Julian Taylor Band
Big City Lights
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What a pleasure it is to find in the monoculture of the current musical moment a group of musicians bold and talented enough to be various. In an era when music lovers seem to be required to like one thing, one style, one genre we get the protean of the Julian Taylor Band confident enough in their own abilities to delimit the genres and let the soulful beats resound from wider horizons. Here we have rhythm and blues, hard rock, thoughtful folky songs, and even a little hip-hop. In one way it signals something new —an exciting amalgamation of musical styles
too long held apart. But in another way it’s a return to roots – the roots of the Toronto sound. You can’t listen to this album and not recall that Toronto has always been “the meeting place”. And just as many tribes and peoples always came through the nexus of this landscape so the musical tribes have continued the tradition. Not surprising then that
this collection of songs erupts from the same musical epicenter that gave us Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Band, and Buffalo Spingfield hand-in-hand with cultural heavies like Neil Young, Gordon Lightfoot, Steppenwolf and Joni Mitchell. Julian Taylor is a natural heir to this rich tradition– something he shares with two other proponents of the
Toronto sound, Drake and The Weekend. His music arises naturally from deep steeping in the historically mixed musical milieu that begat it. It has the comfortability of an open mind a wide palette and an experienced and inspired musical talent. So, welcome to the smorgasbord. I think you’ll find it very flavourful. Or as the song says “Ooh that spice is nice.”
They came together by chance. They stayed together for a shot. When Adrian Sutherland, singer/songwriter from the isolated Cree community of Attawapiskat, was offered opening spot for Trooper in Timmins, he reeled in three other musicians from Northern Ontario to form temporary band Midnight Shine. Their intention was to make the most of this one-off performance. Eight years, three albums, five Top 10 IMC radio singles, and 200+ media stories later… you could say they have. Turning heads with a sound that seamlessly mixes roots, classic and modern rock with touches of Mushkegowuk Cree, Midnight Shine are pushing musical boundaries and boldly taking new strides, while staying true to who they are and where they come from. Sharing a glimpse through songs of what life is like in the far North, Midnight Shine is a ‘must-hear’ band you’ll take a real shine to…
Proudly independent with a diverse sonic range, Little Boxer refuses to be lumped in with the stereotypes of what is considered to be "Rock and Roll" music today.
The hard-hitting band consists of Zachary Erickson on lead vocals and guitar, Liam Driscoll on lead guitar, Juan Udarbe on bass and Dave Silani on Drums
Fighting off the clechés of Rock and Roll and Indie music, Little Boxer is a tour de force that provides a dynamic live show not to be missed.
Often something great insists on taking it’s time. Negotiating change and the great dream of crossing the next threshold ask the questions; What am I leaving? and, What comes next?
Mike Edel now knows what is next. His indie-rock singer-songwriter lean isn’t tired or sad, it packs a punch and some synth’s while his songs will probably hit your soul even harder than before.
After touring extensively in the US and Canada, playing shows with Serena Ryder, Said The Whale and Foy Vance, Edel spent over a year writing and recording in the studio and has emerged with his finest works to date. Edel has teamed up with producer Chris Walla (Death Cab For Cutie, Tegan and Sara, Gord Downie) for his latest album, set to be released in 2018.
Edel’s newest single ‘Finish Line’ and accompanying video are proof that he has been working tirelessly behind the scenes for some time and his listeners have much to be excited for. His music has been in rotation on CBC Radio 2, AAA Radio across the US, Sirius XM The Loft and also has amassed over 1.28M plays on Spotify. Edel is an avid walker, hockey fan, producer and he’ll probably be your friend.
Thu May 10 2018 7:00 PM Doors