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Ben Caplan & the Casual Smokers at the Lyric March 25

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On March 25, Blenders hosts the talented Ben Caplan and the Casual Smokers at the Lyric Theatre.


Alongside them is classical/jazz/folk/singer-songwriter, Taryn Kawaja.
Kawaja has been described as “sweet, haunting, and gorgeous,” with dark resonating chord combinations, thick dramatic piano riffs, and emotionally saturated vocals.
She has quickly developed a reputation for virtuosic playing complimented by a bird-song voice and beautifully vulnerable poetics.
Coming from a rigorous classical background, Kawaja’s unique fusion of classical music and pop has been captivating audiences across Canada, Europe and the U.S. Add raw charm, chops, and passion and she is a performer that is not to be missed.
Following Kawaja is Ben Caplan and the Casual smokers. Caplan is not any one thing:a charismatic charmer and a smasher of pianos; a madman and an earnest poet; a strummer of delicate chords and a lover of bent and broken melodies.
As he releases his second album, he’s already gained a following in more than a dozen countries from Australia to Europe and across North America.
It’s no surprise. Caplan is simply unforgettable. With his huge beard and unruly mane, he is as visually striking as he is aurally compelling.
His rough and textured tones cut through crowded halls; an enormous voice, roaring louder than raucous crowds. The microphone looks almost superfluous, but looks are deceiving.
Once he has your attention, Caplan can croon smoother than a glass of single malt whisky, pouring beauty into a harsh world.

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