JUNO-nominated songwriter Lori Cullen, Toronto musician and visual artist Kurt Swinghammer and producer-bassist Chris Gartner come together for a rich set of music infused with folk, jazz and all the flavours of mature emotional music. Her set will include songs from her latest album, BLOOD WONDER, which tells the story of Cullen’s intimate journey of motherhood. The optimistic songs were composed with her guitar and voice, including two co-writes with friends Ron Sexsmith and Jennifer Foster.
About Lori Cullen
Lori Cullen’s voice has been called “one of the purest of a generation.” Searingly direct and authentically driven, in her eight albums, she’s taken chances every time. Her latest, BLOOD WONDER, is no exception and includes ten original songs about the longing, love and painful truths of coming into motherhood.
Cullen got her start as a teenager, and by the age of twenty, she was cutting her teeth in Toronto’s folk houses and jazz rooms. She earned a JUNO nomination for her album Calling for Rain and toured soft seat theatres across Canada, winning over critics and fans. Owen Pallet asked Lori to contribute her distinctive vocals to his album He Poos Clouds, which won the first Polaris Prize.
In 2008 Cullen recorded her most original album, Buttercup Bugle, distributed in Japan by Nature Bliss. In 2011 she released That Certain Chartreuse, a selection of covers by artists from Gordon Lightfoot to King Crimson. This record prompted jazz vocal giant Kurt Elling to announce in an interview that she was “one of his favourite new singers.”
Cullen collaborated with friend Ron Sexsmith and partner Kurt Swinghammer for the critically acclaimed album Sexsmith Swinghammer Songs. BLOOD WONDER features Chris Gartner, Thom Gill and Steven Foster and strings from Grammy-nominated Drew Jurecka.
The Toronto Music Garden is a wheelchair accessible park. Summer Music In The Garden concerts include 8 reserved spots for accessible seating on a first come, first served basis. As these performances take place in a park, they are inherently relaxed performances by nature.
Dates & Times
Between Lower Spadina and Dan Leckie Way