Date: Friday 12 January 2018
When grit and groove meets softly swaying silk, the thrift-folk of Liv Cazzola & Braden Phelan comes to life. With an electric chemistry and quick-witted sense of humour, they’ve threaded their colours and textures together to create the terrifying two-headed kitten that is Tragedy Ann. Playing with folk and alt. blues yarns, Cazzola and Phelan are a pair of accomplished mood-setters, storytellers, and chill-givers. Having toured across Canada, performed at prominent folk festivals and released their debut EP Stumbling in 2016, the pair is currently charming listening rooms around Ontario, and working on their full-length record. Tragedy Ann is known to make audiences laugh, cry, hug complete strangers, and is the only cure for the common cold. Bring the purr.
Escorted by a banjo and a parlour guitar, Moonfruits’ soaring harmonies captivate listeners and celebrate common ground. Partners on and off stage, they summon music from a place where ideals and imagination intertwine. 2017 has so far proved a remarkable year for the bilingual folk duo. ROSEQ and FICG awards recipients at Contact ontarois, Moonfruits took part in UnisTV’s Balade à Toronto, were featured live in studio during the first simultaneous radio broadcast of a bilingual show on CBC and Radio-Canada, and released their sophomore album, Ste-Quequepart.
DRFTR is the one-man creation of singer/songwriter/guitarist Oscar Anderson-Shortt. His soaring, soulful voice is tinged with R&B; his songs honest, intimate and from the heart. His music is best described as feely folk – all about emotion. From lost love to sharp political commentary, with all life’s gritty and joyous bits in between, DRFTR taps into our common emotional landscape in a deeply thoughtful, melodic way.