Big Sugar recently got together in Toronto to rehearse new music for their upcoming summer festival dates and they are sounding sweeter than ever. Gordie, Garry, Friendlyness, Bodean and Mr. Chill were joined by our bredren that included Safwan Javed of Wide Mouth Mason and long time Big Sugar studio drummer Raffa.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a Friday night in Toronto without some live tunes, and when we headed out we definitely weren’t disappointed. The Walkervilles were getting down at the Rivoli, and everyone was getting down with them, including the camera-man. Check out what happened when Chill got up with them to play a cover of Valerie…What can I say…the vibe was completely infectious.
Day two gathered everyone together for rehearsals again before heading over to Reggae Explosion at the Phoenix. Willi Williams was performing and of course, Big Sugar were honored with the invitation to play:
Looking forward to coming to play for y’all this summer!
Yorkville Sound recently invited us to play their 50th Anniversary Bash at Steamwhistle Roundhouse, and it was a bash indeed! Also playing that night were Randy Bachman, The Sheepdogs, The Trews, The Reason and The Arkells. Of course, with that much crazy talent in the room you know there was a jam. Check out when Big Sugar, Randy Bachman and The Trews took “Let It Ride” for a spin:
With everyone all in one spot the band spent some time at Phase One Studio.
Yes. Studio time.
I can’t say much more than that, but what I can say is that Big Sugar has some really great friends…like…really great…
Hope to see you this summer!
We got forks, we got corks and now we got BIG SUGAR!
Join us for a free show on July 6th, for the Windsor Fork & Cork Festival where you can be sure there will be lots of, well ummm…forks…and corks…and a whole WHACKLOAD of doubleneck guitars and dreadlocks flying in the air.
Eat. Drink. Rock.
What would summer be without an outdoor jam turned up to 11?
Brothers and Sisters, Big Sugar has been busy making musical treats for your lovely ears and starting this summer you can catch a preview of some of the new tracks! (You heard it first, Calgary…but we won’t say anything…)
Here are the dates we can talk about, but of course more are on the way so keep checking back and if you haven’t joined us on Facebook or Twitter, then WHAT THE HECK ARE YOU WAITING FOR?
News travels fast over there.
June 15th – Ride For Sight – Orillia, ON
June 22nd – Parkland Summerfest – Calgary, AB
July 6th – The Fork & Cork Festival – Windsor, ON
July 20th – JRMCC – La Ronge, SK
July 28th – Toronto Beer Festival – Toronto, ON *with Willi Williams
Aug 9th – SIT DOWN, SERVANT!! @Peter’s Place Live – Gravenhurst, ON
Aug 10th – Kitchener Blues Fest – Kitchener, ON
Sept 13th – Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival – Fredericton, NB
Rock on and we’ll see you this summer!
BIG SUGAR – YARD STYLE WITH SPECIAL GUEST WILLI WILLIAMS
Live at Toronto’s Festival of Beer Sunday July 28th
Toronto, Ont. — The countdown to Toronto’s Festival of Beer is well under way, with less than four months until the first keg is tapped. While beer is center stage, the Festival’s organizers are thrilled to announce that Big Sugar and reggae legend Willi Williams will be performing on Sunday, July 28, live at Bandshell Park in Exhibition Place, Toronto as part of the annual celebration of suds.
“Whenever we look at talent for the main-stage, we always consider the vibe it will create for our consumer. Great Beer from around the globe, some outdoor grillin by some of Hogtown’s most exciting Chef’s, all mixed in with some roots and reggae seemed like a no brainer to us!” – says Festival President Les Murray.
Big Sugar has always been known for its powerful, high volume performances that combine rock, reggae, jazz and blues. From their first radio hit “Diggin’ a Hole” to last year’s top 10 song “Roads Ahead,” the band continues to create innovative music. This year, the band is thrilled to feature reggae legend Willi Williams as part of the Big Sugar family for their show at Toronto’s Festival of Beer. Willi Williams was a founding member of reggae genre as the renowned writer and singer of “Armagideon Time,” a beloved and popular reggae anthem covered by The Clash, among others. In 2012, Willi recorded and released a new song “Bust No Guns” with Big Sugar after a highly successful national tour.
There is a lot of great entertainment at Toronto’s Festival of Beer this year on the main stage and some of Canada’s Top Chefs are featured in the the grilling tent. The Festival also hosts some great satellite events throughout he year like Taps and Tunes, as well as the Ontario Brewing Awards (OBAs) which are just some of the festival’s sattelite featured events. Ted Reader will once again play culinary host in the grilling tent and he has invited many of his celebrated culinary brethren to join him.
The main stage will also feature Escort, a contemporary disco band from Brooklyn, and De La Soul from Long Island, on Friday July 26 and on July 27, platinum award-winning band The Spin Doctors will perform on the main stage playing hits like “Two Princes,” and “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong.”
Relaxing and being entertained often makes you hungry and thirsty. Luckily, Toronto’s Festival of Beer has many flavours for every appetite. This year’s food vendors include the Texas Tornado, Tiny Tom Donuts, Oyster Boy, Smoke’s Poutinerie and MELT Grilled Cheese, to name a few. Each year, Toronto’s Festival of Beer acts as a hub for brewers from all over the world to exhibit their golden nectar and this year is no exception. Exhibitors have travelled across Canada and around the world to make their mark on Canadians at Toronto’s Festival of Beer. Some of the craft beers from our own backyard include Steam Whistle, Wellington Brewery and William Premium Cider, and international brews range from Tsingtao, Asahi and Signha.
Tickets for Toronto’s Festival of Beer sell out in advance every year — Saturday July 27th “Hoptomized” tickets have already sold out! Tickets for the Festival can be purchased online at www.beerfestival.ca. Tickets for each day are $39.50 with the ability to Hoptimize your experience for an extra $10. Hoptimizing your ticket will gain you early access to the Festival and 5 extra sample tokens. This is a 19+ event. New for this year you can also purchase the Festival’s coveted VIP tickets!
For ticket info and more details about this year’s Beer Festival, please visit www.beerfestival.ca
About Toronto’s Festival of Beer:
Toronto’s Festival of Beer is a celebration of Canada’s rich brewing history, showcasing experts of the brewing craft from around the world. Featuring more than 200 brands, Toronto’s Festival of Beer is Canada’s premier celebration of the golden beverage. The festival takes place July 26-28 at Bandshell Park in Exhibition Place, Toronto.