MomenTO: Sounds Like Toronto amplifies the history of Toronto’s music scenes with free live concerts

MomenTO: Sounds Like Toronto celebrates the city’s influence on Canadian music by showcasing some of its diverse talent with six free concerts in October and November.
This music series is part of the City of Toronto’s MomenTO and TO Canada with Love programs.

“Toronto’s music scene has helped define Canada’s identity across the country and around the world,” said Mayor John Tory. “This series will inspire all of us to know and appreciate some of the vibrant rhythms of our city.”

This mix of originators, innovators, established and emerging artists will help honour the enduring impact of Toronto musicians and venues on the national music scene. Concert details are available at

“A milestone anniversary like Canada 150 is a unique opportunity to highlight the cultural and artistic vitality of our communities,” said The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage. “Events like the MomenTO: Sounds Like Toronto series bring Canadians together to discover the incredible talent and diversity of our musicians.” 

“Music is a global language. It’s the way we share our stories, build stronger more inclusive communities, and transcend generational and cultural boundaries,” said Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “It is our privilege to support MomenTO: Sounds Like Toronto concerts in recognition of the City’s historic role as an incubator of Canadian musical talent and innovation.”

MomenTO: Sounds Like Toronto concerts:
Information on accessing advance tickets is available at

• The Roots Rock Sound of Queen West – Wednesday, October 18 at 8 p.m.
Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W. 
Featuring: Johnny & the G-Rays, Lori Yates (with David Baxter, Bazil Donovan and Michele Josef) and Whitney Rose & band. Hosted by program curator Nicholas Jennings.

• Folk Roots and Branches – Tuesday, October 24 at 8:30 p.m.
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W. 
Featuring: Sylvia Tyson, Doug Paisley, Jennifer Castle and Liam Russell (formerly Titcomb). Hosted by program curator Nicholas Jennings with remarks by Derek Andrews. 

• Roots, Rock, Regg’Eh – Saturday, October 28 at 9 p.m.
Sankofa Restaurant and Bar, 1653 Eglinton Ave. W. 
Featuring: Jay Douglas, Nana McLean, Otis Gayle and Eyesus backed by Hardcore Band, with DJ Lindo P. Hosted by Donisha Prendergast (Bob Marley’s granddaughter), Jah Chozen (TreaJah Isle – community partner) and program curator Dalton Higgins.

• Where Global Goes Local – Tuesday, November 7 at 7 p.m.
Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. 
Featuring: New Canadian Global Music Orchestra Sextet, Jane Bunnett & Maqueque and Kobo Town. Hosted by Mervon Mehta.

• Jazz Generations of Toronto – Friday, November 10 at 7 p.m.
Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building, 80 Queen’s Park University of Toronto Faculty of Music
Featuring: The Dave Young/Terry Promane Octet, Myriad 3, The Carn/Davidson 9 and Peripheral Vision. Hosted by program curator Josh Grossman. 

• Hip Hop House Party: From the T-dot to The 6ix – Saturday, November 11 at 7 p.m.
B.A.N.D., 19 Brock Ave. 
Featuring: Ghetto Concept, Michie Mee, Que Rock, Infinite, Devontée, pHoenix Pagliacci and ALL.ME, as well as a panel discussion with Sean Leon (IXXI), Clairmont The Second, and Erin Ashley (Exclaim!), with DJ Jayemkayem. Hosted by Kardinal Offishall and program curator Dalton Higgins. 

MomenTO is part of the City’s TO Canada with Love program and is produced in partnership with the Province of Ontario’s Ontario150 Program and the Government of Canada. More information is available at

This news release is also available on the City’s website at

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