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David Hodges

Performing arts
Music - Hip hop


David Hodges

David Hodges is a respected hip-hop producer and gifted MC active in the culture for over a decade. Hodges blends soul, funk, rock and gospel in a fashion that combines the best of their individual elements, as his insightful rap narratives compel the listener not only to live life, but to craft it as thoughtfully and carefully as he does his music. Hodges has shared the stage with many hip-hop legends such as Phife Dawg, Tech N9ne, Guru, Raekwon, Kardinal Offishall, DeLa Soul, Swollen Members, Masta Ace, Shad K, K-os and more. He has released 10 albums, which have all received national recognition by TV, radio and media. His most recent project, Notre Home, a song project and tour encouraging the bridging of linguistic divides in Québec, was endorsed by the provincial government and made national headline news. David has a big heart for the youth. Every year, he tours over 40 schools and provides inspirational workshops that influence kids to stay on the right path. He continues to collaborate with Kids Help Phone on anti-bullying outreach projects and has teamed up with several community organizations to create positive cultural impact through hip-hop music.

Proposed approach and type of activities

David Hodges is a hip-hop artist and music educator. Since 2002, he has been writing and recording songs in his studio. He fell in love with the art of hip-hop and the freedom of self-expression that it offers. His music explores many musical creative boundaries and addresses issues such as truth, love, God, depression, struggle, triumph, hope and success. As he grew, he decided to have more of a community impact through his art. He established a studio in 2004 which is open to the public and has now served over 60 artists. In the same year, he started a music production company, offering instrumentals to independent artists. This company has now sold over 700 beats and has ventured into film and TV commercials. David performs regularly with his band The Honest Family. He has been extremely active in the performance arts, as this is the best way to get your name known. As David became aware of his purpose, he decided to start mentoring artists who had potential but suffered from apathy and lack of empowerment. He started doing local monthly hip-hop showcases that offered rappers a place to perform and grow artistically. David has become recognized as a successful artist with a positive community impact.

Other examples of activities

Workshop 1

Slam poetry workshop

This is a workshop that explores the literary and performance approach to slam poetry. The students learn about different writing devices and performance techniques and will also receive historical accounts of the art form. They will be introduced to many spoken artists through media and visual presentations. Students are given the opportunity to write and perform their own piece in front of their classmates. Rubrics and criteria will be provided for the classroom teacher. This is a great opportunity to get students to think outside the box. It gives the students a different look at what poetry is and definitely helps to break down preconceived notions about the idea of writing a poem.

Special conditions

Schools need to provide a projector and a screen for visual presentation.

For information

Phone : 514 668-9159
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Primary 5, Primary 6, Secondary 1, Secondary 2, Secondary 3, Secondary 4, Secondary 5, Special education (secondary)

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