The recording of the Ready for Prime Time live stream is available to watch on YouTube.

Tune into the evening show from 7 to 8 p.m. with hosts Devo Brown and Jessica Holmes. Enjoy performances by Haviah Mighty and July Talk live-streamed from the legendary El Mocambo. Experience Gordon Lightfoot’s timeless music from his home and witness Choir! Choir! Choir! invite all of Toronto to join voices together in a song.

Devo Brown

Devo Brown is a television personality with Citytv’s Breakfast Television. He has interviewed the biggest names in music and entertainment and hosted major events, concerts and festivals across Canada and the U.S.

Portrait of host Devo Brown against white background.
Devo Brown

Jessica Holmes

Jessica Holmes has showcased her unique comedy opening for giants such as Ellen DeGeneres, Russell Peters, Jerry Seinfeld and Oprah Winfrey. She is a vocal advocate for ending stigma surrounding mental health.

Portrait of Canada Day host Jessica Holmes
Jessica Holmes

Choir! Choir! Choir!

Choir! Choir! Choir! is a Toronto-based duo that takes a non-traditional approach to music, turning audiences into a choir. Founded in 2011 by creative directors Nobu Adilman and Daveed Goldman, Choir! Choir! Choir! has amassed a dedicated and passionate community of singers and a thriving international fanbase on YouTube. The group has shared the stage with renowned artists such as Patti Smith, Tegan and Sara, David Byrne, Rick Astley, Rufus Wainwright, Debbie Harry and The Flaming Lips. Choir! Choir! Choir! pushes the boundaries between artist and audience, celebrating music while fostering community.

On July 1, get ready to become part of Choir! Choir Choir! Download the lyrics sheet to Neil Young’s “Lotta Love” and sing along!

 

Black and white portrait of Choir! Choir Choir! band
Choir! Choir Choir! | Photo by Vanessa Heins

Gordon Lightfoot

World-renowned Canadian folk legend Gordon Lightfoot was a genre-defining figure in the folk-pop scene of the 1960s and 1970s. His classic songs, like “Sundown,” “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” and “If You Could Read My Mind” are indelible on the Canadian music landscape. Lightfoot was awarded the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award – Canada’s highest honour in the performing arts – in 1997, and he was named a Companion of the Order of Canada in 2003. His songs have been recorded by the likes of Elvis Presley, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Barbra Streisand, Eric Clapton and The Tragically Hip.

 

Portrait of a Canadian folk artist Gordon Lightfoot on stage with an acoustic guitar in his hand.
Gordon Lightfoot

Haviah Mighty

Named one of XXL’s 15 Toronto Rappers You Should Know last year, Brampton-born Haviah Mighty was singing from the age of four and has been making waves as a solo artist since 2009, including with her hit 2017 album Flower City and 2019’s Polaris Prize-winning 13th Floor – which made Mighty the first hip-hop artist and first Black woman to ever receive the award. Opening for acts like Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross, Redman and Method Man, Sheck Wes, Nelly, Desiigner, and Kranium, her explosive live shows have established Haviah Mighty as an artist to watch.

 

Black and white portrait of Haviah Mighty
Photo Credit: Matt Barness

July Talk with James Baley and Kyla Charter

Toronto-based alternative rock band July Talk is known as much for dynamic live shows as for chart-topping singles. The Juno-winning band stormed the airwaves with a flinty radio-ready rock debut with 2012’s Touch, powering on with two volatile and thrilling follow-up albums. With their signature snarl, July Talk has graced the stages of numerous high-profile festivals in Canada, the U.S. and overseas. They have been collaborating and performing with James Baley and Kyla Charter since 2016. In 2018 they began co-writing a song called “Champagne” which appears on the band’s upcoming album.

Toronto-based, James Baley is a multi-disciplinary, Juno-nominated musician. Known as Songbird Miyake-Mugler in the eccentric world of ballroom, he is also a prize-winning dancer.

Singer-songwriter Kyla Charter weaves her remarkable gift as a storyteller with an eclectic musical spectrum, in large part the result of a truly multicultural upbringing in the metropolis of Toronto.

 

Black and white photo of July Talk with James Baley and Kyla Charter against white brick wall.
July Talk, James Baley and Kyla Charter