by Tiana Feng
With energy drinks in hand, I headed to Sonic Boom on Sunday for an afternoon of music and discussions.
Evelyn Mukwedeya & Memory Makuri, a Zimbabwean Canadian Mbira duo performed some traditional tunes including one about “the other wife”.
Following was a panel about the state of Toronto’s Music Scene. The panel included Councillor Josh Colle, Wavelength’s Jonny Dovercourt, Dalton Higgins, Nadine McNulty & Noah Mintz. The topic was supposed to be Now that the world has officially discovered Toronto music, where does the scene go from here?. However, I felt that it focused way too much on racial issues. They seemed to elude that Toronto acts are only white men with beards with Caucasian audiences. Or that Toronto is racist for not liking certain types of music. If they’ve gone to any of the Wavelength shows (or even the one that followed the panel) they would know that there are so many different types of people on stages in the indie arena as well as in the audience.
Our ears were blasted with the grunge-rock of Mexican Slang who battled electric shocks while on stage. Didn’t know Odonis Odonis‘ Denholm was in the band as a drummer.
Ark Analog impressed with tunes from their recently released and FREE EP The Dirty Power. Dan Werb multi-tasked on mixers, keyboards and a keytar while Maylee Todd sang killer vocal hooks and handled the effects on her own voice.