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Grand Analog

Grand Analog is a raw collective of seasoned record collectors, musicians and self described beat junkies. You can easily find any of these characters DJing at various clubs around Toronto or Winnipeg. Band leader and creator, Odario Williams, describes the Grand Analog sound as a beautiful mess of rap'n'roll, dub and soul. The band’s critically acclaimed albums, “Modern Thunder”, “Metropolis Is Burning” and “Calligraffiti” boast an infectious array of soundscapes.

Each personality in this collective brings something unique to the table. Odario and DJ Ofield blame their father, a reggae DJ from the 80s, for cursing them with the love of music, bass and trouble. DJ Catalist was also born into a musical family, inheriting a vintage collection of analog keyboards and an uncanny resemblance to Frank Zappa. Warren Bray is the secret sauce on bass and TJ Garcia trips the light fantastic behind his drum kit. Their new album, “Modern Thunder”, also features guest artists ranging from Saukrates and Shad to Amanda Balsys of the Wilderness of Manitoba and Maylee Todd.

Grand Analog's restless feet create an extensive touring schedule. In 2014, the band toured Canada, France, Belgium and Germany (twice). The live show adds soul to the bloodline along with frequent stage jams and off the wall spontaneity. Over the last seven years, Grand Analog has left its mark on such prestigious showcases and festivals as SXSW, the Great Escape, the Reeperbahn Festival, CMJ, Pop Montreal, the Halifax Pop Explosion, M For Montreal, JunoFest and CMW plus shows opening for the Roots, Grieves, Herbaliser, REMI, K-OS, Big Boi and Kardinall Offishall.

“Modern Thunder” hit #1 on CBC Radio 3 and the Canadian College Radio Hip Hop charts. There have been over 30 placements of Grand Analog songs in films and television shows since the album’s release including such U.S. and Canadian television series as 90210, Criminal Minds, NCIS Los Angeles, the Finder, Continuum, L.A. Complex, Franklin & Bash and many more. “Grand Analog continues to sweeten its hip-hop cocktail by spiking the punch with everything they can get their hands on: blazing rock guitars, dubby reggae, wah-wah funk, Bo Diddley beats and even a smoking kazoo solo.”

My Bands Sessions

Tuesday, March 17

11:00pm CDT

Grand Analog FriendsGrand Analog

Friday, March 20

9:10pm CDT