The Worst Pop Band Ever

THE WORST POP BAND EVER

DATE:  Saturday, July 30th
STAGE: Jazz in the Park
ADDRESS: Simcoe Park – 169 King St., Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
TIME: 4:45 PM – 5:30 PM
TICKET PRICE: FREE

JAZZ 4 JUNIORS w/ TIM SHIA of THE WORST POP BAND EVER

DATE:  Saturday, July 30th
STAGE: Jazz in the Park / NOTL Library
ADDRESS: 10 Anderson Lane, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
TIME: 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM
TICKET PRICE: FREE


BAND MEMBERS:

Tim Shia – Drums
Adrean Farrugia – Keys
Chris Gale – Sax
Drew Birston – Bass

ABOUT YOU:

The ugly lovechild of Miles Davis and Radiohead, the Worst Pop Band Ever is celebrating their 10th year with their 4th album, Blackout.

ARTIST BIOS:

Chris Gale – Saxes (Performs/ed with Brandi Disterheft, Blue Rodeo, Jarvis Church)
Adrean Farrugia – Keys (Performs/ed with Matt Dusk, Ernesto Cervini, Ernie Watts)
Tim Shia – Drums (Performs/ed with Rich Underhill, Quique Escamilla, Milosh)
Drew Birston – Bass (Performs/ed with Amanda Martinez, Sultans of String, Chantal Kreviazuk)

HISTORY:

With influences ranging from Wayne Shorter to J Dilla to Levon Helm, The Worst Pop Band Ever is a Toronto based group that has been trying to combine their love of improvisational jazz and indie pop for the last 10 years. The band has been featured on CBC, JazzFM, NOW, allaboutjazz.com, the Toronto Star and performed/toured/recorded with everyone from Elizabeth Shepherd to Amanda Martinez to Rich Underhill. They’ve filled clubs and festivals across North America, from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island, the band will be touring their latest album, Blackout – a suite based on the great Northeastern Blackout of 2003.

YOUTUBE:

OTHER:

Featuring music off newest CD – a suite about the 2003 Northeastern Blackout and selling “Blackout Survival Kits”

Jazz 4 Juniors – a program aimed at teaching kids about jazz and how it influenced and is influenced by modern music.

AWARDS:

Adrean Farrugia’s Ricochet (2011) nominated for Traditional Jazz Juno.
Adrean Farrugia and Chris Gale Traditional Jazz Juno Winners with Brandi Disterheft’s Debut (2008)
Tim Shia provided soundtrack for Canadian Screen Award nominated short film, BAM (2016)

PRAISE/QUOTES:

“Indeed, titles can deceive. When it comes to the Worst Pop Band Ever, don’t assume it’s about pop. Don’t even assume it’s about jazz. But know that it’s about some of the most clever, talented and wide-ranging musicians in the nation. ”
– Dennis Slater, FFWD magazine

“The [WPBE]’s title displays a sense of humor and frivolity, but in name only…. Street wise yet substantive, these compositions would appeal to fans of Vijay Iyer, Brad Mehldau, or DJ Logic…is hip enough and deep enough for jazzers and non-jazzers alike.”
– Mark J. Turner, allaboutjazz

“The Worst Pop Band Ever is the total package – great compositions, unique covers and standup-worthy comedic banter… a highlight of the festival.”
– 
Mike Deicont, torontojazz.com

The music’s fresh, may appeal to pop lovers but assuredly to jazzers keen on a kind of driven fluency as genre stylings are examined, discarded and reworked.”
– Geoff Chapman, Toronto Star

“Of course Jazz isn’t dead. The core idea of using pop music as source material for creative exploration is still very much alive…It is easier to appreciate (and follow) where these artists take the music when you already understand where they started… Snarky Puppy, Mehliana, The Worst Pop Band Ever… ”
– Kevin Hurley, Huffington Post

” A bunch of delightful jazz subversives north of the border who revel in adding an edge to pop melodies.”
– Victor Aaron, somethingelsereviews.com, Best of 2009