Event Info At A Glance
Price Overview: Free
Venue Overview: Concert Stage
Alysha Brilla blends a unique folk sound using guitar, piano and djembe, while Rose Cousins brings contemporary roots to our Concert Stage.
About Alysha Brilla
JUNO nominee and UK Songwriting Contest Winner Alysha Brilla is a critically acclaimed singer, songwriter and producer. She is a Tanzanian-Canadian of the Indian diaspora. Her second full-length album, Womyn, was released Sept 2014, and the title track was CBC Radio “Song Of The Week.” She plays guitar, piano and djembe, creating a unique soul-folk sound, featured on stages internationally. Womyn is the follow-up to her JUNO-nominated debut album, In My Head. The music video for her Swahili-infused song, “Nobody”, won the 2013 Ibiza Music Video Festival Fan Choice Award. Brilla’s music has been featured on major network television shows such as King and Degrassi: the Next Generation. She performs live internationally.
No stranger to touring, Brilla has played across Canada and the United States under her name and within various bands and ensembles. These opportunities have provided her with an opening for JUNO Award Winner K-OS. They include performances at The Montreal International Jazz Festival, The Mariposa Folk Festival, The Los Angelos Angel City Music Festival, The Kitchener Blues Festival, Stratford Blues Festival, Oakville Jazz Festival, Summerfolk Festival, Stewart Park Festival, CBC Metro Morning Live, TEDxYouth Waterloo, The KW Multi-Cultural Festival and Dalhousie University.
Alysha Brilla has received many awards and recognitions over the past ten years, including 2013 CBC Radio Searchlight Regional Finalist, 2012 Leading Edge Arts Award Winner (Waterloo Region Arts Council), 2009 Toronto Blues Society’s TOP 3 Artists, 2008 Youth Legacy Award (Grand River Blues Society), 2008 91.5 The Beat contest and 2005 Canwest Media’s “Rhythm of The Future” Winner.
Some of Brilla’s media appearances include CBC Metro Morning, CBC Here and Now, CBC Sounds of the Season, Rogers Daytime, and Omni Television’s V-MIX feature.
About Rose Cousins
Rose Cousins’ BRAVADO is a record for those who struggle with loneliness and those wishing they had more time alone. It’s for those attempting to make their hearts go in more than one direction and those trying to make it go in just one. It’s for those who present a version of themselves to the world that doesn’t quite match how they feel inside. It’s for those who feel misunderstood or unseen. It’s for those who have difficulty saying what they think, who hide or can’t let themselves off the hook. It’s for those asking, “Is this it?” and questioning if the character they play in the movie of their lives is authentic or just a role they’ve accepted. It’s for those who have a hard time asking for help and those desperate for and terrified of change.
BRAVADO won the 2021 JUNO Award for Contemporary Roots Album of the Year and two East Coast Music Awards for Contemporary Roots Recording and Solo Recording.
Her 2018 album Natural Conclusion also received notable acclaim, including a nomination for a Grammy Award, a JUNO nomination for Songwriter of the Year and three wins at the East Coast Music Awards.
Cousin’s songs have appeared on Grey’s Anatomy, Supergirl, Reign and Nashville. She has shared stages with such heroic songwriters as Patty Griffin, Shawn Colvin, Lori McKenna, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Jann Arden and Ron Sexsmith.
Dates & Times
8pm – Alysha Brilla
9:30pm – Rose Cousins
235 Queens Quay W.
Toronto, ON, M5J 2G8