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Local wordsmiths and performers shine at Toronto Poetry Slam, providing an evening of spoken word, lyrical mastery and friendly competition before an always packed house. $80 goes to the best performance of the night, so if you think your literary creations have what it takes to win, be sure to sign up at 7:30PM. And don't forget your sense of humour!
A man and his guitar…honest, unfiltered and true. In a landscape filled with Top 40 beats and harmonizing folk groups, a lone singer-songwriter definitely has his work cut out for him. Ramirez's career has spanned 2 full lengths and 3 EP's. His 2012 independently released album, Apologies debuted at #2 on iTunes Singer-Songwriter charts and #23 on Billboard Folk, garnering praise from The New York Times, American Songwriter and PASTE.
Adam Torres has spent the past decade volunteering in rural Ecuador, completing a graduate degree in Texas, and working to improve the water quality of the Rio Grande River — all whilst simultaneously writing hundreds of songs. While a number of those were released as demos in 2012 through DC cassette-label DZ Tapes, Torres has yet to provide a proper follow-up to his 2006 self-released debut Nostra Nova, a DIY staple in his small college town of Athens, Ohio. Torres' new album, Pearls to Swine, is out Sept. 9 on Fat Possum.
The Lonely Hearts are a rock and roll jukebox. A high energy quartet, the Lonely Hearts have been playing together for nearly a decade; from intimate parties to maximum capacity crowds, they have kept audiences dancing from start to finish. They contain the energy and soul of a vintage rock and roll band but with an incredibly vast repertoire that ranges from early rock and roll, Motown, early punk, new wave and modern pop. Their musicianship goes far beyond their years. They pride themselves on the ability to read a crowd and use their repertoire to tailor their set in order to keep the party at a high pace.
Featuring performances by well-known Toronto musicians and City Choir directors John Millard, Patricia O’Callaghan, Suba Sankaran, Waleed Abdulhamid, small ensembles and the full City Choir. Music performed will be classic, contemporary and global in style. PWYC - a fundraising event in support of City Choir's Fall 2016 semester.
Drawing influences from both trip-hop (Goldfrapp, Portishead) and modern pop (Vampire Weekend, Youth Lagoon), KROY is set to release her debut full length album on September 23rd 2016.
The first single, “River”, offers a glimpse into KROY’s musical landscape- a captivating universe of hypnotic rhythms and analogue synthesizers.
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!
Jenn Wasner (stage name: Flock of Dimes) is one of the founding members of the band Wye Oak, from Baltimore, Maryland. And Taryn Miller, the 24-year-old who resides in Lawrence, KS and makes music under the moniker Your Friend
Phantasmagorical Sir Jerry returns to the Underground with his all-ages, all-amazing, HALLOWEEN show! Come dressed in your favourite costume + be a part of the magic.
Sir Jerry’s been dubbed “Pink Floyd for kids,” and singled out by Pee-Wee Herman producer Richard Abramson as “the most innovative kid’s entertainer” since Pee-Wee himself. With dancing girls, colourful stage characters, rock ‘n’ roll and music hall influences – all informed by his Monty Pythonesque sensibility - the top-hatted faux-Brit Sir Jerry is a unique hybrid indeed.
The perfect not-so-spooky Saturday afternoon for young rockers and old-schoolers alike!