ZHE the FREE is a multi-disciplinary artist, youth mentor and community builder. Growing up on Treaty 7 Land, she extends her fire from mountains to prairies. ZHE is a poetic emcee who brings the power of the feminine alive through her lyrical prowess. She ignites the crowd from the moment she touches the microphone; combining her skilled flow with a captivating stage presence.

 ZHE is an Artist Mentor with Chokecherry Studios, a Science Genius hip hop Ambassador, she serves on the JUNOS Rap Music Advisory Committee and she is a presenter of rap/spoken word workshops with Live Arts SK, Paved Arts and CAMP Sask. In her work with youth, ZHE brings incredible enthusiasm, explaining: "Hip hop saved my life, and I aim to inspire others to use creativity as a positive outlet". 

 With her music, ZHE explores emotions and addresses social issues, striving to inspire her audience to engage in artistic expression and foster meaningful relationships. ZHE is the founder of Cypher Club, a crew of producers, rappers and musicians who meet regularly to practice freestyle creation through hip hop based sound. 

The Calgary Herald

Roots and boundaries: Calgary rapper Zhe the Free wants to broaden our hip-hop community

The five tracks on the EP, which was released fall 2020, offer variations of its titular theme.

Love, of course, is probably the oldest theme in pop culture, but perhaps less prevalent in the world of hip-hop than some other genres. For Zhe, this multi-faceted exploration of love was also meant to be communal and broaden genre boundaries.

Okotoks Today

Love is the message for Black Diamond-raised rapper

“It’s about women holding space and using their voice in a way that's strong and risky and loud and holding opinions, and maybe brave and fun and sexy,” ZHE said. “All the things that sometimes it's hard for women to hold space in.”

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Saskatchewan Music Awards

Darke Hall, 2255 College Ave, Regina, SK

The fifth annual awards will return in person after two years of virtual presentations, taking place at the newly restored historic Darke Hall in Regina on Sunday, December 11/22, 7:30-10:30pm. All twenty awards will be presented during the show.

Featuring performances by Aaron Tootoosis, ARIEL, Dump Babes, Etienne Fletcher, Kateryna Grace, Jesse Brown, People of the Sun, TOVA, and Zhe the Free. We will honour John Arcand and Brian MacDonald with Indigenous Music Achievement awards for their immense contributions, with performances of their music by Lee and Michelle Arcand and (TBA).

$21+tax in advance/ $26+tax at the door