Anchor Shop Presents
Courage My Love, Crystalyne
DiverseCity, The Wet Bandits, With The Lights Off
722 College St. W
Toronto, Ontario, M6G 1C5
Doors 7:00 PM
This event is all ages
Watch & Listen
Courage My Love
What is courage? When you're a young rock 'n' roll band—courage is throwing yourself into your music fully and completely. It's stepping onto a stage and just given'r. It's touring new places far from home, and opening up, scars and all, to your fans. Courage is saying what you really think. It's being unafraid of change, of becoming who you really are.
Courage My Love is all of these things.
The Kitchener, Canada band consists of twin sisters Mercedes Arn-Horn (vocals, guitar) and Phoenix Arn-Horn (drums. vocals) with their friend Brandon Lockwood (bass).
Call them a power trio, pop-punk, alternative metal. As you wish. They grew up on it all. But while you are jumping around and banging your head with abandon, don't miss the message: They have no appetite for destruction. They do not seek to destroy. No, Courage My Love is here to uplift, inspire.
Becoming, the band's new EP, produced by Chris Perry in Toronto, is eight tracks bled out of Courage My Love during a period of exciting changes. "Our first EP For Now came out when we were 17," explains Mercedes. "When you're our age, a lot can happen in two years." Yes, many good things. Like heavy rotation on MuchMusic/MusiquePlus, more than 3.8 million YouTube views, and being on Alternative Press Magazine's list of the Top 100 Bands to Know in 2012. "Before we went on tour we'd never been away from home," says the guitarist. "You meet all these new people, and you learn about yourselves. We've all grown a lot. That was the inspiration for Becoming."
Opening track "Skin and Bones" captures the fear and longing of leaving something behind. "We're too old to die young," they sing over thunderous beats, the heart of the matter. Hard- knocking first single "You Don't Know How" cranks it up, intense and defiant: "Find out I'm strong enough on my own now." By the time the EP closes with the haunting ballad "Dark Wood, Dark Water," about finding the one thing that pulls you out of the darkness, Courage My Love's mission is clear: rock out, be happy, stay true.
For this next generation of musicians, that means truly embracing social media. With their popular DIY podcasts and viral videos, Courage My Love not only connect with fans, they reveal more of their true selves. It's all part of what they do best. "This whole band is about being yourself," says Phoenix. "You don't need to play by the book to be successful. Being a girl isn't that big of a deal in music anymore. You don't need to have a certain look. Break the rules, stand apart."
If being the city of diversity is Toronto’s defining identity, then teen quintet – Paulo, Niño, Why Jay E, Ryan and JJ– are quickly becoming the city’s most vibrant representatives. DiverseCity represents Toronto’s newest generation of homegrown musicians embodying youth, ambition, multi-dimensional talent and passion.
While most teens around the age of 17 are thinking about the hottest girl in school or going to the movies on the weekend, DiverseCity is focused on achieving their dreams. From a young age, each member has actively pursued their craft by singing in a church choir, learning to compose songs or taking lessons to learn a musical instrument. Music has been their first and most consistent love from an early age. Born out of Senator O’Connor College in Scarborough, DiverseCity’s dream was sparked and formed officially this past February.
"We clicked from the first day we met because we all love music and performing. Since our very first show we were told that we sounded as if we had been playing together for years. We have amazing chemistry,” declares Ryan.
DiverseCity’s musical sound is all them – produced, written, played and sung all by the group. Comprised of singers, a rapper as well as multiple members trained as multi-instrumentalists, each member brings something different to the stage. Their musical style draws on soul reminiscent of previous generations infused with the catchiness and feel good vibes of current hit makers. Why Jay E defines their style as “eclectic” and influenced by the greats such as Tupac, Guns N’ Roses, Michael Jackson as well as Canadian super talents, Drake, The Weeknd and Shawn Desman. Mingling R&B grooves, pop hooks, hip hop swag and rock elements, the group has created a sound unique to the city that is rooted in their upbringing and life in the T Dot.
“We each have a different story that we feel that our generation can relate to. I started writing lyrics when I lost my dad when I was 12 years old as a way to express my emotions,” Yannick describes, “That’s what I believe defines our sound – we each have a unique voice and journey that we want to express through music.”
Since taking their first steps towards stardom only 7 months ago, the group has already been embraced by the local music community. Not waiting for opportunities to be given to them, DiverseCity has spent the months since its inception participating in various performances and artist showcases for Universal Music at The Rivoli, Opera House and MOD club in addition to Toronto’s Youth Day 2012 at Yonge and Dundas Square.
“Performing for Youth Day in front of 30,000 people was a special opportunity for us. Seeing the audience sing along to our songs and enjoy our music feels like we are getting closer to our dreams,” says JJ.
But even with immediate attention and accomplishments, DiverseCity’s ambitions have only grown. Leveraging off of their current response and success, the group’s next project is to record and release their EP. With a growing fan base (their YouTube page has 750 subscribers and over 20,000 views) DiverseCity dreams of reaching bigger audiences and sharing their music nationwide.
Niño concludes, “The best advice we’ve received is, ‘to just do what makes you happy, because in the end it will only be you who will look back at your life in either regret or pride.’ We love music and we just want to inspire youth just like us to do what they love as well.” It's an inspiring message that transcends all boundaries and differences. Bringing people together is the goal and can be heard throughout their universal sound.
The Wet Bandits
We make music, we fall in love, we get drunk, we get fucked up.
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