."

The artists include Orleans native and former Winnipeg Blue Bomber and Ottawa Redblack, Hueso, known for his unique sound that blurs the lines between R&B and hip hop. We also have the former poet Lia Kloud with her dark, edgy sound and Nigerian artist Asuquomo with his African-hip-hop fusion sound. And then there's City Fidelia, one of the leading artists in the city in recent years. Together, these four artists represent the diversity of Ottawa's hip-hop scene, at the same time proving that OT is definitely on the rise.

Description written by Kevin Bourne, editor of SHIFTER Magazine, with minor edits for length and clarity.

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OT Rising is a digital series produced in collaboration with SHIFTER Magazine, a Black and urban culture magazine based in Ottawa. Follow CBC Ottawa's Community Instagram to watch all four episodes. If you missed the OT Rising Instagram Live with All In A Day host Alan Neal, Kevin Bourne of SHIFTER Magazine and featured artists from the series, click here to watch it now on IGTV

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