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THE JUNCTION ARTS FESTIVAL:
Mr. Something Something headlines Friday concert "event", with special guest openers The Framework and graffiti artists Art Fuzion; September 11
Toronto, ON, August 24, 2009 - The 2009 Junction Arts Festival (September 9 - 13) weaves a mosaic of unique visual, dance, literary and musical arts, and afro-beat groovesters Mr. Something Something headline the free Friday concert, where new-wave rockers The Framework kick off the night and Art Fuzion draw free-style; September 11 at 8:00 p.m. on the outdoor main stage (Junction City Square, 2960 Dundas Street West at Pacific Avenue).
Junction Arts Festival creative producer Michael Menegon states, "This is a concert 'event' with two powerful bands, experimental video and Art Fuzion (a group of graffiti artists inspired by the music). Of course Mr. Something Something will be needing more than just bicycle power for this concert, but rest assured their SoundCycle will be out in force on Sunday as part of the festival's Green Village."
Mr. Something Something, Johan Hultqvist (vocals/shaker), John MacLean (tenor sax, clarinet, flute), Larry Graves (drums/percussion), Paul MacDougall (guitar), Liam Smith (bass) and Jennifer Dallas (dance), is reputed for its high-energy live shows, fusing African rhythm with jazz and pop. Their second album "The Edge" was nominated for a 2007 Juno Award, and they recently released their fourth recording "Shine Your Face" on June 3, 2009.
The band has played over 450 shows and their interactive performances have become a vehicle for their green initiatives. Concerned with sustainability issues and hopefully to inspire audience participation, Mr. Something Something invented Canada's first bicycle-powered sound system called the SoundCycle.
Synth-rock band The Framework, Ryan Isojima (vocals/guitar), Chris Graham (vocals/guitar), Rayanne Lepieszo (synths/vocals), Scott Winter (bass), Tobias Smith (drums), now celebrate the release of their self-produced full length debut album "Before Tonight" (distributed on Last Gang Records, August 4, 2009) and the video for the first single "Always Left Behind" is currently airing on MuchMusic and MuchMoreMusic.
In 2008, Inside E Magazine honoured The Framework as one of the top five bands at the North by Northeast Music Festival and they won third place in the Virgin Festival's Road to V contest (selected by fans and industry judges including Virgin CEO Richard Branson).
PLEASE NOTE: Further festival details and artist information is available at www.junctionartsfest.com.
Attracting 200,000 visitors in 2008, the Junction Arts Festival, produced by the Junction Forum for Art and Culture, takes place along Dundas Street West between Keele Street and Quebec Avenue, and features five free days of artistry and innovation; Visual Art Exhibits (September 9 to 13), Live Music Concerts (September 11 and 12), and during the weekend - Street Performance Artists, Literary Artists, KidZone, Green Village and Artisan/Vendor Market (September 12 and 13).
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The Junction Forum for Art and Culture (JFAC) is a non-profit arts presenting organization and its main project is the annual Junction Arts Festival. The JFAC Board of Directors, chaired by Councillor Bill Saundercook, consists of dedicated cultural producers, artists, residents, business owners and politicians, all of whom are based in the Junction.
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