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Friday, Jan 20, 2016
The Drake Hotel – 1150 Queen St. W. Toronto ON
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GA $10.00 adv. $12.00 doors.
A NIGHT DEDICATED TO MUSIC.
TRIBE [ACTION - TO]
DAVID KING [Course Of Time - TO]
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Doors: 7:00 PM
Show: 8:00 PM
Support: Ayaz V.
This is a LEGAL AGE 19+ event.
Parkside Drive is one of the hottest event bands in the industry.
Since 2008, this energetic young group has been packing dance floors across North America. Based in Toronto Ontario, the band frequently performs at home, upstate New York, and across Canada.
Consistently delivering the best in pop, soul, jazz, and beyond, they remain Torontos best reviewed and most often booked event band.
Comedians, storytellers and people who have never been on stage before, share their real, outrageous, and awkward Tinder and online dating stories live on stage!
Doors 7:30pm | Show 8:00pm (Seating is first come first serve)
If you have a Tinder, dating app, or online dating story you would like to share (either on stage or anonymously on the website), please email a paragraph summary to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
Each and every day, we're making connections that impact how we understand the world. Some of our relationships are long-lasting, guiding us through the everyday trials and triumphs with a steady and supportive helping hand. Others may be more fleeting but leave just as important an imprint, like a limited-time love affair that teaches us to live in the moment as well as when to let go. While Vancouver trio The Katherines' journey has really just begun, they're already taking scope of their growth and filtering it through the prism of modern pop. Together, they're refracting elements of rock, R&B, dance music and more into their exquisitely expansive debut LP, To Bring You My Heart.
"One of the most important things in the world is human connection," frontwoman Kate Kurdyak professes of an ethos that ties just as much to her personal life as it does the unified front of the band, "what is life without people and without relationships?"
The record's roots trace back to Kurdyak's early days as a solo performer, from playing coffee shops on her own to building a songbook with a backup band. As she started crafting the collection that would become To Bring You My Heart, Kate's sister Lauren Kurdyak and life-long friend Kaitlyn Hansen-Boucher stepped out from the ad hoc ensemble to take on a larger role in helping realize her vision. As the tracks took shape, whether by flirting with the shadowy sounds of noir-N-b or the sock hop pep of '60s girl groups, the three decided to come together as The Katherines.
While Kate Kurdyak handles the songwriting duties, Lauren Kurdyak and Hansen-Boucher have brought their own distinct flavours to the pieces to studio sessions, onstage performances, and during the odd busking session down on Vancouver's waterfront. The close bonds between the three have also crossed-over into The Katherines' lyrics, with "Cherry Lips" finding Kate sensually summing up the breakdown of a bandmate's romantic relationship.
"We tell each other about everything that is happening in our lives--- I'm always aware of what's going on," she notes of The Katherines' closeness before explaining by-proxy the crux of the narrative of two lovers drifting apart. "He was exciting, but there was this part of him that didn't want to be tied down, and needed to experience freedom--there were all of these things that he couldn't find by staying in one place. It wasn't conducive to the relationship, even though they were good together. It's about having to reconcile with that."
The same kind of emotional push-and-pull is presented all throughout To Bring You My Heart, but the thematic drive is presented over a plenitude of stunning soundscapes. "Cherry Lips," a track put together in Toronto with producer Tino Zolfo and Mounties drummer Hawksley Workman, spirals smoky drum machine work and at-dusk dreampop guitars around its sensual vocal harmonies. "Wrong Side of the Bed," meanwhile, flips the mood by wrapping up a playful tale of young lust with breezy acoustic guitar strums and a busy-footed, effervescent bounce.
"Primitive," co-written with JPNSGRLS vocalist Charlie Kerr and Hot Hot Heat/Mounties frontman Steve Bays, strikes the core with twitching electronic percussion, icy '80s keyboard tones, and lyrics on the state of "modern men." "Heart on the Table," is a rafters-reaching breakup ballad propelled by a mix of cinematic, sweeping cellos, bass drops and snap beats. Elsewhere, the deft and diverse To Bring You My Heart can stomp along with EDM-leaning four-on-the-floors ("Ultra Violet"), deliver soul-searching and synth-driven duets ("Better Off"), or offer up a take on glossy and gorgeous '60s pop ("You").
Kate Kurdyak theorizes the album's genre-jumping pattern can be expected, as each experience The Katherines bring forth on To Bring You My Heart comes from a different place. With the range of studio collaborators including Steve Bays, Colin Janz, Tino Zolfo, Hawksley Workman, and Fake Shark’s Kevvy, the collection is an extended look at our many connections, and the value there within.
"It's about the expression of a particular moment," she says about her approach to each song. "That's probably why there are so many genres on the album, because it covers all of the different feelings from a period of time in my life."
To Bring You My Heart casts its net wide, but at the core of the sonically ambitious LP are a series of intimate, relatable portraits. Whether they weigh in on the tingling anticipation of new love, or take a wistful look back at what once was, these are songs that tap into the essence of our human condition. With their captivating debut single releasing this spring and dynamic album to follow later this year, The Katherines are about to make their biggest connection yet.
As a founding member of the Turntable Monkz, and a certified world champion (2003 DMC World Champion), DJ Dopey (born Jon Ryan Santiago) took the opportunity to tour the world a few times over sharing stages with artists such as Eminem, Hedley, Slum Village, Nelly Furtado, Kardinal Offishall, Dragonette, Steve Aoki and DJ’d for Dead Celebrity Status. He continues his globetrotting by carrying out his seasoned successes as a key group member of Notes to Self, a rap crew from Toronto. Dopey’s found time to be an integral part of their creative process, spending much of his free time off tour in the studio with Notes writing and recording, contributing a few years’ worth of hard work and successfully releasing two albums. As one of Canada’s premiere DJ talents, Dopey was also an integral part of the Gemini Award winning TV show MTV Live.
In his 10 years as a DJ/Turntablist, Dopey has accomplished a great deal; he has “battled” his way to the top, he’s performed alongside the world’s best DJ’s and musicians, and has now taken to the studio portion of being an artist where he now perfects his recorded arts. Dopey is now poised to help present the world to Notes to Self, a rap group that will finally help realize his first official recorded contribution as a commercial release on their debut full-length. DJ Dopey is a rare and humbled talent that will continue to push the limits, not just as a DJ but as a recording artist as well.
In partnership with Dorset Fine Arts and the West Baffin Eskimo Co-Operative, Drake hosts a symposium to explore issues around Inuit art.
The afternoon will begin with introductory remarks from Will Huffman, Dorset Fine Arts, and Mia Nielsen, Drake Hotel Properties, followed by an in-depth panel discussion.
Speakers include Art Gallery of Ontario curator of Canadian Art Andrew Hunter, Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery Director Gaetane Verna and artist Saimaiyu Akesuk, joining us by Skype from her home in Cape Dorset.
*PLEASE RSVP HERE.*
Join us afterwards for a 2-course dinner inspired by the Arctic, reserve here.