Published Jun 19, 2009Toronto's globally conscious electro/soul group LAL will be touring Canada for the first time in their decade-plus history. Still working last year's outstanding Deportation, the tour will commence at the end of July and last a little more than two weeks.
A number of the tour stops feature long-time associates built up over LAL's many years of community advocacy, both locally and internationally. On deck to join up with the tour is PTR label-mate Andy Williams - whose Variations in Time is a fascinating jazz-based DJ mix well worth seeking out - as well as Greenlaw Avenue, who recently relocated from Toronto and have revamped their funk/soul sound to a more drum-and-bass-influenced mix.
Also, if you're in Vancouver, don't miss the LAL show as part of the No One Is Illegal benefit. The organization is among the country's foremost activists in immigration issues and with whom LAL is closely identified in Toronto.
Along with the tour, LAL are also at work on a new recording project, which they call a "community centre to help artists step up." Among the artists they are working with are Luanda Jones (Brazilian chanteuse), Rafeef (Palestinian poet) and Troy (queer dance music). No word yet on how and when this will be released.
Here's the list of stops:
7/30 Hamilton, ON - Casbah *
8/1 Montreal, QC - TBA ^
8/2 Ottawa, ON - Mercury Lounge %
8/5 Saskatoon,SK - House Party
8/6-9 Regina, SK -Regina Folk Festival
8/10 Vancouver, BC - Under the Volcano Festival
8/11 or 12 Vancouver, BC - Benefit for No One Is Illegal (date/venue TBA)
8/13 Duncan, BC - Longevity john's ^^
8/14 Victoria, BC -Lucky Bar #
8/15 Cumberland, BC - Big Time Out Festival
* with People's Republic
^ with Kalmunity, DJs Scott C, Andy Williams
% with dj Rise Ashen
^^ with Pauline Edwards
# with Greenlaw Avenue & Pauline Edwards