Indigenous music series RPM Live announces 2018 concert season

Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Elisapie, Ansley Simpson, Nataanii Means and others will all be playing Toronto this season


Revolutions Per Minute is back with its third season of RPM Live – a concert series showcasing Indigenous artists in Toronto and New York. As the series has gone on, its become a major platform for the Indigenous Next Wave, a group of artists from all over the genre map making noise within these borders and beyond. 

The series will start on August 30 with RPM : 010 at the Burdock, a hip-hop and R&B showcase featuring Oglala Lakota/Navajo/Omaha artist and activist Nataanii Means (son of renowned American Indian Movement leader Russell Means) in his Toronto debut, plus Saskatoon-based Cree rapper Eekwol and Cree/Anishinaabe R&B singer/producer artist Sebastian Gaskin. 

RPM : 011 is a double bill of Inuit artists. It’s an album release show for singer/songwriter Elisapie, whose Ballad of the Runaway Girl comes out September 14. She’s joined by Montreal-based indie rocker Beatrice Deer. That show goes down September 20 at the Burdock. 

After two shows in Montreal and one in New York (details below), RPM Live returns to Toronto with a co-presentation of The Beat, imagineNative’s music night. That show features Snotty Nose Rez Kids, the breakout hip-hop group whose album The Average Savage was just shortlisted for this year’s Polaris Prize. They’ll be joined by the Inuit throat-singing x beat mashup of Silla + Rise, Indigenous rapper from Guanajuato by way of Oakland, Chhoti Maa and Winnipeg producer and DJ Boogey the Beat. That show takes place October 20 at Lee’s Palace.

And finally RPM : 013 brings Anishinaabe singer/songwriter Ansley Simpson, who will be premiering new music, alongside NOW Toronto musician to watch Evan Redsky and Hamilton-based psych-rocker Bloom. 

Check out the full listings below:

RPM LIVE 2018 LINEUP

August 30

RPM LIVE : 010

Venue: Burdock Music Hall

• NATAANII MEANS (Balance, album release)

• EEKWOL

• SEBASTIAN GASKIN – *Toronto debut*

September 20

RPM LIVE : 011

Venue: Burdock Music Hall

• ELISAPIE (The Ballad of the Runaway Girl, album release)

• BEATRICE DEER BAND

September 28

RPMx POP Montreal

Venue: Salle Ludger-Duvernay du Monument-National, Montreal

• ALANIS OBOMSAWIN

+ guests

September 29

RPM x POP Montreal

Venue: Rialto Hall, Montreal

• LEANNE BETASAMOSAKE SIMPSON

+ guests

October 18

RPM LIVE : 012 – NEW YORK

Venue: Starr Bar

• SNOTTY NOSE REZ KIDS – *NYC debut*

• CHHOTI MAA x DIO GANHDIH

• ASCXNSION

+ guests

October 20

imagineNative – The Beat

Venue: Lee’s Palace

• SNOTTY NOSE REZ KIDS

• SILLA + RISE

• CHHOTI MAA

• BOOGEY THE BEAT

+ guests

November 22

RPM LIVE : 013

Venue: Burdock Music Hall

• ANSLEY SIMPSON

• EVAN REDSKY

• BLOOM (DANIEL MONKMAN)

MORE JUST ANNOUNCED TORONTO CONCERTS

RPM LIVE : 010: Nataanii Means, Eekwol, Sebastian Gaskin at Burdock doors 7:30 pm. $10-$15. rpm.fm. August 30.

JAmes Blonde, FXRRVST, The Bandicoots, Slowfish at The Baby G doors 8 pm. $10. ticketfly.com. September 8.

Tom Odell at Rivoli Second show added. Doors 6 and 10 pm. $25. ticketmaster.ca. September 19.

RPM Live : 011: Elisapie, Beatrice Deer Band at Burdock $TBA. rpm.fm. September 20.

The Brodie West Quintet Music Gallery at 918 Bathurst doors 7:30 pm. $13. musicgallery.org. September 21.

Wing Night (the Band) at Horseshoe doors 9 pm. $17. On sale August 16. ticketfly.com. September 21.

Planet What, Viet Rahm, Nikki Fierce, Tange at The Baby G doors 8 pm. $8. ticketfly.com. September 23.

The Cadillac Three, Black Mountain Whiskey Rebellion at Opera House Black Mountain Whiskey Rebellion added. Doors 7 pm, all ages.  $31-$53. ticketmaster.ca. September 27 .

koerner’s Hall 10th Anniversary Festival: Gabor Takacs-Nagy, Fern Lindzon, Kathleen Battle, The Jerry Cans And Others at Koerner Hall Various prices. rcmusic.com. September 28-October 5.

Brian Fallon, Craig Finn at Phoenix Concert Theatre doors  7 pm. $29.50-$44.50. ticketfly.com. September 30.

Nnamdi Ogbonnaya, Options at The Baby G doors 8 pm. $12. ticketfly.com. October 2.

Mark Howard Princess Margaret Cancer Centre Grand Concert: Randy Bachman, Sass Jordan, Sarah McLachlan and others at Roy Thomson Hall Free-$250. ticketmaster.ca October 6.

amyl and the Sniffers at Hard Luck Bar doors 9 pm. $16. ticketweb.ca. October 5.

Lil Pump at Rebel doors 7 pm, all ages. $39.50-$49.50. ticketmaster.ca. October 9.

NF at Rebel doors 6 pm. $44.50 -$70. On sale August 17. ticketmaster.ca. October 10.

Milo Greene at Lee’s Palace doors 8:30 pm. $17.50. ticketfly.com. October 19.

Medasin at Velvet Underground doors 10 pm. $15. ticketweb.ca. October 19. 

Michl at Velvet Underground doors 8 pm, all ages. $16. ticketweb.ca. October 20. 

imagineNative – The Beat: Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Silla + Rise, Chhoti Maa, DJ Boogey the Beat at Lee’s Palace $TBA. rpm.fm. October 20.

Palisades, Dayseeker, Savage Hands at Hard Luck Bar doors 6 pm, all ages. $17. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. October 21.

Mitski, Jessica Lea Mayfield at Danforth Music Hall Moved from the Opera House. Doors 7 pm. $22.50. ticketmaster.ca. October 22. 

Anna Burch, Fred Thomas, Common Holly at The Baby G doors 8 pm. $12. ticketfly.com. October 24.

Suffocation, Cattle Decapitation, Krisiun,  Soreption at Lee’s Palace doors 7 pm. $37.50. ticketfly.com. October 24.

B. Keyz at Drake Hotel doors 7 pm. $15. ticketmaster.ca. October 24.

Good Charlotte, Sleeping With Sirens, Knuckle Puck at Rebel doors 6 pm, all ages. $55-$77. ticketmaster.ca October 25.

Polyphia, Hail the Sun, Covet at Mod Club doors 7 pm, all ages. $23. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. October 28.

Oh pep! at Drake Hotel doors 8 pm. $13.50. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. October 29.

Emmure, Stick to your Guns, Wage War, Sanction at Opera House doors 6 pm, all ages. $25.50. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. October 30.

Giraffage, Ryan Hemsworth at Velvet Underground doors 7 pm, all ages. $TBA. ticketweb.ca. October 31.

Sandy (Alex G), Half Waif at Mod Club doors 7 pm, all ages. $22. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. November 1.

Acid Dad at Adelaide Hall doors 7 pm. $15-$20. ticketfly.com. November 1.

Roy Orbison: The Hologram Tour at Sony Centre doors 7 pm, all ages. $49.50-$79.50. On sale August 17. ticketmaster.ca. November 4.

Jake Shears at Mod Club doors 7 pm. $30. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. November 5.

The Dodos, Palehound at Horseshoe doors 8:30 pm. $17.50. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. November 6.

CT-X (Captured Tracks 10th Anniversary): Drahla, Lina Tullgren, Wax Chattels  at Horseshoe doors 8:30 pm. $12.50. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. November 7.

Like Pacific, Roam at Hard Luck Bar 7 pm, all ages. $17.50. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. November 9. 

Kevin George at Drake Hotel doors 7 pm. $17.50-$20.  On sale August 17. ticketfly.com. November 9.

Chase Atlantic at Velvet Underground doors 6 pm, all ages. $17.50. ticketmaster.ca. November 9.

PRETTYMUCH, Gunnar Gehl at Phoenix Concert Theatre doors 6:30 pm, all ages. $25-$35. On sale August 26. ticketmaster.ca. November 15.

Echo & The Bunnymen, Enation at Queen Elizabeth Theatre doors 7 pm, all ages. $55-$65. On sale August 17. ticketmaster.ca. November 17.

RPM Live : 012: Ansley Simpson, Evan Redsky, Bloom (Daniel Monkman) at Burdock $TBA. rpm.fm. November 22.

Wafia at The Garrison doors 8 pm. $17. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. November 22.

John Butler Trio at Danforth Music Hall 7 pm. $53-$63. ticketmaster.ca. November 25. 

Cloud NothingsThe Courtneys at Opera House doors 7 pm. $20. On sale August 17. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. November 27.

Murs at Drake Hotel doors 7:30 pm. $20. ticketweb.ca. December 1.

Peter Bjorn and John, Talos at Velvet Underground doors 8 pm. $23.50. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. December 4.

Harry Hudson at Velvet Underground doors 7:30 pm. $17.50. ticketweb.ca. December 9. 

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