Toronto singer-songwriter Carmen Toth has a voice that’s both gritty and sweet at the same time.
Her wide vocal range and gift for singing harmonies comes from over a decade of singing in choirs. At age 9, Carmen wrote her first song on her Casio keyboard, and she began to take her songwriting seriously in 2001, when she started playing guitar. She made her big debut at an open mic in 2002, and released her first 4-song EP “Potional” in 2004. In 2005, Carmen began playing under the artist name “Social Potion.” While Social Potion was initially a duo, and briefly a 4-person band in 2012, Social Potion is currently a solo act, though Carmen often plays with other local musicians. The self-titled Social Potion EP, released in 2011, has been well received by both listeners and critics alike. Perhaps WORDKRAPHT Magazine said it best: “Most listeners will wish the album is longer. You will not be able to get enough of Toth’s voice and her relatable lyrics.” All of the EP’s singles, especially “Drive Myself Home” and “Cordelia,” are currently getting airplay on numerous online radio stations and podcasts. The 5-song EP is currently available for “pay what you want” download at socialpotion.bandcamp.com.
- Heavily influenced by Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks, classic rock, retro 70s/80s/90s and indie rock.
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Venues & events Carmen has played include: International Pop Overthrow 2013 (The Sister), NXNE Music + Film Festival 2013 (Free Times Café), Graffiti’s Bar & Grill, Linsmore Tavern, Avant Garde Bar (in Ottawa, ON), The Old Nick, The Local Gest, The Central, Dora Keogh, Grossman’s Tavern, The Black Swan, The Rose And Crown, Toronto Main Street Event, The Rouge Valley Conservation Centre (various events since 2009), Dave’s on St. Clair, El Macambo, Lou Dawg’s Bar and Café, Steve’s Music Store, Tuneology Music Store, The Moore Gallery (private show), Hirut Restaurant, The Rockpile, The Smiling Buddha, Rancho Relaxo and The Guvernment (NABS Gala Fundraiser). You can’t fake passion. That’s what makes Carmen so special. With an extensive catalogue of both original and cover songs, she easily connects with audiences of all ages. Her music really IS a Social Potion. For more info and booking inquiries, contact email@example.com