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Dream Jefferson x Zaphods x Ottawa Citizen Write-Up

June 24, 2010

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to come out from your earthquake shelters (every home should have one) and realize that we live in a post-earthquake world.  Everything is different now, and nothing will ever be the same.  Oh, right.  We don’t live in Haiti, but I’m sure people were pretty shaken up about it (EASY JOKE THREAT LEVEL: YELLOW – Elevated Risk of “Oh, Brother!”)!

Well, it’s time to move on with your life!  Scratch “earthquake” off of your list of things to do, and take a look at the next item.  Does it say “See Dream Jefferson, Erik Jorgensen & The Schomberg Fair at Zaphods on Saturday, June 26″?  Of course it does.  Do not fail to scratch that off your list (by going, obviously), because you won’t be able to cash that million dollar check you wrote yourself if you don’t.

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The ever-so-wonderful Fateema Sayani once again brings the heat with a write-up in today’s Ottawa Citizen!

A Radio-Friendly Musical Dream

A new duo called Dream Jefferson debuts in Ottawa this weekend, but it won’t be the first time you’ve seen these two.

Owel Five (Matt Collie) is part of cinematic rap attack band Kwiz Massturrz, while Corboe (Cory Baird) is a rising rhyme-slinger. They both played Zaphod’s semi-regularly over the past few years. They often shared a bill as the other’s opening act, so collaborating seemed like the logical next step.

When the Ottawa boys moved to Toronto to pursue music, they shacked up as roommates and formed Dream Jefferson, quickly securing gigs at such legendary venues as The Horseshoe Tavern and The Rivoli.

Now they’re back for a night to introduce a hometown crowd to their blend of danceable old-school rap. Corboe provides the sampling and production while Owel Five unleashes the verbal flow of nutty blurts that are highly amusing.

The band name is kind of quirky too. It was lifted from an episode of 30 Rock. In the show, the Tracy Morgan character has a dream about Thomas Jefferson and refers to him as Dream Jefferson later in the episode.

“I heard those two words together and it just clicked,” says Owel Five. He calls the new band’s music his “most accessible and radio-friendly work to date.” He still pursues a darker, riffier rap path with Kwiz Massturrz and has a solo album in the works called Songs For Dames. Meanwhile, Corboe’s recent release, Take Off Your Glasses, is on iTunes and his new project is called Sad Detective.

– Dream Jefferson, Eric Jorgensen, Schomberg Fair, Saturday June 26, Zaphod Beeblebrox, 27 York St., 8 p.m., $8.

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