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The Seedworks Urban Offices
126 Catharine Street North, Hamilton, Ontario L8R 1J4
The Seedworks Sessions
Live Performance in An Intimate Setting
Saturday, February 10, 2018
Doors Open at 7PM Showtime 8PM — 9 PM
Free Admission, Reservations Required
A Winterfest Celebration
Presented in partnership with the Hamilton Arts Council + Seedworks Urban Offices with generous support from The City of Hamilton
Location 126 Catharine Street North
Free Street Parking
For Information contact [email protected]
or T. 905.481.321
— Dre Pao (born Adriano Paonessa) is a Songwriter/Recording Artist from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, born on September 12, 1992. Before music, Dre studied Political Science and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from McMaster University (Hamilton, ON, Canada).
Dre Pao’s music career launched in 2012 when he was discovered by Spanish recording artist Xuso Jones (Universal Music) while singing on a beach near Madrid, Spain (Murcia).
The Canadian songwriter honed his craft through the advice and mentorship of JUNO Award winning producer Lenny DeRose (Walk Off the Earth, Barenaked Ladies, and The Tragically Hip). Dre would go on to work with Latin-music producer Juan De Sedas (Fito Blanko/David Bisbal) and build an online fanbase through covering songs in Spanish and English.
You may recognize Dre from his previous work with Greater Hamilton Musician Magazine, where he interviewed artists such as Max Kerman of the Arkells and Jeremy Widerman of Monster Truck. Today Dre continues to share his passion for powerful conversations through his podcast “Real Talk with Dre Pao”, which has featured artists such as Hedley, Billy Talent, The Strumbellas, Shaun Frank, Ruth B, Gary Vaynerchuk, and more.
Dre Pao’s debut single “WithoutChya” (Feat. Illvibe) was released on June 3, 2017, and accumulated over 1.5 Million views on Facebook and over 230K on YouTube, while harnessing radio play across Canada on over 22 stations. Upon its release, the latin-inspired single was named “Maple Pick — Song of the Week” by 91.5FM The Beat (Kitchener, ON), featured as the “Top 40 Sure-shot” by 103.7 KOOL FM (Victoria, BC), and added to the “Northern Spotlight” by 103.7 MIX FM (Fort McMurray, Alberta). The “WithoutChya” official release party was also broadcasted LIVE from Bloke Nightclub in Toronto, Ontario on Z103.5FM.
Past accomplishments of Dre Pao include being named the People’s Choice Award winner of the 2015 JUNO Songwriting Competition as a co-writer of the single “Turn it On”. Dre was also the only songwriter to receive the BusinessLink Niagara Top40Under40 Award in 2016. As a performer, Dre most notably opened for Grammy-nominated artist B.o.B in Toronto for the launch of his 2015 Canadian Tour.
Dre is extremely passionate about being involved with the rise of his hometown and is an active member of the Music Industry Working Sub-Committee with the City of Hamilton. The Hamilton-born artist is active in creating events around the city that cater to assisting with artist education.
Stay up to date with Dre by following his journey on Instagram and Twitter at @DrePaoMusic, or 'LIKE' his Facebook page at Facebook.com/DrePaoMusic for exclusive content!