FRIDAY, MAY 3RD, 7:30 PM
All Seats: Pay-What-You-Will*
Special Event – Pay What You Will
Presented by Confederation Centre of the Arts & Harbourfront Theatre
*You may book a ticket for this performance, at no charge. When you attend the performance, we’ll provide you with an envelope, and will ask you to pay whatever amount you wish (based on your own individual experience) following the show, using cash, credit card or cheque. Ultimately, YOU decide the price of your tickets!
Founded and fronted by émigré Trinidadian songwriter Drew Gonsalves, Kobo Town’s music has been variously described as “an intoxicating blend of lilting calypsonian wit, dancehall reggae and trombone heavy brass” (Guardian) and a “unique, transnational composite of rhythm, poetry and activist journalism.” (Exclaim!)
From their home in Toronto, the JUNO Award winning group has brought their distinct calypso-inspired sound to audiences across the world, from Port-of-Spain to Paris and from Montreal to Malaysia. At once brooding and joyous, intensely poetic and highly danceable, Gonsalves’ songs betray deep roots in Caribbean folk music, while the band delivers them with an indomitable energy that has earned them a considerable following far beyond the niche of world music enthusiasts and calypso fans.
On his new release, Where the Galleon Sank (2017), Gonsalves continues to explore 500 years of history through his post-colonial, Trinidadian lens, armed with his trademark wit and gift for melody. Maverick producer Ivan Duran is once again manning the console, creating a warm, percolating, richly layered sound. As on Kobo Town’s two previous outings, “Galleon” is filled with buoyant music that stimulates both body and mind; propulsive, infectious grooves are juxtaposed with incisive lyrics that expose human folly and our tendency to repeat our mistakes.
Part poet, part correspondent, Gonsalves delivers compelling dispatches from events both real and imaginary.
Drew Gonsalves: lead vocal, guitar, cuatro
Robert Milicevic: drum kit
Don Stewart: bass
Terence Woode: trombone
Jan Morgan: trumpet
Francesco Emmanuel: guitar
Artist Website: www.kobotown.com