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Jun
29
9:00 PM21:00

KEVIN GRIFFIN and MICHAEL SNIDER

Dave Snider lives in Guelph, ON. He makes “comprovisational” music for acoustic guitar and other instruments. He’ll perform versions of pieces from the two cassettes he has released, as well as new original pieces.
 
Kevin Griffin and Michael Snider (brother to David) have been making music together since they were kids, and are still exploring sound improvisation by way of various instruments. They will be performing largely new original pieces.

https://ownsoundrecordings.bandcamp.com/

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Jun
15
9:00 PM21:00

LAURA PITKANEN and ALEXANDRA BABIAK

ALEXANDRA BABIAK is a singer songwriter from Toronto, Ontario. Exploring caves of loss and grief with rare openness, her songs are reflective and have an ethereal quality, A thoughtful glimpse into her memories, losses and desires, Alexandra's cinematic and narrative melodies creep under your skin- whispering lyrics that are endlessly relatable.


Recent shows: Northside Music Festival, New York (June 2018); Canadian Music Week (May 2018); The Dakota Tavern, Toronto, January 11, 2019

Contact: www.alexandrababiak.com
https://www.facebook.com/alexandrababiakmusic/?ref=bookmarks

Latest single & music video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkb9H4Dw0Kc

Press:

http://spillmagazine.com/spill-album-premiere-alexandra-babiak-impatiens/
https://leftbankmag.com/2018/12/11/sounds-alexandra-babiak-crazy-for-you/
https://torontoguardian.com/2018/12/toronto-folk-musician-alexandra-babiak/
http://comeherefloyd.com/2018/12/alexandra-babiaks-song-of-possibilities-contrasted-by-shades-of-personal-sanctions-simply-beautiful/

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LAURA PITKANEN floats melodic hooks among a moody and evocative bliss of darkness. In this solo show, Laura is showcasing her new and unreleased songs while offering glimpses into the future recordings of her band Long Branch, whose song Lilacs from the band's recent record, Found the Setting Sun (DWR label, May 2018), spent 6 weeks on the CBC music charts, reaching the Top Ten.

Long Branch press:
"Dreamy twang one minute, driving folk-rock the next, followed by flawless forays into underground punk-psychedelia and blissed-out, guitar-fuzz ballads."
Andrea Warner, CBC Music, May 21, 2018.

"A highly recommended album from a group to watch out for." Uglypop Records, May 2018.

"This is rock 'n roll played with passion and skill ... The band has quickly made a mark on the T.O. circuit and is clearly ready for prime time." Kerry Doole, FYI Music News, May 25, 2018.

"If you're not familiar with them, it's time to take note. Long Branch is a hot new Toronto act." Spill Magazine, February 27, 2016.

Upcoming Long Branch shows: The Revival, Toronto, July 11, 2019; The Gladstone, Toronto, May 31, 2019. Recent solo shows: The Dakota Tavern, January 11, 2019.

Links:
http://dwrecs.com/found-the-setting-sun-long-branch/
https://www.facebook.com/longbranchmusic/
Lucky Me video   https://youtu.be/5F5vB_qGZTU
Single release:  https://longbranchmusic.bandcamp.com/releases
ITunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/found-the-setting-sun/1348179538

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Mar
9
9:00 PM21:00

Culture Reject with Ansley Simpson

Admission is pay what you can with a suggested minimum of $10

Canadian Culture Reject has been called a creator of Bedroom Pop, Urban Folk and Lo-Fi Soul music. While drawing comparisons to Broken Social Scene, Sebadoh, John Lennon, Stevie Wonder, Frank Black, Feist and the real soundtrack to a Wes Anderson film, Culture Reject is a truly original musical offering. Starting out as the pop experiment of Michael O’Connell in his 100 year oldToronto apartment, Culture Reject released its fresh collection of prose-induced, 60′s soul inspired, lo-fi pop songs on Whitewhale Records in 2009. The debut was soon characterized as “epitomizing the boldness of the new Canadian sound.” Much of the attention came from the underground hit “Inside the Cinema” — an understated anthem that revealed a taste for early Modest Mouse as much as for the syncopation of Afro-Cuban ensembles.

After extensive touring throughout the US, Europe and Canada with festival appearances at Canada’s Hillside, New York’s CMW, POP Montreal and Reykjavik’s Iceland Airwaves, Culture Reject caught the attention of French label, Specific Recordings. That relationship culminated into the 2013 release Forces.

Culture Reject is set to release its 3 full length release, Breaking with the World, (March 7) a digital/vinyl collection of 10 new understated pop anthems that are already grabbing the attention of critics throughout France and Germany. Culture Reject is available on all streaming platforms and on Specific Recordings/Whitewhale Records.

More about culture reject:
https://culturereject.bandcamp.com/

Ansley Simpson is a Toronto-based Anishinaabe singer-songwriter known for holding audiences spellbound with her intricate guitar playing, haunting vocals and poetics. Her much anticipated debut album “Breakwall” received two Indigenous Music Award nominations and won the BullsEye Media Emerging Artist award from ImagineNATIVE and Slaight Music. Ansley’s lyrical hymns to love, perseverance, and possibility entwine you in an unfolding, sonic world of her own making. This is music to guide you back to the shore, when you’ve been lost too long in the waves. Ansley is currently finishing her sophomore album, “She Fell from the Sky” an 11 track journey to indigenous reclamation set for release in 2019.

More about Ansley:

http://www.ansleysimpson.com/

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