• YYZ Live

    Canada’s largest airport is at the heart of many Canadian travels: the first place newcomers touch our soil, the front door to a Toronto adventure, and the gateway to our great nation. This summer, visitors to Terminal 1 can enjoy YYZ Live, a musical celebration with 150 performances from 75 local artists in honour of Canada's 150th birthday.

    Performances are free and open to the public, running from June 26 to September 15. Visit the YYZ Live stage in Terminal 1, International Arrivals, or the YYZ Live acoustic stage on the Terminal Link train platform.

    • 7:00 p.m. daily – YYZ Live stage, Terminal 1, International Arrivals
    • 8:00 p.m. daily – YYZ Live acoustic stage, Terminal Link train platform
    Luke Austin

    Luke Austin

    July 17
    Alt Rock

    lukeaustinmusic.com

    Luke Austin found his way to the stage by way of a love of music and a desire to express himself. ""I have always felt like I was best at manifesting my feelings... and thoughts through writing songs,"" says the Toronto native.

    Backed by longtime friends Kennedy Pollard, Bryan Swartz and Mike Ferguson, the singer/songwriter’s alternative sound is highlighted by hints of classic rock reminiscent of Bruce Springsteen and Kings of Leon.

    ""I write real songs for real people,"" explains Luke. "It's a shame these days to hear so little emotional connection from artists to the songs they are singing. That's one reason my goal as a writer and performer is to connect with people and to write songs that are honest and real.” A couple of heavy hitters on both sides of the border heard that in Luke’s music and were eager to help the young musician.

    His first record in 2012 was produced by Grammy-nominated and five-time Juno Award winner Michael Hansen, who discovered Luke after a demo recording was passed along from some of Luke's friends to Hansen. Luke’s current record was produced in Nashville by Grammy Award-winner Vance Powell (Kings of Leon, Jack White), who is also an engineer from the world famous Sputnik Sound.

    The first song off of the new project, “Long Road Home,” found immediate success with fans on streaming services such as Spotify and Rdio, where Luke was the third most streamed song in Canada, just trailing superstar acts Ed Sheeran and Trey Songz.

    "The story behind 'Long Road Home' is an interesting one," says Luke. ""I was on a cross-country train tour sponsored by VIA Rail Canada performing for the passengers. When I wasn't singing I was watching the landscape pass by to the beat of the wheels on the tracks and from that 'Long Road Home' was born.”

    Luke is currently writing and recording new music while touring through the summer.

    Jordan Alexander

    Jordan Alexander

    July 18
    RnB/Pop

    jordanalexandermusic.com

    2016 was a busy year for Jordan Alexander with the release of her debut album The Lonely Hearts Club in June, touring Canada opening for Bif Naked in November and the release of her first music video Take Me Out Tonight. Managed by Peter Karroll and produced by Jarvis Church aka Gerald Eaton, Jordan has all she needs to navigate the Canadian music scene. Jordan’s deep lyrical content, catchy pop choruses, and sultry voice are a staple of her music. Jordan has performed in Toronto’s Pride celebrations, opened for Tegan and Sara, and Jess Glynn. She recently did her first performance in the US as a part of Columbus, Ohio’s pride celebration. To follow up the popularity of her first single Take Me Out Tonight, Jordan is primed to release her next single Cool. 2017 is looking good for this Canadian singer-songwriter.

    Father Christmas

    Father Christmas

    July 22
    Psych-Pop/Folk

    fatherchristmas.bandcamp.com

    Take a drive down a kaleidoscopic country road with Father Christmas’s debut self-titled album. These experimental desert-pop tunes will be playing in your head long after the music has stopped.

    Taken from excerpts of past trips around the globe,"Father Christmas" invites you to join him on a cryptic musical road trip from the harsh Canadian tundra to hot tropical South American sand dunes.

    Recorded at his home studio (Millz Studios) and mixed at Dream House Studios with Engineer/Producer Dave Plowman, Father Christmas (Kyle Alexander Peters) was joined in studio by a group of talented Toronto-based musicians. Peters then put together a tight-knit 6 member band and have started booking shows around the city at The Silver Dollar, Double Double Land and The Horseshoe Tavern. The full length LP was released 03.23.15 on Canadian Label Leg Warmer Records earlier this year.

    Shawn William Clarke

    Shawn William Clarke

    July 23
    Folk/Indie

    shawnwilliamclarke.com

    Shawn William Clarke has long been a sideman with acts like the gypsy-folk collective Olenka and the Autumn Lovers and Arts & Crafts recording artist Timber Timbre. But a few years ago, the Toronto musician branched out to pursue a solo career, putting himself squarely in the spotlight. His debut album “Like Birds Too Tired To Fly” was called “one of the best Canadian albums of 2010” by Snobs Music blog and now has a follow up, Clarke's sophomore album, “William”.

    “William” features the autobiographical storytelling found on “Like Birds Too Tired To Fly” and has a number of songs inspired by the tales of both cities and small towns, from Clarke's travels across Canada. “Some Nerve” is a solemn tribute to unconditional love in a slowly progressing landscape, while “I Blame the Loyalist Ghost” is a tongue-in-cheek lament on being sick during an East Coast tour. “William” also contains the song “Tranzac Club”, which tells the tale of a new love blossoming in his current city of Toronto, Ontario.

    Clarke sought out James Bunton (Ohbijou, Diamond Rings, Evening Hymns) to produce the album and they decided to record in Gravenhurst, Ontario at the studio space inside Currie's Music and Collectibles. “Currie's was a very inspiring location to record this album”, says Clarke. “The Currie brothers [who own and run the store] make you feel at home and their knowledge and supply of vintage equipment is unparalleled.” Good use was made of the instruments available at the antique shop including a number of vintage guitars like the 1969 Guild that was once owned by Canadian singer-songwriter Mendelson Joe, a 1962 Gibson that was used on the children's television show Romper Room, and a 1967 Yamaha that resonated so much with Clarke he purchased it after the recording sessions.

    As a songwriter, Clarke's goal has been to simplify music and melodies, bringing the subjects of his lyrics to the foreground. Have a listen and see if you don't agree.

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    YYZ Live was developed in partnership with the City of Toronto.