with Too Attached
6:30pm doors • 7:30pm show
Polaris Music Prize winner Lido Pimienta comes to National Sawdust for one of her life-affirming concerts, quickly becoming legendary for being “one-part concert, one-part art show, and one-part reclamation” (Forbes).
Powered by glittering synths and influenced by Afro-Colombian singing and drumming styles, Lido’s deeply political work, informed by her identity as an immigrant and Afro-indigenous person, will ignite both body and mind.
A polyvalent artist equally at home at festivals, clubs, and galleries, Lido’s set is sure to be both a raucous dance party and a shared moment of emotionally and politically potent communion.
Lido Pimienta is a Toronto-based, Colombian-born interdisciplinary musician and artist-curator. She has performed, exhibited, and curated around the world since 2002, exploring the politics of gender, race, motherhood, identity, and the construct of the Canadian landscape in the Latin American diaspora and vernacular.
Lido’s Polaris Music Prize-winning album La Papessa (2016) charts an evolution from her debut LP Color (2010), an album full of (as the title suggests) colorful landscapes and positive vibrations. La Papessa takes a more personal approach, describing how she has found her independence as a woman and as an artist who refuses pre-conceived notions of what a pop Latina artist ought to be. The album was written in multiple cultural and geographic settings — the desert of indigenous Wayuu land and the northern mountains in Colombia, as well as Canada, in both Toronto and London, Ontario — and the music, in turn, reflects these settings. The sounds on La Papessa take listeners on a musical journey from traditional Afro-Colombian percussion to global bass and darker avant-garde electronic sounds. Lido’s piercing, explosive, and heartwarming voice unites the compositions, beats, and harmonies, resulting in a perfect labor of love and sound that highlights the creative voice of this talented artist.
Too Attached is two siblings: Vivek Shraya and Shamik Bilgi. Vivek is a multidisciplinary artist whose album with Queer Songbook Orchestra, Part-Time Woman, was nominated for the Polaris Music Prize. Shamik is a producer and beatboxer who has performed in 15 countries and toured with Method Man & Redman, Bassnectar, and Tanya Tagaq.
Too Attached grew out of Vivek and Shamik’s childhood history of singing devotional songs together in Edmonton, obsessing over pop and R&B as teenagers, and informal collaborations throughout their individual decade-long artistic careers. In 2015, they released their first EP, Bronze, and toured across Canada, opening for Tegan and Sara.
Most recently, Too Attached were listed as one of IN magazine’s 2018 Canadian Artists To Watch, and their newest album, Angry, was described by CBC as one of “Canada’s most incisive, radical and galvanizing albums”.