On this episode, we don’t go around Drake—we go through him.

Here are the show’s featured artists, in order of appearance:

Lido Pimienta is a Colombian-born musician and visual artist. Read more about the meaning behind Camellando, her cover of Rihanna’s Work here.

Esie Mensah is a dancer and choreographer who has worked with a range of recording artists including Janelle Monae, Nelly Furtado, Jully Black and Shawn Desman. She’s the director of The Black Stars; a coalition of afro-influenced dancers that mixes traditional with contemporary movement, and she teaches classes at City Dance Corps. Here’s Esie on Season 4 of So You Think You Can Dance.

Micheal Peter Olsen is a multi-instrumentalist who has collaborated with several bands and artists including The Arcade Fire, Gentleman Reg, K-OS, Great Lake Swimmers, Drake, and The Hidden Cameras. He’s currently fronting the band Our Founders, scoring films, and producing albums at his Toronto recording studio, Uncomfortable Silence. Listen to You are Mine.

Geetha Thurairajah is a visual artist who was named one of 15 finalists for the $25,000 RBC Canadian Painting Competition for her painting, Hotlines. She was recently commissioned by online publishing platform NewHive to create a digital painting, parting with, and had her first solo exhibition, goodbye here, no matter where at 8-11 gallery in Toronto.

Daniel Caesar is a Toronto-based singer-songwriter. His EP Pilgrim’s Paradise was primarily recorded in family living room of producer Jordan Evans. Listen to Paradise by Daniel Caesar featuring BADBADNOTGOOD and Sean Leon.

Emma Healey is a Toronto-based writer whose work appears in Said The GramophoneThe LA Review of Books, the Hairpin, the National Post, the Walrus, Toronto LifeDaily Dot, and Little Brother, among others. She is the Globe & Mail‘s poetry critic. Her first book of poems, Begin with the End in Mind was published by Arbeiter Ring in 2012. She writes about Drake here, here, here, and here.

Send suggestions, feedback, & freelance pitches to aliya [at] canadalandshow.com.

Contributors: Lily Ames

Production assistance: Kevin Sexton

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