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Autorickshaw

Autorickshaw’s music lies on the cultural cutting edge, as contemporary jazz, funk and folk easily rub shoulders with the classical and popular music of India. Formed in 2003, Autorickshaw is one of the most intriguing acts on the world music and jazz landscapes, garnering 2004 and 2007 JUNO nominations for World Music Album of the Year, winning a Canadian Independent Music Award in 2005, and a John Lennon Songwriting Competition Grand Prize in World Music and the CAPACOA Touring Artist of the Year award, both in 2008.

Natalie MacMaster

Natalie MacMaster with special guest Donnell Leahy

Bio Featuring: Natalie MacMaster Donnell Leahy Mac Morin – Piano Shane Hendrickson – Bass Mark Kelso – Drums When two of Canada’s brightest stars wed in late 2002, audiences waited with bated breath for the concert of a lifetime. Donnell Leahy, whose violin virtuosity has astounded audiences from coast to coast and across the world, […]

Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin

Known around the world by her first name, and as the undisputed reigning “Queen of Soul,” Aretha Franklin is peerless. She is one of the most influential and important voices in American music, with a repertoire that spans jazz, pop, soul, blues and gospel. Aretha Franklin performs June 28.

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Django Libre

Django-Libre was founded in 2007 by a group of musicians from Ottawa that wanted to promote the style of Gypsy Jazz. Gypsy Jazz or “Jazz Manouche” was created in the 1930′s by the legendary two-fingered guitarist Django Reinhardt and blends American big band swing with the exotic sounds of European gypsy folk songs. Django-Libre approaches this style with a modern sensibility, technique, and a love for this music. Their passionate improvisations and rhythms reward both listener and dancer alike.

The Peptides

The Peptides

A ticket to see The PepTides is an invitation to partake in a lavish pre-apocalyptic fête. The energetic troop brings audiences an eclectic spectacle complete with set pieces, time-warped costumes and infectious dancing. Bringing dark themes and 21st-century social commentary squarely into the pop realm, The PepTides serve their pointed offering in an irresistible package of silk, soul, fedoras and funk. MuchMore Music’s take on The PepTides says it all: “Mixing their stunning vocals with funk beats underneath a soulful sound, an abundance of theatrical dance moves and kitschy quirks, they defy any genre or description. One must simply see them to believe them.”

The Mahones

The Mahones

From an Irish pub to an Academy Award winning movie: The Mahones have come a long way in 23 years! Heralded as pioneers of the Irish punk scene, and internationally recognized as one of the best and hardest working punk outfits around, The Mahones are back with Angels & Devils, their eighth studio album. Created in 21 days in several different countries, Finny McConnell produced Angels & Devils at Red Rhino Studios in Montreal, after recording sessions with his band mates in both Belfast and Amsterdam. The Mahones’ last album, The Black Irish, was voted Best Punk Album at The Independent Music Awards, and the band was determined to follow-it up with an even bigger, better sound. It was the recording sessions in Montreal that made the cut for their latest studio release.

“”The Montreal sessions had the biggest sounds,” says Dublin-born front man Finny McConnell on the brand new recordings. “We recorded the album from start to finish in Montreal and the band’s vibe was amazing. We had just returned home from The Black Irish World tour, where we headlined all over the world, making our way through 30 countries – the band was extremely tight and ready to rock in the studio!”

The album features very special guest appearances from friends, family, and musical greats: Ken Casey (Dropkick Murphys), Jake Burns (Stiff Little Fingers) and Greg Keelor (Blue Rodeo), just to name a few. The Mahones formed on St. Patrick’s Day in 1990, and have been working on their own brand of Irish punk ever since. With a working class ethic and a love of classic punk, Finny McConnell formed the band to combine his love of punk rock and his Irish culture. Alongside Finny McConnell are Dom “The Bomb” Whelan (drums, vocals), Katie “Kaboom!” McConnell (accordion, vocals),Sean Winter (mandolin, banjo, vocals) and Paul “Cuzo” Mancuso (bass, vocals). “It was fun to be around before there was an actual Irish punk scene, because it was new, and no one really knew what to think of it. Now, it’s worldwide! It’s fantastic! When we started, the only bands we really knew at the time were The Dubliners and The Pogues. We’re really proud to have been a part of it from the start” states Finny. With songs that have become the essential soundtrack to every Irish punk out there, young and old, The Mahones have found themselves growing with every year, and are now headlining festivals around the world, and sharing the stage with their musical heroes. It’s really no wonder that their hit song “Paint The Town Red” was featured in the climactic final fight scene of Academy Award winning film The Fighter, starring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale and Amy Adams. The Mahones are proud to have a long list of TV and Movie appearances from their growing repertoire of Irish punk classics.

For the past 23 years The Mahones have released a slew of successful albums, and are world-renowned for an energy-packed, electrifying live show that has garnered them a worldwide base of dedicated fans. “The most exciting thing about touring is seeing and meeting our fans from all over the world. That’s why we do this! We’re very lucky to be here.”

Kicking off their next headlining tour in Las Vegas, Nevada in October; The Mahones are gearing up for a North American tour with friends and frequent collaborators, The Dropkick Murphys. With a slew of highly anticipated US dates they return back to Canada to bring the year to a close before heading overseas at the top of the New Year.

Socalled

Socalled

Genre-defying maestro Socalled is a musician, producer, composer, arranger, magician, filmmaker, photographer and visual artist based in Montreal. Born in Ottawa and raised just north of there, in Chelsea, Quebec, he grew up taking piano lessons and loving funk and hip hop. When Socalled first heard klezmer music on an old Yiddish record, he was fascinated by the cool sounds he could sample to make hip hop beats. Then he realized that integrating this Jewish music from the 1930s into his songs was a way of representing himself and his cultural heritage. It enabled him bring something of his own to funk and hip hop, giving him what he calls “a real reason to make music.” Known for his genre-bending approach and his collaborations with musical giants of funk, klezmer, hip hop, lounge and classical music, Socalled has performed all over the world. He has released three CDs: Socalled Seder; and HipHopKhasene; and most recently, Ghettoblaster, recorded with Yiddish singer Theodore Bikel, lounge pianist Irving Fields, musician and producer Gonzales, master clarinetist David Krakaeur, country singer Katie Moore, rapper C-Rayz Walz, and funk trombone legend Fred Wesley, among others.

Sandra Nkaké

Sandra Nkaké

Growing up in both Yaoundé (Cameroun) and Paris, singer-songwriter Sandra Nkaké was used to being tossed back and forth between two cultures and two climates, often with very contrasting social codes. As a refuge, she chose to bury herself in cinema, literature and music.

Her teenage bedroom was filled with the sounds of Leonard Cohen’s Sisters of Mercy and Tom Waits’ Blue Valentine, with Taxi Driver and the films of Sergio Leone and John Houston, with the shadows and light of Auguste Renoir and the colours of Matisse, with books like The Hotel New Hampshire and Boule de Suif and with the writings of Boris Vian and Chester Himes.

These stories transported her into a world where the adults are violent and distant, to the point where she began to imagine a parallel universe, peopled with the old lady with the white hat, Pompidou (modelled on a crazy young woman in her neighbourhood) and the doughnut seller of North Nkongkak. These characters came to life in her own secret stories that she accompanied with a soundtrack provided by her own voice.

This mad but joyful imaginary world gave her the strength to believe in life and her ability to take a step towards others while remaining faithful to her convictions, without betraying herself, without compromise. From that point on, fate and the people she encountered were her guardian angels.

Her studies at the Sorbonne in Paris – first to become a journalist and then an English teacher – did not hold her back for long and she began to live a double life as a singer and an actress working with Thomas Le Douarec, Pierre Pradinas, Lea Fazer, Alain Maratrat, Phillys Roome, and Praline Gay Para in pieces that blended theatre and music.
But the singer inside her came to the fore and she began to make a name for herself in the Paris music scene of the noughties, both in the studio and on stage, working with artists from different backgrounds, but only those with whom she felt a real affinity: Jacques Higelin, Daniel Yvinec and the National Jazz Orchestra, Juan Rozoff, Booster, Julien Lourau, Troublemakers, Ollano, Gérald Toto, Rodolphe Burger, Nana Vasconcelos, Ji Mob and of course, her group project, Push Up.

It was at this time that she decided to begin working on her own material. The result was her first album, Mansaadi, released in 2008. She has since matured into an artist and performer with an extraordinary, multi-faceted voice – deep, powerful, but fragile too – and a unique stage presence that never fails to seduce those who see her live. Mansaadi is about love, sharing, dialogue, sincerity, and all the things that she is to her core: a woman-child, a woman-boy, a mother, a woman who is free and who trusts her instincts. She is never where we expect to find her. Her voice veers from mock-opera to folk to gut-wrenching blues, drawing us ever-deeper in to her stories. She has toured extensively, with three years crisscrossing France, culminating in a packed house at La Cigale in Paris, then the clubs of Central Africa (where she played in 13 countries), Mexico and Brazil.
Today, she is unveiling her second album. Conceived and recorded at home, Nothing for Granted is a blend of soul, pop-rock and a film soundtrack atmosphere. The songs recount everyday tales of individual and collective paths that cross and intertwine, and the existential choices they provoke.