Upcoming Music Highlights
Thursday September 23, 8pm – 11pm. Tickets are $10/PWYC at the door. This event is licensed.
Star Triptych is Elisa Thorn (harp), David Riddel (guitar) and Laura Swankey (voice). The trio explores lyrical melody, soundscape, and gesture through composition, improvisation, extended techniques and electronic effects. Bringing together their different musical backgrounds, the group features each of their unique styles and musical relationships. Thorn and Swankey met at the International Workshop for Jazz and Creative Music at the Banff Centre in 2015 and since performed together in Ontario, New York City, British Columbia, and Michigan for the Detroit Free Arts Festival. Riddel and Swankey met during their studies at the University of Toronto Jazz program and regularly perform together in Delusions of Grandeur and the VIA rail program. The three formed Star Triptych in 2016, creating a tapestry of sound drawing upon each of their own compositional and improvisational practices. The trio has performed in Vancouver, Victoria, Gabriola and Galiano islands, and Detroit. They are looking forward to an Ontario tour in fall 2017, with plans to record their debut album within the next year.
Doors at 7:30 pm, Concert at 8pm
Tickets $20 at Eventbrite.ca: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/silence-presents-artists-as-activists-freedom-singer-tickets-37755713355?aff=es2
A Project: Humanity Production Embarks on a Fall 2017 National Tour
– Cross Canada Tour
featuring JUNO nominee Khari Wendell McClelland,
JUNO nominee Tanika Charles and acclaimed Vancouver guitarist Noah Walker –
– Performances in Vancouver, Whitehorse, Dawson City, Thousand Islands, Windsor and Edmonton –
“A moving musical journey along the Underground Railroad…
with a Hamilton-esque twist: [the songs] are reinvented
as hip-hop, funk and soul numbers…A Must-See”
– TORONTO LIFE
(Wednesday, June 14, 2017 – Toronto ON) Following the acclaimed world premiere of Freedom Singer during Black History Month 2017, Project: Humanity is proud to bring this “must-see” theatre production to Vancouver, Whitehorse, Dawson City, Gananoque, Windsor and Edmonton.
Co-created by JUNO nominee Khari Wendell McClelland and Project: Humanity’s Andrew Kushnir, Freedom Sing
er is a rare musical journey through the history of the Underground Railroad and the songs that carried freedom seekers northward to Canada. Performed by McClelland along with JUNO nominee Toronto soul singer Tanika Charles and acclaimed Vancouver guitarist Noah Walker, the production will reach six more cities September through October 2017.
In 2015 McClelland retraced the steps of his great-great-great grandmother Kizzy and discovered the songs that likely accompanied her and thousands of others as they escaped U.S. slavery (as documented by journalist JodieMartinson on CBC’s The National and Tapestry). In sharing this music – which are reinvented through contemporary styles like hip hop, funk and soul – Khari is brought face to face with his own “unrecorded” heritage, and the realities and myths of one of our quintessential historic narratives: the Underground Railroad. Freedom Singer premiered in Toronto in February 2017 and then toured to Regina, Calgary, Winnipeg, Halifax, Montreal and Ottawa.
Kazoo! Presents: Jerusalem in My Heart & Scattered Clouds
Saturday September 30, 8pm-11pm.
Jerusalem In My Heart (JIMH) is a live audio-visual performance project, with Montréal-based producer and musician Radwan Ghazi Moumneh and Montréal-based filmmaker Charles-André Coderre at its core. Jerusalem In My Heart release their music on Montreal label Constellation Records. JIMH have released three studio albums, Mo7it Al-Mo7it (2013), If He Dies, If If If If If If (2015) and a self-titled album with Suuns, released on Secretly Canadian.