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Rapper with Marystown roots wins Canadian Screen Award

Thomas Lambe (right) with Adam Tanuyak on the red carpet at the Canadian Screen Awards in Toronto, Ont.
Thomas Lambe (right) with Adam Tanuyak on the red carpet at the Canadian Screen Awards in Toronto, Ont. - Contributed

Thomas Lambe celebrating win for original song

TORONTO, Ont. —

An aspiring rapper from Nunavut’s capital city of Iqaluit is celebrating a significant achievement in his budding career. 

Thomas Lambe, son of Denis Lambe, formerly of Marystown, was awarded the 2019 Canadian Screen Awards in the category for Best Original Song for “Trials.” 

The song was written for the film “The Grizzlies.” 

“I have the trophy in my suitcase,” Lambe, who was waiting to return home from Toronto, told The Southern Gazette in a telephone interview on April 1. “I still don’t believe it, being in the room surrounded by people (from) The Trailer Park Boys, Letter Kenny (and) Mary Walsh. I was more focused on that than the actual awards show. There (were) a lot of big names around me it; was very inspiring and intimidating.”   

Lambe said he was asked in January 2018 if he would be interested in contributing to the soundtrack of the film.  

“They sent me the beat and told me it was by DJ Shub and I said, ‘yeah I’ll do it.’” 

The song was also produced by Dan General, a.k.a DJ Shub, a former member of  

A Tribe Called Red. 

Lambe continuously writes music and has some of his work available on iTunes and Soundcloud, but this is the first time he has had a song featured in a film. 

He feels the lyrics of the song pair nicely with the inspiring message of the film. 

“Basically, the song is about overcoming obstacles and no matter what you’re going to reach your goal,” explained Lambe. “It’s very uplifting; it’s very up-beat.” 

He added it’s not like the lyrics he normally writes, noting he tries to shed light on issues such a drug abuse and suicide. 

SHARED EXPERIENCE 

Anna Lambe, Thomas’ sister, received a nomination for Best Supporting Actress for the film, although the award went to Sarah Gadon for “The Great Darkened Days.”  

Lambe said he was happy to share the award experience with his sister. 

“It was amazing,” he said. “That rarely ever happens where you and your sibling are nominated (for) something so big like the Canadian Screen Awards and being able to spend that time with her and share the experience was nothing like I’ve ever had before.” 

THE FUTURE 

Lambe, who lists his musical influences as Mac Miller, Nas and Eminem, said he would like to continue pursuing a career in the music industry. 

“I hope to be on all the radio (stations),” he said. “Be able to do huge shows (and) music festivals, I just want to be able to make a living off music. More than a living, I want to be as successful as I can be.”  

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