Participants 2018-11-29T09:50:50+00:00

PARTICIPANTS

Julie Austin “jaycouldneverdie”

Ontario – pop/rnb

Although I live in Toronto now, I spent the majority of my life growing up in rural Ontario. I’ve been songwriting since a young age, but I was only able to start working on actual music in my late teens after I met my current partner and producer, Sascha Andor.

Earlier this year, I began releasing music under the name ‘jaycouldneverdie’. Although I’ve released three singles so far, none of them will appear on the EP I have planned for release this November. All new music.

In terms of the bigger picture, I view my sound as a darker reflection of my emotional state and things I’ve experienced in my life, so making that world – the one where jaycouldneverdie exists – as detailed and vibrant as possible is a big goal for me. I want my audience to feel like they’re watching an opera unfold.

Laura Babin Rioux “Laura Babin”

Québec – francophone/alt rock

Laura Babin’s most recent EP, Water Buffalo (2016), reveals an amazing singer-songwriter in full control and in full bloom.

Originally from Rimouski, Quebec, Laura Babin completed her musical training at Granby’s École nationale de la chanson. She reached the semi-finals of the 2017 Francouvertes music competition where she won several prizes, including an opportunity to open for Martha Wainwright at the Saint-Jérôme Folk. During the 2018 edition of Festival Vue sur la Relève, she won some 10 Coup de pouce awards, including participations in several Quebec shows. In the summer of 2017, she was selected as one of the “Chansonneurs” (songwriters) of the Destination Chanson Fleuve song festival, where she won the Prix audace Desjardins and the Prix Révèle la relève.

Surrounded with talented musicians supporting her grunge-like atmospheric rock, she proves more daring than ever before, creating mesmerising ethereal worlds. She is now working on a new album to be produced by Dany Placard and released in 2019.

James Bailey

Ontario – pop/rnb

Carving out an alternative and personal voice for himself, James Baley is a unique and multi-talented vocalist who’s high energy performance magnetizes audiences. Performing with the likes of FALANA, After Funk, Dinamo Azari and July Talk, to make a few, James is exploring and creating a space for himself in the Toronto arts community.
In November, James released his sophomore EP, ‘ROADS’ a personal and unapologetic expression of moments in his life. Six sensual and experimental dream pop and soul tracks that take you on a psychedelic and poppy journey through dreams, moments, and memories.

Justin Boissonault “BOISSINOVA”

Ontario – indie rap

Hello!

My name is Justin “Nova” Boissonnault and I began composing music for an independent rap project under the name “Boissinova” (pronounced bwa-sa-nova) in 2015. I have recorded in studios when I had the money and often at at home with my own equipment when funds were not available. I was born in Kelowna, then moved to Vancouver, and eventually moved all the way across Canada to Toronto to pursue music as a serIous way of paying my bills.

Right now, I am working on my anticipated 7-song EP called, “SOFT BOY” and it features beats produced by myself, Big Joe From the Coast, and M3Shyneboi. My sound could be described as a mix between Death Cab For Cutie and Lil Uzi Vert or Playboi Carti. I mix all of my vocals myself in my room on my Macbook. I really could use a big break and some financial help.

Marvin Chan “Samurai Champs”

Saskatchewan – hip hop

Marvin Chan, better known by his stage alter-ego Merv xx Gotti, is the singer of WCMA-nominated Canadian hip-hop/R&B duo Samurai Champs, and Artistic Director of TRIFECTA, a SK-based arts & cultural festival and artist collective.

He holds a BASc in Software Systems Engineering and is currently completing a Master’s in Interdisciplinary Studies, researching agile software development methodologies in application to the independent arts.

His pursuits in community building have received coverage from Noisey, Gigwise, Exclaim!, and The Line of Best Fit. He continues to work to establish “The New Sound Of the Prairies”.

Kassandra Clack

British Columbia – country

Kassandra Clack is a 22 year old high energy country artist with a sweet soulful voice that you can actually feel. With a fresh upbeat sound and outgoing personality, this singer/songwriter loves to perform on stage.

After returning from Nashville, Tennessee, Kassandra is now collaborating with writers near and far to bring you a fresh country sound. With Kassandra’s voice, talent and drive, she is determined to make some noise in the country music scene. With her latest single “Are You with Me” hitting radio Kassandra is excited to bring you even more tunes!

Desiree Dawson

British Columbia – singer/songwriter

Desirée Dawson is well known as the love spreading human who won the CBC Searchlight Competition in May 2016. Desirée currently resides in Vancouver, British Columbia, the unceded, ancestral, and occupied, traditional lands of the Coast Salish peoples. Desirée’s single “Hide” helped her win the title of CBC searchlight winner and is her first single on iTunes, Spotify, to play on CBC radio and to garner 1 million streams on Spotify. Her second released single, and title track to her album, Wild Heart, spent many weeks on the CBC Top 20 and was remixed by over 2000 producers from all corners of the globe. Desirée’s debut album, Wild Heart, came out February 2017 and has been added to many prominent playlist on Spotify, Apple Music, Stingray music, and many more stations. Her latest single, “Just Fine,” is was released July 20th, 2018.

Domanique Grant

Ontario – pop

A rare combination of talent and whimsical fierceness, Domanique Grant is an Indie-Pop Singer/ Songwriter, whose vocal tone has been compared to a fusion of SIA meets Sade and whose songwriting abilities are known for reminding audiences that its okay to feel something real again.

You might ask how a young artist from Toronto who is only gearing up to release her first EP Album PLAYHOUSE (FACTOR – JSR- October 2018), has sold out TEDx Talks, been invited to appear in the opening ceremonies for Canada’s largest sporting games to 1m + people and has been invited to perform in Argentina, Uganda, Cuba and more. Domanique’s resume speaks for itself.

Domanique’s debut EP album PLAYHOUSE is her first songwriting debut, produced by KUYA (Alessia Cara, Little Mix) and co-produced by Grant. PLAYHOUSE explores the meaning of home when navigating life in large urban cities.

Aliah Guerra

Québec – jazz/soul

My name is Aliah Guerra and i am 21 years old. I am a Neo-Soul/ Jazz artist in Montreal,QC Canada. I’m a vocalist, songwriter, a (self-taught) electric guitarist, multi instrumentalist (guitar, bass, piano, and clarinet), producer, and audio engineer. I have independently released my first body of music entitled “Sounds of a Seed” EP, on May 11th 2018. On this record, I wrote, arranged, produced, and performed all of the songs. I am an independent artist, which has required me to wear many hats. I have been performing since the age of 5, from stages at the Montreal Bell Center in 2008, to Manhattan NYC in 2017, West Island Blues Fest 2016 & 2017, and Montreal Global News, in 2018 to name a few. When I began teaching myself to play jazz tunes by Amy Winehouse on the guitar (2010), I posted the covers on YouTube and developed a following.

Madmoud Ismail “Mah Moud”

Ontario – Indie soul

Mah Moud, A Toronto-based artist, displays brilliantly the beauty in brevity with his art. With such an incredible ability to tell stories combined with his versatility with regards to production, instrumentation, and vocal capability, Mah Moud is poised to take the appropriate steps to become a powerhouse in music.

Bella Krys

Ontario – alt pop

Bella Krys is a 20-year-old singer songwriter from Toronto, ON. Her musical training began with violin at the age of 3, and she has since learned to play a total of 6 different instruments. While she’s been singing and writing songs since the age of 12, Bella didn’t get serious until 3 years ago: In grade 11 she received the opportunity to record with Stephan Moccio for her high school’s 150th anniversary song. She co-wrote it, and was chosen by Stephan to be featured on it as a soloist. Since high school she has released two songs (available on all streaming platforms), and more recently embarked on a year long project entitled “Project 365”. Since January 1, 2018, she has written, recorded and uploaded a song every single day. Her dream to is create and share music that will positively affect people’s lives, as it has hers.

Dante Leon

Ontario – RnB/soul/pop

Although many see music as a way to escape the world and reality, for Dante Leon, music is actually the anchor which grounds him and the fuel that propels him to explore the world and his craft to even greater extents. From attending arts school from the age of 8, as well as having recognized reggae musician as a father and another as an uncle, music has always been a central focal point in Dante’s life.

While still in high school in Toronto, Dante quickly established himself in the growing music scene that is now generating some of the top artists, producers and songwriters in the world. While Dante continues to lend his songwriting and production services to many renowned artists, the 24 year old creator has simultaneously been able to master a sound not yet tamed by any other young artists in the industry today.

Madeline Ritter “MADDEE”

Ontario – RnB/Soul

At just 20 years old and two releases under her belt, MADDEE has already performed for CMW, the AGO Massive, NXNE, Bestival, SXSW, and most recently Field Trip Festival. She has shared the stage with the likes of Willow Smith, Lil’ Yatchy, Basecamp, Tennyson, and many more. MADDEE first gained traction as the key feature on Harrison’s EP Colors released on Last Gang Records. Not only have her vocals been called soulful, captivating and dreamy on various reviews, but also her abilities with composition, lyric, guitar and keyboard are key to her future success as a multifaceted artist. In 2017, MADDEE released her first two solo singles, which were produced by Toronto’s Birthday Boy and Shagabond. The songs were extremely well streamed and resulted in her being selected by Red Bull Sound Select as one of their newest artists. She now sets her sights on releasing her first solo EP.

Jon Saldanha

British Columbia – Pop

Jon is a Canadian musician/songwriter based out of Vancouver, Canada. He is best known for co-founding indie-rock band Ark & Ocean.

Dave Sampson

Nova Scotia – folk pop

Dave Sampson writes heart-on-your-sleeve folk/pop songs, delivered with a captivating and authentic voice that could blow down a brick house. His knack for crafting simple ear-worms and his high-energy shows have been winning him fans across Canada. Collaborating and sharing the stage with some of Canada’s top exports such as Classified, Gordie Sampson, Neon Dreams, Alan Doyle & Donovan Woods as well as being chosen as one of Canada’s Top 5 emerging artists by Canada’s Walk of Fame, Dave is sure to make waves with his anticipated 2018 Nashville recorded release.

Connor Seidel

Québec – indie pop/folk

Based in Montreal, Canada – Connor Seidel spent the last decade searching for and producing emerging artists. His focus today is in pop & indie but he has had the chance to dive deep in the franco-quebec music scene.

At only 24 years old, Connor thrives to find real intimacy in his recordings – focusing on the message, emotion, and feel of the music he works on. A vibrant energy in the studio and a background in jazz guitar give Connor an edge in writing sessions and production situations. He loves to be in both the writer and producers seat and always innovates with a hybrid sound – blending live instrumentation with digital production to make true modern music.

The recent success of “Solitudes” by Matt Holubowski has catapulted Connor into the Quebec & Canadian music industry.

Linnea Siggelkow “Ellis”

Ontario – alt pop

A faint voice and a fervent guitar make their match in a cluttered bedroom, each song finding itself in a growing folder of recordings stamped by initials “L.S”. Ellis is the music project of Linnea Siggelkow. Daughter to a travelling book salesman and a piano teacher, Ellis flips the words from the books she once read, intertwining vulnerable with bold into the songs that she now sings. Having already made her mark as a solo performer in the Toronto DIY scene, the project has evolved into a 4-piece band, inspiring a grittier take on the same solemn refrain.

After cultivating a following opening for the likes of Soccer Mommy, Palehound, Casper Skulls and Young Galaxy, Ellis is releasing her first official single The Drain off her upcoming debut EP (expected out in fall 2018).

Annie Sumi

Ontario – folk

Annie Sumi is a critically-acclaimed, ethereal-folk artist from Southern Ontario. Since the release of her debut-album, “Reflections”, in 2015, she has received nominations for “Best Singer-Songwriter” (TIMAs, 2015), “Contemporary Roots Album of the Year” (Hidden Roots Collective, CFMAs, 2017), and more. With the release of her latest album, “In the Unknown”, this songwriter has brought colour and vision to the Canadian music scene. Her live performance is vulnerable; she consistently gives her heart to the stage, and inspires the audience to feel something. With over 300 live performances across Canada, the United States of America, and Continental Europe, this old-soul has shared her songs and stories with audiences around the world!

Vincent Turcotte

Québec – composer

Vincent Turcotte is a composer, guitarist, music teacher and sound engineer in audiovisual post-production. He has accompanied touring artists throughout Quebec as a guitarist. He has also written for corporate videos, commercials, short films and television. After a DEC in jazz / popular guitar from the Collège d’Alma, he applied for a Bachelor’s degree in Popular Music from the University of Quebec at Montréal then at the DESS in Music of films of the same establishment. Since the spring of 2013, he has toured Quebec with author and composer Clément Jacques.

In 2017 he finished second in the SOCAN Foundation Awards for Emerging Audio-Visual Composers.

Joanna Worthington “Jo Jo Worthington”

Ontario – electro folk

[A soft tour-de-force, the grand echo from the small sound, a burst of light from the centre of the room]

Kitchener-Waterloo artist, JoJo Worthington, has won numerous awards + accolades, yet hasn’t stopped pushing her work to uncomfortable boundaries. Forging ahead with Epoch producer Connory Ballantyne + engineer William Crann, Worthington’s latest work ’\\’ or ‘Two Lines’ is a surge into new territory. Her vocalizations reminisce of Kate Bush, her ingenuity with looping techniques remind one of the omnipresent Canadian force of Owen Pallet, and her completely refreshing take on the [often blasé] ukulele is pushing the experimental-folk musician to create some of the most forward-thinking music of her generation.