Rapper and producer Tasha the Amazon is a trained classical pianist and a self-taught multi-instrumentalist: guitar, bass, saxophone, "a bunch of weird ethnic instruments," she tells me over beers at Sneaky Dee's, which she calls her Cheers.
But it's dancehall music she's most pumped to talk about.
"There was a long point in time where the only clubs I wanted to go to were basement dancehall jams. I used to spend a lot of time in the Jane and Finch and Lawrence and Weston areas, and they were always doing really gully parties, like, getting somebody's random uncle to DJ, and everybody's just sweating and grinding each other and daggering," she says, laughing.
What she's describing is the essence of her November-released hip-hop mixtape FiDiYootDem, which sweats with dancehall and reggae beats under Tasha's rebel calls for I-don't-give-a-fuck semi-depraved revelry.
"There's been times in my life where I'm not partying at a dancehall place for a while, and in my mind I'm like, ‘You know, maybe I've outgrown that.' And then someone tosses on a song, and I'm just the most ignorant person in the room," she says, before adding in a fierce, faux savage voice, "Neverrr! It's in my blooood!"
Clearly. There was never any other career option for the artist, born Tasha Schumann. "I decided when I was six or seven: this is the only thing I want to do. I was surrounded by people who were rapping and in bands and performing and going on tour, so it was a no-brainer."
The Fugees and Wyclef Jean ("until he got super-soft") were early influences. "DMX was a large person in my life," she says, which might explain her snarling performance swag and penchant for debauchery.
While studying at the University of Toronto, Schumann met her musical partner and boyfriend, Danthrax. As well as pursuing solo endeavours, together they make beats as the duo Bass & Bakery, who take all production credits on FiDiYootDem.
Most of the tunes are the soundtrack to one of those nights you might not remember, but some of them, like Where Are You Now, nod to something more autobiographical.
"The thing about rap is, you have the leeway to open up as much or as little as you want. A lot of rappers never say anything personal, and it's all about their whips and chains - and there's a fan base for that. And then there's your emo rap, and then you have your conscious rap. Up till right now, I've given as much as I'm comfortable giving. It's a place I want to go to more on the next album - not a ton, but offer up a few more droplets of me, personally. But you can't do that before you're ready."
In the meantime, she's done a few carefully chosen shows, including the February instalment of AGO's First Thursdays - not exactly her regular performance space, but that's kind of the point.
"That was probably not going to end up with crowd-surfing. It was about showcasing to music lovers and to people who are art lovers."
We can assume that the CMW show at Wrongbar - headlining the Truth's music showcase that also features local rappers the 6th Letter, Roney and OSIYM - will be more like the aforementioned basement jams.
"A lot of people perform as if it's all about them. I feel more comfortable if I see myself as the party conductor. We're all in this party together, I just happen to be on the stage. So I'll do anything to raise the energy. Every crowd is different. Some people, you can see they're not moving yet, but they really want to be moshing or crowd-surfing or they want to have booze poured in their face," she says.
"Just whatever. Whatever it calls for."