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Live from City Hall

As part of the City of Toronto's continuing commitment to create more live music opportunities for our city's vibrant and varied talent, the Live from City Hall concert series – generously supported by TD and in partnership with Music Canada – is relocating for the summer to the Nathan Phillips Square main stage every Thursday at 12:30 p.m. (except July 21).

Each Live from City Hall performance showcases a local artist or band, celebrating the original sounds of Toronto's diverse neighbourhoods. The series is scheduled to run weekly throughout July and August and will return to the rotunda on a twice monthly schedule in the fall.

July 28, 2016 - 12:30 p.m.

Hannah Shira Naiman

Hannah Shira NaimanIn the unlikely metropolis of Toronto, far from the rolling hills of Appalachia, young Hannah Shira is snuggly tucked under the sheets, the light switched off, and the door gently closed. A few feet away, her parents' old-time string band practice is about to begin. Today, the pulse of the music that permeated her slumber radiates in her original banjo-driven songs. Her first album, Tether My Heart, was the culmination of decades of influence from her musical upbringing, combined with her own explorations into the themes and imagery of traditional folk music. In 2014, Hannah took residency in Virginia and West Virginia to further her understanding of Appalachian fiddling, flatfoot dancing, and ballad songs. This year, enriched by her studies and experiences in that land, Hannah Shira Naiman is set to record her second full length album, Know The Mountain.

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Live from City Hall is pleased to announce that this week's event will be guest hosted by music reporter and media personality, Rudy Blair.

Rudy BlairRudy Blair has been in the broadcasting industry for almost 30 years in both radio and television. Twenty-three of those years were with 680News as the Music & Entertainment Reporter. During that time he interviewed some of the biggest artists in music, including Beyonce, Jay Z, Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry, Lorde, Gordon Lightfoot, Tony Bennett and Tim McGraw and covered major events, such as The Grammys, Junos, Much Music Video Awards, The Canadian Screen Award and Canada's Walk Of Fame. Rudy has been honoured with 16 Radio-Television News Directors Association National and Regional Awards, The Harry Jerome Award, and been inducted into the Humber College Radio Broadcasting Hall Of Fame, The Vaughan Road Academy Hall of Fame and received an Honorary Degree from Humber College. With his new website he continues to promote music acts of the future, as well as cover events, chat with stars of the stage, movies, sports, politics and the everyday person who has an interesting story.

August 4, 2016 - 12:30 p.m.

Eric Frisch 

Eric FrischEric Frisch’s influences range everywhere from the Beatles and the Beach Boys to Sam Cooke and the Four Tops to Bob Dylan and Jackie Wilson. He credits his parents with introducing him to the right music at the right time. His signature sound combines elements of 50s and 60s pop music with modern production, creating a unique recall to the past, while pushing those sounds forward into unchartered territory. A talented artist and performer, Eric writes original, catchy, and memorable songs and has performed at venues in major cities like Toronto, New York, London, and Liverpool from Rockwood Music Hall to the Bitter End to Dundas Square to the Rivoli to the Cavern Club.

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August 11, 2016 - 12:30 p.m.

Mattie Leon

Mattie LeonMattie Leon is a singer-songwriter whose music strikes a beautiful balance between R&B, soul and pop. Last year saw the release of his debut EP Terrace – a rhythmic meditation on struggling relationships. Recorded predominantly in his Bloor West Village apartment in the bitter cold of winter, Mattie self-produced this effort and was joined only by his brother and long-time band mate Mike on drums. Over the last seven years, Mattie has been a lead singer and multi-instrumentalist for The Sweet Mack and The Shakedown. Having left those two ventures, he has set out on his own to carve a path as a solo artist. You can find Mattie gigging around Ontario, releasing videos and recording covers of some of his favourite artists' songs.

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August 18, 2016 - 12:30 p.m.

Aiko Tomi (formerly Moulann)

Aiko TomiBorn in Taiwan and raised in Toronto, Aiko Tomi began her musical journey early in life. By her teenage years she was an accomplished, award-winning classical pianist and was simultaneously discovering her love of songwriting.  Aiko Tomi has since collaborated with some of Toronto’s top production talent, attracted the attention of labels overseas, and also earned a master’s degree in composition. Aiko Tomi has performed internationally as part of numerous musical, cultural and charity events and is recognized as one of Canada’s first and few homegrown Chinese-Canadian singer-songwriters. 

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August 25, 2016 - 12:30 p.m.

LeiLa Dey

LeiLa DeyLeiLa Dey (formally known as PG) has been in and out of the Toronto urban scene for a few years now. A graduate of Ryerson University she’s ready to pursue music full time. Known for her textured vocals, she's collaborate with artists such as Joel Ortiz, Vybz Kartel, Luu Breeze, and Rayzak, as well as performed at Luminato with K’naan, at Manifesto as part of the first all-female cypher, and has opened for Melanie Fiona and Teedra Moses. LeiLa is in the studio every day working on new material and has teamed up with Battle of The Beat Maker Champion Jordon Manswell for a new project due out this summer.

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Previous Performances

July 14, 2016 

Co-programmed UNITY Charity Showcase

UNITY Charity UNITY engages youth 10 to 18 by implementing school and community programs helping youth positively express their stress and develop skills for success. UNITY empowers youth through music and artists self-expression to make better choices as leaders, mentors and positive community role models leading to more productive citizens, safer schools, and healthier communities. This week's Live From City Hall will showcase the following emcees, beatboxers, spoken-word poets and dancers from its school and community programs: James Long, James Ho, Michael Morales, Vinoj Suthakaran, Ida Zimmerman and LeiLa Day. 

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July 7, 2016

The Fugitive Minds

The Fugitive MindsWith tracks currently rising on the national Canadian Earshot charts for world music, The Fugitive Minds are taking over airwaves and dance floors. Inspired by 70s roots reggae from Jamaica and the exciting afrobeat revival coming out of New York, The Fugitive Minds put a Toronto tilt on both genres, while tackling themes of inequality and corruption. Recorded live off the floor, the album was engineered, mixed and produced by John MacLean from CBC’s Glenn Gould Studios and of Mr. Something Something fame. Their self-titled debut album is release on NuFunk Records.

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June 2, 2016

Co-Presented by African Music Week

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Kobèna Aquaa-Harrison 

Kobena Aquaa-HarrisonKobèna Aquaa-Harrison is an award-winning multi-disciplinary performer, composer and storyteller born in Ghana, and widely respected in the arts & entertainment community. His prolific creativity has garnered top awards for media, radio, TV, film, dance, theatre, including a Dora Mavor Moore Award, Chalmers Fellowship, Irie Music, Toronto Indie Music TIMA and Black Canadian Awards and nominations. Kobè’s eclectic music is "a weave of ancient grooves and urban traditions", featuring instruments he hand-builds. The former CKLN radio host, AfroFest President/Artistic Director, and Michezo! Festival founder is the current Cultural Development Director at Abandze Embassy, advocating for arts and culture in support of emerging and veteran performers of all disciplines and nationalities, enriching the fabric of Canada.

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May 26, 2016

Runaway Angel 

Runaway AngelSuccessful solo artists in their own rights, Cadence Grace, Ann Chaplin and Stacey Zegers never imagined that their collected talents as Runaway Angel would catapult them to the next level. In their short time together, they've received four Country Music of Ontario Award nominations and were named one of "Ontario's Hot Country Acts to Watch" by the Toronto Star. They'll be releasing of their debut album on April 22nd and have festival bookings lined up for throughout the summer. 
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Johnson Crook

Johnson CrookJohnson Crook is a heart throbbin', boot stompin' alt-country band made up of singer-songwriter Noel Johnson, his good friend and bassist Jared Craig, and brothers Trevor and Nathan Crook. Johnson Crooks' songwriting is rustic, catchy and heartfelt - drawing inspiration from Ryan Adams, Bruce Springsteen and Elliott Brood - while they're live shows consist of Canadiana hand clappers, rootsy ballads and everything in between. They recorded an EP earlier this year and will be hitting the road shortly on a full summer tour. 
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May 12, 2016

Co-Presented by SING: The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival

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Pressgang Mutiny

Pressgang MutinyHailing from the port of Toronto, Pressgang Mutiny are Canada's youngest shantymen and have been roaring out songs of the sea since 2012. Local favourites in their hometown and on the Canadian and American East Coasts, they are keeping alive a vital tradition of work songs that represent the world's first truly multicultural music. They recently wrapped an album and will be touring the US and Europe this summer. 
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Alissa Vox Raw 

Alissa Vox RawIf a jazz diva from the 1920s were reincarnated into the body of a multitrack-looping indie songstress, you would get Alissa Vox Raw. Often with no more than a loop pedal and her voice, she creates rich tapestries of sound from a multitude of organically-built harmonic parts, interwoven to create full music beds. Old style soul, doo-wop and blues are reinterpreted through new technologies and given a contemporary twist. 
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April 21, 2016



Trinidadian-Canadian emcee and producer Xolisa pays homage to the fundamentals of conscious Hip Hop, while pushing those golden-era conventions to new heights. She executes a sound that is technically tight yet lyrically fluid, boom-bap yet futuristic, abstract yet familiar. She's respected worldwide by notable taste-making deejays - including Toronto's Dj Mel Boogie, who called her "one to watch in the city" - and has received nods from G98.7 FM, The Black Canadian Awards, Urbanology Magazine and Manifesto Festival. She's a proud alumna of Canada's Music Incubator Program and has released two EPs. 
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The Jay Snider Band

Jay Snider Band

Guitarist and vocalist Jay Snider has played the main stage at Yonge-Dundas Square and has opened for headliners Ron Hawkins, I Mother Earth and Alexisonfire. His current blues-infused indie rock group, The Jay Snider Band, are quickly becoming a staple of local music institutions, such as The Horseshoe, The Silver Dollar, The Gladstone Hotel and The Cameron House. The band is wrapping their sophomore album, El Segundo. 
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Music Event Organization Panel Discussion 

On April 21st, the Live From City Hall music series was followed by a music-themed discussion in the City Hall rotunda that helped music event organizers find out more about applying for outdoor event or alternative space permits, policing requirements, and general best practices for running smooth events that integrate successfully with surrounding communities. 

The panel featured City representatives from Economic Development & Culture, Parks Forestry & Recreation, Solid Waste Management Services, Toronto Police Services, Transportation Services and other divisions. 

The panel discussion was followed by audience questions. 

March 24 & April 7, 2016 - Postponed

In respect of Councillor Ford's memorial activities, the scheduled Live From City Hall event was postponed.

March 3, 2016

Jordan B. Wright

Jordan B Wright

Indie rocker Jordan B. Wright has played bass, keyboards and guitar with many local Toronto bands, including The Cliks, Tara Slone (JoyDrop), Kelly Clipperton, Random Order, and Johnny Major, as well as played many festivals, including Midem in Cannes, NXNE, Hillside, CMW, West Fest, Edge of the World Fest, Toronto Pride, Pan Am Games, Halifax Pop Explosion, and Pop Montreal. Wright's music video Shake This is currently being used by Rainbow Health Ontario to educate and open up discussions about discrimination and the need for all-gender washrooms. 
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Abigail Lapell

Abigail LapellAbigail Lapell is a Canadian folk noir singer-songwriter. Drawing from traditional folk, indie and punk rock influences, her music is at once fresh and familiar – infectious melodies, sparse-plucked guitar and a voice like autumn smoke. After years of performing and collaborating around Montreal and Toronto, Abigail released her first solo album Great Survivor in 2011. Recorded by Heather Kirby of Ohbijou, the album reached #4 on Canada’s !earshot Folk/Blues/Roots charts. She has also completed two tours entirely by bicycle and two tours by canoe. 
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February 25, 2016

Donné Roberts

Donne RobertsBorn in Madagascar and raised in Moscow, Donné Roberts performs traditional Malagasy music with modern arrangement. He sings in French, Russian, English and mainly in Malagasy, yet this never proves to be a barrier to the audience - proof that music truly does transcend language. He was the first black VJ on MTV Russia and as a member of the African Guitar Summit project he won a 2005 Juno Award for the album Internation.
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Dijah SB

Dijah SBDijah SB is a 22-year-old rapper born and raised in Toronto. She's released several albums and mixtapes to date, which have received national and international attention - including most recently Screwface Chapter 1 with producer Chavos.  As with the best emcees, Dijah transcends spitting clever bars to telling lyrical stories – often about her love for Toronto.  In her own words, "I love repping Toronto and hope to one day bring a piece of the city with me through music, worldwide." 
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February 11, 2016

Turbo Street Funk

Turbo Street FunkWhether they’re playing a festival, pub, concert hall, or busy street corner, the infectious sounds of Turbo Street Funk get people moving and grooving. With a performance style rooted in the New Orleans horn band tradition, this collection of musical talents draws inspiration from countless genres and arranges every piece for a fun-loving "street jazz" sound. 
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Kristin Fung 

Kristin FungKristin Fung is a Factor Award-winning singer, pianist and composer, inspired by soul, R&B, funk and jazz.  But it's her voice - a genuine and rambunctious force of nature - that propels her magnetic original songs and killer covers of 70s classics. She was born and raised in Vancouver and is now establishing her new home in Toronto.
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Official Series Launch Gala w/ Mayor John Tory - January 7, 2016 

The Young Novelists 

The Young Novelists

Toronto indie roots act, The Young Novelists, are known for their beautiful harmonies and endearing live shows. They have been captivating music fans with their acoustic, stripped down performances, as well as with their energetic full band shows. Relying on their shared passion for storytelling, the husband and wife duo sings songs about small towns, redemption, love, and loss.
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The Muso Project

The Muso ProjectEdward Monzon and Rachenne Regozo, originally an acoustic soul duo, were quickly joined by an incredible collective of R&B, soul, funk and jazz musicians to develop the band's unique and refreshingly live sound. Recognized for vocal harmonies, funky solos and entertaining covers, the group released Dare Yourself in April 2014, from which the song “Thousand Times” was selected as the 2014 John Lennon Songwriting Contest Grand Prize Winner for Session 1 in the R&B category.
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Sneak Preview Performance - Thursday October 29, 2015

Big Tobacco & The Pickers

Big Tobacco Live From City HallFrom the rich tones of the pedal steel to the hot licks of the Fender Telecaster, Big Tobacco & The Pickers deliver a new brand of country music, true to old-school tradition. Regular appearances at legendary rooms like The Cameron House, The Dakota Tavern and The Cadillac Lounge have helped develop the band's gritty live show into what it is today – a glimpse back at the golden age of country music.
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Ferraro Live From City HallThe Ferraro family opened the famed music venue The Cameron House long before their sons Cosmo, Gianni, and Tally were born. Having taken in a lifetime of eclectic music in their family establishment, these three brothers - now joined by their cousin Tom - have bolstered those influences with their individual tastes to bring us some of that good old rock and roll.
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