10 p.m. Friday April 27th at The Great Hall, 1087 Queen Street West (at Dovercourt).
Uma Nota Roots Rhythm Reggae
Join the tropical urban goodness featuring the live rocksteady of Friendlyness & the Human Rights and the Afro-Brazilian grooves of Mar Aberto SoundSystem. DJ Rollin’ Cash provides the dubby delights, while resident DJ General Eclectic and opener Chuck Boom dig into theircrates of classic reggae and ska.
Leave the pretensions at the door and join the rub-a-dub style. We bring you the live magic and the DJs that make you move. We take you there. And this time, we go late at the Great Hall.
Friendlyness and the Human Rights
We’re hyped to present the flows of Friendlyness and the steel pulse of the Human Rights. In the colourful, textured downtown scene, the reggae movement has everything to do with their new roots sound. (Check out “Right Now”, their latest 7″ and free download.) In the past three years alone, the band has opened for reggae legends Gregory Isaacs, Beres Hammond, John Holt, The English Beat and Clive Chin, and have performed in reggae & ska festivals in Western and Central Canada including The Calgary Reggae Fest and Toronto’s IRIE fest. Take a journey with their skanking sound, presented for the first time in the Uma Nota context.
Mar Aberto Soundsystem
An “open sea” of aggregated influence, Maracatu Mar Aberto is a collection of agitators and artists comprising a highly original Afro-Brazilian street percussion troupe. From this performance group and Maracatu workshop series comes a stage show that breaks beyond the simple “national” identity and brings a one world, high-energy percussion troupe to an intimate level with dubby bass by troupe member Carlie Howell, funk’d guitar by Adam RiddimRebel, vocals by Bruno Capinan and trombone melodies by Chris Butcher. The repercussions of past years in a new rhythm for the season.
This multi-mixing wonder is one of Toronto’s original recipe DJs on the dub reggae vibe and helped establish multimedia collectives like Sumkidz (now Suma) and cirQlar. Rollin’s sample-based music production fuses reggae, hip-hop, world beat and dubstep to get you moving. Along with inviting Rollie to rock the low end grooves and heavy bass, we’re also enjoying the events from our mischievous friends at cirQlar, so this could be the start of a potent blend. For now, prepare for Rollie to lay it down.
This is our one and only resident DJ, killer graphic designer and visual environment mack daddy. A key Toronto figure who spins Afrobeat, samba-rock, descarga and b-boy cuts in his residencies with Footprints and Freedom Time, G.E. is a vinyl digger’s DJ. Oh, and his mighty thick vintage collection just happens to have plenty of reggae and ska to serve as a through-line for this Uma Nota set.
We’re takin it old school to open up the night. For years, every DJ who dug the reggae would ogle over Chuck Boom’s record selections. He is Toronto’s original reggae selector and a mainstay of the Pressure Drop reggae nights. Big shouts out to the massive, classic cuts of Charles Chuck Boom.
Custom visual environment by General Eclectic & Ba
Live interactive animations/visual projections by Ba from Core Matrix
Treats and late-night snacks by ChocoSol
Friday April 27th
The Great Hall
1087 Queen Street West (at Dovercourt)
Doors 10 p.m.
$12 limited early bird tickets (online only)
$15 regular advance tickets in stores and online
Online sales: http://
Regular advance tickets available at: Play De Record, Soundscapes and Rotate This
At the door:
$15 until 11:30 p.m., more after