Every two weeks “What’s The Frequency, Campus?” will highlight some of the intriguing shows and special programming happening on Toronto’s campus and community radio stations.
Community radio is known for its championing of emerging Canadian talent, and it was in this spirit that Dig Your Roots was born. An initiative of the National Campus and Community Radio Association, DYR is a series of compilation CDs accompanied by cross-Canada tours. Each set is focused around a specific genre of music and designed to highlight independent Canadian acts. A jury selects the artists to be included, spreading their choices out evenly by geographical region—proving that yes, there is good music outside Toronto and Montreal. The latest genre tackled by DYR (and sixth in the series) is creative jazz; others have included electronic dance, Aboriginal and hip hop.
Dig Your Roots is hosting concerts in 5 cities to celebrate the release of the creative jazz disc. Each show is broadcast live online, so even if you live in the middle of nowhere, you can still get a taste of the action. The Toronto show is happening tonight at the Drake Underground and costs $8. Three artists from the CD—bitchin’, Colin Fisher and Avi Granite:6—will be taking the stage for the broadcast/concert, which starts at 8 p.m. If you can’t make it out to the show, visit the Dig Your Roots website to find out how to listen online.
Photo of Colin Fisher from his MySpace.