Happy first day of summer! Along with this milestone, today is National Indigenous Peoples Day up here in Canada. As well, it’s Pride Weekend in Toronto. So, it seems fitting to feature some artists who will be celebrating these occasions. Links are provided for all the artists. Buy their music and go to their shows. Buy a shirt for a friend. Why not?
First up, is the talented Jeremy Dutcher, a 27-year-old, classically trained operatic tenor and pianist. He released the Juno Award-winning album and Polaris Prize winner, Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa in 2018. He’s on tour again and made a stop at NPR to do a Tiny Desk performance. Watch below.
STREAM / BUY WOLASTOQIYIK LINTUWAKONAWA HERE
Based in Vancouver, Kimmortal released the stellar, X Marks the Swirl last March. It has been nominated for the 2019 Polaris Prize, so to celebrate, here’s Kimmortal’s amazing performance of Ice Palaces. Enjoy!
My favourite local synth-pop act right now is Tom Boy. Singer Nate Daniels has one of those enviable Swiss Army knife voices that seem like they can do anything. As well, the songs he writes with conspirator, Dante Berardi Jr. are just superb in melody and structure. Below is their latest video for How To Become A Drug Dealer. Have a listen and support them how you can.
All their links are here.
Bruno Capinan is a Brazillian-born, Toronto-based singer-songwriter who is releasing his 4th album on July 19. Capinan made headlines when he wrote an op-ed for The Globe & Mail titled ‘In Jair Bolsonaro, we are seeing a truer reflection of what Brazil really is’ in which he detailed his personal struggle as a young gay man in his home country and alarmed readers of the dangerous rise of the far-right candidate and authoritarian regimes around the world. He’s playing an album release show at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre as part of Brave Festival. Below is his video for Tão perto.
Kimmortal photo by Iris Chia
Bruno Capinan photo by Alexandre Maciel
Jeremy Dutcher photo by Matt Barnes
Tom Boy photo by unknown