Ottawa’s Brothers Dubé to busk at Toronto’s First Canadian Place on Friday, June 14, 2013
Toronto – June 14, 2013
Ottawa’s youngest rock band the Brothers Dubé are set to perform two busking sessions at the First Canadian Place (100 King St W) on Friday, June 14, 2013. The two electric half hour performances will be taking place at 12: 15 PM and 1:15 PM.
Seeing over 80,000 people a day in Toronto’s busy downtown core, the First Canadian Place Arts & Events is committed to providing free arts programs to enrich the cultural lives of those who work and live nearby the centre.
Upcoming, the Brothers Dubé will be warming up the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) stage for the world’s most iconic summertime band, The Beach Boys from August 18, 2013.
The Beach Boys, known for their culture of surfing, cars, and romance have been regarded as one of America’s greatest rock bands of all time. During their 50 year career, they have earned a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and received The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award.
Now in its 135th year, the CNE is a rich part of Toronto’s history and runs from August 16 – September 2, 2013. The CNE features attractions like the fairway, horseshows, unique food, air shows and more.
Fans can expect new material written and recorded over the last year in Nashville and Ottawa, adding an acoustic element to their hard electric sound.
The Brothers Dubé is one of the youngest professional alternative three piece rock bands in the world. In the last three years, they have been working with Grammy-Nominated producer Randall Prescott and Kaylen Prescott, developing their visceral sound and delivery of classic rock anthems
The brothers got their start in music in 2006 at the ages of 6, 8, and 10 in their hometown of Ottawa, Canada after posting covers of their mother’s favourite songs on YouTube to keep her spirits up while she fought cancer. Shortly after her death in 2008, they started drawing crowds of thousands at a time to their mega-busking and guerilla street performances on what eventually became known as their Sidewalk Stage. Many recognize them as the “Bluesfest Buskers” who were joined by Arcade Fire in 2010 while they were raising money for Haiti. Arcade Fire, who also raise money for Haiti, were headlining at Bluesfest in Ottawa at the time when they walked off their stage, over the security fence, to join the brothers in an improve session singing backup for them. The boys joined forces with Arcade Fire supporting their Haiti mission by matching every dollar they raised.
Through these now legendary street performances, the Brothers Dubé have played hundreds of shows a year in support of numerous charities. They have raised over $150,000 for various causes close to their heart, primarily for orphans in Haiti. In March 2012, they visited Haiti to film a documentary called A Day in the Life, which tells the story of what everyday life is like for an orphaned Haitian child. The Brothers created the film because they wanted to raise awareness in schools everywhere through a musical multi-media performance.
The brothers have received numerous awards for their social activism including United Way’s Community Builder of the Year Award 2011; the Heart of Gold Award, a commendation from the Prime Minister of Canada, and a nomination for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Governor General’s Award.
As accredited songwriters with an album under their belt, the Brothers Dubé have played at some of North America’s largest music festivals including Bluesfest, Osheaga, and the Montreal Pop Festival. In addition to this, they also have published works within the music and television industries including a soundtrack spot on the hit television show, Degrassi.
Most recently, the Brothers have officially signed with one of the entertainment world’s premiere music management groups, the Feldman Agency. With over 40 years in the entertainment business, and a wealth of experience when it comes to artist representation, talent booking, event services, and corporate consulting, The Feldman Agency represents world-renowned artists including RUSH, Michael Bublé, Bryan Adams, the Tragically Hip, Our Lady Peace, Sloan, Simple Plan, and Tom Cochrane, just to name a few.
Upcoming, the brothers will be returning to Nashville to continue writing and recording at the legendary Ocean Way Studios which boasts a slew of legendary clientele including Matchbox Twenty, Harry Connick Jr., Faith Hill, The Mavericks, Kings of Leon, and Willie Nelson. The boys will also be showcasing there and working with performance coach Tom Jackson who has worked with music legends Taylor Swift, and The Band Perry.
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