July 23, 2022

Emily Jane White + Lindy Vopnfjörd

@ Stage in the Park

Canada, Iceland, USA

Emily Jane White

Emily Jane White, Photo courtesy of the artist

Overview

Lindy Vopnfjörd plays with a strong Icelandic folk tradition at our Stage in the Park, while Emily Jane White brings a strong musical background from Oakland, California.

About Emily Jane White

Emily Jane White is a musician and songwriter from Oakland, California. She began performing under her name in 2003 and released her first album Dark Undercoat in 2007, with Victorian America (2009), Ode to Sentience (2010), Blood/Lines (2013), They Moved in Shadow All Together (2016), Immanent Fire (2019) and Alluvion (2022) following.  

White writes on piano, guitar and voice and engages the shadow side of life through her alto expressive quality and dark folk aesthetic. White addresses the nuance of abandoned topics like social justice and the personal and political organization of human life and our natural world. Acknowledging these conditions in which we live, she offers an exploration of the inner world in her music and albums. Her most recent album Alluvion is about personal and collective grief resulting from the loss of human life and the continued loss of our natural world. Alluvion edges the borders of shoegaze and electronic pop without losing sight of the light within the gloom, the hope inside the void. The lead single, “Show Me the War,” seamlessly blends synthesizer pulses and guitars, deep acoustic toms with drum machines. The somber dirge “Heresy” soars above obscurant dust clouds created by the destruction of women’s spaces and cultures, and guest vocalist Darkher’s operatic lamentations a light that leads the listener out of grief’s darkness. Even “Poisoned,” the most traditionally Americana-sounding of the tracks, mixes White’s finger-picked melody with distorted guitar stabs and a wall of synths, her lyrics a guide through these contradictions. Overall, she captivates a cross-genre audience by taking her listeners into heavy depths carried by cinematic and melodic elements that inspire hope. 

About Lindy Vopnfjörd

Born into the Icelandic community in Manitoba, Canada, Lindy Vopnfjörd started his music career early. Singing traditional Icelandic songs with his family, cultural heritage and musician parents shaped this intuitive artist. By age four, Vopnfjörd was already pronouncing his “stand and care for the world” bent as an Icelandic-Canadian folk artist by singing cautionary songs against nuclear war. Traveling around by bus with his mom and dad and extended family, he developed an appreciation for performing as a form of sharing. He has performed seven albums’ worth of originals which have mesmerized, delighted and moved audiences at house parties and bars to embassies, theatre halls in Canada’s Whitehorse and large festivals, such as Montreal’s Osheaga, Reykjavik Folk Festival and the Hillside Festival.

Dates & Times

July 23
4:30pm – Emily Jane White
6pm – Lindy Lindy Vopnfjörd

Venue

Stage in the Park

A small stage in the grass on the west campus

Outdoors, No formal seating

Wheelchair Accessible

235 Queens Quay W.

Toronto, ON, M5J 2G8

Keywords MusicPerformance