The PLAY List
November Music Highlights
published November 3rd, 2016

TD Music Fridays at Union Station
Toronto, ON – Various Locations inside Union Station
4:30 – 6:30pm November 4th – 25th, 2016

Launched in October, TD Music Fridays is a showcase of #TorontoMade talent, taking place inside Canada’s busiest transit hub. Each Friday from 4:30 to 6:30pm, a selection of artists who have found their inspiration, stories or sounds in Toronto will perform on intimate stages popping up in Union Station. November 4 features Tanika Charles, one of Canada’s most talked-about soul singers, and her band, The Wonderfuls, performing songs from Charles’ fantastic debut album, Soul Run. In honour of Remembrance Day, there will be no live performance on November 11. Programming resumes November 18 as Coalition Music presents vocalists
Denise Deion and Dynesti, and soulful rapper Xolisa during one hour. In the other, UNITY Charity presents spoken word artists Bidhan, Marcus, David Delisca and MC Roshawn, along with beatboxer Ryan, and dancers Styx, Jendayi and John Patrick. November 25 also features hip-hop and soulful sounds, presented by the Manifesto Festival of Community & Culture. Visit our related event page for locations and updated programming info as TD Music Fridays continue through to December 9th.

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Marianas Trench with very special guest Shawn Hook
Abbotsford, BC – Abbotsford Centre
            7:30pm November 4, 2016 
Medicine Hat, AB – Canalta Centre
            7pm November 9, 2016
Saskatoon, SK – SaskTel Centre
            7pm November 10, 2016 
St. Catharines, ON – Meridian Centre
            7pm November 16, 2016
Ottawa, ON – TD Place Arena
            7pm November 18, 2016 
Halifax, NS – Scotiabank Metro Centre
            7pm November 21, 2016
St. John’s, NF – Mile One Centre
            7pm November 24, 2016

Multi-Platinum selling progressive pop band Marianas Trench is in the midst of their second Canadian headlining tour this year, dubbed Marianas Trench and the Last Crusade. It finds the busy Vancouver-based band showcasing material from their fourth studio album, Astoria, which combines the spirit of 1980s’ fantasy adventure films with classic Marianas Trench. The powerful album also largely reflects on frontman Josh Ramsay’s own personal journey - from the highest high to the darkest point in his life and career – and is both unapologetically cinematic and constantly surprising. Touring with the band is special guest,
Shawn Hook. The multi-JUNO Award nominated singer, songwriter and producer is at work on a new album to follow 2015’s Analog Love, and its breakout hit “Sound Of Your Heart.” Visit TD Music Access for $20 off* tickets to the dates listed above.

Florida Georgia Line: Dig Your Roots Tour
Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre
            7pm November 4, 2016
Regina, SK – Brandt Centre - Evraz Place
            7pm November 5, 2016 
Saskatoon, SK – SaskTel Centre
            7pm November 6, 2016 
Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
            7pm November 12, 2016
Prince George, BC – Prince George CN Centre
            7pm November 16, 2016
Edmonton, AB – Rogers Place
            7pm November 18, 2016 
Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome
            7pm November 19, 2016

Formed in Nashville in 2010, Florida Georgia Line is the ‘bro-country’ duo of vocalists and songwriters Brian Kelley (from Florida) and Tyler Hubbard (from Georgia). With their fusion of country, rock, hip-hop and pop, Florida Georgia Line is one of the most successful country music acts of the 2010s. Their smash hit of 2012, “Cruise,” took FGL down a road that has led to major awards and the sale of more than 3.5 million albums worldwide. The duo’s third album, Dig Your Roots, was released this past August and showcases a more personal, family-minded side of the superstars. FGL has been on tour the Dig Your Roots tour since May, with this leg of it ending in Calgary.
Visit TD Music Access to reserve tickets to the in-demand dates listed above, also featuring country music vocalists Granger Smith and Chris Lan.

An Evening with Rokia Traoré
Victoria, BC – University of Victoria Farquhar Auditorium
8pm November 5, 2016

Rokia Traoré is an award-winning Malian singer, songwriter and guitarist whose career spans almost two decades. As a member of Mali’s nobility, Traoré was initially discouraged from pursuing a career in music, but her father’s status as a diplomat did influence her unique musical style. As a child, Traoré travelled across continents and was exposed to musical genres including classical, jazz, pop, and traditional Indian composition. From the 1998 release of her debut album, Mouneïssa, Traoré has developed a style that beautifully blends Western pop and rock influences with West African rhythms and instrumentation. Her sixth album, Né So, released earlier this year, reflects an artist who continues to push at boundaries. Traoré performs here in a co-presentation of the Victoria Jazz Society and the University of Victoria Farquhar Auditorium.

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5. Quinsin Nachoff’s Flux as part of Bright Moments
Vancouver, BC – The Western Front
8pm November 13, 2016

New York City-based saxophonist, clarinetist and composer Quinsin Nachoff has been bending and blending genres since his 2006 debut Magic Numbers, which fused a jazz trio with string quartet. As a composer, the Toronto-born Nachoff has written for string and brass ensembles as well as jazz big bands, and he’s toured internationally as both band leader and sideman in a variety of projects. The captivating mashup continues with Flux, Nachoff’s latest album project. The quartet - also featuring alto saxophonist David Binney, keyboardist Matt Mitchell and drummer Nate Wood - draws on sounds and influences from the 1970s, filtered through a 21st century lens. Flux deftly fashions jazz, rock, pop and contemporary classical currents into a cohesive and stirring sound. This bold, innovative quartet performs as part of the exploratory Bright Moments series, presented by Coastal Jazz.

Dee Dee Bridgewater with Theo Croker
Calgary, AB – Arts Commons, Jack Singer Concert Hall
7:30pm November 17, 2016

Arts Commons offers Calgarians a diverse array of culture, creative collisions, and world class music and speaker presentations, including the TD Jazz 2016-17 series. This second concert in the series features legendary American jazz vocalist and stage performer Dee Dee Bridgewater, joined by widely respected young trumpeter, composer and collaborator, Theo Croker. Performing steadily since the late 1960s, Bridgewater has recorded more than a dozen studio albums, including her lauded 1974 debut Afro Blue, performed with many of jazz music’s greats, and has won some of the most prestigious prizes in music. The multi-talented performer also produced Theo Croker’s third solo album, 2014’s Afro Physicist, an ambitious release showcasing the trumpeter’s soulful, sophisticated post-bop skills. Croker is at home whether playing standards, groove-oriented electric jazz or even rock and R&B. Enjoy the two together as Dee Dee Bridgewater appears in Calgary for the first time since 2013.

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Bryan Adams: Get Up! Tour
Kamloops, BC – Sandman Centre
            8pm November 18, 2016
Prince George, BC – Prince George CN Centre
            8pm November 19, 2016
Grand Prairie, AB – Revolution Arena
            8pm November 20, 2016 
Red Deer, AB – Enmax Centrium
            8pm November 22, 2016 
Medicine Hat, AB – Canalta Centre
            8pm November 23, 2016

Canadian singer, songwriter, and guitarist Bryan Adams first found fame with his 1983 album Cuts Like a Knife. He became a global superstar with 1984’s Reckless, which contained smash hits "Run to You" and "Summer of '69." With more than three decades’ of music under his belt, Adams has sold upward of 65 million records and achieved number one status in more than 40 countries. He’s won an impressive array of prestigious awards (including 20 JUNOS), was awarded the Order of Canada, and has received many other prominent forms of recognition. Also an in-demand photographer and a philanthropist who heads a foundation dedicated to improving education, Adams released his 13th studio album, Get Up, in October 2015. He now tours parts of Western Canada in support.
Visit TD Music Access to reserve tickets.

Stefano Bollani Trio & Roberto Occhipinti Trio
Toronto, ON – Koerner Hall
8pm November 18, 2016

Presented by the Royal Conservatory as part of the 2016-17 TD Jazz: The Art of the Trio series, this double bill brings together trios led by two deeply adventurous artists: Italy’s Stefano Bollani and Canada’s Roberto Occhipinti. Having studied piano from the age of six, Bollani is a successful recording artist and live performer who collaborates in a multitude of contexts, from playing in small groups to symphonies, creating jazz, classical, pop music and more. The inventive improviser and published author also crafts soundtracks for theatre, film and dance. Toronto’s Roberto Occhipinti is a versatile, award-winning bassist, composer and record producer. Throughout his career, he has recorded and performed as part of classical orchestras, jazz ensembles, Latin groups, rhythm & blues outfits and others, along with working in theatre, opera, radio and television. Occhipinti is joined here by pianist Manuel Valera and percussionist Dafnis Prieto.

Simon Denizart Trio
Montreal, QC – L'Astral (Maison du Festival)
8pm November 25, 2016

Born and raised on the outskirts of Paris, Simon Denizart is a pianist who decided to make Montreal home in 2011. There, he connected with upright bassist Jeanne Corpataux and drummer Simon Bellemare, and the Simon Denizart Trio a.k.a. SD3 was born. By 2015, SD3 had toured all over Quebec and released their debut album, Between Two Worlds. Led by Denizart’s supple skills, the Trio draws influence from European jazz and world music to deliver a sensitive yet driving music accented with accessible melodies. SD3 has since won acclaim both internationally and at home, including the title of Radio Canada’s 2016-2017 Révélation in jazz. Simon Denizart Trio now showcases material from sophomore album, Beautiful People, as part of the
TD Jazz All-Year Round 2016 series, presented by the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal.

* TD Music Access ticket offers are limited in quantity and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.