Opener - JJ & The Pillars (Folk Rock) | August 1st | 8pm
In 2013, the 4-piece folk-rock outfit JJ and The Pillars were formed in none other than the home of Ptbo Musicfest, Peterborough, Ontario. They have been making their presence known in the Toronto music scene, most recently winning The Edge’s Next Big Thing contest out of nearly 700 Canadian Bands, and playing Koi Fest, Indie Week, CMW, and The 2014 CASBY Awards with Arkells, Tokyo Police Club, Dear Rouge and more.
JJ Thompson, a musical theatre grad, reunited with an old high school friend Brett Wright after a 5-year hiatus, Thompson asking Wright to fill in for one show on Bass, an instrument the latter had never touched. Stefan, a friend-of-a-friend, ended up answering a last-minute Craigslist Ad "Need a drummer... yesterday" that Thompson had posted. They've been bandmates and close friends ever since. Donald "Donny Boy" Richard (added in late 2014) was a friend of Thompson's from PEI, who was a last minute add before The Yates Cup Halftime Show to 6,500 people, he's been with the band ever since.
The band’s debut album Wolves was recorded in Toronto with producer and friend of the band Ross Hayes Citrullo and was mastered by the legendary João Carvalho. Their first single "The Wolves" has been on the rise on 102.1 The Edge's Top 30, Canada's Biggest Rock Station, by popular demand.
Plying their trade and making their name on Toronto music scene they have played with bands such as: Milky Chance, Elle King, Arkells, Dear Rouge, Tokyo Police Club, I Mother Earth, USS, Billy Talent, Mounties, and Current Swell.
Dwayne Gretzky (Live Music Collective) | August 1st | 8pm
Dwayne Gretzky is a live music collective celebrating the greatest songs of all time. Transcending both era and genre, this prodigiously talented group of Toronto musicians captivates audiences with a masterfully curated tour of artists from both the classic and modern pop canon - from Bowie to Beyoncé, Springsteen to Spears, The Supremes to The Strokes. With tasteful precision, chameleonic versatility and a flair for the dramatic, Dwayne Gretzky scratches our collective itch to be surprised by the familiar.
In an increasingly saturated and scattered music landscape defined by predictable playlists and individualized consumption, Dwayne Gretzky’s high-energy nostalgia trips recall the serendipity of flipping through the radio dial, and the joy of coming together en masse to celebrate and sing along to the best songs ever written. Boasting 100+ straight sold-out shows in their hometown of Toronto and with venue capacities growing into the multiple-thousands, Dwayne Gretzky’s momentum is a testament to the band shattering conventions and re-defining what audiences want in a live music experience.
“The many members of Dwayne Gretzky dig into nostalgia as collectivism, uniting fans too young to have heard Manfred Mann and Fleetwood Mac live in their heyday by playing their hits with unironic energy and fidelity”- Richard Trapunski, NOW Magazine
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