• YYZ Live

    YYZ Live, a musical celebration featuring free, live performances by local musicians, returns to Terminals 1 and 3 from June to December 2018 for the enjoyment of both passengers and the public.

  • Bringing a taste of Toronto to our passengers from around the world, this year’s lineup includes 75 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 from 6 p.m. to 6:40 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 7:40 p.m.:

    • Tuesday: YYZ Live stage, Terminal 3, Departures (Post-Security)
    • Friday: YYZ Live stage, Terminal 1, International Arrivals (Pre-Security)
    • Saturday: YYZ Live stage, Terminal 1, International Arrivals (Pre-Security)

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    Upcoming Performances

    Claire Hunter

    Claire Hunter

    Tuesday, July 31

    www.windhorse-music.com/

    Claire Hunter’s work has a way of drawing out memories that are often lost or forgotten in the everyday shuffle of life. Her gift for capturing the shared human experience through song is enhanced by the conversational tone of her writing. Each of her songs contains multiple layers, despite having a refreshing, down to earth, simplicity. Add her seemingly effortless, soulful, voice and Hunter commands your attention. Born just a few miles west of the capital of this great white north, in a town called Almonte, Hunter grew up in a household that nurtured her creative side. Her father’s instruments, which could be found throughout her childhood home, began her fascination with music. In the years since, she has found her way as a singer-songwriter, debuting with her EP titled "Something Safe." Released in February 2016, this debut features a collection of evocative works produced with the support of the Toronto Arts Council. She is currently playing in some of Toronto’s most charming rooms, attracting a devoted following in the process. Claire plans to take her songs across Ontario and Eastern Canada as this following continues to grow. Hunter always ensures her songs are a true representation of herself, which she values above all else. This vulnerable stance and self-assurance are a part of what makes her an approachable artist. Perhaps most of all, audiences gravitate towards her tendency to find beauty in the darkest of places. Hunter’s work will continually find a way to remind us of how to appreciate those imperfect situations.

    Claire Hunter

    Temeka Williams

    Friday, August 3

    temekawilliams.com

    Temeka Williams is a singer/songwriter from Toronto, Ontario that communicates faith, strength, openness and optimism through her music. Under the tutelage of Sacha Williamson at York University, Williams learned the beauty of Jazz and its relationship to the gospel music she already knew and loved. The responsibility of leading a congregation in worship coupled with Williams' Jazz education formed a place for her voice to develop, mature and ultimately create her own sound. The sound Williams has created and built upon over the years can captivate any listener and teleport them to special moments in time. Williams' guitar, informally known as Sister Rose after her late grandmother, was a god-given gift. Williams can be found leading worship at her church Adonai House of Refuge ministries or as a guests at others in and around the GTA. She has sung with many other Toronto artists such as the Toronto Mass Choir and recently, Amy Sky. She is also a member of the gospel group For The Master and currently teaches both voice and English as a Second Language.

    The Sattalites

    The Sattalites

    Saturday, August 4

    The Sattalites are a Canadian reggae group. They came together over twenty years ago in Toronto, Ontario as a music school; from then they have flourished across Canada as a very influential reggae group. They signed with the Canadian record label Solid Gold Records early in their career and have been with them ever since. The worldly vibe that they emit comes from a wide variety of instruments and vocals and their peaceful attitude towards life. Jo Jo Bennett and Fergus Hambleton, the first members of The Sattalites, met while touring with reggae singer afreen and the pair began performing together, mixing Bennett's instrumentals with Hambleton's smooth alto voice to create the unique Sattalite sound. The band started as a teaching group who opened The Sattalite Music School on a pay-what-you-can basis to spread their influence in 1981. The Sattalites consisted of various types of students from the school who wanted a sense of live performing. By 1982, The Sattalites had melded into a collaboration of musicians from exceptionally talented beginners to experienced pros, some of whom still perform. They became very well known for their enthusiastic live performances which initiated their extensive touring across Canada and the United States. It was the only Canadian band ever invited to play at Jamaica's "Sunsplash", playing before 25,000 people, and they gave an excellent performance at the 1993/94 World Skiing Championship in Whistler, British Columbia. As two-time Juno winners, The Sattalites are known as Canada’s longest standing reggae group

    Alex McCulloch

    Alex McCulloch

    Tuesday, August 7

    alexmccullochmusic.com

    Growing up listening to Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Etta James and Joni Mitchell, Alex developed an affinity for heartful songwriting and powerful vocal performances. Today, she draws influence from more modern influences such as the Tragically Hip, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Chris Stapleton and the Strumbellas. Above all, Alex’s focus remains on writing well-crafted songs that might help others find reprieve from their everyday problems. Alex McCulloch’s well-crafted songs and soaring vocals consistently evoke emotional responses from audiences. These days her music is a sweet blend of classic rock, alt-country and soul and features dynamic highs and lows, a powerful voice and front-and-centre lyrics. Alex is particularly interested in exploring and representing Canadian history, mental illness, and the female experience in her music. Alex performs regularly with her band featuring Tom Perry on bass and Chris Lyttle on drums. She is currently preparing to record a professional studio EP to be produced by Juno Award winning artist Dave Ritter.

    Running Red Lights

    Running Red Lights

    Friday, August 10

    runningredlights.com

    Established in 2006, Running Red Lights has undergone many stylistic and career transformations through the years. Currently the band is a male/female fronted Indie Pop group with adequate traces of pop, folk, soul and country. Over the course of their career they have had many notable achievements including most recently winning the 2018 Canadian Songwriting Contest as well as reaching the final top 5 in the Cross-Canada ‘It’s Your Shot’ Slaight Music/Hidden Pony Competition. Running Red Lights debut album 'There's a Bluebird in My Heart' released January 2014 to a sweep of praise from music journalist and bloggers from all over the world. The album was added and featured on CBC and BBC Radio. The leading single 'Mulberry Love' was named #1 Song of 2014 via NY Blog Given and Taken in Ink and the popularity of the song allowed the band an appearance on the nationally televised Canada Am. As career artists they have toured all over Canada into America, across the sea to Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales. They’ve performed on trains, boats, on small and large stages, to an audience of none to audiences of several thousand. On May 25th 2018 Running Red Lights released the first single, Songs of Blue, from their soon-to-be released sophomore album ‘I Am You’.

    Landom Ensemble

    Landom Ensemble

    Saturday, August 11

    ladomensemble.com/site

    Ladom Ensemble combines piano, cello, accordion, and percussion in a unique blend of acoustic chamber and world music that is passionate, sophisticated, and wild. Their all-original repertoire incorporates inspirations from Argentinean tango, Serbian folk and dance traditions, Persian classical repertoire, as well as music from the Classical (Bach, Prokofiev), and progressive rock worlds (Radiohead). Ladom doesn’t pretend to represent any one tradition, but rather expresses an authentically Canadian fusion. Ladom’s musical identity is combined from many sources and reflects a beautiful new world with a Western classical toolset. “Elegant and contemplative… rocking and fiery!” - Errol Nazareth, CBC

    Holly

    Holly

    Tuesday, August 14

    hollysmusic.ca

    Holly is an R&B, soulful, hip-hop artist, born in Toronto. Her passion lies within the art and expression of songwriting and singing. Writing her own music, Holly uses her inner expression, to create, and explore different sounds. Each song creates a soul-based, authentic feel, for listeners to vibe out to. When people listen to her music, Holly encourages an intimately personal experience. Graduated from Seneca Colleges ‘Independent Music Production Program, she engages with the fundamentals to enhance her production abilities, and invest more time into piano. Working independently, and with her release of her FIRST EDITION project, following her latest single ‘Grow’ Holly is eager to perform and keep pushing her music to the next level.

    Eclecticus

    Eclecticus

    Friday, August 17

    facebook.com/eclecticusband

    ECLECTICUS is a dynamic rock band from Toronto, Canada. Singer-songwriters Gar Reid and Tiina LeMay with Jono Grant (electric guitars, producer, co-writer), Chris Ross (drums) and newest member Darrell Goodman (bass) are passionate artists/players who together play a unique and engaging diverse mix of songs in their catalogue. Their chemistry is undeniable and they give an exciting performance every time they hit the stage.

    The Lauren Barnett Free For All

    The Lauren Barnett Free For All

    Saturday, August 18

    https://www.laurenbarnettmusic.com/

    The Lauren Barnett Free For All is a feet and hands inspiring band that shines a musical light onto the familiarity of many worlds. The band layers world inspired grooves with Toronto folk lyrics, creating a musical “free for all” for their audiences. Influenced by her Jamaican-Canadian roots, Lauren’s compositions have reflective lyrics and vibrant melodies that are infectious to the ear. The free for all is comprised of Toronto's top musicians from the World, Folk and Jazz music scenes, Matias Recharte (percussionist from Kuné - Canada’s Global Orchestra), Demetrios Petsalakis (Oud player from Kuné) and Ken McDonald (Bassist from Heavy on the Willie and Ken McDonald Quartet). Through their music, The Lauren Barnett Free For All aims to contribute to the new multicultural Canadian folk sound.

    Mathieu Alepin

    Mathieu Alepin

    Saturday, August 18

    www.mathieualepin.com

    Mathieu Alepin is a Canadian artist, singer-songwriter, screenwriter, director, film/tv/video games composer, and actor whose work spans film, performance art, acoustic and electronic music, and multimedia projects. His first album "Seeds" was released in 2015. The album has laid-back organic acoustic and ethereal textures accompanied by thought-provoking lyrics that dig through the human condition.

    Little Boxer

    Little Boxer

    Friday, August 24

    www.littleboxerband.com

    Rock and roll music has never looked so fresh and exciting. Based out of Toronto Ontario, this no-nonsense rock and roll group is comprised of Dave Silani, Juan Udarbe, Zachary Erickson, and Liam Driscoll. Known for their explosive live performances and dynamic sound, Little Boxer has been making a name for themselves within Toronto's music scene since their conception in 2015. Combining old school Rock'n'Roll with the modern day sonic landscapes, Little Boxer has crafted a sound that is both uniquely their own, while still paying tribute to the rock legends of the past. As music reviewer Hannah Champion describes: "There’s a sense of grandeur to their music, a practiced way they have of interacting with the crowd, a sense of camaraderie between them all that makes the audience feel like they’re being let in on their lives." Despite the common misconceptions, rock music is still alive, and with it in the hands of this young band, its future has never looked so bright.

    Visionary

    Visionary

    Saturday, August 25

    soundcloud.com/visionaryakamichaelthompson

    Multi-Award Winning reggae artist Visionary aspires to continue to write influential lyrics, he intends to share his melodious, conscious, and relevant music to listeners worldwide. "Visionary" has a cool musical style that blends traditional R&B, Lovers Rock and Roots Reggae, he is originally from Jamaica but he currently resides in Toronto. Visionary is presently on a world tour sharing his talents in England, Germany, Brazil, Jamaica and Africa, with a list of locations that continues to grow. Visionary aspires to continue to write influential lyrics, he intends to share his melodious, conscious, and relevant music to listeners worldwide. Visionary always aims to grow through discipline, experiences and humility, he remain an inspiration for everyone who hears his music. Visionary has entertained countless crowds of fans over the years; his journeys have opened up opportunities for him to perform for such luminary as Jamaican’s Prime minister’s wife the Honorable Juliette Holness MP. He has also performed in the Caribbean, Europe, United States, South America and Africa with a list of growing locations. Visionary has had the opportunity in sharing the stage with: Maxi Priest, Beres Hammond, John Holt, Third World, Willi Williams, George Nooks, R&B crooner Regina Belle, Dorothy Moore, and many more.

    Ben Oginz

    Ben Oginz

    Saturday, August 25

    soundcloud.com/benoginz

    LA-Born keyboardist Ben Oginz relocated to Toronto in 2011 after a stint on the road with singer-songwriter, Robert Francis. Since his move to Toronto, he has co-founded the experimental rock group MIMICO, joined forces with David Lush in Memorex, formed the psychedelic fusion duo Experts with drummer Mike Duffield, and supported Victoria, BC musician White Poppy on her West Coast tour. As a solo artist he has toured Western Canada and the US and has released two tapes under the name Mystic Triangle. He continues to release music under his own name and his newest recorded work is composed of eerie instrumental, psuedo-filmscore pieces that play with sprawling Science Fiction themes and unfamiliar sonic landscapes.

    Linda Lavender Band

    Linda Lavender Band

    Saturday, August 25

    www.lindalavender.com

    Linda Lavender sings from a Canadian backdrop with a distinctive voice, relaxed presence, and a West Coast vibe. Her songs about vinyl stores and vacant lots, robberies and road trips, fist fights and friendships end up telling a bigger story about life, love, loss and a quest for truth. The music transcends genre as melody, subtly humorous lyrics, and an array of instruments carry the listener past distinctions of country/bluegrass/folk/pop and jazz. Linda’s duo with Sam Sharkawy, Lavender & The Shark, are a blend of darkness with light, of sensitivity with electricity, of the inventive with the classic. Warning: There will be banjo with tablas. Guitars, too. Prepare to be enthralled, please sing along, and... we can dance if we want to!


    Past Performances

    July 2018

    June 2018

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