Recorded at BIG on Bloor Festival – St. Clarens Stage, July 23, 2016.Mamalia - unknown
Shutting down Bloor from Dufferin to Lansdowne, BIG on Bloor landed in the midst of a heatwave that made an afternoon tour down the middle of the street feel like a field trip to the surface of the sun. Things were more tolerable under the leafy trees at St. Clarens, where one of the day's stages was quite excellently curated by Justin from Holy Oak. Hewing towards funky and r'n'b sounds, this felt like a mini-block party within the larger event.
A relatively-recent arrival to T.O, this Vancouver (via Chicago via Stockholm via London) funkateer managed to find her community at Holy Oak. Currently in the process of creative retooling, she has decade's worth of jams to pull from at a show like this, all ready to dazzle fresh ears. With the day's heat finally abating and evening strollers taking to the streets, there were more dancers old and young to feed their energy to a performer who wasted no time in jumping down from the stage to join them, joyfully vibing and going off-script when the mood called for it.
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