Published June 1, 2017 in News, Past Events

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Saturday, June 24th

Toronto Jazz Festival, OLG Stage (Cumberland St.)


Bad Luck Woman & Her Misfortunes

Bad Luck Woman & Her Misfortunes revive obscure and forgotten tunes by sassy ladies of the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s (Big Maybelle, Little Sylvia, Dolly Cooper, Carmen Taylor, and Ella Johnson) while keeping alive the classics (Ray Charles, Etta James, Muddy Waters, and Jimmy Rogers), and adding a few originals in between. Their debut, Cursed, was released in April 2016, and the band won the Grossman’s Amy Louis Scholarship the same year. Gigging regularly across town, their dynamic stage presence and ruthless energy keeps the drinks pouring, and the dance floor swingin’.


Meagan De Lima

Meagan De Lima is a 23-year-old R&B/Blues artist from Toronto. Her largest accomplishments thus far have been opening for Holly Cole and Emilie Claire Barlow at the Oakville Jazz Festival, participating in Honey Jam 2013 and winning the opportunity to represent Canadian artists in Barbados, and having her first EP produced by Bob Ezrin. With a short term goal of an international tour along with releasing her first full-length album, there is no stopping her.


Jim Dan Dee’s

With showmanship and musicality of their live show creating an electrifying experience, Jim Dan Dee’s bourbon-fueled funkabilly grunge blues has seen the band invited to share stages with Monster Truck, Big Wreck and the Sheepdogs and been showcased at NXNE, CMW, Indie Week and many other major Canadian music festivals. Known affectionately as JDD to their fans, the release of their slick new video and single “The Silence” (produced by the Tea Party’s Jeff Martin) has seen the band’s sound refined but not restrained.


Dan McKinnon

Mixing equal parts musical scholar and tattooed rock n’ roll rebel, Toronto-based Dan McKinnon is not your average blues rocker. Called “a hot commodity” by Blues Blast magazine, McKinnon blends frenetic guitar work and modern grooves to create a blues sound that is uniquely his own. Since the release of his critically acclaimed debut album As Sharp As Possible, he has received airplay across four continents and has performed extensively across Ontario.


Catriona Sturton

Catriona Sturton sings like an angel and plays like a beast. She’s inspired by Heavenly and the heaviest blues. After learning to file harmonica reeds in a Halifax alley, Sturton toured Canada as the bassist of the Halifax teen rockers, Plumtree (whose song “Scott Pilgrim” inspired the book and cult-movie of the same name). For fans (or those about to be) of songs about poutine and pocket-dialing.


Sulfur City

Fronted by singer/electric washboard player Lori Paradis, Sulfur City comes roaring at you with echoes of Grace Slick, Patti Smith and Janis Joplin. Like a thick blues-y fog rolling down the Mississippi Delta, Sulfur City’s sound envelopes you from the first notes, a blend of alternative sounds, traditional blues, choice instrumentation and unique vocals woven into intricate story-telling lyrics. They’ll make you dance, cry and question your very existence — as the devil tempts you to join his side at the crossroads, all in the span of a single song.


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