An Evening in Allan Gardens
Get away from the hustle and bustle of Church Street in beautiful Allan Gardens park. Presenting a wide variety of programming, often with a social-justice theme, cultural programming, exhibits and art engagement.
Allan Gardens (founded in 1858) is one of the oldest parks in Toronto. It has a botanical conservatory, a playground and two fenced off-leash areas for dogs. The trees in the park represent the northern tip of the Carolinian forest with species such as black cherry, American beech, red oak, sugar maple and sassafras; most are over one hundred years old.
• Free to attend event
• Accessible space
FRIDAY'S FEATURED ARTISTS:
9:00PM : AJAH UK
” In a market where hip-hop can flirt with misogyny and the ego can take precedent over the music, Ajah-UK are a real breath of fresh air.” Manchester Evening News
Independent & Epic – Political & Moving…
Together, front women Sam Acquaah and Jaheda, guitarist Lou Anderson, bassist Sarah Kerton & drummer Sophie Wozencraft form Ajah UK, an unsigned, independent and unique Hip-Hop/Rock act. The absence of a record label/manager, however, hasn’t stopped this band of fierce women making a name for themselves across the UK and beyond.
Ajah UK don’t conform to the hetero-normative perceptions of women and take pride in this. Music gives each band member a voice and path to freedom and together as Ajah UK they will walk that path beyond all boundaries and limitations. What constitutes their live performances, therefore, is an epic and fierce collaboration of words, music and entertainment that cuts the bullshit and represents everything they stand for as musicians and women.
Ajah-UK’s debut album ‘Money Ain’t Your Friend’ is an album from the heart. It tells stories of poverty, celebration of female strength & the love/heartache that comes with being a woman and a human being who loves.
Formed in 1998 by the dynamic duo of poet, lyricist, activist, singer and Bengali-rooted tough-guy Rosina Kazi and her life partner, producer, sound designer, philosopher, aphorismist and Barbados-born king of chill, Nicholas Murray, then joined later by bassist and walking guru Uganda-born Ian De Souza, LAL always proved hard to describe. Their musical experience is wide with Murr having been a member of the seminal hip hop collective, da Grass Roots and designed sound for theatre and film and Ian playing with the Euclid Sisters, the Toronto Tabla Ensemble, and steel-pan player Robbie Greenwich, to name only a few. They’re a band, but not only a band - they're a music making magical mushroom, the visible flowering part of a much larger organism, connected with very fine but infinitely resilient roots. LAL's music is rooted in social justice, and they have been working independently to briget teh gap between art and social change.
7:00PM: SIKH KNOWLEDGE
Taking influences from early Brit 'ragga' and classical east Indian music, mixing them with trap and electro-dancehall overtones, Sikh Knowledge has played for crowds internationally as a DJ, building crescendos and dropping them live with the occasional fake patois verse. Charming, Controversial, and Based! Describes this montreal/toronto phenom QPOC.