8:35PM • GRASSLANDS STAGE • SATURDAY, AUGUST 20
Kimmortal is a queer non-binary filipinx artist and rapper known for their powerful stage presence and multi-dimensional approach to music. Based in Vancouver, BC on the unceded Coast Salish territories, Kimmortal's alt-rap/soul electronic album “X marks the Swirl” incorporates spoken word, rap, and field recordings of water that Kim created over a five year process. The album was longlisted for a Polaris, recognized as top 19 albums of 2019 via CBC, and nominated in the 2020 "Hip Hop and Rap" category of Breakout West Music Awards. Kimmortal has opened for some of their favourite artists including Shad K, Ruby Ibarra, Saba, Bif Naked, Saul Williams, and Gabriel Teodros. They have performed in SXSW, Junofest, Rifflandia, NXNE, and headlined the Winnipeg Pride Festival.
“Kimmortal is another important name in that scene, someone whose work stretches from music and poetry to theatre, dance and visuals. Their music is not just hip hop; it’s an amalgamation of sounds and influences ranging from R&B to pop. But the driving force behind it all is Kimmortal’s voice, which can go from soulfully tender to agile and sharp from one track to the next. Their latest album, X Marks the Swirl, is varied in sound but precise in its message of pushing perceptions of what Canadian music both looks and sounds like.” — CBC