Pop-up Concert at the Canadian Music Week Conference
By Stephen Weir
Grammy-nominated Panamanian American singer Aloe Blacc was in Toronto last week at the Canadian Music Week conference. He performed on stage at the Sheraton Centre conference and met with the media.
Blacc was here at the request of the US Consulate who were at the music conference to promote the Toronto premier of a new IMAX movie which stars Aloe Blacc. America’s Musical Journey opens next month at the Ontario Science Centre and at other museum and science centre IMAX theatres across Canada.
The 40-minute large format film follows Blacc as he travels to New Orleans, Chicago, Nashville, Miami, New York and California to explore the roots of American music. It is all about making music and sharing music and how the influence of the greats like Louis Armstrong and Elvis Presley helped shape today’s sounds.
Aloe Blacc is best known for his chart-topping “I Need a Dollar” and his vocals on Avicii’s “Wake Me Up”.
Blacc took to a stage that had been brought to Toronto from Detroit. It was an old Motown nightclub, where some of the city’s best had sung from.
Blacc told the music industry insiders gathered around the stage that he had been out of the public eye for 4-years to make movies, write songs and spend quality time with his wife Melissha Martinez and their two small children. Martinez is better known by her stage name Maya Jupiter. She is a Mexican/Turkish Australian rapper, songwriter, MC and radio personality.