Join The Danny on every Wednesday evening in July from 6-9pm for The Danny Loves Music Series 2017! This family-friendly event for all ages in East Lynn Park will feature local businesses, restaurants, musicians, breweries & cideries for a great evening with your neighbours on Danforth Ave!
This year we will have musical performances from the Skydiggers on July 5, Danny Michel on July 12, Pretzel Logic on July 19, and Only Yours on July 26, along with other great Toronto-based musicians.
This event is free and is proudly presented by the businesses of The Danforth Mosaic BIA and its sponsors.
Main Act - July 5 2017 - Skydiggers
Chemistry, passion, energy and evolution are a few words that come to mind when Andy Maize and Josh Finlayson talk about twenty-five years together in Skydiggers.
“It all started in the beverage room of the Spadina Hotel. That is essentially when the band came together.” says Josh. “Andy and I performed there as a duo as part of Andrew Cash’s Monday night series called Acoustic Meltdown. When Andrew released his debut album and could no longer host the night, we took it over. We put an ad in Now Magazine answered by Ron Macey, and together with Wayne Stokes and Andrew’s brother Peter Cash, who was quietly writing some amazing songs, Skydiggers were born.”
The sound developed at an impressive rate, thanks to the discipline and work ethic the weekly showcase placed on the band. New songs, new covers and a sound that grew to include electric instruments developed in the hothouse atmosphere of rehearsals, songwriting sessions and live performances.
A quarter of a century later, thanks to years on the road and in the studio, Skydiggers are not only riding all of those years of momentum but continuing to evolve as well. According to Andy Maize and Josh Finlayson one of the keys is chemistry.
“You can spend your life searching for chemistry” Andy muses. “For any relationship to remain vital and continue to grow you need chemistry. We were lucky to have found that early on with each other. We were also fortunate to play four very big shows before our first record even came out” remembers Andy. “We opened for 54-40, The Tragically Hip, Cowboy Junkies and Blue Rodeo early on and I think we learned a thing or two about chemistry from those experiences. After all, those four bands are also still together.”
Josh agrees and also points out that in order to stay creative and pertinent you need to constantly challenge yourself. “Change and evolution are imperative. To bring a visible energy to the stage every night, you need to remain passionate by pushing yourself as songwriters and performers. You need to be constantly evolving yet trying to remain timeless at the same time.”
One day, if someone with perfect penmanship and a great memory for details takes up a Canadian Rock Family Tree project and plots the development of the Canadian roots rock community, they may discover that many — if not all — branches and roots at some point interconnect with the Skydiggers.
“We’ve played with other people, other people have come into this circle and played with us”
Opening Act - July 5 2017 - Tommy Hawk and the Outlaw Surfers
Like Willie Nelson’s tour bus crashing head first into a runaway freight train carrying The Clash, The Beatles and Johnny Cash, Tommy Hawk & The Outlaw Surfers combine honest and inspiring lyrics with infectious, guitar-driven melodies and rock-solid backbeats. Written between Toronto, CAN and Baja Califonia SUR, their LP “South Mouth” (2016) unites deeply personal stories of heartache, love and despair in a beat-poet stream backed by a bare-knuckled saloon brawl.
Main Act - July 12 2017 - Danny Michel
With nominations for three JUNOs, the Polaris Prize, The CBC “Heart Of Gold” and a pile of albums under his belt, Danny Michel is unquestionably one of Canada’s finest songwriters. His thoughtful lyrics & earnest performances have earned him a devoted fan base. A musical chameleon, able to slip into many genres with ease. An adventurous & fearless artist. A master at striking the right balance between unpredictability and meeting expectations, leaving you wanting more as soon as it’s over.
In 2011 he relocated to Belize. There he founded the “Danny Michel Ocean Academy Fund” to help raise scholarships for small non-profit community high school. To date he’s raised over $70,000.00 for the school and volunteers there when he can.
Later he tracked down one of his favorite bands; The Garifuna Collective, a unique AfroAmerindian cultural group and convinced them they should make an album together. That album (“Black Birds Are Dancing Over Me”) was quoted as “One of the finest musical works of our time” By Billboards Larry Leblanc. The album landed him a 3rd JUNO nomination (this time in the world music category) and a sold out summer tour of North America with The Garifuna Collective as his band.
Past critics have praised Danny’s lyrics for having “something to say” without coming off preachy. Topics range from the environment (“Feather, Fur & Fin”) to big questions (“If Gods’ on your side, then who’s on mine”). Others ask “Who’s Gonna Miss You when you’re gone?” a song which explores karma asking “Did you live it right?/did you live it wrong?”.
At the moment Danny is sitting in front of a blank canvas contemplating where his next album is going to take him. It could go anywhere from here. Knowing Danny, wherever it goes – it will be an adventure”
Opening Act - July 12 2017 - Quique Escamilla
Quique Escamilla is a 2015 JUNO Award Winner – World Music Album of the Year and a 2014 Canadian Folk Music Awards – World Solo Artist of the Year
“Modern day troubadour Quique Escamilla makes music that comes straight from the soul. The stories he tells are the stories we need to hear; socially and politically conscious lyrics paired with exceptional musicianship. He’s a unique talent who holds to the traditions of heavyweights like Bob Marley and Manu Chao. Quique is really one to watch!” - Garvia Bailey, CBC Radio Canada.
Quique Escamilla was born and raised to a family of six in the warm, tropical southern lands of the state of Chiapas, Mexico. He started singing at the age of four at his family reunions. At the age of six in a crowded restaurant and accompanied by the in-house six-piece Mariachi band, he performed a full version of “El Rey” in front of an audience where he discovered for the first time the thrill of performing and the powerful magic of live music.
Today, Quique Escamilla is multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and producer living in Toronto. Since his arrival in 2007, he has rapidly become a rising star on the Canadian music scene. In 2011, he was discovered by a CBC radio producer and has since become a favourite on popular CBC Toronto shows such as Here and Now, Metro Morning, Fresh Air and Big City Small World.
Main Act - July 19 2017 - Pretzel Logic
At the nexus of jazz, blues and rock lies Steely Dan, the musicians’ band. Pretzel Logic is a ten-piece band dedicated to the exploration and rendition of the music of the Dan.
What began as a labour of love continues as such…
Main Act - July 26 2017 - Only Yours
Only Yours is a Toronto-based indie-pop band that effortlessly combine anthemic, melodic choruses with clean, crisp studio tones, late 70s production values and hard-hitting rhythm sections. Led by songwriter, Lowell Sostomi’s defining baritone voice and bitter-sweet emotive lyrics, Only Yours is garnering significant attention for their unparalleled song craftsmanship and seamlessly tight live performances.