Lemon Bucket Orkestra
Lemon Bucket Orkestra is a guerilla-punk-klezmer-party band massive like no other. Tracing their roots back to the streets of Toronto, the original quartet of busking troubadours quickly amassed a battalion of like-minded musical souls and the full-blown, dozen plus strong Orkestra was born. The multi award winning ensemble has been heralded as a groundbreaking, genre-bending phenomenon by the Canadian and international media. Over the past eight years they have performed on streets and stages around the world, leaving a trail of new friends and dedicated fans in their wake.
“Adventurously multicultural…amazing” Wall Street Journal
“Music to shake you by the scruff, in the best possible way.” CBC Music
“If there was a way to bottle the unbridled energy of Lemon Bucket Orkestra’s music and gigs, you’d have to slap a sticker on the contents with the warning,‘Flammable Material!” Toronto Sun
“One of a kind sound…the best party band ever!” Moses Znaimer, founder & CEO, ZoomerMedia
“Toronto’s Lemon Bucket Orkestra delivered an amazingly frenetic, gloriously anarchic and ultimately joyous set of acoustic Slavic weirdness” Bartley Kives, Winnipeg Free Press
Equal parts exhilarating precision and reckless abandon, LBO’s live shows are a immersive experiences – ranging from the ecstatic to the cathartic. They have effectively captured that energy on their new album If I Had The Strength. The 11 song opus includes guest appearances by Measha Brueggergosman, Latino rapper Boogat, Choir! Choir! Choir!, and more. It has been quickly amassing critical acclaim. Penguin Eggs proclaimed, “the band vibrates with an irrepressible passion and playful humour that’s impossible to ignore”, and Exclaim Magazine observed that it was a “marked evolution for the band”, while Pure Gran Audio pointed out that, “the record is an emotional journey of musical exploration and communal celebration.”
The first video from the album, or the song Freedom was also recently released. Directed by the band’s own Michael Louis Johnson, it was shot following an all-night drive home from a gig in Montreal. Without any sleep, the members donned their best suits and gowns, cracked open a bottle of tequila, and let the cameras roll. “We wanted to create something that presents more questions than it answers,” Johnson says. “A piece wherein the stakes are very high, but we don’t know what’s at stake.”
Having finished a 10 date Canadian tour in support of the new releases, the band is currently in New York City rehearsing for the premiere their two time Dora Award winning folk opera Counting Sheep. Written by band principles Mark and Marichka Marczyk, it’s a story of love and revolution, inspired by the couple’s personal experience in Ukraine in 2014. With the entire band as the cast, it debuted to great acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2016, and has gone on to play in Ireland, Germany and the UK.
The busy group is also a featured artists in the new music rockumentary Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas – a celebration of some of the world’s most beloved Christmas songs – which is set to air nationally on CBC TV on December 7rd. With a recent appearance on CBC Q, up coming tapings for The Strombo Show, and a March 2018 tour of New Zealand that includes performances at the WOMAD Festival, it’s clear that the LBO massive has no plans of slowing down any time soon. Expect to hear more about them in the coming years, as they take their unique brand of music mayhem to audiences around the world.