Oddane Taylor emigrated to Canada in 2002 from Kingston, Jamaica. SKETCH, a Toronto-based organization that sees opportunity where so many others may overlook it, supported Oddane’s journey from homelessness to becoming an inspiring musician, performing artist, entrepreneur, youth worker, and motivational speaker.
Oddane’s lyrics touch on his journey from uncertainty to beat the odds. His melodies and rhymes are inspired by several styles, such as reggae, R&B, soul, pop, and hip hop and rap. Last year, Oddane released his first full-length album From Yard to Foreign. He visited us at Indie88 to perform two tracks from the record live in the Collective Arts Black Box.
SKETCH’s mission statement:
SKETCH creates opportunities for young people (ages 16 to 29) living street involved, homeless or otherwise on the margins, to experience the transformative power of the arts; to build leadership and economic self-sufficiency in the arts; and to cultivate social and environmental change through the arts.