Girls+ Rock Ottawa, DIY Spring, and Debaser present
The Diversity Tour
with special guest
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.
Proceeds from this show support Girls+ Rock Ottawa (once we ensure the performing artists are paid well!)
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, is out May 2018.
“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.
“Angry earns its place among Canada’s most incisive, radical and galvanizing albums.” -cbc
KING KIMBIT, originally Nguyễn Anh Thư, born and raised on unceded Algonquin territory to Vietnamese boat people, has performed and recorded in Jamaica and all over Turtle Island, sharing love and knowledge, which she believes are connected by similar roots. King has recently released her debut double-disc album LIFE LESSONS POETICALLY, a collection of poetry with respective musical arrangements to illustrate the lessons learned and insight gained so far in her quarter century journey through intersections. Despite the inevitable presence of oppressive white supremacy andpatriarchy, there is beauty in telling stories of life and death, revealing the healing and survival of women and the world.
"Nguyen's vocal inflections in her spoken word delivery had the crowd hanging on every line, lending her poetic pen to everything from the ills of education and labour systems to her own battle with asthma." -exclaim!