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Featuring: Dave Merheje, Nathan Macintosh, Alex Pavone, DJ Demers, Mike Rita, Chris Robinson
Hosted by: Arthur Simeon
seating available at a first come, first served basis
For Esmé are thrilled to announce the official launch of their new LP Sugar, on October 16th. Performances by For Esmé and our special guest Kira May, with visuals by Philippe Blanchard and Peter Rahul.
Balthazar are an alternative pop band, with rock, electro and hiphop influences. They were formed at the end of 2004 in Kortrijk-Belgium and anticipated their first album with gigs all over Europe and a tour in South Africa. Their debut album "Applause" was released in Benelux, march 2010, and both the album as well as their live performances (Rock Werchter, Pukkelpop, Lowlands, etc.) were received with much critical acclaim
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!
Featuring: Mark Little. K. Trevor Wilson, Aisha Alfa, Nick Beaton, Ben Miner, Amish Patel
Hosted by: Chris Locke
*seating available on a first come, first served basis
Kae Sun's music has been noted for its unique blend of influences owing to his background and personal history. His poetic lyrics have been noted as being both observational and personal often touching on spiritual, esoteric and socio-political themes. His singing often leans toward the melodic and impassioned with subtle inflections drawn from Soul and Folk traditions. According to MIT's The Tech, "Despite this unbridled exploration with sound and lyrics, Kae Sun colours his music with two virtues that seem to be of great importance to him – spirituality and honesty." His work has at times been tagged Urban Folk, Indie Pop, World, Neo-Folk or Folk-Soul. Now magazine quotes him describing it as "Music. Pure and simple."
Grand Analog is a group of record collectors, musicians and self described beat junkies. You can easily find any of the crew DJing at various clubs around Toronto. The Grand Analog sound is a beautiful mess of rap'n'roll, dub and soul. Each personality in this collective brings something unique to the table. Odario and DJ Ofield blame their father, a reggae DJ from the 80s, for cursing them with the love of music, bass and trouble. Catalist was also born into a musical family, inheriting a vintage collection of analog keyboards and an uncanny resemblance to Frank Zappa. Warren Bray is the secret sauce on bass and TJ Garcia trips the light fantastic behind his drum kit. The band’s critically acclaimed albums, “Modern Thunder”, “Metropolis Is Burning” and “Calligraffiti”, boast an infectious array of soundscapes “sweetening its hip-hop cocktail with everything they can get their hands on: blazing rock guitars, dubby reggae, wah-wah funk and Bo Diddley beats.”
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!