COMEDY NIGHT – FRIDAY MARCH 21st With Arthur Simeon & Guests
THE WORST POP BAND EVER – FRIDAY MARCH 28th / FRIDAY APRIL 25th
With influences ranging from Wayne Shorter to Levon Helm to J Dilla, The Worst Pop Band Ever, is a Toronto based group that tries to combine a love of jazz and indie pop and has been described as the ugly lovechild of Miles Davis & Radiohead. Featuring 2 Juno winners, the members have played with everyone from Feist to Elizabeth Shepherd to the Shuffle Demons. Together, whether it be blending acoustic bass with turntables or analog synths with the saxophone, the WPBE sets out to twist & bend both originals and covers, straddling genres and butting heads with expectation. Described as a “highlight” of the 2012 TD Jazz Fest in Toronto by tojazz.com, the band has played to packed houses across North America. “…music for people, whether they dig jazz or not…a tight band playing with substance and feeling…” (Mark Turner, Allaboutjazz.com July 2012).
The band is excited to be performing a series of Tribute Concerts at the Paint Box Bistro in the 2014. Spread over three months, the WPBE will pay tribute to some of their favorite musical influences with some special guests. The first show in February will be a tribute to the great R and B singer Bill Withers, with special guest Justin Bacchus on vocal duties and Eric St. Laurent on Guitar. The final show will be a tribute to the music of the great Brit rock trio and Sting’s old band, the Police. Special guests Sophia Perlman on vocals and Eric St. Laurent on guitar.
In keeping with the Paint Box’s community focus, we are also proposing to try and work with local community groups and schools to present workshops prior to the show or to give school jazz bands/choirs the chance to perform with us.
“The Worst Pop Band Ever might not have a name that screams confidence, but their blend of improvisational jazz and indie pop makes them stand-outs in a scene that gets little attention in popular music circles….While jazz might not be the most popular type of music on playlists these days, if anyone can make the genre break through to a pop-loving mainstream crowd, it could just be The Worst Pop Band Ever. Ironic, no?” Ben Conoley, Canadian Musician Magazine (June 2012)
“The music’s fresh, may appeal to pop lovers but assuredly to jazzers keen on a kind of driven fluency as genre stylings are examined, discarded and reworked.” Geoff Chapman, Toronto Star ( May 4, 2006)
New Music Concerts
Come join us for a short performance and or discussion held monthly on musical repertoire presented by New Music Concerts, featuring prominent classical musicians from Toronto. They are completely free and held between 5-6PM.
For more information on New Music Concerts visit http://newmusicconcerts.com/
- Wednesday January 29th
- Thursday February 27th
- Thursday March 27th
- Thursday April 24th
- Thursday May 29th
No reservations required