Friday February 11th
Thesis Sahib (London electro/hip-hop)
Unconscious Encore (Toronto hip-hop/rock)
Kinetiq Crew (Kingston breakdance)
8PM @ The Mansion
Saturday February 12th
Jesse Zubot (Vancouver experimental)
Decomposing Pianos (Kingston experimental/ambient)
workshop 3PM @ The Mansion
performance 8PM @ The Mansion
Sunday February 13th
Handsome Molly (Kingston bluegrass)
Lake of Stew (Montreal old time)
3PM @ Grant Hall
All shows $7 at the door. Festival passes $15, available at Brian’s Record Option and at shows.
Saturday’s workshop is free. Sunday’s performance is free for kids under twelve.
Friday Feb 11th 8pm @ The Mansion $7
Thesis Sahib has been contributing to the underground hip hop movement for the past thirteen years, both as an innovative rapper and a well known graffiti artist. His articulate, rapid-fire delivery, harmonic vocals and imaginative lyrics have graced an impressive catalogue of sought after releases on CD and vinyl.
Thesis has recorded a number of solo projects and collaborative works with Bending Mouth, Imaginary Friends, Les Swashbuckeling Napoleon’s and on his latest venture as the front man with the group HOWL. These releases have created a buzz within the underground and have received considerable air play on radio stations across North America and Europe. With production from underground legends such as Backburner Recordings, Joey Beats (Non Prophets) and Anticon’s Sixtoo and Alias, Thesis has become a permanent name within the realm of contemporary underground hip hop.
Thesis has toured North America several times performing with many well known artists such as, Buck 65, Busdriver, Adeem, Swollen Members, Sweat Shop Union and the Shape Shifters. Chosen in to play the 2005 Canadian dates in the WARPED TOUR with his band “HOWL,” Thesis in the same year was also nominated as Urban Artist of the Year for the Jack Richardson Awards. Currently Thesis is focusing on live shows as a solo rapper, accompanied by DJ Dubble.
Unconscious Encore is the newest addition to the GTA hip hop community. Hailing from Kingston, ON and gearing up for the release of their debut EP, The Noot Noot EP, Unconscious Encore have their minds set on establishing themselves in various cities across Ontario.
Unconscious Encore has already won over crowds in cities typically stuck in punk, hardcore, and metal sentiments, and making them give hip hop music a shot in their play lists and their hearts.
The band members met through high school, having attended Kingston Collegiate Vocational Institute at some point in their high school careers. Before Unconscious Encore formally started, front man Ayanda Mngoma and guitarist, Marie Laing worked together on a song. The duo then expanded to include ex-drummer, Brandon Vasko. A few months after the trio jammed together, lyricist Ayanda Mngoma decided to start a full-fledged band which included: bass, guitar, drums, alto saxophone, viola, and rap vocals.
The band has gone on to be described as “opting to use what’s become so rare in the music industry, talent and intelligence” by Jasmine Brajak at Durham College and UOIT’s The Chronicle, and as “redefining what hip hop can achieve” by Ally Hall at Queen’s Journal.
Guitarist, Marie Laing describes the band’s sound as “very similar to the sound of Biggie Smalls and Neil Young (circa 1989) making sweet, sweet love” Unconscious Encore simply take music genres and styles that they like and create something organic and reflective of their moods and where they are at personally. Their sound is reflective of today’s youth while remaining true to what hip-hop is all about.
Although the emphasis and stand out feature of the band is their unique sound, The band is known for their charismatic and often half-naked live shows, and have left CR Avery saying, “I was at the back trying to convince the bartender to take his shirt off with me”, and Universal Record’s San Sebastian commending them on their charismatic live show.
Sat Feb 12 3pm Workshop – Free!
8pm Concert $7 @ The Mansion
Violinist, Jesse Zubot (www.jessezubot.com)
Saturday Feb 12, 2011
3pm Free Workshop @ The Mansion
8pm Concert w/ Decomposing Pianos @ The Mansion
Jesse Zubot (violin,viola) is one of those exceptional musicians whose praxis spans multiple genres and transcends contextualization into an idiom. Between moments of impassioned, visceral outbursts and quiet emotive sensitivities, Zubot exposes the full range of affects through a pristine sonic architecture. Diving head-first into the world of creative and improvised music with his self-produced, critically acclaimed solo release Dementia (Drip Audio 2006), Zubot has since collaborated with the likes of Evan Parker, François Houle, Eugene Chadbourne, Mats Gustafsson, Dave Douglas, Peggy Lee, Fred Frith, Eyvind Kang, Nels Cline, and many others.
Perhaps best known as founding member of the Juno Award winning acoustic-roots duo Zubot & Dawson, Jesse Zubot aided and abetted in the creation of a new genre called Strang, which synthesizes elements of folk, jazz and other of the duo’s diverse influences. Jesse has also performed and/or recorded with many contemporary/commercial based artists including Hawksley Workman, Kelly Joe Phelps, Alpha Yaya Diallo, Justin Rutledge, Mother Mother, The Be Good Tanyas, and Stars. In 2003, 2008, and 2009, Zubot was named “Violinist of the Year” at Canada’s National Jazz Awards. Zubot’s current projects include touring and recording with acclaimed Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq and Vancouver’s “post-everything”, avant-rock group Fond of Tigers.
Jean Martin (drums) is and has been one of Toronto’s most in demand drummers in the creative music scene for some time now. He has worked with the likes of William Parker, David Murray, Don Byron, Dominic Duval, Mark Dresser, Wilbert de Joode, John Oswald, Micheal Occhipinti, Hugh Marsh, The Henry’s and many others. His group Barnyard Drama, an improvising duo featuring vocalist Christine Duncan, has performed at festivals such as the prestigious FIMAV. A few years back his group, LaConnor (with Jesse Zubot), recorded a full length which was named one of Canada’s best experimental albums by !Exclaim. Martin’s current projects include touring and recording with Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq, performing and recording with celebrated songsmith John Southworth and running the creative music label Barnyard Records. Jean has been nominated for ‘Best Drummer’ at Canada’s National Jazz Awards and is a past recipient of the Freddy Stone Award from
St. John’s Sound Symposium.
Decomposing Pianos (www.decomposingpianos.com) are Julia Krolik and Owen Fernley. They study the slow decay and sudden transitions seen all around us. Ideas are presented in the form of improvisational and structured music and noise. Theatre, set design and photography are key supporting elements. Their final work takes the form of a produced segment, a concert or an installation.
Each concept must be presented as a completed puzzle to avoid being lost in the noise of today’s society. Decomposing Pianos seek to remove ornamental enclosures, reveal the mechanisms within, and allow them to breathe alongside modern day electronics and the natural sounds of our world.
Jesse Zubot, along with Jean Martin, will put on a workshop demonstrating ways traditional instruments can be used in modern improvisation. The two will improvise together & separately using extended & traditional techniques. They will explain their set ups & and eagerly answers questions in regards to how they go about doing what they do. Zubot & Martin have worked with many different forms of music including folk, pop, jazz, blues, ambient & experimental. This workshop will focus on how improvisation plays a part in all forms and how to go about it.
Sun Feb 13 3pm @ Grant Hall,
Queen’s University $7
Lake of Stew w/ Handsome Molly
LAKE OF STEW is a friendly, six-piece acoustic string band from Montreal, Quebec. They sing all original, new songs, featuring great big vocal harmonies. Lots of people call their sound old-timey, but it ain’t, it’s new-timey, though it does recall a lot of old traditions all blended together. If you need a name to put to their sound, you wouldn’t go wrong with “good-timey”. Their live shows are energetic and fun, inspiring audiences of all ages to sing and clap and wiggle along.