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SATURNS is two cousins, Bryan, half of the electro-savvy Opopo, and Lukas, who had his own indie psychedelic rock band, The Dharma Sun. While they both love their other bandmates, family bloodlines trump all, and they've put all their efforts for the time being into creating a new blend of surfy, planetarily transcendent electro pop with a live and multimedia interactive experience.
LITTLE SPOON is Boston's Cameron Potter, who weaves elaborate symphonies of noise and vocals through a dreamlike haze of backbeats and synthesized percussion.
SUNO DEKO is a brand new project for Atlanta's David Courtright, formerly the guitarist and vocalist of the rock and roll band Jack of Hearts. Suno Deko is a multi-layered experimental pop outfit, with lyrical focus and depth.
Elvis Monday is Toronto's longest running indie showcase. Now in its 27th year, at least 3000 bands have played Elvis Monday including Cowboy Junkies, Blind Melon, Treble Charger, Sum 41, Three Days Grace, Billy Talent, Peaches, JackSoul, Ron Sexsmith 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.
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!
Laura Stevenson got her start as a pick-up player in the Long Island punk rock collective Bomb The Music Industry. During her tenure, Stevenson began privately composing songs on the softer side of indie rock and traditional folk. With the addition of Mike Cambell and Alex Billig, they began playing out as Laura Stevenson and the Cans. The band have honed their scrappy, largehearted indie pop sound over two solid records, and release their new album Wheel this spring.
THE BOX TIGER is an indie-rock band from Toronto with a sound falling somewhere between Broken Social Scene and Florence & The Machine.
Advance tickets available at Rotate This & Soundscapes, and online at Ticketfly.
Formed in Toronto, THE JOYFUL SINNERS possess a rare set of gifts far wiser than the years of a group of guys in their mid-20s; dipping into many styles of American music, all of which are stops on a righteous quest for genuine authenticity. In looking to the past, they have conjured up a path that is entirely their own. In upholding the traditions of American music, they are planting the spirit of rock and roll music firmly in the grounds of the 21st century.
Born and raised in Montreal, AMANDA MABRO’s blend of dedicated artistic sensibility, emotionally charged songwriting and strong live show has inspired praise from critics and music-lovers alike. The Montreal Gazette named her one of the city’s most promising singer-songwriters, whose songs “grab you by the throat and look you in the eye with cool defiance.”
Her 2011 release Die to the Past was part of an instrumental musical shift from her signature jazz/cabaret-pop stylings to an unapologetically dense genre bending soul baring work. Amanda's latest effort The Lost EP features a co-written duet with Canadian icon and singer/songwriter Ron Sexsmith, and will be previewed on May 22nd at The Drake Underground.
CHRIS ASSAAD is a singer/songwriter from Toronto, Canada who left a promising career in law several years ago to pursue his dream of a career in music. His multi-dimensional sound combines rootsy-soul, folk, world music, and pop, without compromising that singer-songwriter essence. Chris recently released a follow-up to his debut album, Glory Fire, with a new EP tilted Into The Light.
Calling all amateur and professional singer-songwriters!
Join us Wednesdays in the Drake Lounge after Trivia for the Drake Open Mic Night, hosted by adorably charming and fun singer-songwriter, Angela Saini.
Original and cover tunes are welcome. House guitar available or bring your own instrument. Sign up begins at 10pm.
SORRY OK YES is an Italian alternative-rock band from Milan, Italy based in Toronto. The band currently consists of Davide Materazzi (vocals, guitar) and Simone Ferrari (drums). Formed in 2008, Sorry Ok Yes writes, play and produce all their music. They are known for their heavy, bass-sounding guitar sounds and pounding drum rhythms music combined with layered arrangements.
Catch them along with guests THE LIPSTICK JUNKIES (funk rock), and ANNA HORVATH (pop).
Toronto jazz trio RUBIX continue their Friday evening series, bringing their brand of sultry jazz-funk-fusion originals, standards and creatively arranged classics to the Drake Lounge.
Swing by for dinner + a cocktail and get your weekend started off on the right foot.