National Arts Centre’s Arts Alive program presents
Autorickshaw: Music Of India, Made In Canada
Free concert video starting April 18, 2022.
Celebrate Asian Heritage Month with Toronto-based trio Autorickshaw!
Autorickshaw is a genre-bending, post-fusion powerhouse that is world-renowned for their seamless, downright-cool-sounding blend of Indian classical music, jazz, pop, and live-looping technology. This series includes a concert video, a downloadable teacher resource guide, a workshop for teachers, and a Q&A event for students – all free of charge!
Led by Indian-Canadian vocalist Suba Sankaran, three-time JUNO nominees Autorickshaw have recorded an original concert for young audiences that the NAC is proud to present for FREE! Experience the unique musical language of Autorickshaw as they blend Indian musical traditions with contemporary Canadian sounds. For ages 5-18.
Autorickshaw and VIVA Singers Toronto present
“Freedom Is A Voice” collaborative concert
May 14, 2022, 7pm at 427 Bloor St. West–
Confluence Concerts presents
Suba’s Singing Smorgasbord!
May 27/28, 2022, 7:30pm
Presented in person at the Heliconian Hall as part of Sing! The Toronto International Vocal Arts Festival
Ticket information coming soon
This concert explores the boundless nature of the human voice. In an all-a cappella presentation, Suba Sankaran brings together a variety of voices representing many parts of the globe, while traversing centuries and styles in a joyous surprising season finale!
- vocal ensemble Opus 8
- soprano Patricia O’Callaghan
- Flamenco singer & dancer Tamar Ilana
- Pan-African musician Waleed Abdulhamid
- Overtone singer Scott Peterson
- Live-looping duo FreePlay
- members of all-male vocal quartet, The Watch
Go to Confluence Concerts for more details.
SING! In Concert presents FreePlay Album Release
with special guests Retrocity (opening act)
May 29, 2022 at 8pm at 3030 Dundas West
Live looping duo FreePlay debuts their brand new album Talk to Me, joined by special guests Retrocity.
About this event
“Brilliant!” – Janis Seigel, Manhattan Transfer
“Mesmerizing” – Lauren Kinhan, New York Voices
“Beyond incredible!” – Mark Kibble, Take 6
When the going gets tough, the tough keep singing! When the world-touring live-looping sensation FreePlay was grounded, Dylan Bell and Suba Sankaran were fortunate enough to be “locked down” together and started livestreaming weekly concerts. With over 50 episodes, “FreePlay Fridays at 4!” became a virtual meeting place for music lovers around the world, and inspired Dylan and Suba to create new repertoire. “Talk to Me” is the fruition of these concerts: bold, new a cappella creations and virtuosic two-part arrangements, with FreePlay’s signature “anything goes” playlist from Bach to Bollywood, Joni to James Gang, with stops in Miami, Sao Paulo, Paris and L.A.
This concert features an opening set by all-80’s a cappella powerhouse, Retrocity. Seven totally rad singers electric boogaloo their way through your favourite tunes from the 80s and beyond, without a keytar or drum machine in sight.
Join us and celebrate FreePlay’s album launch!
CDs and digital download cards available for purchase at the show.
*We will continue to follow public health guidelines and reserve the right to review and update policies as the situation changes, including vaccination status and masking requirements. If you have a particular concern, please reach out to us and we will do our best to accommodate. We will continue to require vaccinations for performers, backstage crew, theatre staff and volunteers for SING!-produced events.
Other SING! Events involving Suba Sankaran
As many of you know, I have been involved in the SING! Festival since its inception, and acted as co-artistic director for 5 years. I’m back to being a performer/artist and here’s how I’m involved this year:
May 27/28 7:30pm (6:45pm pre-concert chat) Suba’s Singing Smorgasbord, a joint Confluence Concerts/SING! event, Heliconian Hall
May 30 7pm FreePlay online workshop: On the Road Again: How to Manage a Tour
June 2 8:00pm SING! Salutes the Musical with all-vocal versions of famous Broadway songs
the Concert Hall (888 Yonge Street)