Steam Whistle Unsigned 24
Steam Whistle is an active supporter of independent Canadian musicians and the craft brewery’s UNSIGNED concert series is now in its fifth year running. The November 16thshow will be hosted in the Toronto Brewery’s Beer Hall and will feature Digits, Babe, and Beta Frontiers. Doors open at 8pm and admission is only $5 at the door with all proceeds from ticket sales going back to the community through the Artists’ Health Alliance.
About the Bands:
Digits is an electronic pop musician in Toronto and Berlin. His music has been acclaimed by The Fader, The Guardian, and the Toronto Star. He uses an experimental distribution model, which Wired called "bold and brave". Performing using two synthesizers, a laptop, and a looping pedal to reproduce his songs live, he's opened for Junior Boys, Yacht, Class Actress, and Au Palais. Digits is also a member of super-slow electronic R&B act Bad Passion and blogs at Silent Shout.
Vanguards of new Toronto funk-ish, BABE boast an infectious blend of relentless jazz-laden rhythm, propulsive bass, and commanding soul. Playful and fresh, this rousing four-piece is 100% real fur. - Steel Bananas
BABE’s sound mixes an array of elements and has drawn wide-ranging comparisons from, ‘The Rapture’ and ‘Interpol’ to ‘The Knife’ and ‘FelaKuti,’ Stepping into DNA Recording Facility in November 2011, BABE spent the three months recording their album with lead-singer Michael Silvestre as producer and Steve Chahley (Wu-Tang Clan, Neko Case) as Engineer/Mixer. The album was then mastered by Phil Demetro at Lacquer Channel. This show will be the Toronto Album release for their self titled debut!
“Regardless of how you classify them (Beta Frontiers), their latest EP, titled simply …EP, is a remarkably fun chunk of ear candy. With five songs of largely instrumental music consisting of hummable, fuzzy synth riffs; insistent, dance floor friendly drums; and some unexpected samples, …EPowes at least as much to Giorgio Moroder and The Avalanches as it does to Toro Y Moi.Beta Frontiers are already starting to attract some blog buzz, having received love from such online tastemakers as Gorilla vs. Bear, Negative Youth, and Brooklyn Vegan, and recently remixed Major Lazer’s latest single, “Get Free.” Given that sort of momentum, they’ll probably be headlining the Sound Academy by Christmas.” – Torontoist, June 2012
About Steam Whistle UNSIGNED:
Steam Whistle UNSIGNED is an ongoing concert series that showcases Canada’s indie music talent, while also developing its future. Hosted in Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver each edition of UNSIGNED features three Canadian artists with all of the ticket sales going back to the arts community through Artists’ Health Alliance. UNSIGNED has to date featured over 70 independent Canadian acts and have raised over $70,000 for local artists. To bring these events together, Steam Whistle teams up with Pandor Productions, The Grid, and Gibson Guitars.
Previous bands who played UNSIGNED include: The Rural Alberta Advantage, Austra, Luke Lalonde, Hooded Fang, The Darcys, Young Empires, Rich Aucoin, The Balconies, Woodhands, Dinosaur Bones, Lioness, Parallels, The Wilderness of Manitoba, and Kidstreet.