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Eight years into the story of Wolf Saga, electropop polymath Johnny Saga is ready to debut his self-titled LP. A 2018 JUNO Masterclass Finalist who was named RBC Canada Emerging Artist in 2017, Saga’s dreamlike synths dynamize as they soothe, offering a matured take on the affable bangers of the 2010s—MGMT, Daft Punk, Justice and Boyz Noize come to mind, with the wisdom of a decade in between. Wolf Saga was named to honour the spirit of the wolf — a loyal protector of loved ones that holds special meaning in Saga’s Ojibwe culture. With this album, generous in its wisdom and lavish in its fun, Saga is on a quest to give listeners a reason to dance, but jokes that it’s not all bottle service and strobe lights. The album’s songs, guided by the unwavering presence of Saga’s father, who passed away in 2019, were inspired by important causes, such as Black Lives Matter and support for Indigenous land defenders. Saga wants listeners to pay attention. He also wants to ignite our imaginations, comfort our memories, and to help us envision a resilient tomorrow.
London Music Club
London Music Club
POESY is quickly rising to her rightful place as one of Canada's most exciting, emerging artists. Centred on a deep and powerful signature vocal she has garnered the attention of tastemakers and toured Canada extensively. POESY was initially discovered after she appeared on the first season of hit Canadian music show, THE LAUNCH. Her performance captiviated the judges and the hearts of millions across the country. Her incredible breakout performance propelled POESY to new heights yet unseen, landing her a major label deal with Big Machine Records. Met with an incredible reception, captivating audiences with her soaring vocals and extraordinary talent, her single "Soldier Of Love" rapidly climbed the ranks of Canadian music charts - debuting at #1 on the iTunes All Genres Chart and laning in the Billboard Top 40.
Drives The Common Man is an acoustic punker and post-rocker from the Forest City. Songwriter Andrew Stevens, is know for delivering catch songs through various projects including fronting Youngest And Only.
Palasad Social Bowl
Palasad Social Bowl
It’s a cliché that’s been beaten to death – the idea that something is “greater than the sum of its parts” – and yet there’s really no other way to describe what makes Heart Attack Kids so utterly compelling.
The London, ON-based band was established back in 2013 by founding member Jared Ellul (guitar, vocals). Infected by the influence of riff-driven punk outfits like The Bronx and fellow Londoners Single Mothers, Heart Attack Kids set off to establish a sound of their own. It didn’t take long for them to turn the heads of some notable industry influencers, leading to a slew of releases on various imprints and some high-profile shows alongside acts like Billy Talent, Rise Against, the Gaslight Anthem, and dozens more.
The explosive sonic concoction showcased on the sophomore 2019 LP, Bad Luck like Gold, is a hell of a lot more potent than you’d expect from just two dudes and their instruments. Cut at Vespa Studios with Eric Ratz and Cancer Bats frontman Liam Cormier in the producer chair, these 12 tracks hit with the energy of an atom bomb and the urgency of its impending detonation.The album builds atop the foundation of relentless garage punk riffs and crushing rhythms established on their debut LP, 2016’s No Future. “There really aren’t any frills here,” assures Ellul. “Just pure power is what we’re going for.”
With a new album on the horizon, Heart Attack Kids keeps the thunder but changes the lineup. Heart Attack Kids is writing new songs with massive gang vocals to go along with fuzzed out guitar riffs. Mark Swan, a London musical veteran, has stepped into the ring to lay down the booming rhythm as the drummer for the rambunctious duo. With a background in all genres of music, Mark brings a complexity to his drummer style that stands out in a crowd. “We’ve learned a ton working together, hashing out new ideas for songs and trying to push the envelope as far as we can,” begins Ellul about how the whirlwind of the last year will shape their latest release. “Everything’s still built on the same foundation, but I feel like this is further honed, with a higher voltage and bigger impact.” Basically, in both their words and music, Heart Attack Kids are blunt, boisterous, and bullshit-free.
Their chemistry is undeniable and carries as much clout from the stage as it does the stereo. “We take a lot of pride in our live performance,” Ellul states assuredly. Taking on tinges of their collective influences, from AC/DC to Dead Kennedys to Queens of the Stone Age, Heart Attack Kids deliver a live experience as unforgettable as a kick to the teeth, albeit far more enjoyable. “We love being onstage and bring 150% to every show, whether it’s for five people or 1,500,” Ellul enthuses.
Heart Attack Kids plan to release their best album yet in late 2021, welcoming hordes of new converts into their cult of compelling and combustible rock n’ roll.
Up and coming Londoner based Thunder Queens will open the concert.
Eastside Bar & Grill
Eastside Bar & Grill
Chic, sophisticated. Elegant, distinctive. Perhaps a little jazzy; a guilty pleasure? Beautiful classics for modern romantics.
Tanya Lovell is a local blues musician. She has been performing on stage since the age of three, all over the country. Her background is country music, but she has dabbled in every genre possible to fulfill her love of music and entertaining. She is the host of UWO CHRW’s blues radio program as well as Blues On A Sunday jam, a local bi-weekly blues jam at Eastside Bar & Grill, and she performs with Motown band London Funk Express. For London Arts Live, Tanya performs with her two bands Double Clutch Band and Uptown Affair. Tanya Lovell’s Uptown Affair focuses on classic and blues music.
The Richmond Tavern
The Richmond Tavern
"In case you didn't get the memo, they're the best country band in North America" said Eye magazine about the Rizdales. Lead by husband and wife songwriting team Tom and Tara Dunphy, the Rizdales are a hardcore honky tonk band from London, Ontario. Their sound however, comes from deep in the heart of the American south.
Heavily influenced by the classic country greats, such as Ray Price, Merle Haggard and Loretta Lynn, The Rizdales sing about love, loss and reality without ever taking themselves too seriously. They have released 7 critically acclaimed albums, were handpicked by the Queen of Rockabilly Wanda Jackson to be her Canadian backing band and have played festivals, hole in the wall bars and concert halls from Ottawa to Austin, performing alongside such greats as Dale Watson, The Derailers, The Mavericks, and The Good Brothers, earmarking their place in Canadian roots music history. The Rizdales' most recent release, "Lucky Enough" was released on September 8, 2018 and features instant country hits like the title track, "Lucky Enough", "Holding It All Together" and the Western Swing barn burner, "Honky Tonk Honeymoon".
Be sure to catch The Rizdales when they come to your town, bringing the honky tonk to a hardwood floor near you!
Long regarded as one of Canada's finest finger-style guitarists, Rick Taylor brings a high level of energy to the stage. A 50 plus year veteran of the guitar, Rick cut his teeth on early delta blues, folk, and rock music. He has been a featured artist on numerous TV and radio shows, main stage festivals, concert halls and clubs. Rick is the recipient of the Jimmy Lewis "Life Time of the Blues Award" and 3 time winner of The Great Lakes Blues Society "Road To Memphis" competition.
With 3 solo CD's to his credit, as well as a featured guitarist on Borealis Records "Six Strings North of the Border Vol.3", Rick's 2010 release "Lucky Room" garnered numerous international rave reviews, receiving heavy international airplay, and charting for 75 weeks on Roots Music Report Blues, peaking at #10 in USA and at #3 in Canada. Rick is also a member of the roots rock blues band Dashboard Rattle who’s 2019 debut album has received international acclaim and airplay.
Rick's dynamism on guitar has led to session and sideman work with Willie P. Bennett (guitarist on “Hobos Taunt” album), Stan Rogers, Doug MacArthur, and a highly acclaimed tour with Colleen Peterson, which culminated in a nine evening engagement as opening act for Gordon Lightfoot at Massey Hall in Toronto. He also fronted his own band The Torpedoes with legendary brother Steve Taylor on drums in Southern Ontario, as well as the Rick Taylor Band which featured some of the finest blues and jazz musicians in Vancouver, and a 3 year run with Vancouver’s HARD 8; a roots-acoustic trio featuring guitar virtuoso Paul Pigat and harmonica legend Monty. Rick is also a member of the roots rock blues band Dashboard Rattle who’s 2019 debut album has received international acclaim and airplay.
"One of the first guitar soloists I tried to copy was Rick Taylor"
…Colin Linden, Nashville, Tenn.
"I've been listening to and have been inspired by Rick Taylor for the past 30
years…he is a legend to us!"
…Tom Wilson - Blackie and The Rodeo Kings
"If I had fingers like Rick Taylor I'd cut my eyes off!"
…Stanley "Buckwheat Zydeco" Dural Jr.
765 Old East
765 Old East
2019 Starting off the year strong with the digital single DJ Res Remix of ‘Back In Tha Day’ ft. El Da Sensei. Sum-01 also participated in a #musictalks panel with Museum London and the London Music Office and moderated FEM JAM, an event for International Women’s day. March 16th 2019, Sum-01 was also 1 of 100 bands selected to perform for London’s JUNOfest weekend with DJ Hullewud. May 5th 2019, the 2019 Forest City London Music Awards, Sum-01 took away the Hip-Hop Award. She also closed out the night alongside the God Father of Canadian Hip-Hop Maestro Fresh Wes. May 31st 2019, The Comeback Queen – EP with production by royceBIRTH was released on all digital streaming platforms & has charted for 15+ weeks on !earshot College & University radio charts and also the NACC. The comeback for Sum-01 is real. September 12th 2019, Sum-01 w/ DJ Hullewud were invited to perform at Parkjam in Harris park to open for Methodman, Redman and Ice Cube for the Hip-Hop night.
London Music Hall
London Music Hall
Texas King formed in 2013 and before long, began earning a reputation for their high-energy rock shows. After tours of Ontario and the east coast of Canada to support a debut EP, October 2017 saw the release of their anticipated full-length album Circles. The albums lead single "Boomerang" generated attention at Canadian radio, most notably at Toronto's 102.1 The Edge, and led to an appearance on Global TV during their Canadian release tour.
It's often said that Texas King is best experienced when seen, not just heard. Now armed with their hook-filled debut, the band is ready to make their mark in the world of rock music - one rowdy club at a time.
Revive Live is a united effort to support the revitalisation of London's music sector.
Aimed at bridging the live music sector to the other side of the pandemic, Revive Live provides for the safe presentation of music in London with support for artist, music venues, venue staff and production crews. Revive Live brings together a collective of organizations focused on strategically kickstarting the safe re-opening of London music venues and public concerts.
Phase One while focus on the safe presentation of music while Ontario is working towards safely re-opening. Performances will be broadcast from various venues throughout London in the coming months. Working under the COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe & Open guidelines, all safety precautions will be taken to ensure proper safety measures are in place for all crew and artists involved.
Revive Live will not be open to in-person audiences at this time. We plan to work towards the safe re-introduction of fans to music venues when it is safe and permitted to do so.
Venues are asked to fill out an expressions of interest form found here.
Artist that are able to safely practice and would like to participate in the program are encouraged to create an artist profile here. Venues will be making the selections as to who performs at their establishment.
Music fans can participate and support by watching broadcasts online. At this time, performances are free for the general public to watch. Performances will air at 8:00pm on the designated evening.
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