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Fri. Jan 27th - Toronto - Fertile Ground w/ GRUVASYLUM

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Baltimore soul-jazz legends FERTILE GROUND warming up Toronto!

Fri. Jan 27 @ The El Mocambo

ComPosition Artist & Experience Marketing, Brownman Music, Inc. and NuFunk.ca

Proudly present the heavyweights of independent music...



Live in Toronto -- Friday, January 27 @ 9 PM

@ The El Mocambo Upstairs

464 Spadina Ave.



with Brownman & GRUVASYLUM feat. mc enlight & Marcus Ali

www.gruvasylum.brownman.com / www.brownman.com

DJ Chocolate / CKLN 88.1 'Harmonic Convergence / www.scratchfree.ca

& Dalia / CHRY 105.5 'Best Kept Secret' / www.myspace.com/djdalia


ComPosition Artist & Experience Marketing is honoured to present this special Toronto performance of Baltimore underground jazz/soul legends FERTILE GROUND. This world-renowned 7-piece powerhourse will start their 4-city 2006 Canadian mini-tour on Friday, January 27 at The El Mocambo Upstairs.

One of the most respected and conscious American ensembles of its kind of the last 25 years, Fertile Ground has previous seduced Toronto in 2004 at Harbourfront's Beats, Breaks and Culture; and in 2001 at Una Mas for their legendary Downtown Jazz Festival show. Featuring the husband-and-wife team of visionary bandleader James Collins and ultra-magnetic singer Navasha Daya (with NYC drum legend Mark Prince of Steve Coleman's M-base Collective) the vibe of a Fertile Ground room goes beyond great music to a place of joy and transcendence.

Welcoming these American soul-jazz giants with Canada's finest will be NOW Magazine's 2005 Jazz Artist of the Year NICK "BROWNMAN" ALI, leading jazz-freestyle explorers Brownman & GRUVASYLUM featuring one of Canada's finest freestyle rappers, MC Enlight; and Marcus Ali on sax.This will Brownman's first big Toronto show after seven weeks on tour in Latin America, so one can be sure he'll be blazing for the home crowd! Also joining the party are female DJ pioneers and impresarias DJ Chocolate of CKLN 88.1 and DJ Dalia from CHRY 105.5

A portion of proceeds from this special show will be donated to The Meal Exchange . Since 1993, this organization has helped students on 45 campuses across Canada facilitate the student donation of over 378,000 meals to address local hunger. We are proud to support such a worthy cause in light of the rising tuitions and housing costs that are compromising the learning and living experiences for so many students in Toronto and across the country. For more info on our charitable partner, please visit: www.mealexchange.com


Fertile Ground Live in Hamilton

Saturday, January 28 @ Pepperjacks Caf�

Fertile Ground Live in Peterborough

Monday, January 30 @ The Legendary Red Dog

w/DUB TRINITY feat. Brownman (www.dubtrinity.com)

Fertile Ground Live in Ottawa

Wednesday, February 1 @ Babylon Nightclub

w/MR. SOMETHING SOMETHING feat. Brownman ( www.mrsomethingsomething.com)


"Most people don't gravitate to things that are different in music, so it was very touching that so many have been drawn to us. Some people have said it's food for the soul. I definitely feel that the energy of the live instruments and the lyrics have affected their spirit." ~ Navasha Daya, lead singer

Suddenly the sound of crisp horns, a gritty guitar, polyrhythmic percussion, and a soul-stirring keyboard sail out in balance to the tightly knitted community of music enthusiasts and underground connoisseurs that have become Fertile Ground's audience. Shortly after, the lead vocalist, Navasha Daya appears, reminiscent of some sort of ceremonial queen, and her cosmic stage presence sends the audience cheering and eventually transports them from swaying into all out dancing. Tonight is magical, but it is not out of the ordinary. Fertile Ground has repeated this feat at venues all over the world.

This once-humble Baltimore-based jazz trio has evolved into a 7-piece international powerhouse performing 50-80 shows a year, ranging from sold-out clubs to large stadium festivals. They have hypnotized music lovers at the Jazz Caf� in London, The Blue Note in Tokyo, B.B. King's in NYC, The Dusable Museum in Chicago , Pier Six in Baltimore, and Blues Alley in D.C. Each of their shows is an opportunity to not only convert people into Fertile Ground fans, but also to renew a dying faith in the power of live music.

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