Christian Bridges is a young songwriter and performer in Toronto who played a show at the legendary Horseshoe Tavern on July 20th. Included on a bill with many talented groups, Bridges and his band played an energetic set of songs mainly off his recently released debut EP album From Within. His song “Caribbean Girl” was recently selected as CBC’s song of the week. Bridges’s music is uplifting and socially aware. It’s also fun to watch him play live; he’s a strong performer and very emotive. His band is made up of great players as well, many of whom were students of Humber College’s illustrious music program.
In addition to playing under his own name, Bridges is part of Toronto band Down By Riverside. The band has connected with charities, women’s shelters and the Occupy Toronto movement because of their vibrant songs about rising above challenges and being strong.
Bridges also co-wrote a song with Justin Nozuka, titled “Heartless,” which won them a Number 1 SOCAN award and was a chart-topping hit in France.
Bridges’s album From Within was produced live off the floor, a rare occurrence these days, by Thomas McKay (of Joydrop). Watch “Caribbean Girl” performed live at the Supermarket in Toronto here, with special guest performers in tow to enhance the Caribbean flavour and check out the steel drum dude’s hat (wouldn’t want to mess with those dreads)!