~ BANDS ~
Angelique Francis is a versatile and exceptionally gifted young musician with talent that is way beyond her years. This multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist, singer song writer and composer has played some of the biggest venues across Canada and the USA. Angelique first took to the stage at age 7 and made her American national television debut at age 13 on the Oprah Network, for writing and composing an original theme song for the Gayle King show. She has an insatiable appetite for many different kinds of music, and has wowed audiences across the globe with her stage presence, instrumentals, song writing abilities and her deep textured vocals. She is known for her eclectic mix of various musical genres including Blues, Soul, folk, Jazz and Rock. Her diversity, passion and love of music can be heard in all of her original compositions.
Over the past few years Angelique has risen through the ranks of the Blues/ Soul and roots music scene at warp speed. After a cross Canada search she was selected top 6 emerging Blues artist for the Toronto Blues Society showcase, and was later chosen to represent the blues society at the International Blues Challenge In Memphis Tennessee. Angelique was also nominated for a Stingray Rising Star Award by Ottawa CityFolk Music Festival (Marvest) and was one of the winners of the Canada’s Walk of Fame RBC Emerging Artist initiative. This led to performances at the Canada’s walk of Fame events and performances with many of Canada’s iconic musicians. This highly sought after musician was a feature act at the Massey Hall (women’s Blues Revue), Montreal Jazz Festival, Ottawa Jazz festival, Aurora Winter Blues Festival, Mont-Tremblant Blues Festival, Trios-Rivieres Blues festival, Ottawa Folkfest, Val-d’Or Blues Fest, Calabogie Blues festival, Unity Festival, Ottawa Blues Festival, Montreal Jazz festival and the list goes on.
Joshua Fialkoff grew up plunking away on a dusty old piano, imbibing the soulful melodies of Ray Charles, Jim Croce, Van Morrison, Louis Armstrong, and Ella Fitzgerald. For 20 years, his passion for music grew in fits and starts. Throughout those decades, he toured the US to play music for Swing and Blues dancers, attended music school, and wrote the occasional melody. One day, he sat down at that same piano, dusted off the memories of a childhood filled with rich music, and discovered a yearning to create and share his own music that could no longer be held at bay.
Now, after 5 years as leader and frontman of Downtown Shimmy, Joshua has split off to redefine himself and his art. In the works is a solo EP that combines his powerful vocals, artfully picked guitar, and unique piano stylings – a veritable gumbo of roots piano flavors. The album showcases Joshua’s depth as a songwriter with a bounty of new music, from the chilling “Oh Fortunate One”, a thoughtful look into privilege, to the lighthearted “I’ve Got a Letter”, a joyous celebration of getting real, old-fashioned mail.
Prior to embarking on his newest journey, Joshua toured as a solo artist and with his various ensembles, making music for folks throughout the US, Canada, the UK, and Europe. He has performed for audiences large and small, from the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Musikfest, and Spring Gulch Folk Festival, to several jazz clubs, dance exchanges (international gatherings of Swing and Blues dancers) and patrons’ homes for intimate private concerts. Joshua has released three live albums and, in 2014, released his first studio album with his group Downtown Shimmy that, according to WXPN’s Julie Miller, “channeled the true soul of southern music.”
Currently, Joshua is excited to take some time off the road to further hone his skills as a musician and songwriter. He is looking forward to 2018, when he’ll take to the road (and air, and water) once again to share his new music.
~ DJs ~
Flouer Evelyn (NY)
Several years ago Flouer fell in love with blues dancing, and ever since she has been fascinated with blues movement, history, and music. DJing has turned into a passion for her, the meditative process of discovering and organizing music & the thrill of watching a room of dancers thrum are some of her favorite things to do. Not only does she DJ regularly at events in her home town of New York City, but she has created musical experiences all over the US & Canada at both local and National events. Thanks for listening- now get up and dance!
Mark began blues dancing in 2005 and has been playing music for dancers since the beginning. A founding member of Drop Dead Blues in SLO, he eventually became a house DJ and cut his teeth in the blue glow of Room 225. Since then he has shared his collection of music at dozens of events and local venues spanning four continents. He plays only the most quality songs from his eclectic musical collection and has stolen unapologetically from every great DJ, musician, or music aficionado he’s encountered.
Nicole Trissell (Bay Area)
Nicole started DJing her college swing club, from CDs, in 2007. She has since discovered both lots of amazing music, and modern technology. She DJs blues regularly in her home scene of San Francisco, as well as at the national and international events where she teaches. Nicole plays a wide range of blues music, but she’s currently extra excited to play music with latin rhythms, and female vocalists.
Jason Purificato (Albany)
Jason was dragged kicking and screaming to his first swing dance in February 2010. He found his way to his first Blues Dance in July of that year and hasn’t looked back since. Specializing in DJing not quite traditional blues for late nights, he’s DJed in both NYC and New Haven as well as being a staple of the Albany scene.
Erin June (Toronto)
Erin’s love of music began in the back yards of rural Ontario, surrounded by a family of rock and roll musicians. Her love of dance began much later, in the romanticized rhythms of salsa. Since then, her infatuation with different music and dance styles has enveloped and expanded beyond these disparate beginnings. As a DJ and a dancer, she loves emotive music that draws in a range of flavours and influences. Erin has been sharing music with the Toronto fusion scene since it’s conception over three years ago and DJs at dance events around Canada and the US.
Randy Pante (Montreal)
Well known in the Montréal street partnered-dance culture, Randy Panté is the main artistic director of all things bluesy and très chic at the Swing Connexion dance school. As a blues DJ, his tastes in songs and styles constantly varies but you can assured that he tests all of his songs often in his dance classes way before hitting that spacebar on the dance floor. Recently, he has a new found love affair with jump-blues.
Sapo – MBB’s music coordinator since 2009, Sapo left Lindy for Blues in 2008 (no hard feelings, they’re still friends). As a Dj, she thrives after midnight or at house parties as some Montreal, Waterloo, Vancouver and New Haven people will tell you. Left to her own devices, she’ll gravitate towards the moody, the groovy, the dirty, the rootsy, the funny & the tribally. Has Djed at Bagel N’ Blues, Mystic Blues III, CTLX, Frankie’s 95th (blues late night), Melting Pot, Blues Muse, DJ Experiment and Carnaval Swing de Québec.
Emilio DJs at many events locally and nationally providing a groovy flavor of Blues, Lindy, and Fusion styles of music. He also runs DJ Experiment which is an organization created to give DJs, musicians, and dancers a safe place to experiment and grow.
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