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Who’s playing Sudbury’s newest music festival?

Get to know some of the amazing artists playing Bloom 2019, March 8-10


The non-profit organization behind Sudbury’s Northern Lights Festival Boréal is presenting a new, multi-venue (indoor) festival March 8-10 in downtown Sud-bury. From folk & rock shows to DJ dance parties, and everything in between – Bloom 2019 has a little something for everyone. It’s all inspired by the amazing world we live in. With the event only a few weeks away, organizers are excited to tell the public a little more about a few of these amazing artists, playing in a variety of Sudbury venues.

Shad (Toronto, ON)

Ever since his debut in 2006, Shad has been a true leader in hip-hop: a highly-skilled, thought-provoking artist, with a rare combo of humour and substance. His razor-sharp wordplay earned him a Juno in 2011 (TSOL), as well as three nominations for the prestigious Polaris Mu-sic Prize. A Short Story About A War, is his new, highly acclaimed record, exploring themes of war, conflict, colonization, and the human condition. He is the former host of CBC Radio’s q, and the current host of Peabody & Emmy Award winning docu-series Hip-Hop Evolution. Shad will co-headline at The Grand on March 8th.

Bombino (Agadez, Niger)

Bombino is an amazing Tuareg artist whose hypnotic electric guitar style has captivated the world. The Tuareg are a nomadic people descended from the Berbers of North Africa and for centuries have fought against colonialism and the imposition of strict Islamic rule. The Rolling Stones, Arcade Fire, and Queens of the Stone Age are all declared fans of this 2018 Grammy nominee. He has been touring the world, wowing crowds with his desert-rock sound, explosive live shows – all while beautifully expressing his Saharan culture. Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys was so blown away by Bombino’s sound, that he ended up producing his 2013 album Nomad, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard and iTunes world music charts. The most recent album Deran, was nominated for a Grammy, making him the first Nigerien artist ever to be nominated. Bombino will co-headline at The Grand on March 8th.

“Music, for me, first and foremost, was an arm for peace. In the region where we {the Tuareg} were from, we dealt with multiple hardships. The guitar became a symbol of peace; many youth fell in love with the instrument” – Bombino (Okayafrica Jan. 10, 2019)

Chippy Nonstop (Toronto, ON)

Chhavi Nanda, aka Chippy Nonstop is a DJ, rapper, songwriter, writer, producer, activist and organizer of community events. Pulling from hip-hop, dancehall and electronic influences, Nanda’s music is infectious and energetic, attracting collaborations from artists like Major Lazer, Kreayshawn and Kool A.D. of Das Racist. Her wide scope of DJ selections come as no surprise considering she’s lived in a handful of different cities including Vancouver, San Francisco and Dubai. In her current home of Toronto, she plays a pivotal role in the dance music scene as one of the founders of Intersessions, a series of traveling female & LGBTQ+ focused DJ and production workshops, which has expanded quickly across Canada and to other corners of the world. Chippy Nonstop will DJ at Zig’s on March 9th.

The Young Novelists (Toronto, ON)

The Young Novelists create contemporary folk songs that marry their effortless harmonies with darkly poetic lyrics and exquisitely crafted hooks. Their third album In City & Country is a lush collection of songs about 10 small towns in Ontario. Their previous album landed them a Canadian Folk Music Award for New/Emerging Artist, a nomination for Vocal Group of the Year, and multiple songwriting awards. They have toured across Canada, the United States, and in Europe, often with their young son in tow. They will play The Parkside Centre (Durham St.) on March 9.

Pierre Kwenders (Montreal, QC)

Afro-Canadian singer/songwriter Pierre Kwenders’ music is a response to a world that so of-ten asks people who fit comfortably in multiple boxes to pick only one. He sings and raps in five languages, allowing him aesthetic and lyrical options most artists do not have. While Pierre’s music ranges from icy R&B and electronic to futuristic hip-hop, his style is rooted in Congolese rumba, the ubiquitous sound of The Democratic Republic of Congo. He has been Juno and Polaris nominated, and will perform March 10th, 8pm, at The Townehouse Tavern.

Greyson Gritt (Yellowknife, NWT)

Greyson Gritt was born on the Canadian Shield, raised on a dirt road, and lives as a sub-arctic folk-blues musician in Yellowknife, NWT, with ties to Sudbury, ON. With a mouthful of soul and a truckload of blues, this queer Anishinaabe-Métis songster was nominated for Best Blues Album at the Indigenous Music Awards in 2017 and is a member of the Juno winning group Quantum Tangle. Gritt will play The Parkside Centre (Durham St.) on March 9.

Bloom 2019 is fast approaching…

These few artists are just the tip of the musical iceberg, with 10 more to check out. This new festival will take place March 8-10 at a variety of clubs & venues in downtown Sudbury. Tickets of all types are limited do to the capacities of venues. They are available online at nlfb.ca/bloom, and at local outlets: A&J Home Hardware (Bouchard), Old Rock Coffee (Min-to), and Jett Landry Music (Lasalle).