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  • EMA continues to evoke a unique and ambitious sound that saw her rightfully recognised as one of the most singular artists to emerge in 2011, and is likely to send her back into the public consciousness once again in 2014.

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: $15.00
    • Time: Sept. 30, 2014, 8 p.m.
  • 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.

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: $10 adv/$15 door
    • Time: Oct. 2, 2014, 9 p.m.
  • 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!

    • Venue: Lounge
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: FREE
    • Time: Oct. 2, 2014, 10 p.m.
  • 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

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: $13.50
    • Time: Oct. 3, 2014, 8 p.m.
  • The St. Royals are the new kings of the motown/funk/soul scene. Recently featured on Slice TV, they're an army of Toronto's most talented young players who always pack the dance floor. The St. Royals ooze style and swagger, while bringing authenticity and excitement to the soul era. Most of all, they bring the funk!

    • Venue: Lounge
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: FREE
    • Time: Oct. 6, 2014, 10 p.m.
    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: $20.00
    • Time: Oct. 9, 2014, 10 p.m.
  • 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!

    • Venue: Lounge
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: FREE
    • Time: Oct. 9, 2014, 10 p.m.
  • Sony Music Masterworks will release Kat Edmonson’s third album, The Big Picture, on September 30. The album is her label debut and was recorded with Grammy-nominated producer Mitchell Froom (Paul McCartney) in his Los Angeles studio. Of the album, Edmonson states, “There’s no particular theme, but there are some commonalities, one of which is my ever-underlying influence from motion pictures and film scores. I have always felt that music and film go hand in hand, because that was how I was first exposed to music—from old movies and musicals—and to me there wasn’t a separation between an actor acting, dancing and singing.”

    This album follows her 2012 release, Way Down Low, her first collection that included original material. The New York Times hailed the album as “fresh as a spring bouquet,” and The Boston Globe called it “one of the greatest vocal albums I’ve ever heard.” The record debuted at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums Chart and was featured on several major year-end “Best of 2012” lists including Downbeat Magazine, WNYC Soundcheck’s “Best Live Performances” and Daytrotter’s “Best Sessions of 2012.” Edmonson performed on “Austin City Limits”, made her “Prairie Home Companion” debut, and was featured on NPR a impressive five times that same year. The songstress also found herself touring with several well-established acts such as Chris Isaak, Gary Clark Jr. and Michael Kiwanuka.

    Texas native Edmonson grew up in Houston and sang in the local club scene in Austin for several years before self-releasing Take To The Sky in 2009. A musical kinship developed from performing with fellow Texan Lyle Lovett led to a high-profile duet of the Christmas classic “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” which the pair performed together on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: $18.00
    • Time: Oct. 11, 2014, 7 p.m.
    • Venue: Underground
    • Type: Live
    • Cover: $12.00
    • Time: Oct. 13, 2014, 8 p.m.