#ICYMI, a roundup of noteworthy musical happenings in the city some call The 6.
Shad Shines: Shout out to Shad, whose national profile and brand awareness jumped a few notches with his landing the coveted hosting gig at CBC’s Q. Kudos to the underrated rapper-artist, whose gig this Friday (March 27) at Massey Hall will no doubt be a standup and standout affair. Add to the mix fellow Polaris Prize–nominated and supremely talented singer Zaki Ibrahim, and you have a concert bill that can’t be beat.
Invincible Ivana: With minimal fanfare, the long-awaited new release by Ivana Santilli finally sees the light of day. To say that Santilli is often underrated in the Canadian music scene would be a huge understatement, but Late Night Light―the latest album by the Toronto-born singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist―aims to change that with this slice of soul-pop. Check it out.
Funky Friends: After going missing from the local scene for a minute, hip-hop soul funksters God Made Me Funky are back. New release Funky Fly ‘N Free delivers more of what the multicultural and multitalented collective is known for: Phatt Al providing the rap sensibilities and vocalists Dana Jean Phoenix and Kaybe are up to the task of delivering the soul-funk.