Brother Ali rocks the mic at the El Mocambo Saturday (October 13). $10. 416-870-8000.
Where you like to eat before a show?
I'm a sucker for shawarma and halal restaurants. Y'all got 'em everywhere.
What club do you hit to party after a gig?
I work hard. After I perform, I stay and talk to all my supporters and sign whatever they have. I load out my own gear. After the show, I go to bed, man. I got to do it all over tommorow.
Who's your favourite Toronto artist?
I love me some Kardinal Officiall.
What do you love most about Toronto?
It's very rich culturally.
What do you hate?
Racism. The First Nations and immigrant community are catching hell.
Hotel of choice?
Anywhere clean with a hot shower and ironing board.
How do you spend your day off in Toronto?
Haven't had much time to shop.
What was your biggest misconception about Toronto?
I didn't know how many Muslims lived there. It's Ramadan. Maybe I'll check in at the mosque.
Most memorable border-crossing experience heading to Toronto?
I had a customs official want to listen to my CDs once. After that he kept asking if I was a gangsta rapper.
What was the wildest time you've ever had in Toronto?
I performed once with Brand Nubian. That was an honour, cuz they were heroes of mine growing up.