A calm and dark evening in Canada in the back of what would soon become my favorite restaurant in Peterborough, Jim’s Pizza and Pasta. It sounds like the average dining experience, but very far from it in fact. The Greek salad and garlic pizza were “top notch,” although I am finding it difficult to explain just what made this meal more memorable than any other pizza and salad…but Tone, Paulie, Prince Po and myself all agreed.

The best moment of the evening was when the waitress, who’s name I can’t remember, asked us what brought us to Peterborough. Paulie told her that we were hip hop artists, and her was response floored us.
Now this woman was about 50 years old or older, pretty attractive white woman, who seemed pretty cool actually, as she talked about her piece of S**t ex-husband as if we were friends for years. Either way, after Paulie said that we were hip hop artists, she responded “Well, I don’t care for RAP music, but I do like HIP HOP!”

We each left the restaurant feeling so empowered that although the current rap/hip hop fans don’t often make the distinction between rap and hip hop, this 50 year old white woman was able to discern the difference. Cheers to Jim’s Pizza and Pasta for the memories!!!


About by Edreys

Edreys Wajed is a catalyst of inspiration and a walking enterprise of all things creative. The Buffalo native boasts a toolbox chock-full with talents and experiences ranging from a visual artist, jewelry designer and musical entertainer, to an educator and entrepreneur with notable recognitions respectfully in each. His approach in each endeavor is soundly unique, high quality and signature in presentation, having found his course as a creator early in life. As early as 14 years of age, when his mother invested in a pair of hair clippers for him, seeing as she could no longer afford to pay for his haircuts, Edreys taught himself the trade of barbering and soon began making money for himself in the basement of his childhood home. With his artistic ability he also began growing a client base and reputation for customized hats and clothes as well as logo design by hand, long before learning graphics in college. His creativity, craftsmanship and passion to inspire people are what drives his spirit of entrepreneurship. From having run his own stationery boutique and art gallery shared with his wife; touring nationally and internationally as a hip hop artist, Edreys is exceptionally diverse with his avenues of expression, including the fine craft of jewelry making, passed down from his father and master craftsman. Edreys is most recently recognized locally for his contribution as an artist on the Freedom Wall which features 28 civil rights dignitaries, 7 of which he painted with his unique style and use of line. “Creativity is my neighbor, I live by it,” says Edreys. View all posts by by Edreys

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