Toronto: Sat March 1 Part of the Pop Avant series - Music Gallery
Doors 7pm / Concert 8pm
Tickets $15 Regular / $10 Members / underwaged / arts workers
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Sunday March 2, 3PM – The Fellowship Room at The Music Gallery
Parsing Toronto Pop, featuring Rosina Kazi, Murr, L'Oqenz and Ty Harper in conversation. Moderated by MG Artistic Director David Dacks.
Over the past several years Toronto’s musical history has been documented in a number of books, most of which concentrate on the folk and rock icons this city has produced from Neil Young to Rush to Broken Social Scene. However, there is a vast back story to recent achievements in Afro-diasporic Canadian pop music by the likes of Drake and the Weeknd which has barely been explored, much less put into a coherent history. LAL have been travelling these roads for many years, and this panel discussion puts Kazi, Murr, their manager L’Oqenz (Zaki Ibrahim, Tanika Charles) and Ty Harper (City On My Back, Polaris Music Prize juror) together to discuss artists they’ve encountered, battles they’ve fought and experiences they’ve had which contribute to a separate, parallel history of Toronto pop music, one which is largely set apart from downtown-based media coverage.
LAL - THE BRIDGE from StudioFeed on Vimeo.
Formed in 1998 by the dynamic duo of poet, lyricist, activist, singer and Bengali-rooted tough-guy Rosina Kazi and her life partner, producer, sound designer, philosopher, aphorismist and Barbados-born king of chill, Nicholas Murray. LAL always proved hard to describe. Their musical experience is wide with Murr having been a member of the seminal hip hop collective, da Grass Roots and designed sound for theatre and film and Rosina singing on techno to hip hop tracks, both committing to bridging the gap between art and social justice. They’re a band, but not only a band - they're a music making magical mushroom, the visible flowering part of a much larger organism, connected with very fine but infinitely resilient roots.
LAL takes the long view, they’re in it for the long haul, obsessed with making music but more obsessed with using the making of music as a way to materialize ways of being together, fostering a sharing of resources, ideas and, at bottom, maintaining a tenacious hope that persists despite the frightening world we live in. Nestled amongst the big corporations are a multiplicity of small producers - imagine clusters of beautiful mushrooms growing on piles of shit, their thread-like roots so very fine, but sometimes stretching unseen for miles, one in Oregon clocking in at 2,400 acres, thought to be the biggest organism in the world. Again, LAL is a mushroom, a magical one.