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Two of Montreal's cutting edge World 2.0 bands unite with TO's premier global groove DJ for an explosive blend of soul, electro, Congolese rumba, Latin hip-hop and more.
Boogat is a talented MC bridging Latin grooves with urban and electronic music. His last album won two Félix at the ADISQ awards for best world music album and best producer. His quick-witted, multi-linguistic lyrical flow and dynamism combine for an explosive live show that turns any situation into a party.
‘’Whatever the situation, Boogat impresses as an eloquent, versatile MC with strong musical instincts’’ - THE GAZETTE
His trademark ‘World 2.0’ sound is an up-tempo mix of hip-hop, Latin and electronic influences that represents the multicultural sound of the local Québécois and Latino scene. As Boogat puts it “Montreal is an artistic city … we have two of the best DJs in the world here in A-Trak and Kid Koala along with great bands like Arcade Fire. There is really great stuff coming out of this city,” he says. “I call El Dorado Sunset 'World Beat 2.0.' But if people want to call it hip-hop it’s cool. But I definitely mix in traditional Latin music with electronic music too.”
‘’Part of what makes Boogat so good is his energy, delivering positive but gruff rhymes in a party-starting way" - EXCLAIM
Pierre Kwenders music represents a meeting-point between Africa and North America. After 16 years in Congo-Kinshasa and 13 in Canada, he has taken the best sounds from both sides of the Atlantic, inventing a space to blend hip hop, soul, Congolese rumba and electro, wrapped in his gentle, enchanting voice.
In his lyrics, PK moves skilfully between the Tschiluba language and French, between Lingala and English or Kiskongo, depending on his inspiration at the time of writing. In terms of beats and sounds, he has succeeded in mixing traditional Congolese percussions with electro beats, under the influence of producer Alexandre Arthur Bilodeau, whom he met through the Quebec band Radio Radio. It is an invitation to travel from one continent to another, between the nostalgia of the lyrics and the catchy beat of the melodies, and on to the dance floor.
DJ medicineman has established himself as one of Canada’s foremost purveyors of Global Groove. His CIUT (89.5 FM) radio show No Man’s Land, has won international fans and his DJ sets are renowned for his trademark blend of global beats and textured electronica – the sound of borders dissolving.
Dedicated to creating a new groove-based music, THE DIGS embody the unique perspective of diversity that could only come from Canada's multicultural melting pot, Toronto. To dig is to extract from the ground by breaking up earth, and The Digs are a band reaching down into the roots of American pop music and pulling up a vibrant sound that is an organically constructed embarrassment of riches.
Ultimately, The Digs consist of close friendships built upon the love of music, and the love for one another, and it is this dedication which gives them a consistently renewed energy with each jam-packed gig, each infectious groove, each funky beat. Catch The Digs while you can!
Hailed by the UK's NME as '…gently majestic, gutsy, and evocative,' the album has been received with high praise – this being the first time Johns, best known for his production work for the likes of Ryan Adams, Kings of Leon, Ray LaMontagne, and Laura Marling to name but a few, has sat on the other side of the mixing desk, and released his own collection of songs
www.GOODKIDS.ca has brought up a massive party from Chicago for you: Y2K: The Millennial Dance Party w/ DJ PHNM (Chicago) A Party devoted to the best JAMS of the early to mid 2000s! Guilty Pleasures One Hit Wonders Chart Toppers and everything in between! Come see why Y2K was recently announced as a nominee for Time Out Chicago's Best Dance Party of 2013!
Every week Drake's art concierge Betty Ann Jordan explores the galleries and project spaces along the Queen West strip with an eye out for the best of the best. Whether you are an art aficionado or culturally curious, Betty Ann is sure to show you something a little unexpected. For updated tour information and weekly schedules please check out Art InSite.
Gradient test patterns, 8-bit visions and playback glitches. As the digital becomes more pervasive in our everyday lives, it seems as if we’re increasingly nostalgic for the analog. For Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2014, Safe Space will be a series of site-specific performances and installations that will evolve through the night, with artists’ leading a communal exploration for guests into physical and virtual natures, delving into the graphic artifacts from a pre-bits and bytes world.
D R A K E H O T E L (1150 QUEEN ST. W.)
Wallpapers is a collaborative on/offline project founded in 2011 by artists Sara Ludy, Nicolas Sassoon and Sylvain Sailly, where artists create digital patterns that are shown online as well as offline as site-specific installations. For the Drake Hotel’s facade, Ludy and Sassoon will be creating a time-based, large-scale video projections featuring a series of animated GIFs playing with the monumentality and materiality of the architecture, turning the facade into an otherworldly and psychedelic landscape.
If you stopped by the Drake Lab in August, you probably encountered Analog Preservation Network during its “PRECURSOR” residency, developing their site-specific installations for Nuit Blanche. Founded by Damien Lebiedzinski and Peter Rahul, the local collective strives to revitalize analog aesthetics with a journalistic lens. Expect a DTV Takeover of their analog visuals, a special Sky Yard projection by members Katie Switzer and Paul Moleiro, and Holodeck, an Underground installation that will feature intergrated live feedback visuals and performances from 7PM until 10:45PM.
VANESSA RIEGER - TARP GHOST
Since 2009, Rieger has been working on Tarp Ghost, an ongoing project exploring our relationship with the temporary shelter that lasts forever. “One day tarps and plastic mediums such as acrylic paint will be altered or banned for healthier, biodegradable materials. But what happens to these current plastics today? How long will they lie in our landfills?” explains Rieger in her artist statement. “What does this say about our future, right now? What does it mean to paint such a subject matter, with such a chemical mean? Will it be obsolete tomorrow?” Rieger will transform the Drake Cafe’s north patio into an immersive environment where guests can come, sit and relax under a tarp canopy, and watch a projected image of the Tarp Ghost conducting a ritual surrounded by seemingly redundant plastic materials like VHS tape, CDs, old computer parts.
AKIN Collective will be our Drake Lab artists-in-residence from October 1-15, so it seemed appropriate for members Pauk and Vickers to show Spectra Logic, an ongoing series of site specific works centred around a process involving digital feedback projection loops and accompanying sculptures created for one-time performance. The work is grounded in the relationship between man and digital machine and the successes and failures that result.
Never Forgive Action is a monthly dance party that began in 2004 to pay tribute to the golden age of hip-hop, spinning classic jams from the sweet spot of 1986 to 1994. Whether it's popular old school favourites from A Tribe Called Quest to De La Soul or obscure ditties by the Wascalz and Y'all So Stupid, NFA's resident DJs Numeric, Ted Dancin', Dalia + host More or Les are here to keep the party going, bridging together generations of hip-hop fans one Friday night at a time.
Get your hands dirty every Monday night with some artful food fun: Be a guest judge in one of our competitive cook-offs, get creative with some do-it-yourself food art or sit back and sip a pint as sharp + sassy host Ivy Knight takes your taste buds on a gastronomical mystery tour. Tonight we're battling it out to crown the winner of the 5th annual Pâté Battle! Featuring reigning pâté queen Renée Bellefeuille from the AGO defending her title against Le Select, Ruby Watchco, Canoe and Biff's Bistro. Come early to try them all and vote for your favourite!