EYE Weekly Interview
Sugar town - Toronto's kings of reggae-heavy riff rock, Big Sugar, bring it on home at Canadian MusicFest
Before indie-blues duo The Black Keys were winning Grammys, and Jack White's Dead Weather supergroup reclaimed swamp-rock riffs for the iGeneration, a little band from Toronto called Big Sugar conquered grunge and the charts with a Zeppelin-heavy mix of blues and reggae. After 13 years creating a quintessentially Torontonian musical mixâ€”frontman Gordie Johnson hooked up with his Jamaican bandmates while living in a West Indian part of town, and Andrew Whiteman of Broken Social Scene was a frequent collaborator and co-wrote their biggest hitâ€”the band called it quits in 2004. Big Sugar is poised to return with a new album and a number of reunion shows, including their return to Toronto for this week's CMF. Johnson spoke with Eye Weekly from his home in rural Texas.