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Allured by the pulsing incantations of cassette grain & VHS blips, live instrumentation and other found sound, Kodak To Graph’s Michael Maleki (22) delicately floats listeners through blooming clouds of synth-washes, haunting reverberations, and propulsive rhythms. Maleki’s candle-waxed R&B & flower-trailed soundscapes weave together the nostalgic tones and colors reminiscent of a quiet childhood with the urban bounce and rhythmic disposition of the more modern spirit.
With a voice as notable as his lyrics, Donovan Woods is a critically acclaimed and in-demand Canadian recording artist, performer and songwriter. His third record, “Don’t Get Too Grand”, featuring the hit single “Put On Cologne” garnered radio airplay around the world, and was nominated for “Roots & Traditional Album of the Year” at the 2014 Juno Awards. Splitting his time between Nashville and Toronto, Woods’ versatile songs have been recorded by everyone from Canadian indie artists to established stars like Tim McGraw or Alan Doyle (Great Big Sea), and been featured in television shows, major motion pictures and commercials. Piercingly honest and quietly anthemic, Woods sings with a striking sense of the world that produced him – the unsung towns of Canada’s industrial heartland. The result is music that’s transporting, but never loses the dry, self-deprecating humour that has endeared Woods to audiences from the start.
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!
DJ NaNa believes that the art of Turntablism is a science. The same precision and dedication scientists put into research and experiments, is what NaNa is known for putting into his own artform. His influences range from the common (Wu Tang Clan, Outkast, A Tribe Called Quest, Jay-Z). to the not so obvious (Zamfir, Portishead, Lamb, Fleetwood Mac), and everything else in between. A true music connoisseur, his knowledge of diverse genres of music is almost as impressive as his knack for combining them.
Racks & Bands is a monthly party focused on one thing and one thing only, bringing booty back to the Underground.
Turn up with resident DJs Johnny Hockin and Vanity Muscles as they motivate the winin’ and grindin’, playing only the hottest in current Rap and R’n’B.
This month featuring Red Bull Bod Mon Kid MK And they always tasteful Max Mohenu
Dress 2 Sweat.
Beth Moore has been writing and performing her beautiful interpretation of modern folk since 2006. Beth was named “Artist of the Year” and “Folk Artist of the Year” at the 2011 Niagara Music Awards. Beth tours constantly, and has played over 600 live shows including high profile events such as the 2012 Canada Day Concert on Parliament Hill in Ottawa and prestigious festivals across southern Ontario including Scene Fest, In the Soil, and Toronto’s Indie Week. Her music has also been licensed to hit shows like Degrassi. She was also the winner of the CBC expand your bandwidth competition which received over 70,000 votes. Her song writing has been praised as honest, to the point and from the heart. She released her debut LP ‘The Road’ in January 2011. She has recently finished recording her sophomore record with award-winning producer Timothy Abraham (Rob Szabo, Peter Katz, Glen Hansard, Ron Sexsmith,Grand Analog, Garth Hudson).Which was factor and oac funded. Set to release later this year.
"You might approach Valery Gore's new album in the way you approach a Kandinsky painting: with curiosity and uncertainty. Like the painter, Gore uses many clashing hues in her music, laid out anachronistically. Buried deep in the emotional grain of her work, however, there is some semblance of order, some sense of undisclosed truths."
"It's pretty fucking beautiful seeing the world through Valery Gore's eyes...with a sweetness and a strange allure that brings to mind St. Vincent and Au Revoir Simone. "
Oakland post-punks The Soft Moon hit the road in support of their sophomore album Zeros, being released on Captured Tracks this Fall. With the new songs being written and recorded between days on the road, The Soft Moon sound had expanded into a full-band attack accompanied by immersive video visuals.
Accompanying them will be LA band Cold Showers, who fuse the brash power of the shoegazers with the smoky compulsions of the no-wavers.
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. It's the simple pleasures that bring us the most joy, especially in the early spring. Take tonight's Bread and Butter Tasting for example: We've got Blackbird Baking Co., O&B Artisan, Drake Commissary + more. Plus we're sponsored by Stirling Creamery for this feel good, down home, simple living, tasty treat of a night.