Last weekend we finally got back to our roots and hit up a show that showcased some very talented local musicians. This is a scene I’ve wanted to get back into for a while as we’ve only been covering bigger label artists as of late. I love the independent music scene – it’s pure, emotional, and meaningful.
On August 18th, BLUEBLACKmusicTM presented the 1 Year Anniversary Production of Oh So BeautifulTM at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Hosted by T-Stylez and the stunning Shanna Armogan, we joined an intimate group of listeners for a great night of harmony that touched a variety of musical genres.
For those unfamiliar with the Oh So BeautifulTM production, think of it as a concert series that showcases a select group of independent musicians – each chosen based on their level of talent and professionalism. It offers a platform for these artists to showcase their talent and obtain the right resources and guidance to further their independent music careers. This is especially useful in a very competitive and sometimes cutthroat music industry. The production ‘puts the power of the performance back into the hands of the musicians’.
We saw 8 artists that night – each offering their own unique performance:
JP Saxe with TJ Whitelaw
Drawing from his personal experiences in travel, Saxe had a lot of messaging in his songs that he conveyed with a fresh set of vocals. Loved the pure acoustic tones from him and Whitelaw. Spreading the message of change – one note at a time. [Link]
This guy blew my mind. This self taught pianist has only been playing for about two years and is the recipient of the ‘Young, Gifted & Beautiful Award’. I liked the fact he covered a lot of current music – citing he prefers to play music he listens to regularly over the classical alternatives. [Link]
I really liked Kay’s voice – she had a Norah Jones feel that had me relaxing in my chair. You can tell she was completely comfortable on stage too. Felt nothing but cheerful feelings throughout her 20 minute set. [Link]
This band was awesome! A fusion of hip-hop, R&B, indie rock and funk. If you can’t comprehend that check out their site – great tunes I’ll be purchasing for my iPod! [Link]
I think this was the first time I’ve ever heard a bassoonist cover Thriller and the Numa Numa Song. Very unique and entertaining. Burke really got the crowd involved with his performance. [Link]
Wow, wow, wow – talk about variation in musical genres for this show. I didn’t expect an opera singer. Beautiful voice. I think I was stunned in my seat for most of her set. [Link]
Ahkinoah Habah Izarh (AHI)
The founder of BLUEBLACKmusicTM and Oh So BeautifulTM (along with his wife Ahshatèn), AHI brought a very professional performance to the night. Loved the wholesome feel in his vocals and acoustic guitar combo. I felt a lot of genuine emotion in his lyrics – something that’s not easy to find these days. [Link]
This woman had a killer stage presence. Loved ending the night with a Pop/Hip-hop performance. She played to the crowd and knew what she was doing. [Link]
Congratulations goes to the Oh So BeautifulTM team for a successful first year of production. Their efforts continue to shape a positive outlook for independent musicians in our city. Toronto has a lot of local talent – It’s really a beautiful thing.
For more info on Oh So BeautifulTM and to find out when their next show is – visit http://www.ohsobeautiful.tk/
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