Music Climate Summit evening panel and concert "No Music on a Dead Planet"

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Music Climate Summit evening panel and concert "No Music on a Dead Planet"

A discussion and concert celebrating the role of music and art in confronting the climate emergency.

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918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media and Education 918 Bathurst Street Toronto, ON M5R 3G5 Canada

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Following the first ever Canadian climate music summit, we will be celebrating with a discussion about the role of art and music (45 minute panel) followed by a concert featuring some of the best emerging and established in Canada. With an all star house band led by celebrated jazz pianist Tania Gill, this will be a once in a lifetime celebration of the power of music to create social change.

Logan Staats is a Mohawk singer-songwriter with a powerful, soulful voice and voracious stage presence. After having the number 1 song in Canada, and an intense period of North American and European tours, Staats has rerooted himself in his home community of Six Nations. “I wanted to bring my songwriting back to the medicine inside of music, inside of reclamation,” he says. Since switching to the independent label Red Music Rising he’s been able to be more authentic with his music. To Staats, music is a healing salve, contemplatively composed and offered to listeners in need of comfort.

Donna Grantis is an artist, guitarist, composer and producer. She was named one of the greatest female guitarists of all time by Guitar Player Magazine. From 2012 to 2016 Grantis performed and recorded with Prince as a member of his funk-rock trio 3RDEYEGIRL, and supergroup New Power Generation. In 2019, she released her critically acclaimed electric jazz album, DIAMONDS & DYNAMITE. Her newest project, Culture vs Policy, fuses the emotive power of music with thought-provoking dialogue highlighting narratives that are at once existential and empowering. Through this process, she aims to spark meaningful climate conversations.

Leah Fay Goldstein and Peter Dreimanis co-founded the Toronto band July Talk and the multi-disciplinary art collective, production company and record label Danuta. They collaborated on the indie film Diamond Tongues which was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award and premiered at Slamdance Film Fesitval in 2015, with Peter behind the camera and Leah in front of it. July Talk has toured the world and won three Junos. Their fourth album will be released in early 2022. Danuta has made music videos for artists such as Tanya Tagaq, Born Ruffians, Jasmyn and Matt Mays.

Tragedy Ann is a forward-looking folk duo. Braiding organic vocal harmonies with pump organ, accordion, guitars and singing saw, Tragedy Ann’s arrangements are as delicate as they are driving. With their 2022 album "Heirlooms", Liv Cazzola and Braden Phelan issue a call for deeper connection with each other and with the natural world.

Veronica Johnny is a multi-disciplinary, Indigi-Queer Artist. She’s a visual artist, writer, singer/songwriter, contemporary hand-drummer and also the frontwoman of The Johnnys - a high-energy, rock’n’roll band featuring all original, hard-rock music. Butterfly (Salas/Gutierrez Remix) by The Johnnys made it to the top ten on the Indigenous Music Countdown.

Ms. Johnny is the founder of IndigenEd, which focuses on lifting female Indigenous voices and stories through music, film, workshops and retreats. Through these mediums, she endeavors to create understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. Veronica infuses Indigenous teachings and self-help techniques into arts education workshops, music performances, inspirational speeches, and land based retreats, for a diverse community through virtual, in-person and hybrid events. She strives to educate and entertain through all visual storytelling mediums; and center Indigenous musicians’, artists’, Elders’ and Knowledge Keepers’ voices.

George Sawa was born in Alexandria, Egypt. He has over 50 years experience in Arabic music performance, history and theory and has performed and lectured extensively worldwide: Canada, USA, Brazil, Mexico, Europe (Spain, Italy, Holland, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Greece) and the Middle East (Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Syria, Lebanon, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates). He studied piano with Mme Irene Drakides, herself a student of the famed educator Alfred Cortot. He studied qanun, theory and voice at the Higher Institute of Arabic Music. After immigrating to Canada, he studied ethnomusicology at the University of Toronto, and obtained his doctorate in historical Arabic musicology. He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses on medieval, modern, and religious music of the Middle East at the University of Toronto and at York University.

Housewife is, quite simply, the future of music. The two Toronto-based songwriters (Birghid Fry & Pascale Padilla) write and perform their own songs and think genres are boring and reductive. They are queer and allies, activists and champions of Music Declares Emergency. In fact, Housewife sums it up pretty concisely in its Twitter bio: “Opinionated feminist indie band.”

And they’re only getting started. At 19 and 20 years old, Fry and Padilla already released their debut self-titled EP in 2017 and a follow-up EP, Better Daughter, which the CBC named one of the “22 Albums You Need to Hear” in the summer of 2020. Additionally, they’ve already won a Canadian Folk Music Award, a Toronto Independent Music Award, the Canadian Songwriting Competition (in the under 18 category), and the Slaight Music It’s Your Shot award. With the new music, released via Hazel Street Records (Sony / Orchard), Housewife returns with its most mature and insightful collection to date.

Ruby Singh is a multi award winning composer and producer residing on the unceded territories of the Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and Səl̓ílwətaʔɬ/Selilwitulh Nations (Vancouver BC.). His creativity crosses the boundaries of music, poetry, photography and film engaging with mythos, memory, justice and fantasy. Singh is an artist whose work is informed by sound found all around us, from the whirling planets and stars of distant galaxies to percussion of an umbrella under coastal rains, to the perpetual moving birdsong of the dawn chorus, constantly circling the globe. The richly imaginative visual textures to his sound design have found kinship in the theatre, film and dance worlds, where he has been celebrated by multiple Jessie and Leo award nominations. His distinct approach uses traditional and emergent sonic practices to create compositions that express the vast spectrum of the human experience. Singh’s artistic impulses gravitate in many directions, in 2022 he received the Lieutenant

Governor’s Jubilee Award for excellence in art and music. His previous works range from ambient audio-visual worlds of the Polyphonic Garden to Jhalaak, a Sufi hip hop album made alongside Manganiyar musicians recorded in the clay huts of the Thar desert in Rajasthan India, reinterpreting 13th century Sufi poetry. His most recent offerings include: Vox.infold, an a cappella project bringing together the sounds of Inuit,

Indigenous, Black and South Asian voices, has been met with critical acclaim and The Future Ancestors a blues and soul infused live hip hop project. Singh believes in art’s ability to reimagine futures, to repurpose aesthetic freedoms toward civil and environmental justice.

The Weather Station

Emerging out of Toronto's vibrant folk scene, Lindeman debuted a moody, introspective sound with her independently released East EP in 2008. Her LP The Line followed in 2009, expanding on an earthy, lyrical style, driven by her distinctive fingerpicked guitar and banjo parts. For the next Weather Station release, Lindeman worked with friend and collaborator Daniel Romano, signing with his You've Changed Records label to release the critically acclaimed follow-up, All of It Was Mine, in 2011. Though the album was only released in Canada, it gained wider exposure for the Weather Station, leading to several North American tours with acts like Bahamas, Basia Bulat, and Timber Timbre, as well as a tour of Japan. In addition to collaborative guest appearances on releases by Doug Paisley, Siskiyou, and Field Report, Lindeman earned a SOCAN Songwriting Prize nomination in 2013 for a co-write with Steven Lambke of the Constantines. After the release of 2014's What Am I Going to Do with Everything I Know EP, she signed with North Carolina label Paradise of Bachelors and traveled to Paris to record her third LP, Loyalty. Loyalty (2015) was the first Weather Station album to receive both American and European release, and consequently became somewhat of a critical breakout album. Lindeman followed up in 2017 with an eponymously titled LP that saw an expansion of the Weather Station sound into more rock-oriented territory. Now in 2021, Lindeman leads us into a brilliant and bold new sonic landscape with Ignorance, out now through Fat Possum and Next Door Records.

Shakura S’Aida

You may have spotted Brooklyn-born, Swiss-raised & Canadian-based Shakura S’Aida performing at Festivals in Dubai, Australia, Rwanda or Russia, in her 4 woman tribute to Nina Simone, ‘The Nina Project’ or in shows like Schitt’s Creek, Titans & Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker. From her beginnings as world music band Kaleefah’s lead singer, this versatile vocalist and consummate entertainer has blown audiences away with her scorching vocal style, uncanny ability to deliver powerful original songs and to get deep into the guts of the most venerable standard.

Shakura’s long-simmering career initially moved into high gear in 2008 with a triumph at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, when she earned the runner-up position, competing against more than 100 bands from more than 20 different countries. In the past 11 years since, her tour schedule has taken her to almost 30 countries.

Shakura S’Aida has been consistently thrilling audiences with her powerful pipes for years, most recently as a guest host on CBC Radio 2’s Weekend Morning. As a veteran of the international music scene, she’s performed both as a featured artist with musicians like Jimmy Smith, Lee Oskar (WAR), Bettye LaVette and Keb Mo’, as well as an award winning solo artist.

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