TD Music Café with Tegan and Sara: 2014 JUNO Award Winners star in an afternoon of sunshine and live music! The sun shone brightly on the inaugural TD music café, a unique pop-up event that took place Monday, May 26 in downtown Toronto to celebrate the launch of TD’s 2014 summer music season. From 11am to 3pm that day, Roy Thomson Hall’s concrete patio was transformed into an urban oasis, complete with shaded concert-style seating, cool synthetic grass and free summer sodas, all in the name of comfort.

Better still, the audience of more than 1,000 people – many of whom eagerly gathered well before 9a.m. – was treated to a free one-of-a-kind music experience. Throughout the afternoon, music fans were invited to watch, hear and interact with an incredible array of Canadian artists, including triple 2014 JUNO Award winners Tegan and Sara.

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Tegan and Sara are Calgary-born sisters and musicians who’ve recorded together for the past 15 years. Their seventh studio album, Heartthrob, has catapulted them to international stardom.

Tegan and Sara performed a strong set of their indie pop anthems, delighting the music café audience – including several hundred who watched from vantage points above, on King and Simcoe streets. Enthusiastic audience members could be seen singing along to every word.

Also appearing at the TD music café was 18-year-old Toronto singer-songwriter Scott Helman who wowed with his songs, skills and poise, and rising artists associated with two significant community-based music organizations that TD is proud to support, Manifesto and Honey Jam. Representing on the Manifesto front were soulful vocalist Allie and innovative producer Elaquent while Honey Jam alumni Melissa Bel, Jordan Alexander, Saveria, and Chelsea Stewart entertained with solo sounds spanning pop, R&B, roots, blues, rock, and reggae. TD’s own Darren Knowler, Experiential Marketing Manager, proved to be a star MC as he introduced each of these impressive young talents.

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TD is now in its eleventh year of supporting music in communities across Canada, including more than 60 music festivals nationwide, the Live Nation Canada Concert Series, the JUNO Awards, and MusiCounts, a community organization that provides underprivileged youth access to music education. Last year alone, the MusiCounts TD Community Music Grants program provided over $200,000 to local organizations across the country. Through the TD music café, Tegan and Sara generously donated $25,000 to support MusiCounts, an organization they care deeply for. 

Stay tuned to over coming days and weeks for highlights from the TD music café, including video recordings of performances, on-stage Q&As, and exclusive interviews.