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Public Service Broadcasting is a London-based pseudonymous musical duo consisting of J. Willgoose, Esq. on guitar, banjo, other stringed instruments, samplings and electronic instruments; and Wrigglesworth on drums, piano and electronic instruments. They take samples from old public information films, archive footage and propaganda material, attempting to 'teach the lessons of the past through the music of the future'. The band have released two albums, Inform-Educate-Entertain (2013); a second one, The Race for Space, released on 23 February 2015.
Judy Virago and Igby Lizzard, the wicked queens of the west end scene, return to the Drake Underground with their eclectic cast of calamitous characters for an Easter Cabaret quite unlike your regular Sunday service!
Featuring burlesque, drag, circus and live music performances from members of the House of Filth and stars of the Toronto creative scene:
Allysin Chaynes - HOUSE of FILTH
Fay Slift - Ladybear Extraordinairre
Igby Lizzard - Drag terrorist
Judy Virago - The Gender Transcender
Laura Desiree - The Big City Kitty
Nancy Bocock - House of Filth
Quanah Style - Prepare for the hurriquanah
Scarlett Bobo - The Scarlet Harlot
WITH Sasha van Bonbon, co-creator of Toronto's Legendary troupe "The Scandelles" providing a pre-show easter egg extravaganza
$10 - doors at 9pm, shows at 10pm
Blasphemers and heretics welcome -let's get resurrected!
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!
Joseph is native. Joseph is dreamer. Joseph is kin.
Allured by the pulsing incantations of cassette grain & VHS blips, live instrumentation and other found sound, Kodak To Graph’s Michael Maleki (22) delicately floats listeners through blooming clouds of synth-washes, haunting reverberations, and propulsive rhythms. Maleki’s candle-waxed R&B & flower-trailed soundscapes weave together the nostalgic tones and colors reminiscent of a quiet childhood with the urban bounce and rhythmic disposition of the more modern spirit.
With a voice as notable as his lyrics, Donovan Woods is a critically acclaimed and in-demand Canadian recording artist, performer and songwriter. His third record, “Don’t Get Too Grand”, featuring the hit single “Put On Cologne” garnered radio airplay around the world, and was nominated for “Roots & Traditional Album of the Year” at the 2014 Juno Awards. Splitting his time between Nashville and Toronto, Woods’ versatile songs have been recorded by everyone from Canadian indie artists to established stars like Tim McGraw or Alan Doyle (Great Big Sea), and been featured in television shows, major motion pictures and commercials. Piercingly honest and quietly anthemic, Woods sings with a striking sense of the world that produced him – the unsung towns of Canada’s industrial heartland. The result is music that’s transporting, but never loses the dry, self-deprecating humour that has endeared Woods to audiences from the start.
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!
Beth Moore has been writing and performing her beautiful interpretation of modern folk since 2006. Beth was named “Artist of the Year” and “Folk Artist of the Year” at the 2011 Niagara Music Awards. Beth tours constantly, and has played over 600 live shows including high profile events such as the 2012 Canada Day Concert on Parliament Hill in Ottawa and prestigious festivals across southern Ontario including Scene Fest, In the Soil, and Toronto’s Indie Week. Her music has also been licensed to hit shows like Degrassi. She was also the winner of the CBC expand your bandwidth competition which received over 70,000 votes. Her song writing has been praised as honest, to the point and from the heart. She released her debut LP ‘The Road’ in January 2011. She has recently finished recording her sophomore record with award-winning producer Timothy Abraham (Rob Szabo, Peter Katz, Glen Hansard, Ron Sexsmith,Grand Analog, Garth Hudson).Which was factor and oac funded. Set to release later this year.
"You might approach Valery Gore's new album in the way you approach a Kandinsky painting: with curiosity and uncertainty. Like the painter, Gore uses many clashing hues in her music, laid out anachronistically. Buried deep in the emotional grain of her work, however, there is some semblance of order, some sense of undisclosed truths."
"It's pretty fucking beautiful seeing the world through Valery Gore's eyes...with a sweetness and a strange allure that brings to mind St. Vincent and Au Revoir Simone. "