Five Minutes With: Calgary Hip-Hop Artist K-Riz

A rare, multifaceted artist who can rap and sing with equal aplomb, K-Riz has earned admiration from audiences and critics alike for his emotional vulnerability and chameleonic versatility, chronicling his search for pockets of peace while navigating life’s bumps in the road. He’s received praise from outlets including Complex Canada, Exclaim, and CBC Music and, in 2022, he landed a Western Canadian Music Award nomination for Best Rap & Hip Hop Artist. His latest album, One Way Ticket, was recently hailed as one of the “Top Canadian Albums of 2023” by RANGE Magazine. Known as a dynamic performer, he’s hit stages across the country as K-Riz & The Family with his full band, from Sled Island in Calgary to Folk on the Rocks in Yellowknife.








# of Albums:


Latest Album:

One Way Ticket

Latest Single:

“Come & Go”

Latest Video:

Favourite musician growing up:

Prince and Michael Jackson

Favourite musician now:

Kendrick Lamar

Guilty pleasure song:

“Say You’ll Be There” by Spice Girls

Live show ritual:

Pray, tell myself, ‘This what I was born to do’, and then go do it.

Favourite local musician:

RTC Profit

EP or LP?


Early bird or night owl?

Night owl

Road or studio?


Any shows or albums coming up?

My new album, One Way Ticket, is out now on all streaming platforms, and I’ll be playing Together YEG at Starlite Room in Edmonton with Mouraine, Nuela Charles, and Arlo Maverick on February 8th.

Where can we follow you?

Instagram | Facebook | Spotify | Bandcamp | SoundCloud


Rapid Fire Local Questions:

What is your favourite local restaurant?

YYC Pasta Bar and Noodle Box

What is your favourite street in your city and why?

17th Avenue, because it’s so vibrant and full of life.

What is your favourite park in your city and why?

Nose Hill Park. It overlooks the whole city, and it’s peaceful.

What is your favourite music venue in your city?

The Palace. It’s a big, beautiful venue, full of history. It just makes you feel famous when you’re playing in there.

What is your favourite music store in your city?

Long & McQuade.


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Demian is an Argentinian retired musician, avid gamer and editor for the Montréal Guardian, Toronto Guardian, Calgary Guardian and Vancouver Guardian websites.