Birds of Chicago to perform free concert at George Brown College

Student Association’s New Music, New Places series brings live music to George Brown

Two of the hottest voices in the North American folk music scene, are coming to George Brown College for a free concert on Nov. 8, courtesy of the Student Association’s (SA) New Music, New Places series.

Birds of Chicago is comprised of members from JT Nero and Allison Russell’s respective bands, Vancouver’s Po’ Girl and Chicago’s JT and the Clouds. Their combination of classic soul, folk-rock and doo-wop, accompanied by Russell’s haunting voice, is reminiscent of something from a gospel choir, and has won them fans across the country.

The band is notorious in the folk music scene for the frequency of their shows, claiming to perform over 200 nights a year since their formation in 2012.

Celebrating the release of their most recent album, Real Midnight the band kicked off their Canadian tour in September. Starting with a sold-out show on British Columbia’s Salt Spring Island for PitchFork Social’s concert series, the band has stayed in motion ever since, touring across Canada towards Ontario.

Neil Cumberbatch, senior co-ordinator of events and marketing for the SA, which funds The Dialog, said the band plans to bring their trademark energy to St. James campus on Tuesday.

The New Music, New Places series is a new initiative by the SA to provide live music to students. The first event, a concert at George Brown’s new student residence, The George, featured former Canadian Idol contestant and country singer Jessica Mitchell and singer-songwriter Lucas Dipasquale.

Birds of Chicago is the second of four planned events for the series this year.

Cumberbatch said the focus of the series is to bring in recognizable acts with an established name, or up-and-coming artists, within their respective genre.

While each concert will feature a different genre of music, Cumberbatch said the SA will aim to provide something unique at each event. The plan is to feature an EDM (electric dance music) group in January.

Birds of Chicago is playing Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 1 p.m. in the Kings Lounge at St. James campus. Entry is free for all George Brown students.


Birds of Chicago to perform free concert at George Brown College