Tanika Charles Live at the Artesian
Mar 6, 2020
The Artesian is pleased to present modern soul powerhouse Tanika Charles on March 6th, 2020 LIVE at the Artesian!
Tanika Charles Live at the Artesian
Date: Friday, March 6th, 2020
Doors: 7:00 PM
Show: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $20 in advance - available online or at Paper Umbrella, $26 at the door
The Artesian is wheelchair accessible, all-ages, and a proud supporter of positive spaces initiatives with a zero-tolerance policy towards hate, harassment, and/or discrimination. We reserve the right to remove any patron creating an unsafe environment. The accessible entrance is available via a lift, Please ask staff for help if necessary.
About Tanika Charles:Since emerging on the international scene in 2017 with her debut Soul Run, Tanika Charles has revealed herself to be one of the best kept secrets in soul music. Both on stage and off, Toronto-based Charles presents an immutable charm, at times endearingly abrasive and honest in her vulnerabilities. Tanika returns in 2019 battle tested and ready to reveal the latest chapters of her life since graduating from local favourite to international success.
In early 2016 Tanika independently released Soul Run within Canada. The album went on to receive nominations for the Polaris Music Prize and a Juno Awards nomination for best R&B/Soul Recording of the Year. In 2017 Soul Run was released internationally by Italian funk/soul label Record Kicks. The critical reception was overwhelmingly positive with Now Magazine giving it a 4/5, Exclaim! Magazine rating it an 8/10 and Music Republic Magazine giving it a perfect 5/5. Songs such as “Endless Chain”, “Love Fool” and “Soul Run” received regular radio rotation in the Canada, the US, the UK and France.
Tanika’s sophomore album The Gumption was released May 10th, 2019 through Record Kicks. It picks up where Soul Run left off, continuing her tradition of marrying classic soul with modern production styles. Across a dozen songs spanning 38 minutes, Tanika addresses moments of vindication, uncertain love, forbidden fruit and the state of the world today. “It’s a little more mature,” Tanika reflects on the album overall. “It’s not feeling guilty about being upfront, not being afraid to address situations that aren’t comfortable for me. I’m comfortable in my skin now in a way I never was before.” Predominately guitar-driven mid-tempo soul, with a handful of dance floor friendly tunes and some psychedelic leanings, production on The Gumption was steered by DJ Kemo (Kardinal Offishall, Akon) and Chin Injeti (DJ Khalil, Eminem, Drake), Daniel Lee (Hooded Fang, Phedre) who previously contributed to Soul Run, multi-instrumentalist Kevin Henkel (Patch Banks & Sound sample library, sampled by T.I. and Young Thug) and solo artist Marlon James (Jessie Reyez, Iman Omari) who has played bass alongside Tanika for many years.
“Impressive vocal qualities, winningly honest lyrics, and a contemporary twist on classic soul sounds all point to great things” – Albumism
Backed by her band The Wonderfuls, Tanika has embarked on 5 tours since the release of Soul Run. Those tours took her across Canada many times over, as well as into eight other countries. Together they impressed crowds at such festivals as Rennes Trans Musicales, NXNE, Lärz Fusion, Pop Montreal, Canarias Jazz Festival, CBC Music Fest, TD Toronto Jazz Fest, Birmingham’s Mostly Funk, Soul and Jazz Festival, the Pan Am Games, and many more.
Tanika has also appeared on television both as a reoccurring guest on CBC Kids, and as a lounge singer on Global TV’s Bomb Girls drama series. Her music has been featured on HBO’s Less Than Kind, ABC’s Rookie Blue, The CW’s Seed, CTV’s Saving Hope, CBC’s Kim’s Convenience and Workin’ Moms as well as in a nationally broadcast KFC commercial. In 2017 she made her theatrical debut in the touring production Freedom Singer, and returned to that role in February 2019’s Now We Recognize.