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Cadence Weapon Named Poet Laureate of Edmonton

Canada is a bizarre place: ham is called Canadian Bacon, hockey is treated like a real sport and shown on real TV networks, their big cities don't have sky high murder rates, going to the doctor is free and Edmonton, an otherwise unremarkable city with a big ass mall has a poet laureate. And that poet laureate, for the next two years at least, is Rollie Pemberton, aka rapper Cadence Weapon. Seriously, not only does Edmonton have a poet laureate, he's a rapper.


Not all Edmontonites (is that right?) are happy; the old poet laureate, E.D. Blodgett is mad at the choice because he wrote 19 collections of poetry, and none of them were named Afterparty Babies. Either way, it's straight ridonkulous that a rapper is a poet laureate. Jim Jones, keep on keeping on and maybe you can be the poet laureate of the U.S. some day (sorry, Jim Jones, you cannot be poet laureate). [Pitchfork]

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Cadence Weapon

Edmontonian...E-Towner...E-Townie... E-Dirt.

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I have never heard someone call ham Canadian bacon, what other sport besides boxing can you actually fight?.You can't buy a gun at a bowling alley, and if you do get shot your doctor will remove the bullet free of charge.

That 'big ass' mall is the largest mall in North America, and the city is also home to the Edmonton Eskimos, and the CFL makes the NFL look like a joke (You may not argue this, you have never seen a game).

Do Americans know anything about any other country?


Canadian bacon isn't ham. Ham is ham. Canadian bacon is just thicker than average bacon. And obviously you've never played hockey or watch much tv. Hockey is a real sport. There is full body contact and lots of skill involved. I bet you can't even skate. Also I hope you realize that there are more American hockey teams than Canadian ones. It is played on real tv networks in the US. Another things is that rapping is poetry. Obviously Cadence Weapon has some local acclaim otherwise they wouldn't have picked as poet laureate. And they're Edmontonians its not like they're a bunch of Mennonites.

John have posted Rollie's story. Check it out at


I happen to love hockey, I find it unfortunate that it's treated so bad in the states. I meant the hockey bit as a positive. I was obviously joking, as the comment about how the murder rate is low would indicate, I thought.

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hahaha Andross... you done pissed off my peeps.

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