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Join a high-concept dance party with A Tribe Called Red

Join a high-concept dance party with A Tribe Called Red
(Image: Pat Bolduc)

Toronto’s infamously apathetic live-music crowds are no match for the relentless energy of A Tribe Called Red. The Ottawa-based indigenous DJ trio doesn’t tolerate still bodies at its shows; throughout the group’s non-stop sets, revellers are either wrapped up in a round dance or shaking from bone-rumbling bass. Unlike sweaty EDM festivals and King West clubs, though, Tribe shows are more than just dance parties. Subverting stereotypes and blending contemporary electronic music with traditional First Nations chanting and drumming (try “Electric Pow Wow Drum” for a taste), the emcees inject their bass drops and powerful beats with lessons in cultural sensitivity. This week, at the Danforth Music Hall, concertgoers will have an opportunity to see why the group has earned two Polaris nods—one for its self-titled debut, the other for 2013’s Nation II Nation. Tickets are scarce, but they can still be found on the resale market. We dare you not to dance.

Fri. Nov. 7. $23.50–$33.50. Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave., 416-778-8163, ticketmaster.com.

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