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From Toronto to New York, Budapest to Berlin, audiences around the world are hailing the Lemon Bucket Orkestra as folk music revolutionaries. Since their birth four years ago, the band has grown from its initial quartet of buskers to a fifteen-piece guerrilla folk force with an army of grass roots followers and mainstream fans at home and abroad. Those discovering the band for the first time quickly realize that their shows are more than concerts: they’re wild, joyful experiences rarely contained by four walls; they’re celebrations of tradition and culture expressed with an explosive punk spirit; they’re ecstatic street parades that erupt from the collision of nostalgia and imagination.
“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
The LBO enjoyed worldwide media attention last summer after playing klezmer music on a delayed Air Canada flight en route to a three week tour of Romania– the video garnered 250,000+ YouTube hits and was covered by CNN, New York Times, Fox News, Huffington Post, Jimmy Kimmel, CBC, CTV, The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, and more.
2012 was a monumental year for LBO: they released their debut full-length album “Lume, Lume”(produced by Michael Phillip Wojewoda at Toronto’s Revolution Recording), toured eight countries in Europe and North America, shared stages with the most renowned artists in their genre (Shantel and the Bucovina Club Orke-star, Taraf de Haidouks and Fanfare Ciocarlia,among others), and were featured performers in “Midwinter Night: Sacred and Profane Rituals” at the legendary LaMaMa Theater in New York City. This was nothing short of expected to fans of the band in their hometown of Toronto,who bought up over 4,000 copies of the band’s debut EP “Cheeky” last year, and eagerly follow the band to every corner of urban space: last August, LBO drew a 500 person crowd into the Toronto subway system and took them to cavernous Union Station, where they performed an acoustic set in commemoration of the Eastern Seaboard blackout of 2003. Not surprisingly, they are a founding member of infamous Toronto urban folk collective, Fedora Upside-Down.
Summer 2014 Mega Tour
TORONTO, ON – Thurs. June 19 – Riverdale Farm Aid, 201 Winchester Street
WINDSOR, ON – Fri. June 20th – Balkan Sear-Kuss Village Concert for Serbian Flood Relief
Serbian Centre in the BIG TENT, 6770 Tecumseh Rd E
HALIFAX, NS- June 21st-22nd – Halifax MultiFest
TORONTO, ON – Thurs. June 26th – Tour Kickoff show at Lee’s Palace,529 Bloor Street W.
MONTREAL, QC – June 28th-July 2nd – Montréal Jazz Festival
LONDON, ON – July 3-4th – Sunfest
SUDBURY, ON – July 5th-6th – Northern Lights Festival Boréal
HALIFAX, NS – July 8-9th – Halifax Jazz Festival
CALGARY, AB – July 10-11th – Calgary Stampede
EDMONTON, AB – Sat. July 12th – After Dark in the Park, – Macintyre Park, 104 St.
CALGARY, AB – Sun. July 13th – Ship and Anchor
CALGARY, AB – Tues. July 15th – Stampede Hangover Picnic
BANFF, AB – Wed. July 16th – Wild Bill’s
VICTORIA, BC – Thurs. July 17th – Recyclistas
VANCOUVER, BC – July 18-20th – Vancouver Folk Festival
MISSION, BC – Sat. July 26th – Mission Folk Festival
OTTAWA, ON – August 1-2nd – Ottawa Chamberfest
KAMOURASKA, QC – Wed. August 6th – LBO à La Veille École
ST. ANNE-DES-MONTS, QC – Thurs. August 7th – LBO à the Sea Shack
GASPE, QC – Sat. August 8th-10th – Festival Du Bout Du Monde
LAC MEGANTIC, QC – Wed. August 13th – LBO Benefit Show for Lac Mégantic
SHERBROOKE, QC – August 14-16th – Traditions du Monde
MONTREAL, QC – Mon. August 25th – Montréal Jewish Music Festival
MIDLAND, ON – Thurs. August 28th – LBO at Brookside Concert Cabaret
TORONTO, ON – August 30-31st – Ashkenaz Festival
GUELPH, ON – Sat. September 6th – Guelph Jazz Festival
ORILLIA, ON – Sun. September 7th – Ashiko World Music Festival