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Hometown Roars For Daniel Caesar Homecoming

It’s a miracle story for the Oshawa native who’s gone from couch-surfing a couple of years back to two Grammy nods and a five-night hometown run at Danforth Music Hall.

Hometown Roars For Daniel Caesar Homecoming

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Daniel Caesar Tops 2 Grammy Nods With 5 Night Hometown Run


Big would be too small a word to describe Daniel Caesar’s 2017. The much-lauded artist — and Exclaim! 2017 year-end cover star —has five sold-out shows at Toronto’s Danforth Music Hall running Dec. 16-20, a feat that’s without precedent, particularly for an independent Canadian musician who gets limited radio play in his home country.

On a broader scale, he’s been doing it: debut album Freudian has been getting incredible levels of acclaim and support, including a pair of Grammy nominations. His Freudian single “Get You” has been blowing up streaming sites — at last count amassing over 56 million streams on Apple Music and another 55 million on Spotify. And Now magazine has just picked his album as #1 on its list of top 10 Toronto releases of 2017. Recently, Caesar also had a downtown Toronto popup titled “Freudian: A Gallery,” featuring merch, vinyl and photos at the event.

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“It’s pretty crazy,” he tells Exclaim!, referencing his sell-out five-night hometown run at Danforth Music Hall that closes out his North American tour.

With regards to his making it in the industry, Caesar understands he’s arrived, but he is staying grounded. The past year has seen him meet up with names like Mary J. Blige and Chance the Rapper and have artists like Liam Gallagher, Rick Rubin and Stevie Wonder sing his praises.

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