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The Music Gallery presents
Leanne Simpson Trio + Mingjia Chen, Chris Pruden, Julian Anderson-Bowes
October 18 2020
To close out our festival we have an out and out live show, albeit with no audience. It will be just like old times at 918 Bathurst as we present two soulful singers who balance light and darkness in their songs and stories, accompanied by with abstract yet beguiling music.
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is a renowned Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg scholar, writer and artist, who has been widely recognized as one of the most compelling Indigenous voices of her generation. Her work breaks open the intersections between politics, story and song—bringing audiences into a rich and layered world of sound, light, and sovereign creativity. Leanne is also a musician combining poetry, storytelling, song-writing and performance in collaboration with musicians to create unique spoken songs and soundscapes.
Beijing-birthed, Toronto-dwelling vocalist-composer mingjia (she / her) writes music that’s equal parts fantastical & relatable, & performs it with courage & honesty. Seen here in a trio, she mainly performs with her chamber ensemble tortoise orchestra & other artists such as pomes, pleasure craft & pusher. I Care If You Listen describes mingjia as “(having) strong command of timbral combinations” and “one to watch”. since quarantine began mingjia has been reading Ross Gay & learning to play the guitar.Back to Events