Toronto music lovers are going to have a new venue to check out homegrown acts – and it’s somewhere you might never expect.
While this new series isn’t at the iconic Lee’s Palace, it will be taking place at another historical city landmark: City Hall.
The series, Live From City Hall, is part of the city’s new initiative to promote Toronto’s cultured music scene. Concerts will be held in the rotunda at City Hall twice every month, with the first one scheduled for this evening.
The goal of the initiative is to bring together local artists across multiple genres to showcase their talent.
Tonight, attendees can listen to the rich and rustic sounds of The Young Novelists, an indie roots band fresh off a European tour that took them through The Netherlands and Switzerland. The group was also named new/emerging artist of the year at the 2015 Canadian Folk Music Awards.
Also performing tonight is The Muso Project, an R&B, soul, funk and jazz collective that is known for their vocal harmonies, funky solos, and entertaining covers and song mash-ups.
Mayor John Tory will also be in attendance to speak about the ‘Live from City Hall’ series, as will a representative from presenting sponsor Toronto-Dominion Bank.
The launch of the concert series comes as the Toronto Music Advisory Council finalizes work on a strategy that is intended to grow and improve Toronto’s music sector over the next few years.
It’ll feature a mixture of genres and artists, among them the Lions Den Studio producer and soul-blues-funk singer Bobby Dreadfull, The Fugitive Minds band, Luke Nicholson, Maddy Rodriguez and Melanie Ungar.
Tonight’s concert will kick off at 5pm and will go until 7pm.