Sudbury’s Bloom 2, March 6-7 is the musical party of the Northern winter/spring season
LIDO PIMIENTA, TERRA LIGHTFOOT, PARTNER AND MORE TO PERFORM LIVE IN DOWNTOWN VENUES
The team behind Northern Ontario’s legendary Northern Lights Festival Boréal will present another edition of the Bloom festival, March 6-7 in downtown Sudbury. The first edition was held in March of 2019, with Bloom 2 is set to be the musical party of the winter/spring season. Organizers have already announced party-rocking, Indigenous, DJ crew A Tribe Called Red as festival headliners and are now revealing the rest of the vibrant lineup. The Bloom team is proud to present a diverse roster of performers guaranteed to heat up the late winter with world, indie, folk, electronic, rock, hip-hop and beyond. A few surprise ‘pop-up’ performances will also add spontaneity to the schedule. Tickets are currently available at nlfb.ca/tickets and at outlets around Sudbury: Jett Landry Music (Lasalle Blvd.), Old Rock Coffee (Minto St.), and A&J Home Hardware (Bouchard St.). Tickets of all types are extremely limited due to venue capacities, so organizers are urging festival-goers to purchase in advance.
Bloom has already become known for presenting innovative artists with roots in different parts of the world. Lido Pimienta is a Toronto-based, Colombian-born interdisciplinary musician and artist-curator. She has performed, exhibited, and curated around the world since 2002, exploring the politics of gender, race, motherhood, identity and the construct of the Canadian landscape in the Latin American diaspora and vernacular. She will perform alongside A Tribe Called Red and many others at the festival headline concert, at The Grand Nightclub on March 6th.
Lido’s Polaris Music Prize-winning album La Papessa (2016), charts an evolution from her debut LP Color (2010), an album full of (as the title suggests) colorful landscapes and positive vibrations. La Papessa, takes a more personal approach, describing has found her independence as a woman and as an artist who refuses the narrative of how Lido to fit pre-conceived notions of what a pop Latina artist ought to be. The album was written in multiple cultural and geographic settings – the desert of Indigenous Wayuu land and the northern mountains in Colombia, as well as in Canada, in both London and Toronto, Ontario – and the music, in turn, reflects these settings. The sounds on La Papessa take listeners on a musical journey from traditional Afro- Colombian percussion to global bass and darker avant-garde electronic sounds. Lido’s piercing, explosive and heartwarming voice unites the compositions, beats and harmonies, resulting in a perfect labour of love and sound that highlights the creative voice of this talented artist.
Terra Lightfoot will also join the roster of the March 6 headline concert, closing out the first portion of the night. Whether you’re talking about her as a songwriter, guitarist or vocalist, one thing is indisputable: roots rocker Terra Lightfoot is a ferocious talent. Her songs tap into the raw emotion of hearts supercharged by love, loneliness and temptation. Her playing melds expert finger‐picking and distorted, hook‐heavy melodies. And her elemental voice commands attention and awe, whether on slow‐burning soul ballads or hard‐charging rock numbers. Terra released her self‐titled debut album in 2011; its critically acclaimed follow‐up, 2015’s Every Time My Mind Runs Wild, marked the artist’s arrival as a striking songwriter and compelling live performer. 2017 brought two new albums: the orchestral collaboration Live in Concert and her third studio album, New Mistakes, the latter nominated for Adult Alternative Album of the Year at the 2018 Juno Awards and long‐listed for the Polaris Music Prize.
The night of Saturday, March 7th will feature a number of must-see, intimate club shows with amazing artists. The Townehouse Tavern will host a monumental rock show featuring Partner, and local support TBA. Partner is the “mature” effort of two best friends named Josée Caron and Lucy Niles. Borne of their fortuitous friendship, Partner confidently harnesses the infinite power of rock to explore a variety of niche yet strangely universal themes. Influenced by acts as varied as Tegan and Sara, Melissa Etheridge, Ween, kd lang, and Aerosmith, Partner delivers a refreshing and vital twist on a classic, prompting you to re-think what you thought was possible in rock.
Fans of hip-hop & R&B are not going to want to miss March 7th at The Asylum on Regent St. Headlining this club show will be Toronto hip-hop sensation Clairmont the Second. Clairmont The Second is a 20 year old critically acclaimed independent Toronto artist and visionary. Directing, producing, mixing, and mastering his music and videos, Clairmont The Second is the future of the modern artist. His works have been recognized by the Canadian Independent Music Awards, Polaris, and the 2018 Junos Awards. Sudbury’s Jor’Del Downz will also appear at this show. He is a versatile songwriter, proficient in singing, rapping, percussion and beat making. As a rapper he has worked with such notable artists as Joell Ortiz, and has opened for Madchild, Nino Bless, Fetty Wap and more. n 2019, Downz reinvented himself and dropped an R&B project called The Getaway, trading in rap bars for sung verses and hooks.
The official festivities will be closed out by a high-energy dance party at Zig’s Bar, with Montréal’s Poirier and Sault Ste. Marie’s DJ Seith. Drawing from a wide range of warm riddims and electronic music, the power of Montréal-based musician/DJ/producer Poirier’s blasts through any flimsy attempt to classify his music. Inspired by the afro house scene, the reggae/dancehall beats and the electronic intensity, this is a man who just understands what works in the dance. He has no boundaries giving the massive what it wants, yet providing a musical education in what it needs. Poirier has released 10 albums over a span of 15 years, and has worked with numerous artists of many styles. Sault Ste. Marie’s Dj Seith is a skilled turntablist and hip-hop DJ, often playing all-vinyl and delivering sets that are both crowd-moving and technically impressive.
Also appearing will Mark and Marichka Marczyk a.k.a Balaklava Blues, who met and fell in love during the Revolution of Dignity in Ukraine. Their experiences of war coupled with their unique knowledge of the polyphonic blues of the Ukrainian plains exploded into an ethno-bass live set in which the duo sing live to original EDM, trap, trance and electro-pop influenced tracks. “Our traditional music reflects our experience of the tragedy of war over the course
of the past thousand years,” says lead vocalist Marichka Marczyk, who spent the better part of the past 20 years travelling to villages across the Ukrainian plains learning traditional polyphony as an ethnomusicologist. “We draw on that beautiful expression of tragedy and our more recent collective experience and try to make it a source of strength and unity for others.”
2 of Sudbury’s finest singer-songwriters will also appear at the festival. Originally from Sudbury, Ontario, Edouard Landry’s folk songs are pop, reggae, rock, country and catchy melodies. He was nominated for Best Male Performer at the Trille Gold Awards Gala (2017), and his album Pomme plastique II was nominated for Best Album by a Francophone Artist at the 2017 Northern Ontario Music & Film Awards. Singer-songwriter Lisa Marie Naponse’s Anishinaabe name is Odemin Kwe, meaning “Strawberry Woman.” Strawberries are known in her culture as the “heart berry,” nourishing the body, mind and spirit, and connecting emotions. Muskrat Magazine finds a perfect reflection of her name in her music calling it: “red-chained, heartfelt and passionate.” Naponse, who describes her sound as Indigenous folk-pop, has won the Northern Lights Festival Boréal Meltdown Competition and performed at numerous festivals & showcases.
Northern Lights Festival Boréal’s annual juried audition event called the ‘Meltdown Competition’, is now a main component of the annual Bloom festival. Throughout the afternoon of March 7th, emerging Northern Ontario musicians will compete for their chance to perform at the summer festival (July 9-12). Interested artists should visit nlfb.ca/contact to apply.
A few more impressive names remain to be announced for Bloom 2. Tickets are available at nlfb.ca/tickets and at outlets around Sudbury: Jett Landry Music (Lasalle Blvd.), Old Rock Coffee (Minto St.), and A&J Home Hardware (Bouchard St.). Tickets of all types are extremely limited due to venue capacities. Note that some venues are 19+, please refer to show details online for clarification. For more information visit nlfb.ca or call 705-674-5512.