Organizers behind the long-running Next Music from Tokyo tour are doubling their fun in Canada this year. Following events in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver this past May, it's been revealed that another tour has been booked to take place in October.
The ninth instalment of Next Music from Tokyo will find five Japanese acts making their way out to Canada this fall to play a handful of shows. There will be two separate concerts in Toronto this October, in addition to performances in Montreal and Vancouver.
Headlining the package tour is Maison book girl, an "underground idol group" whose "icy melancholic tone that opposes the saccharine, bubbly and frenetic style normally associated with Japanese idol music." Producer Kenta Sakurai's genre subversion is also said to employ odd time signatures and hard-hitting beats that you wouldn't normally associate with more mainstream projects.
The bill also includes four-piece post rock ensemble jizue, alt-rock outfit THIS IS JAPAN, self-described "3-D safari rock band" Toranoko Rammy, and emo crew Hitsuji Bungaku, who have an 18-year-old drummer and are explained to have been the youngest band to play Japan's famous Fuji Rock festival this year.
Since 2010, Next Music from Tokyo has been curated by Toronto's Steven Tanaka, who frequently travels to Japan to scout each year's lineup. The goal of each edition has been to bring out an eclectic lineup of Japanese bands "that put on a great show without resorting to gimmicks."
10/05 Montreal, QC - Divan Orange
10/07 Toronto, ON - Soybomb
10/08 Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace
10/10 Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret