BONJAY + TOO ATTACHED
THE DIVERSITY TOUR
With SHANIKA MARIA
Sunday, May 27, 2018
Doors 7pm, Music 8pm | All-Ages
Tickets $10 (+SC) adv., $12 door
Forward-thinking pop duos Bonjay and Too Attached embark on The Diversity Tour, poking fun at our current cultural obsession with ‘diversity’ as a box to tick. Together they embody Blackness, browness, queerness, transness — but also so much more. The Diversity Tour showcases “diverse” sounds in progressive Canadian music with broad appeal. From emo dancehall to deep pop, Bonjay and Too Attached are a powerful pairing for fans of boundary-breaking.
BONJAY is Alanna Stuart and Ian Swain of Toronto. Dancehall-bred. Orchestrated like old soul. Driven by emotive vocals ...inspired as much by Feist as by Yolanda Adams. There’s a rawness to Bonjay: to the feelings, to the voice, to the sounds clashing. It sounds like something new. Their debut Broughtupsy EP established them with praise from NME, The New York Times and The Guardian. Their highly-anticipated debut album, Lush Life, was mixed in Hamilton and arrives in May 2018.
@bonjaymusic | bonjay.net
“"Ingenue," a brand-new single from Toronto-based duo Bonjay…sounds like the explosiveness of fighting to make a life for yourself, and succeeding.” – The Fader
TOO ATTACHED is two siblings: Vivek Shraya & Shamik Bilgi.
Too Attached grew out of Vivek and Shamik’s childhood history of singing devotional songs together in Edmonton, obsessing over pop and R&B as teenagers, and informal collaborations throughout their individual decade-long artistic careers. Their first EP, Bronze, was released in 2015, which they toured across Canada while opening for Tegan and Sara. Most recently, Too Attached were listed as one of IN Magazine’s 2018 Canadian Artists To Watch.
@tooattachedpop | tooattached.com
“Vibrant, perfectly vicious and vitally contemporary… Angry earns its place among Canada’s most incisive, radical and galvanizing albums, and it doesn’t just deserve to be heard, we need to listen to it and make space for other artists to follow suit.” — CBC Music
Joining Bonjay and Too Attached on this bill is local singer-songwriter Shanika Maria Music, an introspective lyricist, sometimes soft and quiet, sometimes witty and cynical. For the past two years, Shanika lived in France where she refined her writing style. Her music evokes a young Tracy Chapman, leaving listeners in awe with her quiet intensity as she sings her heart out to you.