The City Hall Live Spotlight series in partnership with the City of Toronto and the Unison Benevolent Fund have been going off without a hitch! We're so glad you've been enjoying the shows and bringing friends. Due to the new stay-at-home order being enforced, some of the previously stated dates for the City of Toronto Spotlight Series have changed, as well as a new show added!
Tallies – Thursday, April 15th @ 7:30PM – [Live from Adelaide Hall]
Tallies effortlessly combine shoegaze, dreampop and surf rock to create soaring soundscapes that are deeply moving and cinematic in nature. Having toured through Canada, the USA, and Europe, we’re looking forward to seeing how they take the digital space!
Tay Jireh, Divine Lightbody, Dejuan Martin, Mighloe & Tyshan Knight – Thursday, April 22nd @ 7:30PM [Live from Sandbox Studios]
Tay Jireh is a burgeoning hip-hop artists inspired by the likes of J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, and J Dilla; his self-produced project ‘Soul Under Pressure’ has set the scene at over a dozen landmark venues across Canada, including the AGO, Harlem Underground, The Mod Club amongst many others. He’s organically built an audience of attentive followers, amassing over 30,000 plays.
Divine Lightbody is a singer-songwriter inspired by Lauryn Hill and Nina Simone – She’s amassed over 60,000 views on her YouTube channel and her recent single “Bothered” reached over 50,000 streams since its release in May 2020, making it onto a number of Spotify’s illusive curated playlists. With appearances at festivals and platforms including Honey Jam, Talent Nation, and now the City Hall Live Spotlight Series, the up-and-comer has given us plenty to be excited about!
Dejuan Martin wrote his first rap at 13 - his love for music followed him across his journey through US and Canada as a star athlete, before ultimately returning back to rap music. Identifying with ‘emo rap’, his work touches upon topics like poverty, crime, violence and his experience as a black man.
Mighloe is an emerging artist who’s been featured by heavy hitters like R&B Radar and EscapeTracks – her voice is reminiscent of Erykah Badu or Andra Day. A Remix Project graduate, she lives on a number of Spotify curated playlists like R&B Right Now, Mood Ring, R&B Favourites, New Music Friday amongst others.
Tyshan Knight, perhaps most famous for his YouTube channel where he offers vocal coaching advice, which has amassed over 10 million views and 70 thousand subscribers. Entirely self-taught, he’s empowered millions to explore vocal technique and style that reaches outside of traditional classical styles. A survivor of a near-death experience, he’s channeled his faith through his long-standing love for music and continues to make gospel music that is far reaching and deeply moving.
Aysanabee – Thursday, April 29th @ 7:30PM – [Live from Rockpile West]
Aysanabee is an artist from Sandy Lake First Nation – raised equally between bow hunting with his grandfather and guitar by his brother, he’s found for himself a unique guitar technique involving string taps and songs about love, loss, aspirations and stories of the past. Guitar has become such an in instinctual part of his expression, the soulfulness of his music is hard to miss.
Exco Levi – Thursday, May 6th @ 7:30PM – [Live from Reggae Café]
Exco Levi is a Brampton-based reggae and dance-hall artist of Jamaican descent. The artist has amassed 5 Juno awards and has been inducted into the Brampton Arts Walk of Fame. He continues to offer mantras and uplifting messages through a knack for melody.
Metis Fiddler Quartet – Thursday, May 13th @ 7:30PM – [Live from Olde Stone Cottage Pub]
Siblings Alyssa, Conlin, Nicholas, and Danton have a wide range of experience in classical music and jazz amongst others, and come together to play Métis fiddle music of whom they’re descendants. They bring contemporary ideas and arrangements to the Métis musical tradition and have toured internationally as well performed at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, National Aboriginal Achievement Awards, and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.
We hope to see you at the shows!