Monster World MashUp heats up a cold and wet Spring!

–Lachman Balani

It has been a cold, wet and dreary Spring!

Never fear though because festival season is upon us to heat things up!

This past weekend Brampton got its fair share of energy and a hot spell as Vikas Kohli’s third annual Monster World Mashup (MWM) took over the ski chalet at Chinguacousy Park and Brampton’s Garden Square (temporarily named Jurassic Square for the NBA finals as Toronto’s team, the Raptors, take on the Warriors from Oakland in California).

MWM kicked off on May 31. After opening remarks from Councilor Charmaine Williams and Kohli, the ski chalet wound up being a non-stop laugh heaven as Brandon Ash-Mohammed opened up the night by splitting the sides of all attendees with his wisecracks.

Then followed a zany bunch of hilarious jesters including Johnny Batta, Harpreet Sehmbi, EDwOrld Kim, Vandad Kardar and headliner Nick Reynoldson cracking joke after joke after joke as the crowd egged them on with uncontrollable fits of laughter. Vandad, of Iranian descent, was the most brazen and frank comic of them all with one fan telling him he had a lot of “cojones”.

The comedians were Canadians of all different origins representing the natural habitat of Brampton.

The whole show was hosted by well known comedian Amish Patel of Fade to Brown who had some people laughing so hard that they cried!

MWM continued the next day transforming the Garden Square in Brampton into “Chutney and Bollywood” square, as one spectator exclaimed,  with a non-stop music show from 5 pm onwards that was hosted by Randy Persaud and headlined by Parichay.

Parichay is a Bollywood playback singer, composer and producer who is currently based in Toronto. He has collaborated with the likes of Vishal Dadlani, Nargis Fakhri, Kardinal Offishall and Sean Kingston and his youtube portfolio has more than 100 million views.

Parichay has this knack of infusing lyrics from old Hindi movie songs and he didn’t disappoint this time thrilling the crowd right from the get-go with Mohd. Rafi’s “yeh mera prem patra padhkar, ke tum naaraaz na hona…”. His performance was par excellence! Continue reading “Monster World MashUp heats up a cold and wet Spring!”

We Got This: A Unique Blend of Pop Melodies

Vibrant and culturally eclectic ensemble, Delhi 2 Dublin, are back with the release of their latest studio album We Got This (May 172019 via Inside Pocket / Warner Music Canada). The album, produced by Toronto-based hitmaker Gavin Brown (Barenaked Ladies, Metric, Tragically Hip), offers a unique blend of energetic-pop melodies with the electronic pulse of warehouse raves, bringing a positive, colourful feeling to the socially aware messages expressed throughout.

The Vancouver-based band’s latest single “My People” speaks to their personal experiences as descendants of immigrants and paints a dynamic picture of them finding their artistic voices. The songs have an accessibility that you might compare to the songwriting of Bob Marley – speaking to the band’s own culture in the most personal way yet have depth and meaning to people of all cultures, backgrounds and ages.

The experience of making We Got This encouraged Delhi 2 Dublin to become creative storytellers, enabling listeners to relate to the messaging while dancing along to the Bhangra beats. And, of course, the songs are just as fun to listen to, filled with sing-along choruses, easy melodies and sharp production throughout.

Said vocalist Sanjay Seran, “the process of making this record was a bit of a departure from our beat-centric past and more of a journey into writing songs with a message that can really reach people. Continue reading “We Got This: A Unique Blend of Pop Melodies”

Countdown to 2019 at Garden Square this New Year’s Eve!

Ring in 2019 with thousands of your closest friends with style!

Juno nominated artist Shawn Hook is the headliner for the city of Brampton’s 2018 New Year’s Eve celebration.

The live concert, curated with support from Brampton’s own SounDrive Records is scheduled for Garden Square from 8pm to 12 midnight. The concert will feature the Julian Taylor Band, as well as Brampton based artists, Raz, Melle Rose and DJ Tam. Firework displays proudly presented by Tim Hortons will take place at both 9 pm and 12 midnight.

DJ Tam will kick the party off in Garden Square at 8 pm followed by Melle Rose at 8:30 pm. The first of two fireworks shows is set for 9 pm. Musical entertainment continues at 9:10 pm with Raz and the Julian Taylor Band at 9:50 pm. Canadian pop icon Shawn Hook will take the stage at 11:05 pm leading up to the countdown to midnight and second firework display.

Ahead of the concert, everyone is encouraged to visit Gage Park to view the thousands of sparkling winter lights and skate on the trail. Family-friendly entertainment at City Hall start 6:30 pm to 9 pm with a live dance party in the Conservatory as well as a roaming magician and warming area in the Atrium. A fireworks show in Garden Square, has been scheduled at 9 pm for those wanting to ring in the New Year a little earlier in the evening. Continue reading “Countdown to 2019 at Garden Square this New Year’s Eve!”

Mississauga’s Goan descent Ian D’Sa and his band Billy Talent honoured at Canadian Music Week!

— Lachman Balani

On their silver anniversary, Mississauga’s powerhouse band, Billy Talent, was honoured with the coveted “Legends of Live” award at the Canadian Music Week festival on May 11, catapulting them into the ranks of former winners “Tragically Hip” and “Blue Rodeo”. The award ceremony was hosted by Canadian Paul Shaffer of David Letterman fame.

Billy Talent formed back in 1993 and have since come a long way, opening up for Guns ‘n’ Roses at their Toronto performance in 2016 and have headlined arenas like the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. They have also performed in many places in Europe. The original band members consisted of  Goan origin Ian D’sa (lyricist and producer), Ben Kowalewicz (vocalist),  Jonathan Gallant(Bassist) and Aaron Solowoniuk (drummer), who due to multiple sclerosis left a couple of years ago and was replaced by Jordan Hastings of Alexisonfire. However to his credit and despite his MS condition, Aaron showed up to accept the award and marked the occasion by delighting the attendees by performing for one of their songs, “Rusted from the Roof”. Jordan took over for the next song “Try Honesty.”

The evening was showered with performances from other bands with many more people, companies and venues being honoured adding yet another notable Peel region winner at the ceremony, the Metalworks Production Group, for best audio visual production company of the year. Metalworks is the brainchild of Gil Moore, former member of “Triumph”, one of Canada’s topmost internationally renowned bands. Continue reading “Mississauga’s Goan descent Ian D’Sa and his band Billy Talent honoured at Canadian Music Week!”

Welcome Back, My Friends, to the Show That Never Ends!

–Lachman Balani

For classic rock lovers, that is a saying that is reminiscent of the iconic band Emerson, Lake and Palmer (ELP).

Carl Palmer, original band member of Emerson, Lake and Palmer, is making sure that is the case as he tours the world with Paul Bielatowicz and Simon Fitzpatrick keeping the ELP legacy alive.

Earlier this week , Palmer , looking as fit as a fiddle, walked onto the stage at The Rose Theatre in Brampton and without further ado showed the audience the stuff he is made of with thunderous beats of his drums at lightning speed leaving the patrons awe-struck right from the start!

“Man he just came on like a bat outta hell!” exclaimed a fan.

After the death of his former band mates Keith Emerson and Greg Lake within a few a months of each other last year, Palmer has been touring hard under the banner “Emerson, Lake and Palmer lives on : Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy” . The concert consists of two totally instrumental sets of ELP’s greatest hits. Continue reading “Welcome Back, My Friends, to the Show That Never Ends!”

SUPERFLY? SUPER FREAK? UNITE UNDER A GHOSTLY GROOVE WITH CHUNK o’ FUNK

Got the soul for getting down? Ready to put some stank on it? Then step back in time this Halloween as the oracles of 70’s soul Chunk o’ Funk defibrillate a cold, funk-less world with the most righteous Halloween party ever! The legendary 14-piece funk masters will tear the roof off the Danforth Music Hall on October 28, 2017 – and everyone’s invited. Chunk o’ Funk’s mega-funk explosion promises anyone with a nostalgia for pure funk complete with hi-hats, wah -wah pedals, righteous clothes and gravity-defying hair, a chance to rekindle that flame and celebrate a definitive part of Toronto’s live music legacy.

During the height of their popularity, Chunk o’ Funk — Toronto’s “apostles of slinky

good vibes” –regularly packed infamous live music hotspots such as the BamBoo and Copa. People drawn to the funk would soon discover the (literally) unbelievable mythology of the band that had themselves frozen in cryogenic suspension and “unthawed” to bring the funk to a soulless future.