Tendai & Ishmael of Shabazz Palaces
Photo by Christine Comrie

Broken City played host to an energetic and sincere Shabazz Palaces; a venue that played host to Thee Oh Sees at Sled 2011. The intimacy character of the space catered nicely to Shabazz’s bass heavy, intricate soundscapes. Their set included many welcomed instrumental improvisations and free styles. Later a considerably fizzled out crowd booed as the lights came on, cutting off the band , whom only shrugged and pleaded to do one more. With roars of approval we were treated to an encore.

Earlier in the day a Kensington church was full of reverberating, piano and drones as Montreal’s CFCF played his various Exercises from his latest same titled EP. Mike Silver elegantly played his Riyuchi Sakamoto inspired piano over droning textures of pulsating beats and ambient winds; to pews full of attentive ears.


Calamalka on the Ones & Twos at Sled Islands first annual Block Party


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