With the uncertainty of concert schedules continuing to be an obstacles across Canada, livestreams remain a meaningful source of connection between musicians and fans alike. Toronto-based music company Popguru Sound & Vision have announced their engaging new event series Popguru Revue, which launched today, October 16th, and will run through until December 4th. Through immersive high-production livestream concerts, audiences will be able to enjoy eight performances from members of their talent roster, including John Orpehus, The Wilderness of Manitoba, and Odario.
Performed at Revolution Recording in Toronto’s east end, the showcase intends to provide an engaging audio and video experience every Saturday night hosted from the Popguru YouTube channel at 9pm EST.
Discover more about the featured artists below and catch the streams HERE.
John Orpheus – October 16th / November 13th (acoustic/poetry)
Sharing his South-Central Trinidad roots through uplifting Afrobeat energy and dancehall-hip-hop crossover beats, John Orpheus aims to inspire a soulful dance party everywhere he goes. Boasting a pair of full-length albums and mixtapes, including his latest record Saga King, Orpheus is also a published author, and released his memoir SAGA BOY earlier this year in conjunction with his new album.
John Orpheus will be performing an “electric” set to open the series, and will return on November 13th for an acoustic/poetry set.
Simeon Ross – October 23
Simeon Ross has proven himself to be a talented and tireless pop songwriter having written and released more than 10 albums as a solo artist and with various bands including Red Autumn Fall, Charmer, Infighter, Shoot The Image and Uniter. Along with being a dedicated musician, Ross is a graduate of the Toronto Film School, and combines his two passions for captivating audio-visual releases, including his self-produced award-winning music video “All Of You”.
Sam Casey – October 30
For Toronto-based singer-songwriter Sam Casey, music has been apart of her life for as long as she can remember. Now at 21, Casey is embarking on a new music direction with two EPs in the works: one with UK producer Joe Thompson and one with Canadian producer Mike Schlosser (John Orpheus). With a love for Fleetwood Mac and Maggie Rogers, her emotive vocals and indie pop style hint towards her inspirations.
The Wilderness of Manitoba – November 6
After a three-year hiatus, JUNO-nominated indie pop act The Wilderness of Manitoba have returned with a new line-up and a new album entitled Farewell To Cathedral set for release October 29th. Founding member and singer/multi-instrumentalist Will Whitwham is joined by Victoria Carr on vocals and acoustic guitar, Tavo Diez de Bonilla (Jenn Grant) on bass and vocals, and Adam Balsam (The Most Serene Republic) on drums, vocals, guitar and keyboards. The group are now into their twelfth year and continue to create music that ranges from cinematic indie pop to anthemic folk rock.
Ghost Caravan – November 20
Toronto-based pop group Ghost Caravan, lead by singer/actress Shaina Silver-Baird, are set to release new music in the coming year, building off their electro-pop collection of singles and a full-length. With a dance-floor ready energy at all times, Ghost Caravan blend together their pop influences with real-life experiences for relatable and energizing releases.
Odario – November 27
Host of CBC Music’s afterdark program, frontman of Grand Analog, and overall music aficionado, Odario boasts a colourful collection of hats as an actor, DJ, and personality. With a handful of releases under his belt both with Grand Analog and as a solo artist, Odario creates music revolving around his passion for storytelling. With new music on the way, Odario continues to be a staple member of the Toronto music scene and beyond.
TANDM & Alex Exists – December 4
Toronto-based indie pop band TANDM and singer/songwriter/producer Alex Exists will be sharing the stage for a colourful double bill performance. Thomas Franklin and Maxine Beck-Sinderby create upbeat indie pop music as TANDM, and have released two EPs and a single since appearing on the scene in 2019.
Alongside the pair, Alex Exists, the founding member of the Ruby Spirit and The Nursery, will be sharing his solo work. Inspired by absurdism, hyper surrealism, and optimistic nihilism, his new solo project is a re-imagination of his work with The Nursery, and an experimental fascination with pop culture and ego.
Popguru Revue Performance Schedule
Stream via Popguru’s YouTube Channel
October 16 – John Orpheus (electric set)
October 23 – Simeon Ross
October 30 – Sam Casey
November 6 – The Wilderness of Manitoba
November 13 – John Orpheus (acoustic set)
November 20 – Ghost Caravan
November 27 – Odario
December 4 – TANDM an Alex Exists
For more information on Popguru Sound & Vision, visit their website.