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IN THE PARK Mystery Artist
July 27, 2017
First Canadian Place, Toronto

Past Mystery Artists have included Coleman Hell and Alvvays. Find out who will take the stage this year in our annual IN THE PARK final concert.

Last summer First Canadian Place surprised you with Coleman Hell IN THE PARK.

Join us again as we celebrate summer with another chart-topping Mystery Artist performance.
The artist will be revealed on July 27, but here’s a hint: this Toronto R&B artist rose to prominence last year with their first Billboard single.
Catch our Mystery Artist performance on THURSDAY JULY 27 AT 12:15 PM at the FCP Park stage.

Jessica Mitchell: In Concert
July 20, 2017
First Canadian Place, Toronto

Dubbed “Country’s Adele” by multiple media outlets, country singer Jessica Mitchell carves her own path in the male-dominated genre.

For London, Ontario-based artist Jessica Mitchell, leaving rock’n’roll behind was a move that changed her whole life. Inspired by Sheryl Crow and Tori Amos, Mitchell spent the better part of the past decade allowing herself to become more vulnerable in her music and storytelling – something that was ultimately blocked by her desire to create music for a specific genre, instead of creating music for the story she really wanted to tell. Now, with a new sound and the confidence to put everything out on the table, to call the country songstress an open book would be saying the least.

Mitchell’s past struggles with addiction, mental illness, and losing her mother to cancer come to light through such tracks as “That Record Saved My Life” and “Grown Up Things”. As an artist defined by bluesy heartbreak, pain, and los—at times deemed too “dark” for mainstream radio—the real break-through moment for Mitchell came in 2016: after receiving a standing ovation for her soulful, raw performance at the Country Music Association of Ontario awards, she heard her song “Workin’ on Whiskey” receive radio air-time for the first time, a moment she responded to with nothing short of tears and total gratitude.

In an interview with Chatelaine magazine, Mitchell spoke about how her openness with personal experiences has made her music more relatable: “I’m a stronger person now [because of it],” says Mitchell. “I think people are latching on because I know who I am, and it shows.”

 

Jessica Mitchell will be performing at FCP Park stage on THURSDAY JULY 20, 12:15 PM as part of the ongoing IN THE PARK summer concert series.

Lowdown Hudson Music Fest
Common
OK Go
July 18, 2017 - July 19, 2017
Brookfield Place New York, New York

Arts Brookfield’s annual summer music festival, the Lowdown Hudson Music Fest, returns to the heart of downtown New York for its seventh summer on July 18 and 19. Bringing fun, lively, world-class musical talent to the picturesque Waterfront Plaza at Brookfield Place, this year’s festival will be headlined by rapper and producer Common on Tuesday and quirky veteran rockers OK GO on Wednesday. Both shows are free to attend and open to the public. In keeping with the summer festival vibe, shows are standing room only and will feature a festival bar.

Previous headliners have included legends The Roots, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Los Lobos, Neko Case, and Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings.

Tuesday, July 18:
COMMON
Lion Babe

The festival begins on Tuesday, July 18 with American electro-soul duo, Lion Babe, opening for Grammy Award-winning rapper and producer Common. Common’s illustrious career began in 1992 with the release of Can I Borrow a Dollar? and he is now one of the most well-known voices in modern rap and R&B. In 2003, Common won his first Grammy Award: Best R&B Song for “Love of My Life” with Erykah Badu. Its popularity was matched by May 2005’s Be, which was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 2006 Grammy Awards. Common was awarded his second Grammy for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group, for “Southside (featuring Kanye West)” in 2007. Common won the 2015 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and the 2015 Academy Award for Best Original Song for his song “Glory” from the 2014 film Selma, in which he co-starred as Civil Rights Movement leader James Bevel.

Wednesday, July 19:
OK GO
Flint Eastwood

Detroit-based artist Flint Eastwood will open the final show with a powerful indie-pop sound filled with urban percussion and orchestral instrumentation, followed by quirky veteran rockers OK GO. Formed as a quartet in Chicago in 1998 before relocating to Los Angeles, OK GO (Damian Kulash, Tim Nordwind, Dan Konopka, Andy Ross) have spent their career in a steady state of transformation. On their most recent EP, the band worked with longtime producer and friend Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Weezer, MGMT), while also enlisting a new collaborator in veteran Tony Hoffer, (Beck, Phoenix, Foster the People) to create their most comfortable and far-reaching songs yet.

 

KC Roberts & the Live Revolution: In Concert
July 13, 2017
First Canadian Place, Toronto

Step aside Drake – KC Roberts & the Live Revolution have turned the Six upside down with their funk-inspired tunes.

 

KC Roberts & the Live Revolution brings funk music to the heart of the city. This 8-piece independent jazz-funk band first made waves in 2013 when they successfully crowd-sourced over $26,000 to produce their first album, Parkdale Funk 2: SIDES.
Comprised of three horns and a rhythm section of percussion, drums, keys, bass and guitar, KC Roberts & the Live Revolution is one part jazz, one part funk, and one part complete improvisation–an equation that acts as a bit of a “‘screw you’ in the face of the [well-oiled music] industry, and the people who always want you to take the paths most travelled”, as expressed by the band in an interview with Exclaim! magazine.
Clearly they’re onto something – in 2015, they embarked on their first-ever tour through Canada and the west coast of the U.S., performing at 15 cities in 20 days, and this year will head to Europe. As TD Toronto Jazz Festival Artistic Director Josh Grossman put it, KCLR is simply “scary good…a blast to hear and just as fun to watch.”

Discover the magic of funk for yourself as KC Roberts & the Live Revolution takes the FCP Park stage on THURSDAY JULY 13, 12:15 PM as part of the ongoing IN THE PARK summer concert series.

Shad: After Work Concert
June 28, 2017
First Canadian Place, Toronto

In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary, we’re kicking off our IN THE PARK Concert Series with a Canadian hip-hop icon Shad in an exclusive after work performance.

Shad (Shadrach Kabango) is a Juno Award-winning rapper and songwriter born in Kenya and raised in London, Ontario. His peers in Canadian Hip Hop recently voted him the 2nd Greatest Rapper Ever in Canada in a poll produced by the CBC.

Toronto DJ Famous Players will open the after-work show with high energy mixes and mash-ups.

Catch Shad as a headlining act on WEDNESDAY JUNE 28, 5:15 PM at the FCP Park stage as part of the ongoing IN THE PARK summer concert series.

Summer on the Plaza
May 31, 2017 - July 26, 2017
One New York Plaza, New York

Soak up the sun and enjoy a lunchtime concert every Wednesday at One New York Plaza! Curated by New Song Music, Summer on the Plaza features music by the next wave of up and coming singer-songwriters.

 

LISTEN TO THIS WEEK’S PERFORMER!

GENERAL SCHEDULE

11:00 AM | Morning games

12:30 PM | Performance

 

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

MAY 31: Brad Cole

JUNE 7: Blair Bodine

JUNE 14: JBird Shogren

JUNE 21: Max Hatt & Edda Glass

JUNE 28: Queen Esther

JULY 5: Andy Palmer

JULY 12: Wilder Adkins

JULY 19: Amy Fairchild

JULY 26: Galumpha

 

ABOUT THE PERFORMERS

Brad Cole

The songs of Brad Cole address the ups and downs of the human condition with both wit and raw insight. His passionate and distinctive delivery of roots-based folk music, woven with the grit and groove of old school bossa and rhythm & blues moves the listener’s soul in a direction that is unexpected, yet perfectly familiar

Blair Bodine

Blair Bodine is a singer-songwriter originally from Ambler, PA. She was the American Songwriter Magazine Grand Prize Winner for the 2014 Lyric Contest. Described as a “songbird with heart,” Blair crafts a blend of Folk, Country, and Americana music. She was named a finalist in the 2015 NewSong Contest, performing at Lincoln Center. She now resides in New York City, where she studies lyric writing at the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. Her first short musical, Superhots! made it’s debut at the Signature Center in New York City on May 29, 2017.

Max Hatt & Edda Glass

Max Hatt / Edda Glass have “an incomparable spook” (Nashville Scene) and “a unique sound”(Larry Groce, NPR), comprised of Glass’s unmistakable voice and Hatt’s lyrical guitar. Originally based in Montana, their award-winning Jazz Americana and wistful interpretations of Brazilian Bossa Nova have taken them all the way to New York City’s Lincoln Center, NPR Mountain Stage, Sundance Film Fest and Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival. Praised for her “impeccable vocal command” (PopMatters) and compared to a gamut of singers from Astrud Gilberto to Billie Holliday, Glass’s voice is ultimately “one of a kind…you cannot confuse her with another artist” (New York Theatre Guide). Hatt’s equally distinctive guitar work combines the harmonic innovations of jazz with the melodic resonance of folk, creating music that’s “subtly poignant, elegantly funky, and haunting without trying to be” (Nels Cline, Wilco). Together, Max Hatt / Edda Glass evoke a world that stretches from the beaches of Rio de Janeiro to the prairies of the American west, telling stories of little people on great plains, and leaving audiences with a feeling both light and deep.

Queen Esther

“…a brutal, original, explosive singer.” – Vanity Fair

Grand Prize winner of the 2008 Jazzmobile Vocal Competition, Queen Esther has performed internationally with her mentor harmelodic guitarist James “Blood” Ulmer in various projects, including his iconic free jazz group Odyssey, and continues to collaborate with him as she forges her own sonic path with her Black Americana outfit The Blue Crowns. Released in 2015, her critically acclaimed album The Other Side“…the most exciting Afro-Americana album of the year.” (Paste) – is garnering airplay worldwide.

Andy Palmer

Andy Palmer is a former New York City public defender whose three years of living and working in Brooklyn’s trenches clearly provide fodder for the painful truths and ruggedness of his alternative roots-rock sound. Palmer’s distinctively gritty vocals and hard luck tales have garnered him favorable comparisons to Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Nick Cave, Johnny Cash, and Leonard Cohen. Westword Magazine calls Palmer’s music “timeless” and “epic” and listed his debut CD Sometime Around among one of Denver’s best releases of 2011.

Wilder Adkins

Wilder Adkins’ songwriting gleans as much from the earthy poetry of Wendell Berry and Mary Oliver as it does from the works of folk luminaries Richard Thompson and Bruce Cockburn. He’s a true theosophical spirit, arrestingly taciturn, but possessed of startling guitar skills, a wit as dry as October leaves, and a tremulous, dented voice that’s frankly mesmerizing. His courtly-but-witty lyrics evoke a Deep South Shelley or Yeats, riding a joyful guitar dexterity. Adkins hails from Marietta, GA, but now lives and writes in Birmingham, AL. He grew up listening to his dad play renditions of Neil Young and Van Morrison songs on an old Guild Jumbo Acoustic. Some time spent in India helped to expand his melodic sense and also provided a chance to learn Hindi. Adkins’ songs, steeped in natural imagery, frequently touch upon the subjects of faith, doubt, and as the title of his new album would indicate, hope and sorrow.

Amy Fairchild

Amy Fairchild is a multi-award winning songwriter living in Boston, MA. Right from the start of her musical career in Northampton, MA in 1996, this roots-pop beauty garnered high honors revealing a talented songwriter who deftly gets to the heart of the matter. She won the Lilith Fair Talent Competition in 1999 and took home a top Kerrville Folk Festival prize in 2001. She continued to bring home honors with the release of her 2002 record, “Mr. Heart” (produced by Adam Steinberg) including The John Lennon Songwriting Competition, Maxell Song of the Year and the Billboard World Song Competition. Dave Marsh said, “If there still was a recording industry, this would come out on a major label and would be such a big hit you’d be sick of her by now. Not many people make records this good.” With 12 years between recordings, in June 2014 she released her self-titled third record to the acclaim of the best music writers including the legendary Steve Morse. Amy shows no signs of taking her foot off the gas as she’s just released her fourth record, “Nobody’s Satellite” (April, 2017) again produced by Steinberg. Mike Greenblatt in The Aquarian Weekly says this, “When singer/songwriter Amy Fairchild released her impressive 2014 self-titled cd, it was so good that I fell in love with her immediately. Nobody’s Satellite is even better. Twenty years in she’s just reaching her near-brilliant stride.”

Galumpha

Combining stunning acrobatics, striking visual effects, physical comedy and inventive choreography, Galumpha brings to life a world of imagination, beauty, muscle and merriment. The three performers create a sensory feast of images ranging from the ridiculous to the sublime, drawn together into a seamless whole, consistently bringing audiences to their feet. Galumpha is a triumphant mix of art and entertainment, offering world-class, award winning choreography (Edinburgh Festival Critics’ Choice Award, Moers International Comedy Arts Prize) that is equally at home on the concert stage, at a comedy club or at an outdoor festival.

Formed in 2002 by Andy Horowitz and Greg O’Brien, Galumpha delivers a fast-paced, athletic brand of movement, distinctive for its ingenuity. Highlights include “Velcro” as seen on The Late Show with David Letterman, Crook and Chase (TNN) and the 2002 MDA Jerry Lewis Telethon, and “Clackers,” seen on MTV, Showtime, A & E, Just for Laughs in Montreal, and by over one billion television viewers around the globe. Other pieces feature experiments in human architecture set to music by Rachmaninov, Mahler and the virtuoso Czech band Jablkon, making for an exceptionally entertaining program.

New York Guitar Festival
Raga Marathon
May 19, 2017
Brookfield Place New York, New York

Visit the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place for a daylong Raga Marathon on May 19! Celebrate the vibrant sounds of South Asia with free performances as part of the 2017 New York Guitar Festival, the annual festival that explores virtually every aspect of the guitar’s personality!

In Sanskrit, the word “raga” literally means color, or musical tone. In traditional Indian and Southeast Asian music, it refers to a pattern of notes having characteristic intervals, rhythms, and embellishments, used as a basis for improvisation. “One of the unique characteristics of Indian and South Asian music is the assignment of definite times of the day and night for performing Raga melodies,” explains New York Guitar Festival Co-Founder and Artistic Director David Spelman. “It is believed that at certain hours in the spinning of the Earth, the Raga approaches the height of its melodic beauty and majestic splendor. There are some Ragas that are very attractive in the early hours of the mornings; others that enchant more toward dusk; and yet others reveal their fragrance only near the midnight hour. That’s how we’ve programmed this Marathon.”

Paying respect to tradition, ragas will flow in the Winter Garden from morning until night. An 8:30PM screening of the 1929 silent film A Throw of Dice: A Romance of India will be shown with live musical accompaniment of a world-premiere score, and DJ Rekha will cap off the night with a not-to-be-missed dance party from 10:00PM until midnight.

Rest, relax, and reflect in our meditation lounge under the shelter of The Roof on May 17-18, 10am-6pm and May 19, 8am-6pm.

Le District will have late night drink specials for the Raga Marathon: $7 house rosé and $5 Kronenbourg beers from 10pm to close!

 

MAY 19 PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

8:00 AM      Debashish Bhattacharya & Samir Chatterjee

 Bhattacharya, one of the world’s preeminent slide guitarists, performs a morning raga with Chatterjee on tabla.


NOON          Anupam Shobhakar

Anupam Shobhakar performs a noon raga with a sarod, a fretless stringed instrument that dates back centuries.

 

5:00 PM      Gyan Riley, Krishna Bhatt, Dan Weiss

Guitarist Gyan Riley, sitarist Krishna Bhatt, and jazz drummer Dan Weiss join forces for an early evening performance.

 

7:00 PM      Debashish Bhattacharya & Samir Chatterjee

Bhattacharya and Chatterjee return in the evening with more melodious sounds.

8:30 PM      Silent Film: A Throw of Dice with New Score by Rez Abbasi

Performance by Rez Abbasi Quartet
Rez Abbasi: electric & acoustic guitars, sitar-guitar
Pawan Benjamin:  tenor & soprano saxophones, basuri flutes
Jennifer Vincent: acoustic bass, cello
Rohan Krishnamurthy: ghatam, mridangam, drumset

Silent cinema returns to Brookfield Place with a screening of the 1929 film A Throw of Dice: A Romance of India, accompanied by a new score performed by guitarist Rez Abbasi’s quartet. Based on a story found within the Sanskrit epic, The Mahābhārata, and filmed on location in Rajasthan, the movie stars Seeta Devi as the ravishing beauty Sunita. The composer Nitin Sawhney describes A Throw of Dice as a cross between Cecil B. DeMille, Chaplin, and early Bollywood.


10:oo PM   DJ Rekha and Special Guests (to be announced!) 

DJ Rekha and special guests spin an in-the-moment mash-up of ragas, EDM, and Punjabi pop until midnight.

 

ABOUT NEW YORK GUITAR FESTIVAL
Exploring virtually every aspect of the guitar’s personality, the New York Guitar Festival, since 1999, has presented many of the world’s most influential guitarists at Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Sawdust, (Le) Poisson Rouge, 92nd Street Y, Brookfield Place, and other iconic venues, large and small. From multi Grammy-winners to emerging artists, NYGF performers have included masters of the classical repertoire as well as blues & jazz, pop & indie rock, folk & Americana, sounds of Central & South America and genre-defying innovators.

The Beaches in Concert
May 11, 2017
First Canadian Place, Toronto

When the four young women of The Beaches play live, the rock n’ roll band’s playful on-stage chemistry makes it obvious that this is no manufactured “girl band.” Their friendship is for real and, in fact, two of the crew have been playing together since they were in elementary school.

Jordan Miller, the band’s vocalist and bassist, picked up the guitar when she was six years old. “I wanted to start playing music because I was obsessed with Sheryl Crow,” she has said. A year later, her sister Kylie–now lead guitarist–started taking lessons as well. Then, when the two were in their early teens, best friends Eliza Enman-McDaniel and Leandra Earl joined as drummer and keyboardist/guitarist and The Beaches was complete. As any Torontonian can guess, the band’s name is a tribute to the east side neighbourhood where they all grew up.

In the last two years, The Beaches have made huge waves. After two successful self-released EPs, the band was picked up by Island Records, have toured the U.K., and played Canadian festivals like Osheaga and Wayhome. Their most recent single – “Give It Up” -displays well their powerful, driving sound, calling to mind influences Nirvana and The Strokes.

In a still male-dominated rock landscape, media outlets often highlight their all-female status, but that’s something the band brushes off in true rock n’ roll style. “It makes us unique, yeah, but we shouldn’t have to define ourselves as a female rock band,” says Eliza. “We’re a rock band.”

Virginia to Vegas Concert
February 16, 2017
First Canadian Place, Toronto

Those who love unforgettable indie pop anthems are likely already familiar with Virginia to Vegas – especially his 2016 smash hit “Lights Out”. What they may not know, is the man behind that moniker – 26-year-old Derik Baker – lives right here in Toronto, and has recently released a debut album with a title that reflects the optimistic feeling of his songs: Utopian.

 

ABOUT DERIK BAKER
Derik Baker, who was born in Virginia, has reason to be optimistic. He found success only a year after being discovered on YouTube by indie label Wax Records. In 2014, his first single – “We Are Stars” – stormed the radio charts and earned a platinum certification. That hit led to an invitation to tour with Hedley and singer-songwriter Alyssa Reid. Reid, who is featured on “We Are Stars”, has since become a long time friend and collaborator.

“Don’t Fight the Music” and “Our Story” are other favorites that fans will find on Utopian, along with a number of new tunes that are sure to continue Baker’s rise – especially if the pop star follows his own advice from “We Are Stars” to “keep dreaming, keep on dreaming.”

Heartstreets in Concert
Heartstreets
December 1, 2016
First Canadian Place, Toronto

Heartstreets – the Montreal duo whose sound blends hip hop, R&B, and soul – go way back. Meeting first at nine years old, Gab Godon and Emma Beko immediately bonded over music. “We used to do hip-hop choreography together for shows in elementary school,” Beko has said. “Then in high school, we would sing on the bus and stuff like that.”

Fast forward fifteen years and Godon and Beko have released their debut EP, You and I, to much acclaim. In “Crawling South,” the first single released from the EP, Godon’s sultry voice comes together perfectly with Beko’s rap-style storytelling to reflect on a relationship that came apart. The heartbreaker, which charted at number six on Spotify’s Viral 50 Chart, was released with a video showing the heartbroken sifting through a “break-up box” of memorabilia. Complex said of the song that it “mirrors that gut-wrenching feeling of blowing the dust off the top of that box, and digging into a trove of memories, good and bad, like some kind of wistful relationship archaeologist.”

 

Lucas DiPasquale in Concert
Lucas DiPasquale
November 17, 2016
First Canadian Place, Toronto

When Toronto’s Lucas DiPasquale recorded himself playing an acoustic mashup of Jamaican dancehall artist Popcaan in his Ryerson University dorm room, he had little idea how far it would take him. But when Popcaan himself endorsed the YouTube videos on social media, DiPasquale went viral and started down the path of becoming a name in his own right.

Late last year, the 21-year-old released his debut EP, appropriately titled Post-Secondary. The album landed him on Spotify Canada’s Spotlight Artists for 2016. To record the album, DiPasquale made the trip to the island that inspired him, recording his songs at Jamaica’s legendary Tuff Gong Studios. “It’s not shocking, given Toronto’s Caribbean – specifically Jamaican – population, that a native of ‘the 6′ can nail the patois,” wrote reggae critic Erin MacLeod in The Guardian. “But it is a nice surprise that Lucas’ music is darned good.”

Ria Mae in Concert
Ria Mae
October 13, 2016
First Canadian Place, Toronto

Ria Mae has been making moves – from Halifax to Montreal, from folk to pop. But one thing that’s remained consistent is her ability to move people with her catchy, playful songs.

“Clothes Off,” Mae’s breakout song from last year, was inspired by an early visit to her adopted hometown. “I was in Montreal and very inspired by how beautiful the city is and how forward people are there,” she had said, explaining that she wrote the sexy hit over one hour in the middle of night to the rhythm of a clothes dryer. “Clothes Off” went on to be nominated for “Single Of The Year” at the 2016 Juno Awards alongside hits by Drake, The Weeknd and Justin Bieber.

Following that success, Mae has released a self-titled album this summer that includes another synth pop hit–“Gold”–that confirms the status conferred on her by the CBC this year, when they called her pop music’s “Next Big Thing.” And although that song is about a love affair on the wane, the driving beats will no doubt bring enthusiastic Mae fans together on the dance floor.

Alx Veliz in Concert
Alx Veliz
September 29, 2016
First Canadian Place, Toronto

Free lunchtime concert. Alx Veliz and his music are products of the multicultural fabric of Toronto, a blend of histories, renewals, and currents. His emergence comes at a great time in music – a time when dancing rules, where cultures embrace, and when optimism rides high. Alx Veliz brings an electrifying, synth-driven pop with Latin rhythm through his chart-topping hit Dancing Kizomba. The song has been lighting up the charts this summer and marks the thrilling tease of much more to come from this unique artist.

Sydney Fringe Silent Disco
September 22, 2016
World Square, Sydney

Come alive at the Square with the Sydney Fringe Silent Disco. Drop your bags, grab a feed and dance up a storm under our starry lights! Late night shopping has never been more exciting.

 

Mystery Artist In Concert

July 21, 2016
First Canadian Place, Toronto

This mystery artist has emerged as one of Canada’s most innovative songwriters, fusing electronic music with organic instrumentation to create songs that are perfect for the summer season.

His first single quickly surpassed 65 million streams globally on Spotify, and is nearly 3 times Platinum in Canada. Highly-billed on the festival circuit last summer, this mystery artist is generating much buzz as he gears up for another season on the road.

Come for the concert, stay for a chance to WIN an Osheaga VIP Festival Experience in Montreal including round-trip tickets from WestJet and accommodations at ALT Hotels Montreal.

 

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See you IN THE PARK.

 

Coleman Hell performed at First Republic Plaza on July 21st, 2016. For full concert and draw details, please visit: goo.gl/rKGRvw