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A Night of Mischief: Feat. King For A Day, BLISK, & Parmida
February 18 /6:00 pm 8:00 pm
Join us for a night of diverse musical styles, instrumentation, & story-telling, featuring the world premiere of international collaborative project King For A Day (Heidi Chan, ManMan Mui, Amy Naylor, Lee Stone), joined by acclaimed and prolific Toronto-based artists BLISK and Parmida.
Performers (in alphabetical order):
BLISK (Ewelina Ferenc, Stacey Y, Ekaterina, Stephania Woloshyn) is a synthesis of polyphonic Eastern European song, dance and movement backed by hypnotic percussion. A musical journey travelling through Ukraine, Poland, Russia, the Balkans and beyond, the Toronto-based, all-female quartet was brought together by a deep love and respect for the ancient songs and dances of these regions, bringing the tunes to life in the modern world through unique original compositions, storytelling, dance and distinctive arrangements of traditional folk music. The band’s original compositions are inspired by the countries from which the members hail – Ukraine, Poland, Russia/Kazakhstan and Canada.
King For A Day is a new international collaborative project that emerged through continuous musical experimentations with Japanese taiko drumming, adaptation of folk and children’s songs, original compositions, and the group’s love of musical storytelling. This group was born from a desire to give a voice to the diverse spectrum of gender identities, global experiences, and personal narratives.
Members & credits:
Heidi Chan (Canada) – arranger, bamboo flutes, melodica, synthesizers, percussion, vocals
ManMan Mui (USA/Hong Kong) – composer, arranger, Japanese taiko and flute, hand percussion, vocals
Amy Naylor (UK) – composer, arranger, guitar, handpan, Japanese taiko, vocals
Lee Stone (USA) – dramaturge, arranger
Parmida – Tongue-in-cheek tunes for silent resentment. When Parmida arrived in Canada at the age of 7, she wasn’t sure exactly sure how to approach her new life. It wasn’t until middle school that she realized she couldn’t do it alone, and picked up the guitar. Since then, she has been writing and performing across the province. In 2018, she had her first original song, Waiting… (Acoustic), released on all streaming platforms. Last December, she embarked on an Acoustic Showstorm tour with seven dates in Ontario and Quebec. Driven by melodic irony and poignant lyrics, Parmida’s unique brand of Alt-Pop brings a dash of cheer to our bleaker bits.