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Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013 at 8:00pm
Quique Escamilla was born and raised to a family of six in the warm, tropical southern lands of the state of Chiapas, Mexico. Today Quique Escamilla is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, producer and CBC recording artist based in the city of Toronto since 2007. In 2011 he was discovered by radio producers and has since become a favourite artist on popular Toronto CBC radio shows such as: Here and Now, Metro Morning, Fresh Air, Big City Small World, CBC Toronto Presents Series: Hot Music for a Cold Month and the annual Christmas fundraiser Sounds of the Season aired live from the Glenn Gould studio. In January 2012 he released his self titled EP album, presented and recorded live by CBC Radio. Throughout 25 years of performing in various places from small, intimate house concerts to larger scale shows at Toronto's Harbourfront, Quique has mastered the art and skill of captivating and engaging his audience as well as breaking down language barriers through his powerful voice, passionate delivery and diverse styles of music. His music represents and unifies traditional Mexican styles of music such as: ranchera and huapango infused with modern sounds of rock, reggae, ska, pop, jazz, cumbia, bolero and a variety of other Latin American rhythms. His lyrics carry powerful messages that are inspired by and support various social and political issues such as: human and civil rights, immigration reform, global conservation, anti-racism, discrimination, anti-oppression and Indigenous rights. Despite the distance from his homeland, Quique remains strongly attached to his Mexican roots. He is honoured to be in Canada to share with his audiences a flavour of Mexican culture and traditions through his music and live performances. "He's a unique talent who holds to the traditions of heavyweights like Bob Marley and Manu Chao!" -Garvia Bailey, CBC Radio
"..full of earthy and earnest sounds coming across at times like Lucinda Williams' little sister. A little sassier, certainly more energetic but with a voice that leans back against the bar and tells it like it is..."
Released in August 2012, Sarah Burton's Fire Breathers consists of 13 songs spun together by a spaghetti-western love story that follows three imperfect characters: the outlaw, the lady, and the man who was too good, through the torments and the pleasures of the heart. The album is distributed by Fontana North/Universal, courtesy of Tonic Records, Vancouver.
Portraying the "lady" in the FIRE BREATHERS story, is Miss Sarah Burton, and something got under her skin in this new release. From the edgy and fiercely independent sound of her previous album, Mayflower (containing such songs as"Antimonogamy" and "If This Is A Sin"), Fire Breathers shows more love to the opposite sex with songs like the lead out rocker "Raise The Bar", the power pop of "Love to Love You", and the raunchy blues-rock of "My Man". While softening her lyrical approach, Sarah also raised the bar herself on the sound and feel of this collection. Straight up rock 'n roll, dirty blues riffs, a little twang, and pop treatments run rampant throughout, thanks to the contributions of "the outlaw", bass player Luke Stackhouse, and "the man who was too good", guitar player Jay Swinnerton. Each song is unique while still flowing with style of the album; a piece of Canadiana splendor. Fire Breathers will leave you breathless.
"There's a slightly rough and ready feel to the instrumentation that suits Burton's vibrant and versatile vocals."
Kerry Doole, Exclaim Magazine