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TEDxYYC - Transit - Why Do You Wake Up? / Calgary

Transit performs his two tracks titled "Why Do You Wake Up?" and "Calgary" at TEDxYYC 2012.Transit is an indie hip hop artist who moved to Calgary from Victoria a few years ago to pursue an education and to take his music to the next level in the rapidly expanding indie community of Calgary. Since arriving in Calgary, Transit has wasted no time making himself a household name. In the short amount of time Transit has spent on the Calgary scene he has created a movement of people who are sick of Calgary being labelled as strictly a "Country Music City."This mentality is what drove Transit to create the song "Calgary" which features 19 time Juno Nominee Jann Arden on the chorus, and multiple cameos from different local artists, as well as a cameo from Mayor Naheed Nenshi. You can watch the video here: past year, Transit and long time collaborator Dave Wallace created a video titled "Creating a hit: The 8 Hour Challenge." In the video, Transit and Dave film themselves creating a top 40 pop song from scratch to prove how easy it is to be "radio friendly." After creating the viral Youtube video, Transit and Dave were approached by KISS star Gene Simmons who was interested in the same sound that Transit and Dave were mocking. Rather than pursuing Gene's invitation to set up a showcase for his record label, Transit decided to stay independent in order to maintain his artistic integrity. Watch the 8 hour challenge here: has been featured on major publications such as Macleans Magazine, CBC The National, Global National and Q With Jian Ghomeshi.His new album, "22? was released November 11, 2011 and reached #7 on the iTunes hip-hop charts.In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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