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FOXTROTT is the vibrant musical project of MH Delorme – a self-taught singer, songwriter and beatmaking force from Montreal. With her debut EP Shields, she landed on the indie-pop scene with an emotionally arresting three-track offering, and has since paved a smooth road as a bona fide talent to watch.
Hailing from an extended musical family, this third-generation Montrealer has cultivated a lifelong relationship with music that dates back to piano and violin lessons as a child, but her personal discovery of hip hop, reggae, and electronic music led her to pursue production, playing a large part in shaping her musical DNA and crafting a unique sound with all these elements.
With a songwriting and production style that is at once soothing and very direct, FOXTROTT shows a deft hand for warm melodies, beefy bass lines and layered percussions- striking the perfect balance between courage and vulnerability. Her rich sound, full of emotional textures and introspective rhythms, is imbued with an unmistakably cinematic feel- the result of a professional background in sound engineering and film scoring. FOXTROTT’s powerful pop compositions draw us in with their disarming lyrical honesty and melodies, her vocals shifting from darkness to the light without a stutter.
After conquering Montreal as one of the most talked-about independent artists with a string of irresistible shows and poignant music videos, the pop musician will be releasing her debut album A Taller Us with London-based indie label One Little Indian in 2015.
w/ Michael Imperial, ANGO and Meesha
What did you do the year you turned 21? Hip-hop prodigy Fashawn earned a spot on the cover of XXL magazine, toured the world and built a rep as one of rap's new rising stars.
Fashawn's debut album, "Boys Meets World," was heralded by critics and fans alike as one of the best albums of 2009 for its gritty, street-wise and intelligent rhymes. Some even compared his introductory opus to Nas' brilliant "Illmatic." It was enough for XXL to name Fashawn to its list of hip-hop's best freshman.
In 2010 he toured domestically with Wiz Khalifa, then followed that up with a Talib Kweli tour. Fashawn is also no stranger to the International Hip Hop scene touring with Dilated Peoples in 2009 and most recently Rakim in 2011. From coast to coast, and from continent to continent, everyone agreed -- they weren't seeing some fly-by-night novelty act, they were seeing one of hip-hop's freshest new voices.
Many took notice: He worked with Grammy-winning producers Dr. Dre, DJ Khalil and Alchemist, featured on songs with J. Cole, Aloe Blacc and a handful of tomorrow's future stars. Skateboard apparel company Etnies and urban clothing line Orisue both turned to him for endorsements. Camp Woodward, the biggest extreme sports camp in the world, recruited him to create a song/tv commercial and his hometown Fresno Grizzlies (AAA baseball) have made custom Fashawn merchandise to sell at their events. So that's legendary hip-hop producers, international clothing lines and a pro sports franchise all wanting to be part of Team Fashawn
With a strong hip-hop pedigree (think Rakim's merciless rhymes plus 2pac's outlaw spirit plus Nas' effortless flow) and a loyal fan base of young listeners, Fashawn seems poised for the long haul.
Redinho’s always been different. Debuting on Numbers in 2010, his Bare Blips EP showcased an artist with no desire to fit into the landscape of the time. Darting between styles and tempos across six tracks that drew from grime, hiphop, funk and more, the only constant on Bare Blips’ tracks was that they kicked back – or, at least, remained blissfully ignorant – of the 130bpm house that the rest of the UK was gravitating towards.
On his first album, Redinho finds the perfect solution to being out of step – creating his own world to fit into. Across 15 tracks, including acclaimed past singles ‘Searching’ and ‘Stay Together’, Redinho conjures up visions of the deep sea, deep space, notsodeep jacuzzi parties and everything between, binding them together into an aesthetic that’s both stylish and starryeyed. Drum machinedriven ‘80s funk is a key influence here, as it always has been with Redinho and Numbers, but where Redinho excels is how sublimely he combines it with other genres: the ‘hey’ chants and drum patterns of Atlanta hiphop on ‘Playing with Fire’, Detroit techno on ‘Shem’, the freeform dreamscapes of ‘Bubbles’, 707driven Chicago house on ‘Going Nowhere‘ and downtrodden electronica on ‘Say I Want You’.
It only takes a few tracks to realise that Redinho’s studied the ‘80s, and the sounds and dynamics that make that style work, but this is far from a throwback album. With a masterful modern sheen and links to contemporary pop and hiphop, it’s hard to imagine it being released any time but now.
The Most Unlikely Hero. The Odd Couple. The Super Vixens. The World’s Most Filthiest Person. The Lone Wolf.
What better day than a lazy Sunday to go for dinner + a movie. For the month of March, we’ve got you covered with a $20 Drake Burger + Collective Arts beer special and a weekly screening of our midnight madness favourites, with a focus on cult classics’ misfits + outliers.
Call our host team at 416.531.5042 ex 110 to save your spot in Room 222, our perfect nook for intimate gatherings. Grab dinner any time with a date or a small group of friends before 8PM - That's when we're pressing play!
MARCH 15 / FASTER, PUSSYCAT! KILL! KILL! (1965)
The Super Vixens. Considered by director John Waters as "beyond a doubt, the best movie ever made", Russ Meyers' ode to the violence in women features mean go-go dancers driving fast cars, looking for danger in the desert.
ANTHONY VALADEZ (Plug Research, KCRW, LA) — anthonyvaladez.org
LA-native Anthony Valadez became a music fan the minute he heard the opening notes of “Theme from Mahogany” by Diana Ross on the radio in the family car.
The minute I heard that song and those strings I knew music was something I wanted to pursue. I wanted to share it, create it, document it and forever be a fan of it.”
He also worked at a local pool, saving money to buy turntables and, at night, would scan the FM dial for new music. It was then he discovered Michael Mixx’in Moor’s radio show on KCRW and became an instant fan of the station.
“There was nothing like it. It was a collage of sounds, speeches, soul and it was masterfully produced. I knew at the age of 14 I wanted to one day play records and create something different and new for LA on KCRW.”
In high school, he would skip 6th period and head over to local community college and do Guest DJ sets. Then, while studying Theatre Arts at Cal State Northridge, he convinced KCSN (a classical station at the time) to allow an Electronic/Hip-Hop/World Soul radio show on Monday nights which he hosted for several years. He later created and hosted Soundwaves on 90.7 KPFK during Saturday afternoons. A few years later, he finally landed a coveted spot at KCRW.
In addition to his Monday night (midnight — 3am PST) radio show, he is currently the resident DJ at First Fridays at The Natural History Museum. In addition, he can be found every week playing at Cana Rum Bar (DTLA), The Line Hotel (K Town), Zanzibar (Santa Monica), The Sayers Club (Hollywood) and Insert Coins (Las Vegas).
He has remixed songs by David Bowie, Ozomatli and Local Natives and released four studio albums of original material. His latest, In Search Of... was released on Plug Research in 2014.
In 2013, shortly after Istolethesoul Records released volume one of Around Sounds, Anthony became the first international DJ to support the Toronto-based label. He played a number of songs on the compilation and went on to include songs by Maylee Todd and Bird on his best-of-2013 playlist. He then collaborated with Bird on "Good Looking" and worked with The Precious Lo's on "Naive".
BIRTHDAY BOY (TO) — soundcloud.com/birthdayboyofficial
Birthday Boy is part of a new wave of musicians fusing Neo-Soul, Hip Hop and House into a new genre that is both innovative and familiar.
Gaining recognition from a string of remixes and singles throughout 2014, Birthday Boy has become a mainstay in Toronto's burgeoning beat-scene.
DR. J & KORAY ÖZEL (Nite Moves, Istolethesoul, TO)
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, The Botanist Gin, the Drake Hotel, 86'D Monday, Ivy Knight + Swallow are calling ALL BARTENDERS for an all-out, humdinger, industry style party to celebrate our appreciation for y'all!
Local wordsmiths and performers shine at Toronto Poetry Slam, providing an evening of spoken word, lyrical mastery and friendly competition before an always packed house. $80 goes to the best performance of the night, so if you think your literary creations have what it takes to win, be sure to sign up at 7:30PM. And don't forget your sense of humour!
"In 2008 I moved to LA to play backup bass for a Pop singer. That job didn't work out, but I ended staying in LA for four years. I returned to North Vancouver because my mother had been diagnosed with cancer (she's better now). I wrote most of the songs on my album Goon about my time spent in LA. It was a reflection that included, like the most popular of love clichés, a tough break up.
In my haste returning to Vancouver, I had left all my instruments in a storage locker in LA. My sister had moved out and left her piano at my parent's house, an instrument I had yet to explore. The first song I wrote on that piano was 'Just A Dream.' It was also one of my first attempts at singing. I have yet come to terms with my singing voice, but at the time I was left with no other option.
I recorded the demo, and then did a few more. Afterwards I sent the demos to JR White [Girls], someone who had produced one of my favorite records of the past few years (and was also signed to True Panther, the label I'm currently on). Soon after, he asked me to come down to San Francisco to record an album. After a series of visa issues and border complications, I finally met him and spent the next few months jumping from San Francisco to Los Angeles, recording in studios and bedrooms with friends.
After all that was said and done, I got offered to have a few more of my songs produced by Patrick Carney [The Black Keys] in Nashville, John Collins [The New Pornographers] back home in Vancouver, and Ariel Rechstaid in Los Angeles. I owe the sound of the record to the great effort of everyone involved, the producers and musicians doing and playing things I couldn't and treating the production with the same reverence I treat my songwriting.
The writing will always be the most important to me; the production, playing and singing I am still figuring out. I still play a bit of guitar, but I'm mostly sticking to the piano these days. TJJR. October 2014."
GOON is the debut album from Tobias Jesso Jr. A songwriter first and foremost, the album is a collection of timeless songs, all written on piano in Tobias' living room in N. Vancouver and recorded with added production and instrumentation in a range of studios in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Nashville and Vancouver.
Tobias shared his first recording in 2013 with 'Just A Dream', which subtlety caught the ears of several taste-maker musicians, blogs and his first fans through YouTube, CD-r's handed out to touring bands and old-fashioned word of mouth. His next track 'True Love' followed in July 2014 to further acclaim and was named Best New Track by Pitchfork.
Tobias worked with a number of producers to realize his specific vision for the arrangement and performance of his songs. Jr White (Girls), Pat Carney (Black Keys), Jonathan Rado (Foxygen), John Collins (New Pornographers) and Ariel Rechstaid all came to the project in a similar way – drawn in by the strength of Jesso's songwriting, they strove to find the right way to honor the songs' honest emotional pulse, without overpowering their rawness.
The resulting full band recordings that appear on GOON are a stunningly honest document of a modern songwriter influenced by the iconic piano-men whose stories in song defined past generations. Bearing comparison to these greats with an evocative, timeless quality, Tobias Jesso Jr may be the classic songwriter for our time.