Surrey-raised rapper Merkules has planned a concert tour that includes a date at Vancouver’s Commodore Ballroom on Thursday, Nov. 4.
“Excited to get back on tour,” Merkules wrote on his Facebook page, which is followed by more than 1.1 million people. “If I come to your city are you showing up?”
Born Cole Stevenson, Merkules grew up in a rancher on 90A Avenue, in the Green Timbers area, and today boasts more than 48 million Youtube views of his rapid-fire “Old Town Road” remix, posted in 2019.
Earlier this year, when he heard that his old Surrey home was being demolished, Merkules wanted one last walk down that old town road, so to speak, and gave the Now-Leader a tour of his former stomping grounds.
Now in his late 20s, Merkules has toured to hundreds of cities and towns across North America, Europe and Australia.
In 2019 “Merk” headlined a hip-hop show at Cloverdale’s Shannon Hall, years after the good ol’ days of performing at the Olympia, a Central City-area restaurant that offered a stage where teens like him could drop rhymes and develop their talents.