• YYZ Live

    YYZ Live, a musical celebration featuring free, live performances by local musicians, returns to Terminals 1 and 3 from March 7 to 24, 2019 for the enjoyment of both passengers and the public.

  • Bringing a taste of Toronto to our passengers from around the world, March 2019 lineup includes incredible performances ranging from folk, pop, and indie, to RnB, rock, blues, jazz and more, by local Canadian talent.

    YYZ Live performances are free and take place weekly:

    • Time                Location
    • 7:00 - 9:00am: T1 Departures Level - Aisle 4
    • 2:30 - 5:30pm: T3 Node C
    • 5:00 - 7:00pm: T1 International Arrivals
    • 7:30 - 9:30pm: T1 International Arrivals

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    Upcoming Performances

    Pan Fantasy

    Pan Fantasy

    Thu Mar 7 - 7:00am

    Pan Fantasy

    Pan Fantasy, also known as The North York Inter Community Youth Group, is a non profit organization that has been in existence for the past 30 years. We provide programs for youths and other organizations in North York and the surroundings areas. Our mission is to foster youth leadership through the performing arts and activities, by providing the youth in our community an avenue in which they could use their leadership skills and expose them to their cultural heritage. This is done through the operation of The Steel band Pan Fantasy, and Treble Clef music school partnership.

    Les Petits Nouveaux

    Les Petits Nouveaux

    Thu March 7 - 2:30pm

    Les Petits Nouveaux

    Les Petits Nouveaux are Tak Arikushi on guitar and Aline Homzy on violin. Their music can be described as manouche jazz and is inspired by Django Reinhardt and the hot club of Paris. They write original music and strive to continue evolving their compositional style as Django evolved in his lifetime. Les Petits Nouveaux have performed at the TD Toronto jazz festival, the Stockholm jazz festival and have appeared in numerous concert series including one for the Alliance Française de Toronto. They also hold a weekly residency at La Rev in the Junction neighborhood of Toronto. Daniel Botos will be joining them on bass for this occasion. 

    Zeca Polina

    Zeca Polina

    Fri Mar 8 - 2:30pm

    Zeca Polina

    Zeca Polina is a genre bending Singer-songwriter from Minas Gerias, Brazil. Inspired by everything that makes sounds around him, he writes songs that vary from blues, folk, Brazilian traditional forró and samba, music for kids, rock’n roll and whatever genres he feels like challenging himself to write a new tune. Based in Toronto for a little over three years, Zeca has been performing in Ontario and other provinces as a solo act; his Brazilian music duo with percussionist Mari Palhares, Zeca & Mari; with his rock band Zeca & The Hydroponic Lizards; the latin jazz fusion band Future Primitive and a few other projects he joins ocasionally as a free lancer. One of these projects is the monthly Brazilian party Forrobodó. The party is been happening succesfuly for over a year and Zeca hás been part of almost all 14 editions. Sometimes as the main performer, sometimes as a bass player, percussionist or guitarrist.

    Metis Fiddler Quartet

    Metis Fiddler Quartet

    Sat Mar 9 - 2:30pm

    Metis Fiddler Quartet

    This group of Métis siblings born in Winnipeg, Manitoba have nurtured a passion for music from an early age. Building on their foundations in classical music studies, they have mentored with Aboriginal elders from across Canada to develop their repertoire of Indigenous Canadian fiddle music. The group’s debut album North West Voyage Nord Ouest won best traditional album at the 2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards. The group has performed their music for audiences across Canada and internationally; from intimate settings in libraries, museums and schools, to festivals and events such as: the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards, the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian Gala, the Mariposa Folk Festival, and the Alianait festival in Iqaluit, Nunavut. Recent performances by the group include: the 2015 Parapan Am games opening ceremony, La Grande Gigue a collaboration with the Caprice Baroque Ensemble for the 2016 Montreal Baroque Festival, the Coalition for Music Education in Canada's Music Monday National Showcase on May 1st, 2017, and the 2017 North American Indigenous Games opening ceremony at the Aviva centre.

    VC2 Cello Duo

    VC2 Cello Duo

    Sun Mar 10 - 2:30pm

    VC2 Cello Duo

    VC2 is an innovative cello duo committed to captivating audiences through its performances of classical masterworks, unknown gems, and boundary pushing music. Comprised of cellists Amahl Arulanandam and Bryan Holt, the Toronto-based duo presents artistically challenging yet accessible programs and have performed in venues ranging from intimate cabarets to Roy Thomson Hall. Respected individuals, both Messrs. Holt and Arulanandam wear many musical hats. Collectively, they have performed as part of leading arts organizations including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, National Ballet of Canada Orchestra, Soundstreams, Art of Time Ensemble, Continuum Contemporary Music, New Music Concerts, Music in the Barns, Thin Edge New Music Collective, Caution Tape Sound Collective, Contact Contemporary Music, and Tapestry Opera. The duo has been featured artists at Ottawa Chamberfest, Ottawa New Music Creators, Koerner Hall’s 21C Music Festival, Ritornello Festival, and the Prairie Cello Institute. The promotion and performance of works by current composers is a priority to VC2. They strongly believe in the support and creation of new works by living composers, especially those from their home country of Canada. To this end, VC2 commissioned five Canadian composers to create works based on the Beethoven Cello Sonatas. They have premiered these works through performances in the 2016 and 2017 seasons and culminated in the recording of the album, Beethoven’s Cellists, which was released in September 2018. The recording was made possible by the generous support of the Ontario Arts Council. Future commissions and collaborations are in the works for VC2. Bryan and Amahl seek to redefine chamber music making with this duo VC2. Their unique brand of cello-fueled music adds a new sonority to the traditional presentation of cello performances.

    Mighloe

    Mighloe

    Thu Mar 14 - 5:00pm

    Mighloe

    Toronto based, r&b-soul, singer/songwriter and recent Remix Project graduate, Mighloe has released her debut ep “All About You” to the public on all streaming platforms. Reminiscent of an old school rnb vibe heavily influenced by artists like Amy Winehouse, and Aaliyah, this four track ep follows the sensual and tantalizing story of a lover’s journey. Mighloe flirtatiously walks us through her experiences in love and lust, from the first touch to the last goodbye. Her lead single “Bad” produced by David Ariza takes the listener to bed with lyrics that lure you into the night, while Mighloe takes pleasure in taking the term ‘bad girl’ to a whole other level. Mighloe is making her mark on the city with her alternative neo-soul vibes. She is delicate but vibrant with her words; an artist on the rise.

    Fethi Nadjem

    Fethi Nadjem

    Thu Mar 14 - 7:30pm

    Fethi Nadjem

    Fethi Nadjem was born in 1983 in Algeria where he grew up in a family of musicians. He began playing the guitare and Oud at the age of 13, and developed his skills within the Fine Arts Association in Algiers, learning andalous music, playing violin and mandole . At the age of 21 he was one of the founders of a world music fusion band named Djmawi Africa. They got to play in the biggest scenes all around the world for 13 years, years where he also learned to play kora (african harp). Just landing in Toronto, he started playing with several bands and musicians, and recently joined the Moskitto Bar band and Moneka Arabic Jazz Band as a multi-instrumentalist.

    Nutrients

    Nutrients

    Fri Mar 15 - 2:30pm

    Nutrients

    Nutrients is a jangly guitar pop band from Toronto. They play short, fun songs that often feature duelling guitars and high-reaching harmonies. After spending the end of 2018 in the studio, a new full-length album is expected for release in 2019.

    Hunting Owls

    Hunting Owls

    Fri Mar 15 - 5:00pm

    Hunting Owls

    Hunting Owls is a project by Toronto-based musician, Dan Joseph Cohen, with a folk-poppy edge and catchy melodies. He is focused on the space between bliss and instability, crafting love songs for the end of the world. For YYZ Live 2019, Hunting Owls will be performing a stripped down, solo-electric guitar set.

    Zaynab Wilson

    Zaynab Wilson

    Fri Mar 15 - 7:30pm

    Zaynab Wilson

    A Montréal-born Trinidadian-Canadian, Zaynab Wilson brings a wealth of cultural and musical diversity to her sound. Her recent Live EP (2018) is the debut to her emergence as a fronting singer-songwriter where she draws musical and rhythmic inspiration from her Caribbean roots and merges with folk, her heart and soul. Her voice is sweet, unaffected and naturally blended, and carries a strong sense of rhythm. Zaynab Wilson’s passion for music has aligned her with prominent artists in Canada, Trinidad, Mexico, Australia, UK and Germany, and an opportunity to perform two solo tours of western and eastern Canada in 2018. Continuing with the flow, she is working on a studio EP for 2019 and a Summer Tour in USA and Canada. Set features Kyle Skillman on guitar and vocals.

    Matias Recharte

    Matias Recharte

    Sat Mar 16 - 2:30pm

    Matias Recharte

    At 6 years old he started learning music at a local music school were he learned Afro Peruvian percussion and other wind and string instruments. In 2010 he completed a bachelors in Latin drum set and percussion from the Rotterdam Conservatorium in The Netherlands where he studied with Hans van Oosterhout and Lucas van Merwijk. After returning to Peru for a few years to perform professionally and teach at the University, he moved to Toronto, Canada where he presently resides. Once there he earned a Masters in Ethnomusicology from York University and is currently pursuing a Phd in Music Education at the University of Toronto. He is currently also an advanced student of master South Indian percussionist Trichy Sankaran. As a musician he has performed in several salsa and latin music bands as well as rock and jazz ensembles. He is currently a member of the New Canadian Global Music, a project of The RoyalConservatory that brings together traditional musicians from twelve different countries to create a new global sound. As an educator he has taught in music schools since the age of fourteen and has participated in music education projects that served low-income families in Peru in 2011-2013. He has also taught drum set and percussion at the first Peruvian faculty of popular music at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru (PUCP) from 2011 to 2013. He continues to work as a TA at the Music Faculty of U of T and as a private drums, guitar and bass teacher.

    Maya Kiltron

    Maya Kiltron

    Sat Mar 16 - 5:00pm

    Maya Kiltron

    Maya Killtron is an accomplished vocalist, DJ, and violinist. Her playful style and funky-pop beats have landed her features in Noisey, Huffington Post, Complex, with multiple singles charting on Hype Machine. Maya’s live show has been billed as “explosive, energetic & unshakeable fun”, bringing the dance party to audiences around the world. Her music is not just a nod or throwback, not disposable or following any trend. It stands alone as classic lush big sound pop music. Collaborations with NYC DJ Duo Love Taps have been featured on Broad City & her solo single Whiplash was the soundtrack to Swedish designer Gina Tricots' fall 2017 collection . Taking on the roles of singer, writer, arranger, violinist, keyboardist, Maya's highly anticipated full length solo record Never Dance Alone is set for release in March 2019.

    The Accents

    The Accents

    Sat Mar 16 - 7:30pm

    The Accents

    What was originally intended to be a side project quickly flourished into a full time gig when solo artist Mathijs Kriebel and former artist manager Richard Weller started working together on some ideas. Kriebel, a Dutch native, moved to Canada when he was 12 and brought his musical roots with him. Weller, a born-and-raised Canadian was always on the business side of the industry before meeting Kriebel. The two initially started working together when Rich approached Mathijs with various lyrics and musical ideas he had written. This collaborative effort was the spark that ignited the start of The Accents. The duo have since cultivated a unique sound which can be described as a melting pot of influences such as Frank Ocean, The 1975, and Future Islands. Currently, The Accents are frequently producing for other artists as well as steadily working on our own music.

    OKAN

    OKAN

    Sun Mar 17 - 5:00pm

    OKAN

    Embracing genres and roles that have historically been dominated by men, co-leaders, composers and multi-instrumentalists Elizabeth Rodriguez and Magdelys Savigne bring a fresh perspective to Latin and world jazz fusion through their powerful vocals, incredible musicianship and potent lyrical content. Born in Havana, Cuba, Elizabeth Rodriguez is a classically trained violinist who served as concertmaster for Havana’s Youth Orchestra. Magdelys Savigne hails from Santiago de Cuba and graduated with honours in orchestral percussion from Havana’s University of the Arts. Both are JUNO-nominees for their work with Battle of Santiago and Grammy-nominees for their contributions to Jane Bunnett and Maqueque of which they are former members. Backed by some of the Canada's finest jazz and Latin players such as Miguel de Armas, Roberto Riveron, Frank Martinez, Jeremy Ledbetter, Bill King, Danae Olano, Pablosky Rosales, Alexis Baro and Reimundo Sosa OKAN released their debut recording Labertino in October of 2018. Their full-length recording Esprial will be released in 2019. Living and collaborating in the intensely multicultural city of Toronto has enriched OKAN’s compositions with influences from Brazil, Spain and New Orleans. Having performed at the Beaches, Toronto and Markham Jazz Festivals as well as Harbourfront, Lulaworld Kultrun and the National Arts Centre, OKAN will tour Canada and the U.S. in 2019/20.

    Taylor Angus

    Taylor Angus

    Sun Mar 17 - 7:30pm

    Taylor Angus

    The first thing that grabs you is the voice. Crisp yet emotive and utterly indifferent to gravity, it glides then soars over a deceptively simple foundation alternately conjuring soulful pop and poppy soul with a smidge of folk that’s utterly unlike anything you’ve heard before but something you instantly want to hear again. This is the music of Taylor Angus, the fast-emerging sound primarily featuring namesake singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Taylor Angus and her partner, guitarist/songwriter Logan Brown.

    Lilian Kim

    Lilian Kim

    Thu Mar 21 - 5:00pm

    Lilian Kim

    Raw, honest and open. Lilian’s soft, simple melodies tell the story of love, loss and starting over again. Her songs explore the deepest feelings through music and words that often stir the most hidden emotions. Her original pieces gently express the passionate and sometimes difficult universal experiences of connection that we share. Her guitar has become a voice to accompany her vocals and both take the listener on a journey where memories are rediscovered. Her appreciation for artists is wide but some of the influences include the Sundays, Travis, the Cranberries, and classical music. Lilian has performed in various venues and festivals in and around Toronto’s welcoming music community, connecting with audiences and sharing a passion for music.

    Pabolosky Rosales

    Pablosky Rosales

    Thu Mar 21 - 7:30pm

    Pablosky Rosales

    Born in Havana Cuba, Pablosky Rosales is graduated from "Instituto Superior Pedagogico Enrique Jose Varona" with a major in Musical Education. In 2002, he started working as a Tres /Guitar player and backing vocalist with the renowned band CUBANISMO until he moved to Toronto Canada in 2006 . In Toronto, he has collaborated and recorded with some of the most important Salsa, Cuban music and Latin jazz bands in the local scene, such as Amanda Martinez, ”Café Cubano”, "OKAN" “Guaracha y Son quartet”, Sean Bellaviti’s “Conjunto Lacalu” and also international stars like Bobby Carcassés, Tony Vega and Ralph Irizarri amongst many others. Other career landmarks for PablosKy includes the Musical Direction of a show at the Prestigious The Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre in Toronto, the soundtrack of a documentary produced for NaLeo TV in Hawaii and his collaboration as a composer and arranger for the 2008 Grammy Award nominated recording “Greetings from Havana” by CUBANISMO.

    BamBoo

    BamBoo

    Fri Mar 22 - 5:00pm

    BamBoo

    "This is solid Canadian alt-pop. Listen." - Alan Cross BamBoo has rocked packed shows at many of Toronto’s historic venues including The Horseshoe Tavern, Lee’s Palace, The Silver Dollar, and Cameron House with their unique blend of melodic pop and post-rock. Combining their own light show with percussive audience participation, BamBoo has taken their live show to new heights and plan to back it up with new music throughout the year.

    Mel Dube

    Mel Dube

    Fri Mar 22 - 7:30pm

    Mel Dube

    Independent artist, Mel Dubé brings passion to ignite her audience as well as her powerful vocals that combine neo-soul and reggae in a melodic pop fusion. Mel Dubé is musically trained in music theatre and jazz which is highlights her Jamaican heritage and inspires her soulful reggae sound. She is on a mission to inspire and create a unique sound that will change the world and bring back soul power in reggae music. Her humble beginnings as background singer for various reggae artists such as J.C Lodge, Lenn Hammond, Steele, Richie Stephens and for local bands in Toronto gave her additional insight needed to groom her vocal abilities. She began taking on more of interest to write and produce her own material and was awarded a demo grant to produce her first single, "Bring it". Years later she grew even more stronger as a live performer and recording artist, and released another single “Extra Side” was chosen to be featured on Music 311 – a new phone system initiative managed by the City of Toronto that spotlighted local indie artists and connected them with millions of listeners in her hometown.

    Luna Li

    Luna Li

    Sat Mar 23 - 5:00pm

    Luna Li

    Luna Li has been called the garage rock princess of Toronto (Mick Magazine), performing regularly with her female-centric 4-piece band throughout Ontario and Quebec. She has played shows and festivals such as Canadian Music Week, Slut Island festival, NXNE, and recently joined Born Ruffians as direct support on the Ontario leg of their North American tour. With over 14 years of classical piano and violin training, Luna brings a unique musical sensibility to the rock genre; playing both distorted guitar and violin with a looping pedal resulting in a “dreamy romp through some beautiful melodies and heartbreaking lyrics” (Deli Magazine). Luna released her new single, Silver into Rain, with an accompanying music video in June 2018. The song marks the first follow-up to her debut EP, Opal Angel. In 2017, Luna won the SOCAN Foundation Award for Young Canadian Songwriters with her single Star Stuff. Bringing a much-needed strong female presence to the Toronto music scene, Luna Li is unabashedly herself. Look out for new music in 2019.

    BLISK

    BLISK

    Sat Mar 23 - 7:30pm

    BLISK

    BLISK is a synthesis of polyphonic Eastern European song, dance and movement backed by hypnotic percussion. It is described as a musical journey travelling through Ukraine, Poland, Russia, the Balkans and beyond. The all-female group was brought together by a deep love and respect for the ancient songs and dances of these regions, bringing the tunes to life in the modern world through unique original compositions, storytelling, dance and distinctive arrangements of traditional folk music. The band’s original compositions are inspired by the cultures from which the members hail – Ukraine, Poland, Russia/Kazakhstan and Canada. These are seamlessly intertwined and paired with traditional Eastern European repertoire that crosses cultural borders, bonding them through music. Dancer Stephania adds an extra element of texture by performing improvised modern choreographies inspired by the dance traditions of these regions, adding layer upon layer to the texture of the overall show. Throughout their performance, the band regularly shares stories about the ancient rituals and folklore from which the songs originate, adding rich cultural value to the set.

    Rags n' Bones

    Rags n' Bones

    Sun Mar 24 - 5:00pm

    Rags n' Bones

    Toronto’s Rags n' Bones formed in 2017, after drummer Kyrie Wilmot and guitarist John Keffer met vocalist Kasia “Kosh” Bulgarski at a mutual friend’s BBQ. The three started jamming a few weeks later and the original songs began flowing. In early 2018, bassist John Dehaas joined as the band continued writing music, with compositions organically springing to life from their ad-lib jam sessions. Rags n' Bones' sound has been described as soulful, psychedelic, blues-rock. The band’s influences are varied, and include notable artists such as Erykah Badu, Amy Winehouse, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Charles Bradley, Etta James, Jack White and the Black Keys. Throughout 2018, Rags n' Bones released a number of songs and videos to the web, recorded live, off the floor, in their rehearsal spaces. In 2019, the band plans to record and release their debut album, and play shows in the Toronto area.

    Staasia Daniels

    Staasia Daniels

    Sun Mar 24- 7:30pm

    Staasia Daniels

    Staasia Daniels is a singer/songwriter/turtle-lover from the talented city of Toronto. Music (and food) has always been a passion of hers; it just does this magical thing where it brings her out of her shell and allows her to express her struggles, experiences, and quirky yet lovable personality. She began her journey with highly-recognized YouTube covers that soon turned into original tracks that garnered attention, nominations, and recognition worldwide (from an Australian magazine, the Black Canadian Awards, and a few more), leading her to perform and showcases in various places all over North America (including Texas for SXSW and Atlanta for A3C Fest). Staasia Daniels has graced major venues including Toronto’s Mod Club and The Drake Hotel for cardinal festivals including Canadian Music Week and Manifesto, as well as her own headlining shows. Following the successful release of her 2 major EP’s “Hidden Gems” and “Mood Roulette” (which currently racks over 100k streams on Spotify), she’s landed in various publications including EXclaim, NOW Magazine and Complex.