Entries in live music (5)

Monday
Jun252018

Preview: Bonobo Live at Hamilton's Royal Botanical Gardens


Every once in a while a show comes along that is clearly unmissable from the moment you hear about it.  It's a mysterious thing because the reasons might not always be clear, though you know you absolutely need to be there.  The grand finale of Bonobo's Migration tour is one of those shows, bringing his headline tour to a close in Hamilton, Ontario.  The venue is the Raspberry Farms at the Royal Botanical Gardens, already one of the regions most vibrant and compelling tourist destinations and a beautiful setting for a show like this.

Migration was released January 13th, 2017 on Ninja Tune, and it quickly established itself as one of the top albums of the year.  It reached the top 5 on the UK album chart, the top 10 in Canada, as well as reaching the number 1 spot on the US electronic album chart.  In November of 2017 it was nominated for a Grammy for best dance/electronic album.  While these accomplishments are all extremely impressive, and show the increasing reach Bonobo's music has throughout the world they don't really illustrate the most powerful aspect of this music.

You can feel it the first time you hear the single 'Bambro Koyo Ganda' with Innov Gnawa, and you'll really feel it if you immerse yourself in the album from beginning to end.  Within these songs there is a sense of change, just like in people and places.  A sense of wonder if home is where you're from or where you are.  It's the notion that every life is connected and that through the movement of migration we can all grow and evolve.  

Being a part of such a big show as this one on July 7th, for an album as vital as Migration from an artist as inspiring and innovative as Bonobo is an invitation that is too good to pass up.  Don't let this be the one you regret missing, get your tickets here and listen to Migration below.

Wednesday
Apr042018

Photo of the day: Mike Ness of Social Distortion at Riot Fest Toronto 2014

photo by @itsbigmitch

Tuesday
Jul182017

Photo of the day: ASAP Rocky, ScHoolboy Q & Tyler the Creator

A$AP Rocky, ScHoolboy Q and Tyler the Creator performing together in Los Angeles.  Photo by Ben Real.

Saturday
May142016

Rome Fortune + The Range: Live at Velvet Underground 5/25

It's no mystery we're big fans of Rome Fortune.  From the huge tune 'Leaders' with Four Tet, to his bold new album 'Jerome Raheem Fortune' (review) and everything in between he's established himself as a unique voice in music today.  He's taking this new music to the road with The Range, in support of his new album 'Potential'.  These two artists make such a unique pairing for a tour that it's simply impossible to miss.  For the Toronto stop May 25th, they're playing the recently redesigned Velvet Underground. It doesn't get much better than that.

See you there...

Thursday
Apr212016

TD Toronto Jazz Festival 2016 Lineup Announced!

 As always, the TD Toronto Jazz Festival bill is stacked with rare appearances from legends in jazz and soul music.  This year this big city will be treated to dozens of wonderful artists, check out everything you need to know:

Gregory Porter * Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings * Oliver Jones Trio * Joe Jackson
Robert Glasper Experiment * Avishai Cohen Trio * Grace Potter * Allen Stone
Michael Franti * Lee Fields * Eagle Rock Gospel Singers * Bill Charlap Trio
Fanfare Ciocarlia * The Hot Sardines * Robi Botos * David Braid
Broadsway * Heather Bambrick * Laila Biali * Hilario Duran
Lemon Bucket Orkestra * Alex Pangman * Phil Dwyer
Melissa Stylianou * John Alcorn
and many more!

Tickets are on sale, Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at Ticketpro or by calling 1.888.655.9090.
Friday, June 24
TBA: A free opening night performance TBA at a later date - Nathan Phillips Square at 8:30 p.m.
Bill Charlap Trio - Jazz Bistro at 8 p.m. / 10 p.m.
Heather Bambrick and Friends with the Russ Little Quartet featuring Alex Pangman - Home Smith Bar at The Old Mill - 7:30 p.m.
*An Evening with Sarah McLachlan - Sony Centre at 8 p.m.

Saturday, June 25
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - Nathan Phillips Square at 8:30 p.m.
Bill Charlap Trio - Jazz Bistro at 8 p.m. / 10 p.m.
Heather Bambrick and Friends with the Russ Little Quartet featuring Broadsway - Home Smith Bar at The Old Mill at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 26
Lee Fields & The Expressions / Allen Stone - Nathan Phillips Square at 8:30 p.m.
Laila Biali Trio with special guest Phil Dwyer - Jazz Bistro at 8 p.m. / 10 p.m.

Monday, June 27
Grace Potter - Nathan Phillips Square at 8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, June 28
Gregory Porter - Nathan Phillips Square at 8:30 p.m.
Oliver Jones Trio: The Farewell Tour - Jane Mallett Theatre at 8 p.m.
Robi Botos / Paul Novotny Duo - Jazz Bistro at 8 p.m. / 10 p.m.
*Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis - Koerner Hall at 8 p.m.

Wednesday, June 29
Robert Glasper Experiment - Nathan Phillips Square at 8:30 p.m.
Eagle Rock Gospel Singers - Horseshoe Tavern at 10 p.m.
Fanfare Ciocarlia (with Lemon Bucket Orkestra) - Opera House at 9 p.m.
Robi Botos & Hilario Duran Duo - Jazz Bistro at 8 p.m. / 10 p.m.
*Chick Corea Trio with Christian McBride and Brian Blade - Koerner Hall at 8 p.m.

Thursday, June 30
T.B.A. - Nathan Phillips Square at 8:30 p.m.
Avishai Cohen Trio - Jane Mallett Theatre at 8 p.m.
Robi Botos Quartet featuring Seamus Blake - Jazz Bistro at 8 p.m. / 10 p.m.
*Joey Alexander Trio / Ramsey Lewis Quartet - Koerner Hall at 8 p.m.

Friday, July 1
Michael Franti & Spearhead - Nathan Phillips Square at 8:30 p.m.
Music From Born To Be Blue with Braid, Turcotte, Wallace & Clarke - Jazz Bistro at 8 p.m. / 10 p.m.
Heather Bambrick and Friends with the Russ Little Quartet featuring Melissa Stylianou - Home Smith Bar at The Old Mill at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 2
Joe Jackson - Nathan Phillips Square at 8:30 a.m.
The Hot Sardines - Horseshoe Tavern at 10 p.m.
Heather Bambrick and Friends with the Russ Little Quartet featuring John Alcorn - Home Smith Bar at The Old Mill at 7:30 p.m.
*photo of Janelle Monae, Jazz Fest 2012 by @itsbigmitch