The nth digri, is inspired by his Caribbean and Canadian heritage, hip-hop culture, and the African griot tradition.
He edited and contributed to an anthology of writing by Montreal authors of African descent, The N’X Step. His poem, “Rows of Photos,” was produced as a video for Much Music, and featured on the CD Word Up (Virgin/EMI). In 1999, he put together the critically acclaimed compilation CD, WordLife, which featured the best of the emerging African Canadian spoken word scene alongside music by some of Canada’s most innovative hip-hop and reggae producers and artists.
His first full-length record in 1998, Return of the Rap Poet, was followed in 2003 by the album, Tales of the North Coast, which was nominated for a Canadian Urban Music Award for Best Spoken Word Recording, and also earned a nomination for a Harry Jerome Award (Black Canadian achievement awards). The record charted on campus-community radio across Canada and the US, and distributed world wide on Loud Dust Records. In 2013, he released the album south is north, producing and creating the music as well as lyrics. His work has also appeared in various print publications, including the celebrated literary journal, Kola, who awarded him winner of their national competition for Black Canadian poets. In 2012, he was also featured in the landmark collection of leading African Canadian poets, The Great Black North (Frontenac Press).
As a performer, the nth digri has featured in shows across Canada, the US, and the Caribbean, including Scream in High Park in Toronto, the Festival Voix d’Ameriques in Montreal, the NuYorican Poets Café in New York City, and the World Creole Music Festival in Dominica, West Indies. He produced a popular urban poetry series in Ottawa, the Golden Star Lounge, and led a contingent to Chicago for the National Poetry Slam, where his poem “Sugar Cane,” was selected to appear in the Best of the 2004 NPS anthology. His performances have been broadcast nationally on radio and TV, including CBC Radio, MuchMusic, and CityTV. He was also the 2003 Ottawa slam champion, and co-founder of the 2004 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, the first ever national slam poetry tournament in Canada. He was recognized as the Festival’s Poet of Honour in 2010, and also recognized for his achievements by the Ottawa VerseFest Festival in 2015 when he was inducted into their Hall of Honour.
In 2003, Anthony coordinated a national performance exchange/tour of African Canadian poets from across the country, as co-founder of the artist networking initiative, the Northern Griots Network. In 2013, he coordinated a project to travel as part of a group of influential Canadian spoken word poets – dubbed VOCAL (Voices of Canadian Artists across Latitudes) – to perform and conduct workshops at the Cascadoo Festival of Caribbean Spoken Word in Trinidad and Tobago. And in 2015, the organization produced the ground-breaking South-North Griots Summit at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, bringing together international spoken word talents from Canada, the Caribbean, US, UK, and South/Central America.
SELECTED RECORDINGS AND PUBLICATIONS
Tales of the North Coast
nth digri RevWord Records, 2003
WordLife: Tales of the Underground Griots
Various artists, RevWord Records, 1999
Various artists, Virgin-EMI, 1996
Return of the Rap Poet
nth digri, RevWord Records, 1995
The N’X Step
Anthology, RevWord Press, 1993
The Great Black North
Anthology, Frontenac House Press, 2012
Impure: Reinventing the Word
Victoria Stanton & Vincent Tinguely, Conundrum Press, 2002
The Toronto Urban Music Festival Slam Anthology
Various artists, Up from the Roots, 2003
National Poetry Slam Anthology 2003
Anthology, Wordsmith Press, 2003
SELECTED PRESS COVERAGE/ESSAYS
In Others Words