Rennie Adams From The Voice Joins Festival Lineup

Rennie Adams will be performing at this year's Festival, opening for Seal on Saturday, June 23, at the Sony Centre.

Adams is best known for his talents on The Voice Australia, where his soulful folk tones put him in the top eight and garnered international recognition.

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Lake Street's Free Yourself Up Drops May 4

Lake Street Dive's Free Yourself Up, due May 4, is, in many ways, the band's most intimate and collaborative record. The band worked as a tightly knit unit to craft its ten songs and self-produced the album in Nashville with engineer Dan Knobler. "Free Yourself Up is about empowering yourself, emboldening yourself," says the band, "no matter what's going wrong." Pre-order to get an exclusive print signed by the band and download the album track "Good Kisser" now.

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Weaves Nominated for a JUNO

Earlier this month, Weaves was nominated for a JUNO for Alternative Album of the Year, for the second year in a row.

Shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize in 2017, one of Canada’s most prestigious music awards, Weaves has had an impressive run since their debut just a few short years ago. From a collection of voice memos on an iPhone to establishing themselves as one of the most stridently individual acts to emerge from Toronto’s fertile and multifaceted DIY scene, Weaves has captivated audiences and critics alike.

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The Roots + Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

Date: 
Sat Jun 27 7:00pm
Ticket Price: 
$49.50 - $125 includes hst (plus service charges)

Tickets on sale Friday March 13, 2020
Doors 6:00pm
All Ages
Reserved Seating

Formed in 1987, in Philadelphia, PA, the legendary Roots Crew, consists of Black Thought (MC), Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson (drums), Kamal Gray (electronic keyboards), F. Knuckles (percussion), Captain Kirk Douglas (electronic guitar), Damon Bryson (sousaphone) and James Poyser (electronic keyboard). Having previously released twelve projects, The Roots have become one of the best known and most respected hip-hop acts in the business, winning four Grammys, including “Best R&B Album” for Wake Up!, “Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance” for “Hang in There” (with John Legend) and “Best Group or Duo R&B Vocal Performance” for “Shine.” The ensemble was most recently nominated for “Best Rap Album” for the 2011 release of undun. This brings the band’s GRAMMY nomination count to twelve. Additionally, The Roots have also become the faces of Philly’s “Fourth of July Jam,” an annual concert held during the Fourth of July with the biggest names in music, and “The Roots Picnic,” a yearly star-studded mix of musicians, that has become a celebrated institution during awards season. Recently The Roots were named one of the greatest live bands around by Rolling Stone, became the official house band on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon where they currently perform every Monday- Friday. The Roots celebrated the release of their 11th studio album ...and then you shoot your cousin in May 2014.

Trombone Shorty's new album opens with a dirge, but if you think the beloved bandleader, singer, songwriter and horn-blower born Troy Andrews came here to mourn, you got it all wrong. That bit
of beautiful New Orleans soul—"Laveau Dirge No. 1," named after one of the city's most famous voodoo queens—shows off our host's roots before Parking Lot Symphony branches out wildly,
wonderfully, funkily across 12 diverse cuts. True to its title, this album contains multitudes of sound—from brass band blare and deep-groove funk, to bluesy beauty and hip-hop/pop swagger—
and plenty of emotion all anchored, of course, by stellar playing and the idea that, even in the toughest of times, as Andrews says, "Music brings unity."

As for why it's taken Andrews so long to follow 2013's Raphael Saadiq-produced Say That to Say This, the man simply says, "I didn't realize so much time passed. Some artists don't work until they put a record out but I never stopped going." Truly. In the last four years, Andrews banked his fifth White House gig; backed Macklemore and Madonna at the Grammys; played on albums by She & Him, Zac Brown, Dierks Bentley, and Mark Ronson; opened tours for Daryl Hall & John Oates and Red Hot Chili Peppers; appeared in Foo Fighters' Sonic Highways documentary series; voiced the iconic sound of the adult characters in The Peanuts Movie; inherited the esteemed annual fest-closing set at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in the tradition of Crescent City greats like the Neville Brothers and Professor Longhair; and released Trombone Shorty, a children's book about his life that was named a Caldecott Honor Book in 2016.

Adding to that legacy, his Blue Note Records debut Parking Lot Symphony finds Andrews teamed with Grammy-nominated producer Chris Seefried (Andra Day, Fitz and the Tantrums) and an unexpected array of cowriters and players including members of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Meters, Better Than Ezra, and Dumpstaphunk. Considering Andrews' relentless schedule, it's all the more surprising that this LP began with him in a room, all alone, back in New Orleans.

"I had two weeks at home so I went to the studio and set up the 'playground,'" he recalls. "I had everything in a circle: tuba, trombone, trumpet, keyboard, Fender Rhodes, Wurly, B3 organ, guitar,
bass, drums—and me buried in the middle." He recorded an album's worth of ideas and then, well, walked away for a year. Not because he was too busy, but because he wanted to hit the road and
see how the music changed on him. When Andrews came back with a full band, the songs came to life.

Take the album's two covers, a pair of NOLA deep cuts: there's "Here Comes the Girls," a 1970 Allen Toussaint song originally recorded by Ernie K-Doe that here (with Ivan Neville on piano) sounds bawdy and regal, like something from a current Bruno Mars album; and The Meters' lovesick "It Ain't No Use," which swirls a vintage R&B vibe with resonant choir vocals and upbeat guitar from The Meters' Leo Nocentelli himself to transport the listener to the center of the jumpingest jazz-soul concert hall that never was.

The story there is almost too good. The session band—guitarist Pete Murano, sax men Dan Oestreicher and BK Jackson, and drummer Joey Peebles with Dumpstaphunk's Tony Hall in for
Orleans Avenue bassist Mike Bass-Bailey—were in the studio to lay down "It Ain't No Use." Hall even had the vintage acoustic he bought from Nocentelli years ago, which was used on the original Meters
session. On the way to the bathroom, Andrews saw Nocentelli coming out of a different tracking room: it was meant to be.

But that's not unusual for a man raised in one of the Tremé's most musical families. Andrews got his name when he picked up his instrument at four ("My parents pushed me toward trombone because they didn't need another trumpet player," he laughs). By eight, he led his own band in parades, halls and even bars: "They'd have to lock the door so the police couldn't come in." Promoters would try to hand money to his older cousins, but they'd kindly redirect them to the boy. In histeens, Andrews played shows abroad with the Neville Brothers. Fresh out of high school (New Orleans Center for Creative Arts) he joined Lenny Kravitz' band.

Across that time, three Trombone Shorty albums and many collaborations since, Andrews nurtured a voracious appetite for all types of music—a phenomenon on fluid display with Parking Lot
Symphony. On "Familiar," co-written by Aloe Blacc, they practically mint a new genre (trap-funk?) while Andrews channels his inner R. Kelly to spit game at an old flame. Meanwhile, the instrumental
"Tripped Out Slim" (the nickname of a family friend who recently passed) bends echoes of the Pink Panther theme into something fit for James Brown to strut to. And if you listen closely to "Where It
At?," written with Better Than Ezra's Kevin Griffin, you may even hear a little Y2K pop. "I know it wasn't cool to listen to *NSYNC or Britney Spears in high school," says Andrews, "but those bass
lines and melodies are funky." They pair astonishingly well with all the Earth, Wind & Fire that bubbles beneath these songs.

It's worth noting that Andrews' vocals sound better than ever (he credits Seefried for that), because Parking Lot Symphony might be the man's most heartfelt offering yet. The breezy title track, which
Andrews wrote with Alex Ebert (Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros), is as much about walking the Tremé, being uplifted by the music that seems to seep from every surface, as it is about moving
on from a broken heart. And the shuffling, bluesy "No Good Time" reminds us, with a world-weary smile, that "nobody never learned nothin' from no good time."

But Andrews is clear that this isn't some kind of breakup record. "It's a life record," he says, "about prevailing no matter what type of roadblock is in front of you." That message is clearest on "Dirty
Water," where over an easy groove, Andrews adopts a soft falsetto to address just about anyone going through it—personal, political, whatever. "There's a lot of hope turning to doubt," he coos.
"I've got something to say to them / You don't know what you're talking about / When you believe in love, it all works out." Amen. Now let the horns play us out.

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Michael Kaeshammer

Date: 
Tue Jun 23 8:00pm
Ticket Price: 
$85, $60, $45 + service charge
Ticket Information: 
416-408-0208

Internationally acclaimed musician Michael Kaeshammer has toured the world showcasing his talents as a singer, songwriter, pianist & producer. A spellbinding artist, Kaeshammer’s performances and recordings are intimate and inviting affairs, whether in a small club, large theatre or on home stereo.

His new album, SOMETHING NEW, is a new musical adventure. Produced by Michael himself it features 10 original songs about love, life, travel and politics. Recorded at the historic Esplanade Studios in the heart of New Orleans’ Treme district, Kaeshammer along with Big Easy legends Cyril Neville (The Neville Brothers), George Porter Jr (The Meters), Johnny Vidacovich (Professor Longhair), Mike Dillon (Primus), the New Orleans Nightcrawlers Brass Band and Canadian bassist David Piltch (k.d. lang) create an eclectic sonic ride. Very special guests include Colin James, Randy Bachman, Curtis Salgado, Jim Byrnes, Amos Garrett and Chuck Leavall of The Rolling Stones.

It is easy to distinguish great music upon first listen, regardless of genre labels and titles. Kaeshammer’s passion for writing, performing and producing exceptional music is abundantly clear. Flavours of jazz, boogie-woogie and blues combined with passion and meticulous detail, Michael Kaeshammer is unafraid of crossing genre boundaries and uses his many influences to take the listener along on a memorable journey.

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Smokey Robinson

Date: 
Mon Jun 22 8:00pm
Ticket Price: 
$200, $150, $125, $100, $75 + service charge
Ticket Information: 
1-855-872-7669

William "Smokey" Robinson, Jr. is a legendary singer-songwriter, record producer, record executive and co-founder of Motown Records.

Robinson and his group, the Miracles met Berry Gordy after a failed audition for singer Jackie Wilson’s managers. Gordy was impressed with Robinson's vocals and ambitious songwriting. With his help they released, "Got a Job.” It was the beginning of a successful collaboration and the beginnings of Motown.

In 1960, Miracles recorded their and Motown’s first million selling hit, "Shop Around.” Between 1960 and 1970, Robinson would produce 26 top forty hits with the Miracles including several top ten hits such as "You've Really Got a Hold on Me", "I Second That Emotion" and the group's only number-one pop hit, "The Tears Of A Clown". Other notable hits include, "Ooo Baby Baby,” and “The Tracks Of My Tears".

Robinson was one of the major songwriters and producers for Motown, penning several hit singles such as, “Who’s Loving You” "My Guy,” "The Way You Do The Things You Do", "My Girl", "Get Ready" and "Ain't That Peculiar".
In 1975, Robinson released his most successful solo album, A Quiet Storm, which yielded three hit singles, "Baby That's Backatcha", "The Agony & The Ecstasy" and "Quiet Storm".

His classic hit, "Cruisin'" peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100. Robinson topped the charts again with another sensual ballad, "Being with You and teamed up with fellow Motown label mate Rick James recording the R&B ballad, "Ebony Eyes".
Robinson made a triumphant return with the album, One Heartbeat and the singles, "Just to See Her" and "One Heartbeat,” both Top 10 hits."Just To See Her" won Robinson his first Grammy Award. In the same year, he was inducted as a solo artist to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the UK group ABC released a tribute song, "When Smokey Sings."

In recent years, Robinson released the standards album, Timeless Love, Time Flies When You're Having Fun, Now And Then and Smokey & Friends. He is releasing his first-ever solo Christmas album, Christmas Everyday in November 2017 as an Amazon exclusive.

Robinson has been Inducted into the Kennedy Center, awarded an individual star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a second star with The Miracles. He was awarded a medal at the National Medal of Arts, A Heritage Award at the Soul Train Music Awards and a BET Lifetime Achievement Award. Howard University conferred on Robinson the degree of Doctor of Music as did the Berklee College of Music.

Marc Jordan / Barbra Lica

Date: 
Fri Jun 26 8:00pm
Ticket Price: 
$45, $35 + service charge
Ticket Information: 
1-888-655-9090

JUNO-nominated artist Barbra Lica is fast-rising Canadian vocalist and songwriter with a unique approach to performing that stresses subtlety, good humour and storytelling. A seasoned act on the Canadian and American touring circuits, Barbra Lica has performed everywhere from New York City’s legendary Birdland to Toronto’s prestigious Koerner Hall, and opened for the likes of Christian McBride, Pat Metheny, Bob Dorough, and Terence Blanchard. She has been ranked as one of Canada’s Top 5 Jazz singers on the CBC, as well Top 5 up-and-coming Toronto jazz artists on blogTO.

With a long and colourful history in jazz music, Barbra’s newest repertoire is the result of much back-and-forth between Toronto and the great musical city of Nashville. It borrows from a multitude of genres including country, roots and folk music. On this special night, Barbra will be joined on stage by her full quintet as well as backing vocalist Felicity Williams (Bahamas, Bernice) and multi-instrumentalist Michael Eckert (Royal Wood, Megan Bonnell) on pedal steel guitar and dobro, as they weave between songs from all across Barbra’s original songbook and the jazz standards that have inspired her writing.

Barbra Lica – lead vocals
Joel Visentin – piano/accordion/backing vocals
Will Fisher - drums
Tom Fleming – guitar
Mark Godfrey – bass/backing vocals
Felicity Williams – backing vocals
Michael Eckert – pedal steel guitar/dobro/guitar

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Marc was born in Brooklyn, NY, son of singer Charles Jordan, and grew up in Toronto, Canada. Jordan’s music career really took off in 1978 when he was signed to Warner Music in Los Angeles and began writing songs with some of the best in the business. In his forty plus year career he has been a solo artist, a sought-after songwriter, a group member as part of the quartet "Lunch at Allens," and in the last decade, he took up a paintbrush and became a visual artist.

Trends come and go, but for an artist of Marc’s breadth, marrying his talent with inspiration has never been an issue. But his latest album, Both Sides, is something different. It's a fulfillment of a long-held dream that has been waiting for the right moment to be realized. "I wanted to do an orchestral record. I wanted to sing some great songs I didn't write. There are some beautiful, beautiful songs out there, and I guess I'm at the right point in my life to do them." What's next? Marc Jordan and his wife Amy Sky will be spending more time in Nashville, TN, while they work on a new album for 2020.

Marc Jordan - lead vocals / guitar
Lou Pomanti - piano
Marc Rogers - bass
Kevan McKenzie - drums
William Sperandei - trumpet

The Thieves of Dreams

TD Discovery Series Special Projects
Date: 
Sun Apr 26 8:00pm
Ticket Price: 
$20 door / $15 advance / $10 Music Gallery members & students
Ticket Information: 
Doors open at 7:30 pm

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. New date information will be posted when available.

Lenka Lichtenberg is a singer, composer, arranger and bandleader born in Prague. She spent her childhood years in the immensely popular musical theatre Semafor. She studied voice at the Prague Music Conservatory, and once in Canada, received her Masters degree in Ethnomusicology at York University. After releasing three albums as a solo artist, Lenka co-founded the Yiddish swing all-female group Sisters of Sheynville, with whom she performed across Canada, in the U.S. and Europe. In 2010, she founded her band Fray and recorded two albums of original music, fusing her own Eastern European roots with the band members’ diverse cultural sensibilities. In Europe, Lenka performs with a Prague-based group. She tours internationally, presenting concerts in venues such as the The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.; Festival Singera in Warsaw, Poland; Klezfiesta in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Yiddish Poetry Festival in Tel Aviv; Abu Ghosh Vocal Festival in Israel; Hugh’s Room and the TD Toronto Jazz Festival in Canada. Lenka has released seven solo albums and several collaborations with international artists such as Yair Dalal, Tomas Reindl, Andrew MacPherson, and Roula Said. She has received multiple awards, including two Canadian Folk Music Awards (2007, 2012), an Independent Music Award (2018) and Global Music Award (2019). For her album "Songs for the Breathing Walls", Lenka recorded Hebrew liturgy in 12 synagogues across the Czech Republic with a cast of international artists. The project was the focus of a TV documentary film by Jaroslav Hovorka, broadcast on Czech television. Lenka’s latest albums "MASARYK" (2017) and "Yiddish Journey" (2018) were released on the U.K. label ARC Music.

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