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Showtime

Saturday 8:30 pm

Origin

Burkina Faso via Montréal, Québec

Genres

African, Contemporary, Roots, Traditional

Connect

Bonsa

Bonsa Toun’wanzè was born in 1978 in Burkina Faso. His family left soon afterwards to settle in Ghana, where he spent his entire childhood. Toward age 15, he left Ghana and went on a long journey that led him to countries including Niger, Togo, Libya and Mauritania, finally ending up back in Burkina Faso, his native country. The music he played at his hair salon in Fada would earn him the nickname “R. Kelly.” It was not until the early 2000s, however, that Bonsa acquired a certain fame when he founded the hip hop duo Les Negramers. An encounter with the renowned Biri, a master griot and farmer of the Bissa ethnic group in Boulgou province proved to be a turning point in his musical career. This encounter enabled him to rediscover the musical of his homeland and gave him the opportunity to perfect and develop his own technique on the koanni, a traditional percussive two-string bass guitar that would later become his trademark. After this four-year retirement, he returned to the stage in 2008. An album was released, followed by tours in Africa and Europe that achieved great success. He then continued to pursue his musical research and creation along a Burkinabe “tradi-modern” path, rooting his compositions in the Bissa tradition while maintaining the various contemporary influences that form his musical world. He moved to Montréal in 2016 and, without losing any time, surrounded himself with musicians including Sébastien Pilon and Pavel Maximytchev. In 2017, the Bonsa group won the Syli d’Or for World Music.

Abigail Lapell

Toronto, Ontario

Afrikana Soul Sister

Montréal, Québec

Afro Madness Drum Troupe

Sudbury, Ontario

Aleksi Campagne

Montréal, Québec

Alvvays

Toronto, Ontario

Andrew Queen and the Campfire Crew

Campbellford, Ontario

Arkells

Hamilton, Ontario

Aron d’Alesio

Hamilton, Ontario

BBBRTHR

Sudbury, Ontario

Bill & Joel Plaskett

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Binaeshee-Quae

Biigtigong First Nation, Ontario

Black Bull Moose Singers

Atikameksheng Anishnawbek, Ontario

Bonsa

Burkina Faso via Montréal, Québec

C.R. Avery

Vancouver, British Columbia

Canailles

Montréal, Québec

Casper Skulls

Toronto, Ontario

Cécile Doo-Kingué

Montréal, Québec

CKLU Open Stage

Sudbury, Ontario

Connie Kaldor

Montréal, Québec

David Cordero (Meltdown Winner)

Chiapas, Mexico via Sudbury, Ontario

Doctor Nativo

Guatemala

Donné Roberts

Madagascar via Toronto, Ontrio

Edouard Landry

Sudbury, Ontario

Frank Deresti & The Lake Effect

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Fresh Kils & Vekked

Toronto, Ontario

Guitars Alive Quartet

Sudbury, Ontario

HellnBack

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Iskwé

Winnipeg, Manitoba via Hamilton, Ontario

Jane’s Party

Toronto, Ontario

JoPo & The RiZe

Sudbury, Ontario

Julie & The Wrong Guys

Toronto, Ontario

King Abid

Tunisia via Montréal, Québec

Kira May

Toronto, Ontario

Laetitia Zonzambé

Central African Republic via Montréal, Québec

Lee Harvey Osmond

Hamilton, Ontario

Les Barricades

Montréal, Québec

Les Deuxluxes

Montréal, Québec

Lisa LeBlanc

Rosaireville, New Brunswick

Mama’s Broke

Nova Scotia

Mara Tremblay

Hauterive, Québec

Matt Foy

Sudbury, Ontario

Mickey O’Brien

Copper Cliff, Ontario

Murder Murder

Sudbury, Ontario

NiLLa & Ghettosocks

Toronto, Ontario

Orlando Julius & The Afrosoundz

Lagos, Nigeria

Party Cannon Mystery Cruise w/ Casper Skulls

Various

Pat Maloney

Greely, Ontario

Paul Elter, Photographer

Chelsea, Québec

Paul Loewenberg & Richard Mende

Sudbury, Ontario

Richard Inman

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Rodney Meilleur

Chelmsford, Ontario

Russell deCarle

Toronto, Ontario

Seth Bernard

Lake City, Michigan

Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet

Toronto, Ontario

Sheesham & Lotus & ‘Son

Canada

Sulfur City

Sudbury, Ontario

Team T&J

Toronto, Ontario

The Keyframes (Meltdown winner)

Sudbury, Ontario

Workshop: Banjo Journey

Various

Workshop: Bleeps & Bloops

Various

Workshop: Community Drums with Jeff Stewart & Michael Mascioli

Sudbury, Ontario

Workshop: Fiddle Me This

Various

Workshop: Flowers Grow in Seedy Places

Various

Workshop: Guitar Gurus

Various

Workshop: Roots & Wings

Various

Workshop: Sad Song Sunday

Various

Workshop: Soul Power

Various

Workshop: Stripped Down

Various

Workshop: The Cypher

Various

Workshop: The Nomads

Various

Workshop: The Songs of Willie P. Bennett

Various