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Exclaim! presents Illitry w/ Bass Lions and Kira May
visuals by: Realtime Activites
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!
The great Townes Van Zandt once said there are two kinds of music: "The blues and zip-a-dee-doo-dah."
According to this, Mirel Wagner's self-titled debut falls solidly into the blues category. "Songwriting can hardly be more minimalistic, no-frills, more strict as Mirel Wagner's sparse music," according to German magazine Spex; we agree.
Ok, so, remember that time when Fast Romantics and Kandle & the Krooks almost got lightning-bolted while playing a show during a hurricane in Yonge-Dundas Square?
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!
Field Trip Music & Arts & Scion Sessions are back to cap off a year of musical exploration with the sixth and final edition of the Field Trip Discovery Series (#FieldTripTO) on Thursday, December 4 at The Drake Underground (1150 Queen St West).
The December edition showcases Calvin Love's synthy love songs, New Hands' electronic dance jams which are laced with video game effects, while YOUNG RIVAL guitarist Aron D'Alesio serves up 50's surf-psych and Michael Rault plays punk and blues inspired hook-laden pop rock.
Entry is FREE with RSVP here: http://bit.ly/FTDSVI
*Arrive before 9pm and enjoy a free Swingtop courtesy of our partners Grolsch. This is a 19+ event. Don’t Drink and Drive (http://talkingalcohol.com/)*
The final Field Trip Discovery Series Soundcloud mix features tracks from New Hands, Aron D'Alesio and Calvin Love. All four tracks are streaming now via Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/scion-sessions/sets/fieldtripholiday
Throughout 2014, Field Trip & Scion Sessions have put the spotlight on some of Toronto's hottest emerging bands with a collection of limited edition, free 7-inches. Both collectable 7-inches will be available for free at the final Series showcase at The Drake on December 4.
Composer / producer / singer Lydia Ainsworth has been secretly writing and recording songs over the past three years from bedrooms and basements between Toronto and Brooklyn. What began as pass-time sketches between composing music for film and multimedia projects has over time revealed an enchanting collection of experimental pop songs with a life of their own.
Blurring the boundaries between indie music, filmic orchestration, and electronic music, Lydia’s debut ‘Right From Real’ thrives on haunting melodies and draws inspiration from a wide range of musical sources: Verdi’s Requiem, Ace of Base, Bulgarian Choirs, Bernard Herrmann, Tones on Tail, Art of Noise, to name a few. This sense of unexpected marriages of influence flows throughout much of Lydia’s previous work which features use of voice sampling and string arrangements woven into a unique minimalist fabric.
Elvis Monday is Toronto's longest running indie showcase. Now in its 30th year, at least 3000 bands have played Elvis Monday including Cowboy Junkies, Blind Melon, Treble Charger, Lights, Sum 41, Three Days Grace, Billy Talent, Austra, Peaches, Diana, JackSoul, Ron Sexsmith, Doldrums, Moon King, and BECK! Acting as a launching pad for many Toronto bands, Elvis Monday continues to champion emerging talent and play an important part of Toronto's music scene.
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