After a whirlwind start to 2012 with an eastern Canadian tour and festival showcases at CMW, NXNE and SCENE Fest, the Montreal singer-songwriter is ready to set down some roots in Toronto. The residency coincides with the Supermarkets "Wednesdays Go Pop" series to feature new guests each night.
When it comes to the music industry, JF Robitaille is nothing short of experienced. From starting out his music career as the frontman to Montreal indie staple The Social Register, to sharing stages with Julie Doiron, The Dears and Sean Lennon, to losing his debut full-length solo album to a record label that folded, he has seen it all. Not one to dwell, it wasn't long before he had twelve entirely new tracks to make up his critically acclaimed sophomore album, Calendar. Comparisons to artists such as Leonard Cohen, Nick Drake and Morrisey are quick among critics. The album showcases the fine balance that goes into JF Robitaille's songwriting. Always poetically juxtaposed, the tracks straddle the lines between pop and folk, conversational and melodic, gloom and optimism. For a record mired in romantic discord and loss, existential malaise and nostalgia, Calendar is as easy on the heart as it is on the ears. Exclaim Magazine has boasted it Calendar as "lyrically sincere and utterly charming, Robitaille could rise to be a Cohen for the new age; but with optimism, melody, and a prettier voice".
Catch JF Robitaille every Wednesday night in August at the Supermarket (262 Augusta Ave.) in Toronto.
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Aug 1 @ Supermarket, TORONTO
Aug 8 @ Supermarket, TORONTO
Aug 15 @ Supermarket, TORONTO
Aug 22 @ Supermarket, TORONTO
Aug 29 @ Supermarket, TORONTO