'Indie roots', 'global blues', 'jam band', 'Aboriginal alternative'? Call them what you will but Digging Roots are marching to the beat of their own drum. The five piece band from Toronto, Ontario seem to have found the right balance of fairytale good fortune, old fashion hard work and the creative chemistry to make a go of it. Frontman and frontwoman respectively, Raven Kanatakta and ShoShona Kish met at an audition for a music festival when they were both still students. Until then, they had been playing small cafes and open mic’s, in between studying for exams. They won their first gig after their chance meeting that day and haven’t looked back. They started writing songs and were playing the odd show as a duo when music manager Derek Andrews approached them in 2005, the same year they signed a record deal, put together a band and started touring. Digging Roots was born. The following year they released their debut album ‘seeds’, to a wealth of critical success, awards and a JUNO nomination.
Digging Roots recorded the bones of their last album ‘WE ARE’ while held up in a little cabin on the shores of Lake Simcoe with a host of collaborators including the iconic Kinnie Starr, DJ Bear Witness and avant-garde Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq. The album delved into a unique mix of roots, alternative, hip-hop and reggae with bluesy undertones that went on to win international critical acclaim and amassed a respectable collection of awards including a 2010 JUNO Award.
This concert has been moved from April 25 to June 18 at 8 pm in the NAC Fourth Stage.