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Kevin Breit and Madagascar Slim Cross Borders into New Blues

Published March 3, 2009 in Press Releases


WHO: Sisters Euclid featuring Kevin Breit and special guest Madagascar Slim
WHAT: Afro-Blues Fusion
WHERE: Trane studio, 964 Bathurst Street
WHEN: Friday, March 20th
TICKETS: $10 for TBS members / $12 for public

TORONTO – TUESDAY, MARCH 3 – The Toronto Blues Society will hold a special concert with the Sisters Euclid featuring Kevin Breit and special guest Madagascar Slim.

Kevin Breit is one of Canada’s top guitar players. He has released more than a dozen records under his own name or with his instrumental quartet, The Sisters Euclid, burning its way through Booker T meets Danny Gatton-style instrumentals. Breit has also toured the world—mostly lending his tasteful, yet inventive accompaniment talents to singers such as Nora Jones, k.d. lang, and Cassandra Wilson. He won Instrumental Album of the Year at the Juno Awards and Acoustic Act of the Year at the Maple Blues Awards with Harry Manx.

Madagascar Slim was born on Halloween in Madagascar, Africa. He moved to Toronto to study accounting at Seneca College but could not let go of his music. While in school he became a founding member of a French Canadian folk ensemble, La Ridiane. It’s been a long road for Slim since then, but he now has three Juno Awards to his name: World Music Album of the Year in 2000 for his solo album Omnisource; another in the same category for his 2005 collaboration with the world music group African Guitar Summit; and Roots & Traditional Album of the Year prize in 2001 for another collaboration, this time with folk music group Tri-Continental.

The Sisters Euclid are one of Toronto’s musical supergroups and are known for their eclectic mix of music. For more than ten years, the Sisters have been exciting audiences every Monday night at The Orbit Room. Led by Kevin Breit and featuring Ian de Souza, Rob Gusevs, and Gary Taylor, they have just released their eighth record, Faith Cola.

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