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Following sold-out stints in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014, Canada’s favourite children's entertainers THE MONKEY BUNCH return to the Drake this February for their annual family friendly residency.
Their performance will feature songs from their debut album Sho, Mo and the Monkey Bunch, the acclaimed Juno-nominated Power to the Little People and a sneak peek at some new material they are working on for their 3rd release.
This isn’t your typical children’s concert – it is not only a celebration of music, but of the planet, and sprinkled with some brilliant humour. Why go to a Bank for the best Pri-Mate? Go ape with The Monkey Bunch on Febru-Hairy 1st, 8th, 16th (Family Day) and 22nd at the Drake Underground. There will be a slew of special guests that will join the band during the month-long residency (guests will be announced soon).
DOORS OPEN AT 230PM, SHOW STARTS AT 3PM SHARP!
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.
A unique contrast exists within The Lonely Hearts; they give you the best of then with the youthful energy of now. They understand the importance of your event and will do everything they can to make your event as memorable and enjoyable as possible.
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!
Ewert and The Two Dragons is an Estonian indie-rock band. The line-up consists of vocalist Ewert Sundja, guitarist Erki Pärnoja, drummer Kristjan Kallas, and bassist Ivo Etti. Their debut album The Hills Behind The Hills was released in 2009. The follow-up Good Man Down was recorded at the beginning of 2011 and was released in April on I Love You Records. They have gained recognition in the Baltic states as well as in several other European countries.
Wolf Alice are a four-piece alternative rock band from North London, consisting of Ellie Rowsell, Joel Amey, Joff Oddie and Theo Ellis. They released their debut single "Fluffy" in February 2013, the "Bros" single followed this in May. In October 2013, they released their debut EP Blush. The "Creature Songs" EP was released in May 2014 on Dirty Hit Records.
AquaAlta is the collaboration between producer Graeme Campbell (Buck 65, Jerry Granelli), Charles Austin (recording engineer, guitar/bass for Superfriendz, Al Tuck, Buck 65) and Jenn Grant (Juno nominated singer and songwriter). Hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia AquaAlta came to fruition after the three artists met while taking part in the making of Buck 65's 2011 album '20 Odd Years'.
Austin describes AquaAlta’s musical direction as “simply to make country music for aliens.” Shimmering vocals glisten a top of driving beats and churning synth pop noises led by the pair of Austin and Campbell, while Grant handles lyrics and vocal melodies. Together their electro love songs provide the perfect listening remedy for the voyage if you so happened to become lost at sea.
JJ and The Pillars are a 3 piece Folk-Rock outfit originating from small town Peterborough, ON and currently residing in Toronto. They kicked off their music career in 2013 by playing The Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto and Headlining The Opera House. They have recently just finished recording a 5 song EP at Media One Studios in Toronto with Ross Hayes Citrullo. "We are 3 best friends who want nothing more to make this our career, and to be able to give back to the local music scene and help it grow. Music to us is much more then becoming idolized and your stereotype image of a rockstar. As cliche as it is to say, we are in it for the music, the relationships, and helping grow the general music scene in Toronto and the rest of Canada. There is no gimmick to us, we are just genuine musicians that want to perform" JJ and The Pillars are on the rise, and are starting to prove success through out the Toronto music scene bringing in the likes of Sam Roberts, Matt Mayes, and more, making appearances at their shows. Most recently they have made the Top 20 out of near 1000 submissions for 102.1 The Edge's Next Big Thing. JJ and The Pillar's interview and their first single "The Wolves" aired on Adam's Show on 102.1 The Edge in July 2014. Prior to that they just finished up playing Indie Week, and Canadian Music Week in Toronto which brought a lot of exposure to the band, and have gained some incredible fans. "It's been a great first year for the band, we're excited for what's next" JJ Thompson, Lead Singer.
Orla Gartland is a 19-year-old songstress hailing from Dublin, Ireland. The first thing to note about Orla is her ability to instantly create a rapport with the listener. With an exploding personality that grabs you from the first note you can't help but be left with a head full of ideas as she quenches your own imagination. However the journey doesn't end at first impressions. Throughout each song there is an underlying sense of deeper meaning and purpose to each lyric... like a letter you wrote to yourself from a parallel universe. Orla has an ability to be completely down to earth, with wisdom beyond her years and at the same time her delivery isn't missing an ounce of spark, attitude and no-holds-barred raw energy.
With her first EP 'Roots,' released at just 18 years old, going number 1 on iTunes overall and selling out multiple shows across the UK and Ireland, the excitement continues to grow as her sizable online army await her next release: 'Lonely People.'
Never afraid of the unknown, Orla has taken a huge leap forward with the style and production of the new EP. With producer Andrew Maury (RAC, Panama Wedding) at the helm for single 'Lonely People,' the energy and individuality of Orla's passionate performance is brought to life.
With an upcoming 10-date UK/Ireland tour culminating at London's Islington Academy, followed by her very first US tour and debut at SXSW, the next chapter in Orla's journey is not one you want to miss.
"In 2008 I moved to LA to play backup bass for a Pop singer. That job didn't work out, but I ended staying in LA for four years. I returned to North Vancouver because my mother had been diagnosed with cancer (she's better now). I wrote most of the songs on my album Goon about my time spent in LA. It was a reflection that included, like the most popular of love clichés, a tough break up.
In my haste returning to Vancouver, I had left all my instruments in a storage locker in LA. My sister had moved out and left her piano at my parent's house, an instrument I had yet to explore. The first song I wrote on that piano was 'Just A Dream.' It was also one of my first attempts at singing. I have yet come to terms with my singing voice, but at the time I was left with no other option.
I recorded the demo, and then did a few more. Afterwards I sent the demos to JR White [Girls], someone who had produced one of my favorite records of the past few years (and was also signed to True Panther, the label I'm currently on). Soon after, he asked me to come down to San Francisco to record an album. After a series of visa issues and border complications, I finally met him and spent the next few months jumping from San Francisco to Los Angeles, recording in studios and bedrooms with friends.
After all that was said and done, I got offered to have a few more of my songs produced by Patrick Carney [The Black Keys] in Nashville, John Collins [The New Pornographers] back home in Vancouver, and Ariel Rechstaid in Los Angeles. I owe the sound of the record to the great effort of everyone involved, the producers and musicians doing and playing things I couldn't and treating the production with the same reverence I treat my songwriting.
The writing will always be the most important to me; the production, playing and singing I am still figuring out. I still play a bit of guitar, but I'm mostly sticking to the piano these days. TJJR. October 2014."
GOON is the debut album from Tobias Jesso Jr. A songwriter first and foremost, the album is a collection of timeless songs, all written on piano in Tobias' living room in N. Vancouver and recorded with added production and instrumentation in a range of studios in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Nashville and Vancouver.
Tobias shared his first recording in 2013 with 'Just A Dream', which subtlety caught the ears of several taste-maker musicians, blogs and his first fans through YouTube, CD-r's handed out to touring bands and old-fashioned word of mouth. His next track 'True Love' followed in July 2014 to further acclaim and was named Best New Track by Pitchfork.
Tobias worked with a number of producers to realize his specific vision for the arrangement and performance of his songs. Jr White (Girls), Pat Carney (Black Keys), Jonathan Rado (Foxygen), John Collins (New Pornographers) and Ariel Rechstaid all came to the project in a similar way – drawn in by the strength of Jesso's songwriting, they strove to find the right way to honor the songs' honest emotional pulse, without overpowering their rawness.
The resulting full band recordings that appear on GOON are a stunningly honest document of a modern songwriter influenced by the iconic piano-men whose stories in song defined past generations. Bearing comparison to these greats with an evocative, timeless quality, Tobias Jesso Jr may be the classic songwriter for our time.