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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Ghost-Note / Rinsethealgorithm

Wed Jun 26 9:00pm
Ticket Price: 
$30 + service charge
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Doors 8:00pm

Band members include A.J. Brown (Fred Hammond) on bass, internet star Dywane “MonoNeon” Thomas (Prince) on bass & guitar, Sylvester Onyejiaka (Prince, Quantic) baritone sax, tenor sax, & flute, Xavier Taplin (Prince) on keyboards, Jonathan Mones (Funky Knuckles, RC and the Gritz) on alto sax & flute, Mike Jelani Brooks (Kirk Franklin, RC & the Gritz) on tenor saxophone & flute, Justin Stanton (Snarky Puppy) on keyboards, Vaughn “V-keys” Henry on keyboards, Daniel Jones (Jay-Z, Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake) on keyboards, Nick Werth (Galaxe, Yak Attack) on xylosynth, and Alvin Ford Jr. (Pretty Lights, Dumpstaphunk) on drums.

Multi-Grammy Award winning artists Robert Sput Searight and Nate Werth take percussion out of the shadows and into the spotlight with their new project, Ghost-Note. World renown for their ongoing catalog with international sensation Snarky Puppy, this dynamic duo expands their rhythmical voice into a celebration of music in all its forms. This is music that takes listeners on a mind-blowing journey, inspired by the influences of James Brown, Prince, and J Dilla to name a few.

Since forming, Ghost-Note’s sound has evolved to a state that can best be described as ‘conscious funk’ – an elaborate and sonically powerful surge of the tremendous talents that each of the players provides, with the bandleaders leaning back and letting the band go. The core lineup is a rotating cast of heavy hitters - all stretching to meet the expanding nature of the band. The explosive rhythm fueled band, deeply rooted in neck breaking funk, is comprised of the industry’s best and quickly becoming one of the most anticipated live shows of today.

Rich Brown (bass), Luis Deniz (Sax), Robi Botos (Keyboards) and Larnell Lewis (Drums)
Rich Brown & Rinsethealgorithm is a Canadian modern Jazz supergroup led by Juno-nominated bassist Rich Brown. The band’s music combines elements of Jazz, Funk, and World Music with a sophisticated approach to rhythm and harmony. As bandleader and composer, Brown’s music has been described as "highly charged, richly imaginative, and at times poignant". The stellar lineup of rinsethealgorithm combines some of the brightest stars in modern Canadian Jazz with Rich on electric bass, Jeremy Ledbetter on piano & keys, Luis Deniz on alto saxophone, and joining the band from Washington DC is powerhouse drummer Mark Prince. All wildly popular and highly acclaimed in their own right, these 4 musicians collectively create a very exciting and deeply captivating musical experience that is not to be missed.

Spectrum presents Coding Chaos

The Tell
TD Discovery Series Special Projects
Thu May 2 8:00pm
Ticket Price: 
$30 adult / $20 student

Pre-concert chat at 7:30 pm
Concert at 8:00 pm

Spectrum Music is a collective of new-generation Canadian composers and music curators who create and present genre-defying new music that fuses many genres (jazz and creative music, classical and contemporary music, world music, and pop/folk music). We do this through themed concerts, to explore points where art music collides with the real world. Rooted in jazz and creative music, the core of our philosophy has grown from the idea that the future of jazz music lies in its synthesis with other genres. Since our formation in 2010, Spectrum has expanded to include composers and performers from a diverse array of musical backgrounds and communities.

Ernesto Cervini’s Tetrahedron featuring Nir Felder

TD Discovery Series Special Projects
Tue Apr 9 9:30pm
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Tickets available at the door

Ernesto Cervini brings Tetrahedron to The Rex along with special guest guitarist Nir Felder in advance of their first studio recording. Also playing Wednesday, April 10 at The Rex.

Tetrahedron is the new chordless trio led by Ernesto Cervini. Featuring two of Canada’s finest improvisers, Luis Deniz on Alto Saxophone and Rich Brown on Electric Bass, the band plays originals from all three musicians as well as funky arrangements of standards. It’s a groovy, energetic trip! The group has been performing extensively around southern Ontario for the past 4 years, and will be recording their debut album in April of 2019, with special guest, guitarist Nir Felder from NYC.

Called “the next big jazz guitarist” by NPR, Nir Felder is a new voice in instrumental music. Equally adept across a wide range of genres Felder has forged a unique and highly recognizable sound at a young age and quickly become one of New York City’s most highly sought after musicians. He has performed with, among others, Chaka Khan, Diana Krall, John Mayer, Esperanza Spalding, Terri Lyne Carrington, Vijay Iyer, Jack DeJohnette, Meshell Ndegeocello, the New York City Opera, Dianne Reeves, Joe Lovano, Snarky Puppy, Bobby McFerrin and Lizz Wright, at venues including Radio City Music Hall and the Village Vanguard and on major national televised programs including the NBC Christmas Special. He is also a member of the new co-lead all-star band Band of Other Brothers (with Jeff Coffin, Jeff Babko, Will Lee and Keith Carlock). Seeking a more personal creative outlet, Felder first formed his own group in 2010, performing shows throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Asia. Felder’s critically acclaimed debut “Golden Age” (Sony/OKeh) has been called “absolutely beautiful” by The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, “lyrical and lofty” by The New York Times, “mesmerizing” by The Boston Globe, “a melodic triumph” by the New York City Jazz Record, and “mind-boggling” by All About Jazz.

Matt Yuyitung wraps up the fest with three new articles (TDJ News Corps)

TDJ News Corps member Matt Yuyitung had a busy closing Festival weekend, writing three pieces which explored various aspects of his Festival experience:

Read his interview with ART the Band (they played June 25th at The Pilot).
Read his review of Herbie Hancock's June 29th performance at SONY Centre.
And check out his five Festival highlights.

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