Ursula Rucker takes part in the The Afrikan Millennium and Cultural Arts Feastival. Check her out in conversation on Monday (November 19), $10, and in performance Tuesday (November 20),$20, at the Trane Studio. Limited tickets available in advance or - if you miss out - you can pay at the door. 416-913-8197.
What club do you hit when you want to party after the gig?
I don't really go clubbing after a gig. Usually the gig is the club to me.
Who is your favourite Toronto artist?
Hugh Marsh, who's an electric violinist. K-os the emcee is really dope, too.
What do you love most about Toronto?
The energy and the people. They're always attentive and responsive at shows. Everyone is warm and welcoming. A show there is always cool, definitely one of my favourite places to perform.
What do you hate about the city?
That I don't get there but about once every four years or so - but I don't think that's the city's fault.
How do you spend your day off in Toronto?
Have I ever even had a day off in Toronto? I guess I usually go to Queen Street. Lots of shops, cafés, record stores, cool little avenues to walk down and hang out.
What was your biggest misconception about Toronto?
I don't think I had any misconceptions about Toronto. It is just as fly and as open as I thought it would be. Some Americans think that everyone in Canada speaks French, so I guess that's one among some Americans.