Nate Husser, Kae Sun, Raayon, Mind Bath, ABAKOS, Bonbon Kojak

Wed May 9 2018

6:30 PM Doors

The Drake Hotel - Underground

1150 Queen St. West Toronto, ON M6J 1J3

Ages 19+

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Limited tickets availiable at the door

 

Lighter than air + Moonshine Showcase

Raayon
Mind Bath
Abakos
Kae Sun 
Husser
Bonbon Kojak

This event is part of Canadian Music Week for more information / set times visit cmw.net/music

Line up subject to change / no refunds 

CMW Presents
Nate Husser, Kae Sun, Raayon, Mind Bath, ABAKOS, Bonbon Kojak

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  • Nate Husser

    Nate Husser

    Hip-Hop/Rap

    Following a couple of freestyle videos and a string of unique collaborations - notably a guest appearance on Charlotte Cardin’s moody ‘Like It Doesn’t Hurt’ - Husser dropped the frantic ’Can’t Blame ‘Em’, which concretized his musical identity into something that was unmistakably his own.
    Having cut his teeth playing countless gigs with his band The Posterz, the challenge of translating his music into a live setting proved to be quite effortless. Husser’s live sets are injected with a healthy dose of showmanship and his unique rock-tinged approach to a rap show helps to differentiate him from the rest of his peers. After road testing songs at shows with acts such as Danny Brown, Post Malone and Night Lovell, Husser began narrowing down the tracklist for what would become his debut EP ‘Geto Rock for the Youth’. The EP features 7 dark and sonically dense tracks; revealing personal stories through clever wordplay and unique flows. "The title kinda says it all. Geto Rock For the Youth is the vibe, it's the sound, the feel, it's the nostalgia” says Nate. “It's for the youth in all us." The lead-off song ‘Catherine’ - an ode to his hometown’s main strip - serves as a introduction to an EP that neatly encapsulates the nuances contained in Husser’s take on hip hop. With an unconventional song structure and bleak yet honest lyricism, ‘Catherine’ is the sound of an artist speaking his truth no matter how harsh it may sound.

  • Kae Sun

    Kae Sun

    African Pop

    Kae Sun is the musical project of Kwaku Darko-Mensah Jnr., an artist with influences steeped in afrobeat, contemporary R&B, and indie folk. Kae’s break out came in 2013 with the release of his critically-acclaimed sophomore album Afriyie. It showcased his peerless, delicate vocal delivery atop rich rhythmic foundations and memorable melodies that take influence from different decades and a world of styles, shaping a new breed of African alternative pop music. Touring in support of Afriyie took him across Canada, to Germany, and to Harlem for The Apollo’s Africa Now Festival and Yale University’s inaugural contemporary art festival. He also shared the stage with Janelle Monae when her Electric Lady tour came to Toronto.

    From 2014 to 2016 Kae Sun took a side trip to explore new disciplines. He co-conceptualized the acclaimed short movie and multimedia installation “Ocean’s Apart” which has been making rounds in the contemporary art circuit since it’s opening in 2015. He also wrote and recorded original music for this piece which was released as an EP of the same title. 2017 saw him release the EP “Canary” in March, a collection of songs that caught the attention of numerous press outlets from CBC to OkayAfrica.
    Kae Sun is now about to drop a new full-length record entitled “Whoever Comes Knocking”, to be released via Moonshine on March 2nd, 2018. The album will be available for pre-order from February 7th, as well as a new video for the infectious single “Treehouse”.

  • Raayon

    Raayon

    R&B

    Raayon, AKA Gabrielle Von Glasow, is a solo female artist from Montreal.

  • Mind Bath

    Mind Bath

    R&B

    Mind Bath (Michael Brock) is a vocalist, producer, and performer. The music is an evocative balance of poetry, far out beats, and intimate vocals. His first release 'I Was Young' (Bedroom Dubs, 2016) pays homage to the rawness of youth and was championed as 'a smouldering, visceral sensuality' (GorillaVsBear) and "layers of breathy vocals in it's expression of the fleeting perfection of love" (Wonderland Magazine). He debuted the album live opening for Kindness, followed by a hush-hush performance supporting Moses Sumney.

     

    2017 saw Michael touring Asia with his esteemed side project, Cafe Lanai, and releasing a collaborative EP with Ouri. Due next year is Mind Bath's second release and first full-length LP. 'Wild Mother' is a powerful collection of recordings featuring friends and collaborators Ouri, Forever, Project Pablo, Aiya, Fariha Roisin, and Jeremiah Klein (Evy Jane) - mixed/mastered by Matthew Otto (Majical Cloudz).

  • ABAKOS

    ABAKOS

    R&B

    Congolese-Canadian artists Pierre Kwenders and Ngabonziza Kiroko of ABAKOS borrowed their name from the fraught political history of the Democratic Republic of Congo: An Abakos was originally the Mao-inspired suit which Mobutu Sese Seko made standard for the country in his efforts to counteract European influence in the 70’s. But the reference is tongue-in-cheek, and the project is more informed by the duo’s past than about it. 

    Despite the shared heritage, the two artists occupy their own distinct musical lanes: Kiroko is best known as the frontman of the acclaimed electronic indie-folk band Dear Denizen, while Kwenders is a boundary-pushing Afro-electric singer and DJ. However, both artists approached ABAKOS with the intention of expanding their range and exploring new ideas. For Kwenders, this meant singing in one language instead of four.

    After a few rounds of trading demos in 2015, the pair traveled to Nashville to work with OWSLA-affiliated production trio Basecamp to flesh out the songs. By chance, they also ended up in the studio with British legend and fellow Nashville resident Jamie Lidell, a long-time hero of Kiroko’s. 

    ABAKOS future soul falls somewhere between TV on the Radio and SBTRKT, folding layered vocals in with lush synths, rousing beats, and low key rock influences. Kiroko and Kwenders have nearly identical voices that intertwine and double each other on the record, and the effect is unique. The influence of Congolese rumba creeps in as well, in the progression and unconventional formatting of some of the songs.

  • Bonbon Kojak

    Bonbon Kojak

    World Dance

    Bonbon Kojak is the perfect almost true story of a musical epic that began in Congo, where the latter was born. Rocked by Congolese music in his childhood, it is through the journey that Bonbon Kojak makes his first apprenticeships. He claims to have studied in Johannesburg and there, he develops a particular interest  in music . 

    It is through the popular Moonshine underground happenings that he will be known for his ability to juggle with afro-electronic sounds. In addition to collaborating with his collective, Bonbon Kojak shared the stage with Dj Marfox, Branko, Uproot Andy and his work has been publicized in Complex, The Fader, OkayAfrica and, Pan African Music and Rinse France. 

CMW Presents

Nate Husser, Kae Sun, Raayon, Mind Bath, ABAKOS, Bonbon Kojak

Wed May 9 2018 6:30 PM Doors

The Drake Hotel - Underground Toronto ON
Nate Husser, Kae Sun, Raayon, Mind Bath, ABAKOS, Bonbon Kojak
  • Sorry, you missed this event.
  • Check out other similar events on TicketWeb.

Ages 19+

Limited tickets availiable at the door

 

Lighter than air + Moonshine Showcase

Raayon
Mind Bath
Abakos
Kae Sun 
Husser
Bonbon Kojak

This event is part of Canadian Music Week for more information / set times visit cmw.net/music

Line up subject to change / no refunds