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Emilie & Ogden is not your typical duet but rather an encounter between a young singer and a harp. Her particular voice has often been described as pure and soft, resonating in perfect harmony with the instrument. On stage, her traditional folk sound is embellished by drums, bass and a soft electronic touch, drawing inspiration from other female artists such as Feist and St-Vincent.
Freakwater was formed by Janet Bean and Catherine Irwin in 1989 and has been innovating and reinvigorating alt-country ever since. Following two records on Amoeba Records, the duo signed to Thrill Jockey in 1993 for the seminal Feels Like the Third Time, which was reissued on vinyl for Record Store Day 2012. The record opens with "My Old Drunk Friend," perhaps the greatest song Hank Williams never wrote and features seven originals and five covers of songs by the likes of Conway Twitty, Woody Guthrie and Nick Lowe. 1995's Old Paint showed the group's songwriting coming into its own, and was their most critically acclaimed album to date. 1998's Springtime saw the addition of Wilco's Max Konrad Johnston to the group, and features some of the band's most heartbreaking and beautiful songs, including the now classic "Louisville Lip." The group expanded their sound on End Time, adding drum kit, organ, and even strings on several songs.
The early aughts saw Bean and Irwin each releasing solo albums, Dragging Wonder Lake and Cut Yourself a Switch respectively. Both records showed each musician exploring different facets of the sound cultivated in Freakwater: Irwin a stripped down, appalacian vision of folk music, and Bean an artfully crafted, cosmopolitan type of pop. In 2005 the group released Thinking of You, a collaboration with members of fellow Thrill Jockey group Califone. After a long silence, Irwin finally released her second solo release, Little Heater in September of 2012, which Oxford American said, "will leave you aching for a broken heart so you too can sing wrenching songs about love and loss."
Annie Sama is a Canadian electronic producer, singer-songwriter performing under the monicker APigeon. APigeon inspires us with her melodies, enveloping harmonies and poetry. Accompanied by musicians, she takes us on a tribal and contemporary rythmic journey. With her lavish voice blessed with flexibility, she extends her vocal range without diffusing emotions, which earned her comparisons to the likes of Björk, Feist and Lykke Li. A disarming trance that cradles us and leaves us with thousands of images.
While Random Recipe is delightfully slow-cooking a third album in the oven, have a taste of an authentic, organic and delicious side dish; FABjustfab! Presenting her Palm Rap demo; a fun, forward-thinking, psychadelic world of nature’s raps over warm sun beaming beats.
MIGS AND SILENT J
Growing up in Mile End, a part of the Plateau-Mount-Royal borough of Montreal, known for its culture as an artistic neighbourhood, home to artists, musicians, writers and filmakers, these two brothers incarnate the old school, East Coast, 90’s rap scene. With inspirational and influential hip hop pioneers the likes of Notorious B.I.G. Nas and Big L, MIGS AND SILENT J’s punchy fast flows and vivid storytelling while "rippin the mic" embody the struggles and emotions of young adults today. Together with MIGS’ rythmic and clever lines and SILENT J’s surprising spewing of intense lyrics while "spittin a rhyme" will give you a taste of East Coast x West Coast rap music.
Tonight we're hosting a Drake alumni dirty dozen Birthday Party w/Good Enough Live Karaoke! We have drink specials to help w/your liquid courage + it's hosted by Drake alumni + musical talents, Cody Ray Michie + Christine Aziz, whose show tunes are sure to please.
Entry by way of one perishable food item per person, supporting:
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!
In 2006 Doillon began writing music with friend and musician Chris Brenner. A song they wrote together, "The Girl Is Gone", was featured on the Visionaire Magazine special music issue and picture disk in 2007. Doillon sings, plays guitar, and writes lyrics; she released her first EP with Brenner, musician John Mitchell, and various artists. The album is titled Places and her first single is "I.C.U." (as in "I see you"). Doillon told Interview Magazine "I wrote that because I was desperately in love with someone that I hadn't seen and that I never saw again in my life. I wandered for months in the street looking for him." The album receives rave reviews and Doillon won the "Best Female Artist" at the 2013 Victoires de la Musique.
Thursday February 18
The Academy Presents...
THE HUSTLE: Edition 14
Music by: CHARLIE
Hosted by: Crossword
Doors 9pm | Show 10pm | 19+ Event
Rockyard is a Toronto based band made up of; Matt Warry-Smith, Conor Brown, Jay Sussman + Andrew Pachece.
W/ blistering guitar riffs, soul-crushing drum grooves, thunderous bass lines, soaring vocals and provocative lyrics, you can expect Rockyard to keep the lounge pumping w/ energy all night!
Show begins at 8:30 PM
Magician & Star of Brand New TV Series "Illusions of Grandeur" - Premieres April 14th at 9:30pm ET/PT on OLN.