Tanika Charles

Formerly the best kept secret in soul music, Toronto-based Tanika Charles has become a known staple of the genre both at home and abroad. Her music revels in honesty and attitude, her live show is high energy and endearing, and she continues to win audiences over one stream, one Shazam and one encore at a time. In 2016 Tanika independently released her debut album “Soul Run”, which would be re-released through the Italian label Record Kicks in 2017. “Soul Run” was long-listed for the 2016 Polaris Music Prize and nominated for the 2017 Juno Award for best R&B/Soul Recording of the Year.

Tanika’s 2019 sophomore album “The Gumption” picks up where “Soul Run” left off, continuing her tradition of marrying classic soul with modern production and instrumentation. She was again long-listed for the 2019 Polaris Music Prize and had the honour of being named the inaugural Polaris artist-in-residence for 2020 at the Studio Bell National Music Centre. In early 2020 “The Gumption” was nominated for the Juno Awards 2020 R&B/Soul Recording of the Year. April 2022 has brought the release of her critically acclaimed new record “Papillon de Nuit: The Night Butterfly.” The album continues Tanika's incredible streak of albums, further cementing her place in the pantheon of Canadian soul music.

Backed by her band The Wonderfuls, Tanika has embarked on five international tours since releasing Soul Run, performing in front of many thousands of fans across nine countries. Tanika’s live show oscillates between faithful recreations of her studio recordings and revealing influences of rock, gospel and country influences.

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at White Eagle Polish Hall
Fri. February 16th 7:30 PM
$22.50 - $32.50 advance
Garden City Grooves is proud to welcome some of Canada’s finest, most powerful performers as we celebrate Black History Month with a jam-packed night of soul, hip-hop, afrobeat and funk. This very special night of music will be headlined by one of Canada’s hottest singers, the indelibly soulful TANIKA CHARLES. Tanika Charles' name has become synonymous with the finest grooves and rhythms in Canada. Her phenomenal album “Soul Run” was long-listed for the Polaris Music Prize in 2016 and was a 2017 Juno Award nominee for best R&B/Soul Recording of the Year. Since the release of her landmark album “Papillon de Nuit”, Charles has been on fire – touring relentlessly and spreading the word of deep, true soul music from one coast to the other. Her show-stopping performance at Victoria’s 23rd Annual Ska & Reggae Festival (2022) – where she opened for The Wailers – has been on the lips and minds of everyone who was there to witness it and we knew we had to bring her and her band back to the capital.

This time she joins us in the warm, intimate confines of White Eagle Hall. Joining the bill for this celebration of Black Canadian Music is Vancouver-based singer and rapper, MISSY D. Singing and rapping in both English and French, Missy D has established herself as an artist who can reach across aisles and bring people together through her art. Able to spit rapid-fire raps one moment and then seamlessly switching to her powerful singing voice, Missy D on stage must be seen to be believed. You can hear her influences readily – India.Arie, Missy Elliot, Erykah Badu to name a few – but Missy D’s thing is wholly unique and completely her own. Kicking off this special night of music is the genre-defying ALPHA CENTAURI. Blending funk, hip-hop, afrobeat, 90s R&B and a splash of 80s retro pop, the Zimbabwe-born west coast transplant is quickly heating up the west coast, playing a relentless schedule of shows up and down the Island and into the mainland. Garden City Grooves is also stoked to welcome our resident DJ for the night – DJ Rossco. He'll be spinning some of the finest grooves from across the spectrum of music, making sure we're bumping all night long.

Come out and get involved for one of the freshest nights of music Victoria is going to see this winter!