PS: Music Fest
July 12-15, 2018
FREE concerts and parties at POSTSCRIPT, the patio at the Toronto Fringe
Sponsored by Tweed
DAY 1 - July 12
Curated by Wavelength Music
TiKA is an artist, DJ, creator, cultural producer, TV/Online personality, activist, and advocate for the empowerment of female artists and creators. Her EP’s, “Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid” + “Carry On” have received critical acclaim for her voice, her energy, her love, her music. She has opened for heavyweights like John Legend + NAO and is being coined as an incredible performance artist + visual hypnotist. Complex Magazine listed TiKA as “One of the most prolific creatives in Toronto.”
Praises is the inner monologue of Beliefs co-front Jesse Crowe. Within this project is the quiet conversation, the love and the loss and the lessons that can’t live in the public forum of a full band. With influences from Nick Cave to Portishead, Praises pull from both a masculine and feminine struggle.
10:00pm Moon King
Moon King is the pop music project of Daniel Woodhead, often performing as Daniel Benjamin or Daniel BW. His music has been described as dream pop, electronic pop, or indie rock, and has shifted recently to include disco, synthpop and house music.
Day 2 - July 13
Curated by Venus Fest
7:00pm - Lake Urmia
Lake Urmia is a synth-pop band from Ottawa, ON that explores the sonic spaces between queer pop and Middle Eastern diaspora. Singer-songwriter Elsa Mirzaei dusts off nostalgic surf melodies that are inspired by the namesake of the band, the salty Azeri lake in Elsa's family's hometown of Urmia, Iran.
7:45pm - Charise Aragoza
Best known for her roles in other local projects such as playing in bands Luna Li and Mother Tongues and dance collaborations with HATAW, Maylee Todd and Han Han, Charise Aragoza takes centre stage in her new solo project as a "dreamo gush girl who makes dreamo gushcore loops", a pure bedroom project finally ready to emerge.
8:30pm - Saye Skye
Säye Skye is a transgender Iranian rap artist and LGBTQ rights activist at the forefront of a new hip-hop movement that has its basis in social consciousness. With astonishing originality, his experimental raps challenge deep-rooted stereotypes of misogyny, discrimination, and queerphobia. Säye Skye’s work invites listeners to question their current state of being.
9:15pm - The Sorority
The Sorority is the definition of solidarity, and inclues pHoenix Pagliacci, Keysha Freshh, Lex Leosis and Haviah Mighty. Their unique live performance allows for each member to stand out with their own signature flare and style, while also providing the cohesion you would expect from a group. Mixing the new with the old, the classic with the progressive, with respect for the greats and blazing their own trail, The Sorority, are the ones to watch.
10:00pm - Dream Thieves
POSTSCRIPT is brought to you by KOHO, a no-fee reloadable card and integrated app that sends you real-time insights into your spending. The Toronto Fringe is very excited to have KOHO as the patio’s title sponsor - as an art-appreciating start-up invested in creating and fostering community interaction, KOHO is a perfect partner for POSTSCRIPT.
DREAM THIEVES is a game-changing short film by KOHO, directed by Fleur Fortuné (Drake, Travis Scott, M83). Don't miss this exclusive premiere.
10:30pm - Silent Disco
Party late into the night, without annoying the neighbours. Pick up a pair of free headphoes and dance to DJ sets only and your friends can hear.
Presented by The Main Ingredient, with DJ Mensa / DJ Agile / Sean Sax / hosted by Wan Luv + more to be announced.
THE MAIN INGREDIENT formed in 2009 is a collective who creatively bridge soulful music across eras and genres. We present this music through both parties and concerts - a destination for both core fans and those looking to discover something new. THE MAIN INGREDIENT features the diversity of soul music: soulful hip hop, R&B, house, Motown, new jack swing, roots reggae, and future/alt R&B.
Day 3 - July 14
Curated by Slaight Music
4:00pm & 7:00pm - Teen Fringe
Performers from this year's Teen Fringe program show off what they've been working on all festival!
Teen Fringe is a youth arts initiative for teens aged 12-17. The program was created by the Toronto Fringe in partnership with Scadding Court Community Centre and Edge of the Sky, the creative team from the award-winning Wexford Gleeks and the Fringe hits Summerland, The Fence, and Blood Ties.
9:00pm - Liam Russell
At 30, Liam Russell has been writing and performing for more than half his life. His childhood was spent backstage at folk festivals with his dad (singer-songwriter Brent Titcomb) where he was deeply influenced by the commitment to craftsmanship and the dedicated way his father’s generation lived and breathed their art. His self-produced EP was recorded live off the floor at a cottage in the Ontario winter wilderness with 5 of his best friends and musical collaborators. Their only obligation was to do what felt right in the moment, and the result is an honest batch of songs drawn from real-life events.
10:00pm 1989 Prom Party
Grab your shoulder pads, neon, and sequins, and come party with the Fringe like it's 1989! In celebration of our 30th festival, we are hosing our very own prom in the gym at Scadding Court, complete with awards like "Best Dressed" and "Most Fringe Spirit".
Featuring Good Enough Live Karaoke and hosted by Fringe fave Jonnie Walker.
Good Enough Live Karaoke is Toronto's best live band karaoke experience letting anyone with the desire and guts to join them on stage, take the mic and sing! A five-piece band featuring guitars, bass, keyboards and drums, Good Enough’s repertoire of over 350 songs spans genres and eras. From Aerosmith and Nirvana to Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, the Tragically Hip, Weezer and everything in between, “we play, you sing!”
Sponsored by The Hideout
Day 4 - July 15
Curated by Futuro Libre
2:00pm - T Dot Batu
2:30pm - T Dot Bangerz Brass
3:00pm - DJ Ariel
As a relentless collector of music, the entry point to DJing was in place early for Ariel. Classically trained in dance, she found herself immersed in vinyl records, since she could better find the music she was drawn to choreograph to in a high quality sound that she demanded. Now a consistent explorer of the sounds of different eras, cultures and genres, Ariel often finds the convergence between songs that most would find little connection in.
4:00pm - Aline Morales & Baque de Bamba
Bandleader, vocalist and percussionist Aline Morales heads up Baque De Bamba, a Toronto based, ultra-urban Afro-Brazilian drumming troupe performing maracatu, afoxé, ciranda and a blend of different African rhythms from the northeast of Brazil. Music is just a fragment of the cultural manifestation that Baque de Bamba tries to represent.
5:30pm - Dr. Nativo
Doctor Nativo is one of Central America’s most exciting new talents. His music explores themes of Mayan spirituality, social justice and folk wisdom, punctuated by an explosive sound combining reggae, cumbia, hip hop, and Mayan traditional music. His live show is a powerful experience that has captivated audiences all throughout the Americas and Europe.
7:00pm - Kirk Diamond
8:00pm - Obuxum
OBUXUM is a Toronto based Somali-Canadian producer and beat maker, whose lush and characteristic sound celebrates story telling. She has made her presence known with notable festival performances at Wavelength Festival, Kazoo! Fest, Electric Eclectics, and Venus Fest. NOW Magazine also recently included her in their list of Toronto electronic musicians to watch in 2018.
10:15pm - Bonjay
Dancehall-bred. Orchestrated like old soul. Driven by emotive vocals inspired as much by Feist as by Yolanda Adams. There’s a rawness to Bonjay: to the feelings, to the voice, to the sounds clashing. It sounds like something new. Bonjay is Alanna Stuart and Ian Swain of Toronto.