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Basia Bulat and Destroyer

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July 10, 2014

After releasing her breakthrough debut album, Oh, My Darling, in 2007, Toronto singer-songwriter Basia Bulat has gained a steadfast following—and two Polaris Prize nominations—with her luminous vocals and heartfelt lyrics. (For Bulat, regret and lost love often devastate but never conquer.) Two albums later, electronic and electric influences have joined a folk arsenal that includes the autoharp—a trademark, and remarkable onstage—the hammered dulcimer, guitar, piano and the charango, proof of an artist always up for a challenge.

The brainchild of The New Pornographers’ Dan Bejar, Destroyer (solo) has been confounding categorization since its founding in Vancouver in 1995. The indie outfit—a festival favourite at Roskilde, Pitchfork Music Festival, Coachella and company—bounces easily between folk, rock, jazz and chamber pop. Add that to nine albums’ worth of lyrics that can be literary, oblique, playful and dense, Destroyer’s complex output is multi-layered—and always fascinating.

For tickets: www.masseyhall.com or call 416-872-4255

Massey Hall — 178 Victoria Street