2010 WIJBF Performer Profile: Worst Pop Band EverMay 27, 2010
Friday July 16, @ Martini Bar, 10:00pm
With influences ranging from Wayne Shorter to Radiohead, Deerhoof to J Dilla, The Worst Pop Band Ever is a Toronto based group that tries to combine a love of improvisational jazz music and “indie pop”. Individually, the WPBE has worked with the who’s who of Canadian and international musicians (see personnel), but together, whether it be blending acoustic bass with turntables or analog synths with the saxophone, the WPBE sets out to twist and bend both originals and covers, straddling genres and butting heads with expectation.
They have played festivals and clubs throughout North America including the TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival, the Ottawa Jazz Festival, IAJE, NXNE, as well as prestigious clubs like the Rex in Toronto, Schuba’s in Chicago and the Beat Niq in Calgary.
They have shared stages/ toured with the Bad Plus, Feist, Wynton Marsalis, Blue Rodeo, Rich Underhill, Elizabeth Shepherd, and Kelly Jefferson.