TD Main Stage Friday Night

Date: Friday August 9th

Time: 10:30 PM - 11:45 PM

Bill & Joel Plaskett

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Many Canadian music fans know Joel Plaskett. Multiple JUNO Award winning songwriter. Multiple times on the Polaris Music Prize Short List. Sold out clubs and concert halls from one side of the country to the other. But in 2017 he'll be sharing the spotlight with his earliest musical influence- his father, Bill. Solidarity, to be released on the Pheromone label in February is the first full-length musical collaboration between father and son and will be followed by a cross-country tour in the spring. The album is a powerful collection of original and traditional songs, reflecting the duo's individual journeys and personal politics. From the introspective opening track, Dragonfly, a song about a paranormal experience that Joel had, to On Down the River, Bill's closing track about leaving his home in England, the album is grounded in folk music but informed by rock and roll history. Here’s Joel’s take on the title track: “As a starting point, I wanted to write a simple, folk song chorus that Dad and I could sing in harmony. The word solidarity came to mind as representing togetherness, strength and shared values. I wrote the song to celebrate unity, wherever you can find it, in an increasingly fractured world." Joel’s reference to a “folk song chorus” speaks to his father's musical history. Born in 1945 in London, England, Bill spent the early 1960s playing tenor banjo (learned from his father) in a traditional jazz band and skiffle group and later graduated to playing electric bass in…

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