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Toronto’s Bonjay Release Broughtupsy on October 5th Brand New Single “Stumble” Available Now

Toronto’s Bonjay Release Broughtupsy on October 5th Brand New Single “Stumble” Available Now

Sometimes the most unlikely pairings make for the most interesting outcomes. This could not be truer in the case of Toronto’s Bonjay. The duo will release their Broughtupsy mini-album in October. The preview track, “Stumble” is a perfect introduction to the world of Bonjay with its chopped up sirens, irresistible beat, and a voice from singer Alanna Stuart that is as commanding as it is seductive. Ignite your media players now!

Composed of Stuart and producer Ian “Pho” Swain, Bonjay were recently named by CBC as “one of the top 10 Canadian bands destined to break in 2010.” Since teaming up in 2006, Bonjay has developed a sound all their own that mixes dancehall reggae innovation, indie sentiments, electronic elements, and a DIY soul – a sound made in Toronto. The duo first released the mixtape, Bangarang Business to locals only in 2007. A bass-heavy cover of TV on the Radio’s “Staring at the Sun” was the opening track and it garnered serious blog attention for Bonjay all over.

After turning up the volume in clubs across Canada, Bonjay recorded the Gimmee Gimmee EP. The title track showcases Alanna’s West Indian heritage in the form of a freestyle that closes the song in Gypsy patois. It quickly became an online sensation.

After the success of Bangarang Business and Gimmee Gimmee, Bonjay decided to make a proper mini-album of all original material. Broughtupsy never sacrifices the fun despite its intelligence. The album is full of experimentation (both musical and vocal), transfixing melodies, and beats that defy classification but are sure to invade headphones and speakers worldwide.

Bonjay are quickly becoming known for their live performances. With Alanna’s commanding presence and Pho performing the beats and effects live, they are truly a high-energy sound system of bass and soul, extending the dancehall template to something more like a live band. Bonjay draws their name from island slang meaning “Good God!” That’s most likely the reaction you’ll have too.

Bonjay Upcoming Tour Dates (more to be announced!)

Thu Sept 30 – Pop Montreal Festival, Jupiter Room
Thu Oct 07 – Toronto CD Release, The Garrison

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