Autorickshaw specialises in various styles of music, from south and north Indian classical music, to folk-, pop-, jazz-fusion, to chill-out electronica. Their sound showcases the sultry, sophisticated vocals of Suba Sankaran, anchored by the melodic bass-lines & beatboxing of Dylan Bell over a bed of intricate Indian percussion by tabla player Ed Hanley. Combine this special early concert with a post-concert dinner reservation at one of PEC’s most desirable locations for an unforgettable night out.

The waterfront at the Drake Devonshire

AUGUST 18 | 5:00pm



Suba Sankaran, vocalist
Ed Hanley, tabla
Dylan Bell, multi-instrumentalist and electronics


Programme will be announced from the stage

Concert length: 1 hr with no intermission (This concert is outdoors)


$47 adults
$42 seniors and students
$10 children under 12


Drake Devonshire
On the Beach
24 Wharf St.
Wellington, ON


Bruce Bailey
David and Carol Appel
The Schulich Foundation


Autorickshaw’s music lies on the cultural cutting edge, as contemporary jazz, funk and folk easily rub shoulders with the classical and popular music of India. Formed in 2003, Autorickshaw is one of the most intriguing acts on the world music and jazz landscapes, garnering 2004, 2007 and 2018 JUNO nominations for World Music Album of the Year, winning a Canadian Independent Music Award in 2005, a John Lennon Songwriting Competition Grand Prize in World Music and the CAPACOA Touring Artist of the Year award – both in 2008, and a Canadian Folk Music Award for their recent album, Meter, in 2018.

“The ensemble consists of Canada’s most exciting and musically interesting musicians…and when their forces are combined, the results are utterly unique and musically pioneering”. -Daniel Ariaratnam, The Record

Autorickshaw has toured extensively across Canada, including appearances at Montreal, Vancouver, Guelph, Calgary and Toronto Jazz festivals, Vancouver and Winnipeg Folk festivals, Glenn Gould Studio, Stratford Festival and the Sound Symposium in Newfoundland, to name a few.

International performances include Rochester International Jazz Festival, Joe’s Pub in New York City, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Yoshi’s in San Francisco, The Stockholm Jazz Festival in Sweden and dates across India including Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Rajasthan, Delhi, Kalimpong, Gangtok, Darjeeling, Mumbai, Goa and Kerala. They also performed and taught at the Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory while on tour in Nepal.

Autorickshaw has toured in the UK and Europe, including performances in London (Vortex Jazz Club & Nehru Centre), Ireland, Prague and Grabstejn in the Czech Republic, Germany (Festival der Kulturen, Hamburg), Paris, Amsterdam and Alkmaar in the Netherlands and Belfast, Lisburn and Derry in Northern Ireland.

Most recently, Autorickshaw debuted their Global Grooves, Ancient Voices show at the prestigious Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2019.

Widely reviewed and profiled in mainstream Canadian media, Autorickshaw has also been featured internationally, including on BBC Radio, NPR’s Weekend America, in Global Rhythm Magazine and All About Jazz (USA); World Music Magazine (Italy), fRoots (UK), Rave Magazine and The Hindu (India); Deutschland Radio Kultur (Germany) as well as appearing at #14 on the European World Music Charts.

Autorickshaw has commissioned a number of new Canadian works (by Trichy Sankaran, John Gzowski and Gordon Sheard) supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council. The ensemble has been commissioned by the Harbourfront Centre and the West End Cultural Centre to create new works as well.

Autorickshaw has collaborated with numerous ensembles and artists including Trichy Sankaran, Qais Essar, Sangeeta Shankar, Hannaford Street Silver Band, Toronto Consort, VIVA Youth Singers, Goulbourn Jubilee Singers, Mississauga Festival Chorus, Orpheus Choir, Primus Men’s Chorus, ECHO Women’s Chorus, Common Thread Community Chorus, Jubilate Singers, Mendelssohn Youth Choir, City Choir, Penderecki Quartet, Manitoba Chamber Ensemble, Amely Zhou, Bandana Singh, Vandana Vishwas, John Gzowski, Gordon Sheard, Kevin Breit, Ben Grossman, Mark Duggan, George Koller, Jaron Freeman-Fox, Andrew Craig and others.

They are committed to their role as music educators through school performances, lecture demonstrations, workshops and masterclasses on topics as diverse as jazz improvisation, south Indian and Western vocal/choral techniques, and percussion from around the world.

Autorickshaw has been a recipient of numerous grants from the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, SOCAN Foundation and RadioStarmaker.