DJ Shub, formerly of A Tribe Called Red (but not a founding member), is a title earning DJ, award winning music producer, and devoted family man from Six Nations of the Grand River. His PowWowStep EP recently picked up an Indigenous Music Award for Best Instrumental Album and his music video for "Indomitable ft. Northern Cree Singers" picked up a nomination for Best EDM/Dance Video at the 2017 Much Music Video Awards.
DJ Shub counts two DMC Canada DJ Championship titles (2007 and 2008), a DMC Canadian Battle for Supremacy title (2008), a Canadian Red Bull Thre3style title (2012), and a King of the Dot Canada vs. USA DJ battle win along with a trophy from the JUNO Awards as some of his most notable accomplishments.
DJ Shub parted ways with A Tribe Called Red in 2014. His work with the group includes the JUNO Award winning album, Nation II Nation and their most popular single, "Electric Pow Wow Drum" (4,424,033 steams on Spotify). “Shub left ATCR for family reasons, as that group’s tour schedule kept him away from his young kids. The musical differences appear to be minimal. But as ATCR get more heady and expansive, it’s Shub’s music that works better on a dance floor.”
– Michael Barclay, Waterloo Region Record
KC Roberts & The Live Revolution (KCLR) are proud purveyors of beautiful vintage music (funk, jazz, rock), with an artistic obligation to shift all that's sacredly funky and soulful into the current phase of popular music (hip-hop, house, electronic, Drum n' Bass). Essentially an original 8-piece funk band, KCLR is well-known for its energized live performances winning the 2007 Toronto Independent Music Award for best live act. torontomusicscene.ca writes, "Their live shows are absolutely mind-blowing; the band is something entirely unique and influenced by atypical genres." Matt Bauer of Exclaim! Magazine writes, "If one needed proof of the vitality and authenticity of new Canadian funk music, they need look no further."
Drawing comparisons to The Roots, Jamiroquai and Janelle Monae, the band has regularly shared the stage with major international artists including Lettuce, soul legend Lee Fields, Five Alarm Funk, Naturally 7, DJ Q-Bert, Z-Trip and Blue King Brown. The recent tour gave the band an opportunity to show new fans across North America why TD Toronto Jazz Festival Artistic Director, Josh Grossman, calls KCLR “scary good…a blast to hear and just as fun to watch.”
Since they came together in 2007, The Human Rights have built a reputation as one of Canada's top reggae bands -- specializing in original, high-energy, modern roots reggae with a mix of jazz, funk and R&B influences. The band is fronted by Friendlyness (Culture Shock, Big Sugar) and Juno nominee Tréson on lead vocals; and feature a blazing 3-piece horn section, two stellar guitar players, and a rock steady riddim section, topped off by legendary reggae keyboardist Bernie Pitters (Toots and the Maytals, Hit Squad, Leroy Brown, Sly & Robbie) on the bubble and skank.
In 2015 and 2016 THR had the honour of opening up for Jamaican reggae legends Freddie McGregor and Sanchez in front of a sold-out crowd at Sound Academy in Toronto. The band also performed at Harbourfront, Roy Thomson Hall and the Jambana Festival. In 2009,2012 and 2016 they toured across Canada to be featured at the Calgary Reggae Festival three times, one of the top reggae festivals in the country.
Since the release of their debut CD One Thing in 2010, the Human Rights have played well over 100 live shows, and released singles for 'Right Now', 'Take A Stance'. and 'Old School Track' which spent a record 44 weeks on the listener-voted Rebel Vibez Top Ten Chart. Other highlights include opening for seminal reggae legends such as Gregory Isaacs, John Holt and Beres Hammond, recording live for Big City, Small World on CBC Radio One, and a song placement in the most recent Trailer Park Boys movie Don’t Legalize It.
My Son the Hurricane is a 14-piece brasshop funk beast with the mantra: anything worth doing is worth overdoing. Hailing from Niagara/Toronto, the band mixes New Orleans style grooves with funk, jazz and hiphop. Driving the show, charismatic frontman Jacob Bergsma “can playfully pluck every nerve in your body with his voice” (Earshot), while the well-oiled rhythm section including 2 trombones, sousaphone, 2 trumpets and 2 saxes creates a spectacle of sound. With this lineup, My Son the Hurricane “stood out like a sore, yet extremely talented thumb at every show they’ve played” (Pulse Niagara), and became revered for their live show.
Riding the success of their sophomore release “Cashing a Deadman’s Cheque” (feat. U.S.S. frontman Ash Buchholtz and three-time Juno/Polaris nominee D-Sisive), the Hurricane was featured on the CBC and Much More Music. Their blending of styles and penchant for inciting dance parties and penning introspective ballads (Pushin’ Up Daisies) has garnered them high praise on the Canadian festival circuit with breakout performances at Hillside, Evolve, Beaches Jazz, and more.
If positive energy could be heard, you would hear and feel that rhythm radiating from Toronto’s fireball DJ/Producer Ticky Ty. Miss Ty’s signature style and energy has catapulted her into the underground house scene with a blast and no signs of slowing down. Perfecting her craft while broadening her creativity in Japan, Ticky shaped her signature style and overall outlook on the music scene.
In only the first few months of her debut in the Toronto scene, she had already graced the stages of some of the city’s most notorious clubs including Footwork, Fly, The Comfort Zone and performs in support of community charities like the 519 Community Centre, Supporting Our Youth, and the Casey House. She became an instant hit with her unmistakable Afro-Puff and intense energy produced consistently with every single set.
“There’s no reason why you can’t feel and express the music just as much if not more than everybody on the dance floor! That’s why when I spin I’ll also dance, get on the mic, and act out the lyrics … whatever the mood calls for. I’ll answer with everything I am.” - Ticky Ty
Miz Megs' sound is a fusion of house and techno. It is evident in her sound that house music has lived in her heart for a very long time as she never lets go of the soul that house music carries. She is known for her flawless mixing, energy, upbeat personality and her way to work a crowd. She has opened and closed for some of the best in the business and can throw down as a headliner in any city.
Megs has been immersed in electronic music since 1996 and wanted to learn how to DJ since the beginning. She felt really passionate about house music and knew so many tracks so it only made sense to learn. So in 2003, she bought 2 Technics 1200 and a ghetto-ass mixer and got her (patient) friends to teach her and the rest is history.
Miz Megs has toured and held residencies all over Asia and Canada with many bookings in the USA and Europe. Her influences range from Luciano, Green Velvet, Loco Dice, Carl Cox, Paco Osuna, Marco Carola, Deep Dish (Sharam & Dubfire), Joseph Capriati, DJ Sneak, Gene Farris, Johnny Fiasco, Mark Farina, DJ Heather
Gypsy Ghosts are an electric and theatrical band based out of London, Ontario. Both infectious and haunting motifs have inspired three bodies of work. The first self-titled EP was recorded with Greg Hatchette on the summer supermoon of 2012. The second EP, Bird Language, was recorded at EMAC studios with Matt Grady (2013) with the winnings of the 98.1 Free FM “under the covers” contest. After a successful crowd funded campaign, Gypsy Ghosts returned to EMAC studios in 2014 to record their first full-length album, Madmen Only.
The Classy Wrecks are a Ska Rocksteady band from Toronto, Ontario. The band was formed in 2016 and can be described as an upbeat, fun and poppy dance band. The band has spent the last year touring Ontario playing everything from small towns to large cities. The Classy Wrecks were quick to release their first EP "Songs for the Extinct" featuring their songs "Too Old to Party" and "Hey Girl" which were played on radio stations internationally. Currently, the band is recording their debut album "Bedrock-Steady" which will be available in the late fall or early winter of 2017.
Hachey is the 2013 Much Music beatbox champion. He has since gone on to refine his style to include looping and rapping. Dope shiz!
With deep heart stopping basslines and trippy melodies this self taught selector is already making waves with his tight mixing skills and impeccable track selection. Taking cues from his rave roots, Mista Twista incorporates different styles and genres into his sets seamlessly to get your blood pumpin' and your feet movin'. So prepare for a journey into the unknown.. Cause when youre this twisted, they call you Mista Twista!!
Pizza. Sarcasm. Music.
FDJT aka Jesse Figueiredo, is pretty much London’s Deadmau5…
Siconic - a.k.a Liam Thompson - is an electronic music producer and Dj currently living in London Ontario. Realizing where his passion and talent really lies has forced a change in major from english lit to proper partying. Regardless of the venue, with this Dj at the controls, you can be sure it’s about to get wild!
Having come of age in Toronto’s underground rave scene, Colombian selecta Sara Dopstar would take over the decks when her friends needed someone to fill in. As terrifying as it was, these experiences actually helped boost her confidence a lot when thrust into the spotlight. Now well known across for her tasty track selection, her styles make use of deep rolling bass lines and, harmonic melodies with the thrill of the dark side. Starting off nice and smooth, ending up wild and out of control, letting the tunes tell their story. Always inspired to keep contributing to the scene worldwide and making people dance anywhere she goes.
In a large mixing bowl combine one chunk of funk with a pinch of blues, a dash of jazz and a heaping tablespoon of BASS. Whisk in a generous portion of groove and let it marinate in your favorite beverage overnight. Preheat your oven to 420 degrees and stick that sucker in there! Fun Fact is an aural dish best served loud.
As you open the door, the energetic wave of psychedelic funkiness hits you like a rainbow going infinity miles an hour. What happens next is an uncontrollable urge to: dance. "Who IS this band?" you ask yourself. “ZUFFALO”, a brand new funk-rock band consisting of members from previous nationwide touring acts, a fellow dancer kindly informs you.
Zuffalo is focused on bringing music back to its roots: Community, Dancing, Fun, and Celebrating Life. With improvisation at the forefront, Zuffalo’s live show is spontaneous, and memorable, reaching exciting energetic peaks. With four songwriters in the band, the music is eclectic ranging from funky grooves to rootsy singalongs, to soaring epics with monstrous riffs.
London's new Bluegrass experience. Let us take you back to simpler times of whiskey, sorrow and the open road.