Luminato's upcoming Lost Songs Of Toronto on Sunday (June 15) at 6 pm sees Soulpepper resident artists Waleed Abdulhamid, John Millard, Patricia O'Callaghan, Mike Ross and Suba Sankaran performing songs they've written about our city in the hopes of establishing Toronto's story in song for generations to come.
The premise of the event is that unlike places like New York, San Francisco and London, Toronto has had no songs written about it - at least according to Toronto's first poet laureate, Dennis Lee, who failed to find any when he went looking in 2012.
But we think the hip-hop genre was overlooked. What about Drake's 5AM In Toronto? Or Kardinal Offishall's The Anthem? Maestro Fresh Wes's 416/905? That said, we can always use more. Head to Edward Day Gallery (952 Queen West) to see what Luminato's come up with. $25, standing room $18. luminatofestival.com.
Get Your Vote on
If you love and support Canadian songwriters, be sure to cast your vote for SOCAN's Songwriting Prize by July 3. Two of the five nominees are Toronto musicians, including punk purveyors PUP for the high-energy single Reservoir and blues-punk duo July Talk for Having You Around. The other short-listers are trilingual Montreal singer/songwriter Alejandra Ribera for her smokily sung I Want, Vancouver's Louise Burns for the icy synth-pop Emeralds Shatter, and folk-pop Wake Owl's Gold. The winner gets $5k and an arsenal of gear. Vote at socansongwritingprize.ca.
And While You're At it...
... might as well vote online for SoundClashToronto, too. Another five unsigned acts are up for this live music contest, including indie rock five-piece Canvas, modern Filipino tribal music crew DATU, classic hip-hop rapper Keita Juma, world music acoustic guitarist Maneli and minimal synth duo Pale Eyes. Ten grand is divided up between the top three finalists, and all play a set for voters during Harbourfront Centre's Canada Day Extravaganza on June 28 and 29. Voting is open till July 4, and the winner is announced in August. harbourfrontcentre.com/soundclash.