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Two of Montreal's cutting edge World 2.0 bands unite with TO's premier global groove DJ for an explosive blend of soul, electro, Congolese rumba, Latin hip-hop and more.
Boogat is a talented MC bridging Latin grooves with urban and electronic music. His last album won two Félix at the ADISQ awards for best world music album and best producer. His quick-witted, multi-linguistic lyrical flow and dynamism combine for an explosive live show that turns any situation into a party.
‘’Whatever the situation, Boogat impresses as an eloquent, versatile MC with strong musical instincts’’ - THE GAZETTE
His trademark ‘World 2.0’ sound is an up-tempo mix of hip-hop, Latin and electronic influences that represents the multicultural sound of the local Québécois and Latino scene. As Boogat puts it “Montreal is an artistic city … we have two of the best DJs in the world here in A-Trak and Kid Koala along with great bands like Arcade Fire. There is really great stuff coming out of this city,” he says. “I call El Dorado Sunset 'World Beat 2.0.' But if people want to call it hip-hop it’s cool. But I definitely mix in traditional Latin music with electronic music too.”
‘’Part of what makes Boogat so good is his energy, delivering positive but gruff rhymes in a party-starting way" - EXCLAIM
Pierre Kwenders music represents a meeting-point between Africa and North America. After 16 years in Congo-Kinshasa and 13 in Canada, he has taken the best sounds from both sides of the Atlantic, inventing a space to blend hip hop, soul, Congolese rumba and electro, wrapped in his gentle, enchanting voice.
In his lyrics, PK moves skilfully between the Tschiluba language and French, between Lingala and English or Kiskongo, depending on his inspiration at the time of writing. In terms of beats and sounds, he has succeeded in mixing traditional Congolese percussions with electro beats, under the influence of producer Alexandre Arthur Bilodeau, whom he met through the Quebec band Radio Radio. It is an invitation to travel from one continent to another, between the nostalgia of the lyrics and the catchy beat of the melodies, and on to the dance floor.
DJ medicineman has established himself as one of Canada’s foremost purveyors of Global Groove. His CIUT (89.5 FM) radio show No Man’s Land, has won international fans and his DJ sets are renowned for his trademark blend of global beats and textured electronica – the sound of borders dissolving.
Hailed by the UK's NME as '…gently majestic, gutsy, and evocative,' the album has been received with high praise – this being the first time Johns, best known for his production work for the likes of Ryan Adams, Kings of Leon, Ray LaMontagne, and Laura Marling to name but a few, has sat on the other side of the mixing desk, and released his own collection of songs
Sony Music Masterworks will release Kat Edmonson’s third album, The Big Picture, on September 30. The album is her label debut and was recorded with Grammy-nominated producer Mitchell Froom (Paul McCartney) in his Los Angeles studio. Of the album, Edmonson states, “There’s no particular theme, but there are some commonalities, one of which is my ever-underlying influence from motion pictures and film scores. I have always felt that music and film go hand in hand, because that was how I was first exposed to music—from old movies and musicals—and to me there wasn’t a separation between an actor acting, dancing and singing.”
This album follows her 2012 release, Way Down Low, her first collection that included original material. The New York Times hailed the album as “fresh as a spring bouquet,” and The Boston Globe called it “one of the greatest vocal albums I’ve ever heard.” The record debuted at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums Chart and was featured on several major year-end “Best of 2012” lists including Downbeat Magazine, WNYC Soundcheck’s “Best Live Performances” and Daytrotter’s “Best Sessions of 2012.” Edmonson performed on “Austin City Limits”, made her “Prairie Home Companion” debut, and was featured on NPR a impressive five times that same year. The songstress also found herself touring with several well-established acts such as Chris Isaak, Gary Clark Jr. and Michael Kiwanuka.
Texas native Edmonson grew up in Houston and sang in the local club scene in Austin for several years before self-releasing Take To The Sky in 2009. A musical kinship developed from performing with fellow Texan Lyle Lovett led to a high-profile duet of the Christmas classic “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” which the pair performed together on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Steve Gunn is a New York-based guitarist and songwriter. With a career spanning nearly fifteen years, Steve has produced volumes of critically acclaimed solo, duo, and ensemble recordings. His albums with GHQ and longtime collaborating drummer John Truscinski represent milestones of contemporary guitar-driven, forward music. A voracious schedule of international performances has cultivated a fervent fanbase for Gunn's music throughout the world.
Mining the catalogs of Basho, Bull, Chapman, and Sharrock, among other titans of stringed-things and record-session royalty, Steve has steadily processed these inspirations into a singular, virtuosic stream. Friendships and collaborations with Jack Rose, Tom Carter, Meg Baird, and Michael Chapman colored the disciplined evolution of the discursive, deconstructed blues sound, at once transcendent and methodical, that is now Gunn's signature. Close listening reveals the influence of Delta and Piedmont country blues, ecstatic free jazz, and psych, as well as Gnawa and Carnatic music, on the continually unfolding compositions.
Gunn's 2009 solo masterpiece, Boerum Palace, demonstrated a fully realized power for songcraft. Steve started to sing more and developed a commanding vocal style equal to his guitar practice. His acclaimed instrumental duo recordings with Truscinski, Sand City (2010) and Ocean Parkway (2012), cemented his place among the top of his peers, both present and past. These documents display Gunn's compositional penchant for charting musical travelogues that ramble through city and wilderness alike. Dispatches home are not merely descriptive but corporeal; the evocative, rhythmic power of his writing and phrasing carries the listener along bodily. Steve builds songs as exploratory vessels, opens them up for mechanical tinkering, and lives in them through ceaseless improvisatory permutations. Paradise of Bachelors is thrilled to release Time Off (2013), his first album as leader of a trio including longtime friends John Truscinski on drums and Justin Tripp on bass, and a record on which Steve's compelling singing features more prominently than ever before. The album features his oblique character sketches and story-songs about friends, acquaintances, and denizens of his Brooklyn neighborhood, using the trio band format to launch his compositions into new, luminous strata. This is Gunn at the top of his game, writing his most memorable tunes and lyrics, utterly unique but steeped in traditions both vernacular and avant-garde.
Phantasmagorical Sir Jerry returns to the Underground with his all-ages, all-amazing show! Sir Jerry's been dubbed "Pink Floyd for kids" and "one of Canada's leading children's performers". With original songs and a first rate band, dancing girls, colourful stage characters, rock 'n' roll and music hall influences - the top-hatted faux Brit Sir Jerry is a unique hybrid indeed. The perfect Saturday afternoon for young rockers and old-schoolers alike!