Electro-Pop, Hip-Hop, Psychobilly and Opera: ROM’s New Season of Friday Night Live Presents Musical Talent Like Never Before

Discover emerging talent and experience established artists every week this fall, when the new season of Friday Night Live (#FNLROM) launches at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). Kicking off on Friday, September 28, 2018, #FNLROM transforms Canada’s largest museum of art, culture, and nature into Toronto’s hottest 19+ social event. This season the Museum is thrilled to present the sights and sounds of local and internationally acclaimed artists, lively bands and DJs, and a range of delicious food and beverage vendors.

September 28: Fashionology

Tonight’s fashion-themed fête invites guests to immerse themselves in the futuristic worlds of Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion and Philip Beesley: Transforming Space with complimentary access to both special exhibitions. Electronic pop act For Esmé dazzles the crowd with bright, feminist anthems, and SugaCayne Designs presents their latest cutting-edge carnival costumes.

October 5: Pumpkin Spice

Montreal-based Janette King blends soulful vocals and an upbeat production style for an unforgettable experience to kick off the Thanksgiving long weekend. DJ Lissa Monet mixes musical legends across genres with Caribbean sounds, and DJ and producer Cozmic Cat brings her global house beats to the Silent Beats dancefloor, where listeners can dance to the beat of their own choosing.

October 12: Dig It!

Known for his influencing on the Arab hip-hop scene from Montreal to Dubai, Narcy brings his talent to the #FNLROM stage. Maya Killtron impresses audiences with live strings, horns, and powerful vocals, and The Sidewalk Crusaders play tunes ranging from pop and funk to film and video game themes. The CRANE Project’s international research team meets with guests in honour of International Archaeology Day.

October 19: The 6ix

Experience the art, culture, and nature right at the ROM’s doorstep, with soon-to-be announced programming.

October 26: Wicked

Revel in the monstrous and macabre this Halloween at #FNLROM! Guests come face-to-face with the biggest and baddest eight-legged creatures, with complimentary access to ROM’s feature exhibition Spiders: Fear & Fascination. Psychobilly band The House of Haunt puts on a hellish theatrical performance and Scarlett LaFlamme Burlesque presents Monsters, strutting the line between scary and seductive. The most unique costume party in the city also features magician Rayn Magic, acoustic covers from The Jestr Trio, and beats from DJ Craig Dominic and Johnny B. Goode.

November 2: Vox

Celebrate the power of voice with the Canadian Opera Company! The Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio brings the opera experience to the ROM with a set list of operatic favourites and contemporary picks. DJ Sandy Duperval blends house, soul, and her own powerful vocals; expressive soul singer Chelsey Bennett performs; and Witch Prophet creates a hip-hop, jazz, and soul-infused soundscape. Teiya Kasahara explores the reliance of conventional opera roles on gender and sex stereotypes with a performance of THE QUEEN IN ME.

November 9: Fact or Fake?

Co-founder and former member of A Tribe Called Red Ian Campeau delivers a powerful combination of art and activism as Deejay NDN, and Del Hartley performs a unique hybrid of modern R&B and ‘70’s soul. The Blue Crane Agency Showcase presents R&B singer-songwriter LIZA and Montreal-based soul-pop performer Shay Lia. ROM experts invite guests to explore real and fake objects across cultures and time, and learn about ancient Egypt’s greatest female pharaoh and master of political spin, Hatshepsut.

November 16: Mic Drop

#FNLROM partners with Northside Hip Hop Archive, the home of Canadian hip-hop history and culture, and MARTK’D, a community movement creating a unique platform using art and sneakers, to host the biggest hip hop party in Toronto.

November 23: Lit!

Celebrate the season of light with headlining alt-pop duo The Darcys and their dance-floor-ready sound. Other performances include underground hip-hop and R&B artist Nana Zen, and energetic indie rockers Goodnight, Sunrise.


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