Digging Roots at The Dream Cafe
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
For the last few years the JUNO winning genre-blurring five-piece indie band from Toronto have been busy touring North America and Europe. For seven months in 2016 they performed at festivals and listening rooms throughout Canada and Australia.
Musical partners Raven and ShoShona are the creative team and inspiration behind Digging Roots. In creating music they utilize the traditional Anishinabek Song Lines composition technique of tracing melody and rhythm from the contours of the land. This traditional method of creating songs is paired with modern Eurocentric techniques of composition.
Their latest JUNO nominated album ‘For The Light’ brings more global-blues infused songs and audience ‘round dances’ to their national and international tours.
For the last year, Digging Roots have been in studios from Australia to Canada producing their latest album ‘The Hunter & The Healer’ and they have released a new single and video for their song ‘AK-47’ which explores the concept of love as a weapon in reclaiming our humanity. Digging Roots is a musical group that balances femininity and masculinity with Indigenous tradition and modern aesthetics. Their goal is to engage wider audiences to promote their Anishinabek music and cultural ideals.
Digging Roots were awarded the first Cobalt Prize for Contemporary Blues Composition at the Maple Blues Awards (JAN 2015). The creator and benefactor of the award, musician Paul Reddick, presented Digging Roots the grand prize for their song “Hwy 17”.
Past Album Reviews:
“It is absolutely inspiring to hear these artistic people make such luminous musical statements…a must hear piece of work. 4-and-a-half stars.” – Jeff Mon, The Winnipeg Free Press
“Hopeful and empowering…4 out of 5 stars.” Patrick Langston, The Ottawa Citizen
“Funky native music fuelled by a sexy soulful blend of reg- gae ’n’ blues.” – Jeffery Morgan, Detroit Metro Times
“…a sophisticated fusion of reggae, blues, jazz, hip hop…” – The Hamilton Spectator
“[DiggingRoots] are driven by a sense of those roots and that history they reference in the name of their duo, and that’s the center of their unique sound. You can listen on the level of lyrics or on the level of groove and musical experimentation, but better to listen more than once to take it all in. Your basic quiet folk record, its not.” – Dirty Linen, Issue #125