Members of Lemon Bucket Orkestra

Friday, March 13, 2020

10:30 PM – 11:30 PM


Lobby, Meridian Arts Centre

5040 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M2N 6R8


60 Min









All Ages

Suitable for

This performance is part of the festival's Opening Ceremony and access to it is granted through the ticket purchased for Sima Bina and ensemble.

Six members of Lemon Bucket Orkestra will be drawing out high energy Guerilla-Folk Party-Punk attitude from their vast repertoire and experience this evening at the Tirgan Festival. From the sounds of the violin, darbouka and voice over to the brash and loud trombone, sousaphone and clarinet/sax, expect a riot of raucous musicality from this motley crew.

Lemon Bucket Orkestra are Toronto's original guerrilla-folk party-punk massive. The multi-award-winning ensemble has been heralded as a groundbreaking, genre-bending phenomenon by media and fans alike, and over the past 8 years have performed all over the world from WOMAD in New Zealand and Pohoda in Slovakia, to Festival D’Été in Québec City, and Luminato in Toronto. The Guardian proclaimed that their performances are "gorgeously sung and passionately played" and The New York Times declared them "charismatic...handsome and ambitious.”

Equal parts exhilarating precision and reckless abandon, LBO’s live shows are a truly immersive experience - ranging from the ecstatic to the cathartic and all points in between - and they have expertly captured that unique blend of energy and emotion on their new album If I Had The Strength. Released in Canada through Outside Music in late 2018, it’s set for worldwide release via a new deal with Six Degrees Records this September, and includes guest appearances from famed soprano Measha Brueggergosman, rising Latino rapper Boogát, sing-a-long phenoms Choir!Choir!Choir! and more.

The band will be busy touring the Canadian festival circuit this summer, and are heading out on a 12 date US tour in support of the Six Degrees release this fall, with shows in Chicago, New York, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh and more. Along with the worldwide release of the new album, LBO will also be premiering a new live video for the song Freedom. Filmed with multiple cameras at Toronto’s legendary Opera House earlier this year, it captures the band doing what they do best - taking the audience on a joyful, impassioned ride through the Balkans and beyond. Don’t miss your chance to see this dozen strong juggernaut if you can. To quote the Winnipeg Free Press, the experience will be: "Amazing, frenetic, gloriously anarchic and ultimately joyous!

Friday March 13, 2020

Friday, March 13, 2020

10:30 PM – 11:30 PM


Lobby, Meridian Arts Centre

5040 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M2N 6R8

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