Canadian Music Showcase at SummerStage NYC
Saturday July 2, 2022
On July 2, we’re proud to partner with SummerStage to present a FREE showcase of Canadian musical talent! See Patrick Watson with the Grammy Award-winning Attacca Quartet, Inuk singer-songwriter and activist Elisapie and indie electro-pop sensation La Force at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park beginning at 6 PM!
Patrick Watson is both a man and the eponymous band, led by the Montreal singer-songwriter whose blend of morose cabaret pop and indie rock can run the gamut from spare and quiet to cinematic and orchestral. His third album Close to Paradise won the 2007 Polaris Music Prize, awarded to the best full-length Canadian album based on artistic merit, regardless of genre, sales, or record label. For this performance, Watson will be accompanied by the Grammy Award-winning string ensemble Attacca Quartet. The SummerStage Anywhere 2020 alum is joined by the Inuk singer-songwriter and activist Elisapie, who sings in English, French, and Inuktitut. Her 2018 album The Ballad of the Runaway Girl explores her journey into womanhood, her adoption, her Inuit nomadic culture and the trauma colonialism left in her community, while drawing from the poetry and sensibility of her Inuit heritage. Opener La Force has collaborated with the likes of Watson as well as Big Red Machine and Canadian indie rock royalty Feist and Broken Social Scene. The music of La Force is nocturnal electronic pop, featuring Engle’s enchanting vocals over dynamic production.
Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage is one of New York’s most beloved, broadly accessible, free outdoor performing arts festivals, presenting free concerts in parks throughout the five boroughs. Since its inception nearly 40 years ago, more than six million people from New York City and around the world have enjoyed SummerStage.