Over the past few years, Aaron Pollock has established himself as a successful artist and songwriter, with over 700 songs in his catalogue; winning the “Songwriter of the Year” award at the 2021 Country Music Alberta awards (for co-writing “Every Little Town” by The Prairie States), and landing his first iTunes #1 (for co-writing “All Over It” by Ben Chase) in January 2019. Pollock has also flourished as a performer, sharing stages with the likes of Brett Kissel, Jocelyn Alice, and Shawn Hook.
Pollock’s hard-earned skills are on full display on his upcoming offerings, a set of songs recorded in early 2021 with producers including Andy Park (Noah Gundersen) and Giordan Postorino (LOLO). While they represent a departure from his previous work, they find Pollock more determined than ever to share his struggles in the hope that others will find courage, inspiration, or, at the very least, a new perspective on the challenges they face in their lives.
Enduring years of closed doors, homophobia, and fighting for artistic integrity, Toronto based pop/R&B artist Amir Brandon emerges against the odds. Growing up in an environment of intolerance and prejudice only fuelled his creative fire, inspiring a striking sense of vulnerability and confidence in his songwriting. After much experimentation and self-discovery, his music stands as a testament to his resilience in the industry, and breaks the mold of what is expected from a Middle-Eastern artist.
Already achieving a number of notable milestones before his debut, Amir’s music has received placements through FM radio, Disney, Netflix, and major television networks. Additionally, receiving accolades from the likes of SOCAN, the Songwriters Association of Canada, and international artist JoJo have provided him with a greater sense of direction and a springboard for his international debut.
Andrea An is a Vietnamese-Canadian singer/songwriter, a multi-talented pop, R&B, and country artist. She started taking piano lessons at age six and by the time she was a teenager, she had also taught herself to play guitar.
Andrea has generated over 500,000 views on YouTube and Facebook and played festivals like the Trifecta Music Festival and the Country Thunder VIP area. She was nominated for Emerging Artist of the Year at the 2021 Saskatchewan Country Music Association Awards.
She captures themes of love, heartbreak, self-empowerment, and reflection. Her voice can be a quiet, falsetto birdsong that raises goosebumps, or a belted out, raging symphony of broken hearts.
Andrea An is on a mission to share her music with the world – and to show that it’s possible for women of colour/Asian-Canadians to be visible in the Canadian music industry.
Hailing from both the mountains of British Columbia, Anna is a multi-instrumentalist artist known for her sultry vocals, artistic songwriting and a compelling stage-presence: genre-bending pop, soul and folk into her own sound. After developing a strong background in classical piano, voice and violin, Anna studied music at Selkirk College and Berklee College of Music, graduating at the top of her class. This instilled in her a love of jazz, fine wine and intricate composition. Since then, she has written dozens of songs, collaborated with musicians from around the world, and been featured on many records. Most recently, Anna has fallen in love with playing guitar, which is reflected in her upcoming releases. Realizing how male-dominated the music industry is, Anna prioritizes honing her instrumental skills and becoming a mentor for aspiring non-male musicians. Anna is currently recording her debut album, to be released in Spring 2022. Expect a collection of self-reflective songs, pillowed by a lush sonic landscape, and led by Anna’s soulful narrative, reminiscent of Phoebe Bridgers, Stevie Knicks and Lianne La Havas.
She is also one half of the indie folk duo Rumour Mill.
Aryss is an artist who seems to exist only in paradoxes – timeless and current, raw and refined, cinematic and intimate, familiar yet unexpected. While she bares her heart and breaks it in the same breath, ARYSS’ piano-driven pop serves to immortalize the defining moments of life, love, and love gone wrong. Originally from Strathmore, AB, her career began at 17 under given name, Kirstyn Johnson, when the singer saw success in a nation-wide talent competition hosted on Much Music. After the contest ended she released her debut album “Our Weapon” and went on to pursue an education in Music Business through Berklee. Since moving to Toronto in 2019, ARYSS has rebranded and been working with artists on and off the stage as a songwriter, pianist, vocalist, and producer. With over a decade’s experience stitching stories to melodies and writing with collaborators internationally, her debut release is expected in fall of 2021.
Azalyne is a multi-instrumentalist musician, singer-songwriter, composer and producer of Guyanese and Polish descent. She has been performing since the age of 4 and has performed in over 250 shows both solo and with her band. Azalyne has released 3 songs on all streaming platforms and is currently working on a live jazz/R&B EP. Azalyne and her band are hoping to create a modern jazz masterpiece, incorporating both classic and contemporary jazz, as well as bringing a distinctive R&B vibe. Azalyne has a true and passionate love for music of all genres, her songwriting repertoire ranges in many categories of musicality. With jazzy and unexpected chord progressions and catchy melodies that feature interesting lyrics, Azalyne’s songs hope to captivate listeners and lead them into another world of sound and surrealism.
BAYLA continues to beat the odds. As a child, doctors diagnosed her with vocal cord dysfunction and told her she would never be able to sing. Proving them wrong, BAYLA released her debut single “Turn It Around” in 2016, which caught on like wild-fire at Canadian radio. The single went on to reach “Top 40” status, peaking at #24 on the Canadian Billboard Charts, and #10 in her hometown of Montreal, QC. BAYLA followed up with “Monster”, gaining her a second Top 40 single as an independent artist, and she was chosen as the Bell Media / iHeartRadio “Future Star”. Since, BAYLA has performed in festivals across Canada, sharing the stage with some of her musical heroes, including Lights & Bif Naked. In 2019, BAYLA was announced as the “Grand Prize” recipient in the Canada’s Walk of Fame x RBC “Emerging Musician Program”. Currently in studio, expect to hear more from this Pop songstress in 2021.
That momentum comes through in the soft ways her music explores the darkness that comes before the light, in the cinematic promise of a happier ending. Blair uses her lyrics to work through the things she doesn’t understand and the places she doesn’t fit in. Through some of the sadness, hope and warmth always make their way through. Her songs perfectly pair a delicate vocal style with her penchant for 90s style electric guitars and the kind of stark honesty that evokes a gentle nostalgia.
A classically trained pianist, Blair started making music when she was 10 and living in Cambridge, Ontario. She would use techniques learned through her music classes and apply them to songs she wrote herself. Sometimes learning by ear, she was drawn to the “minor” parts of songs. Chords and chord progressions are the emotions of the songs, and Blair learned to use them to colour her own music.
Blair finds inspiration in the little things: her friends, interesting strangers, walks in the woods, moments of stillness, small towns, and quiet thoughts. She’s drawn to stories and the ways that music can shape and hold them.
Bryn is a Toronto-based songwriter and artist with an affinity for creating hyper-vulnerable and emotionally complex music. Her sound has been described as Maggie Rogers meets Lorde — a combination of raw storytelling and hypnotizing femininity.
Since the release of her first full studio album, Tempest (2018), which charted top 40 on the iTunes Alternative charts, Bryn broke her silence in 2020 with the release of “Dead Types”, a dark-pop collaboration with Toronto producer, Don Mills, which garnered over half a million streams in its first few months. Outside of her own project, the songwriter has accumulated over five million streams on songs she has co-written for other artists. Bryn is now working on her debut EP alongside award-winning producer, Andrew Dawson (Kanye West, FUN, John Legend).
As a writer and artist, Bryn strives to create safe spaces for her co-creators. She looks forward to 2021 and the release of her new project as the start of a new evolution and era as both an artist and songwriter.
Dani Saldo is a Filipino-Canadian artist & songwriter based in Guelph. As if lifted straight from the pages of her diary, Dani’s lyrical content is openly honest, genuine & relatable as she effortlessly laments on young love & self-discovery via moody melancholia & dreamy beats, oozing with a knowing nostalgia.
Having trained at ABS-CBN’s Star Magic in the Philippines & at none other than Berklee in LA, Dani is certainly no stranger to the music scene. As an active songwriter, she works to create songs for TV & Film in addition to her own artist project. Dani co-wrote Jillian May’s debut single “Could We Be Happy” which featured on Season 9 of MTV’S Teen Mom OG in addition to Arcana’s song Stockholm Syndrome performed by the dance studio ALiEN in Korea & Ninetone Records Harley Huke’s single Afraid. Continuously collaborating with numerous artists & producers she is continuously making music soon to be released.
Davey Badiuk is a songwriter, producer & mixing engineer. His production & mixing credits over his time in the industry include Liam Gallagher, Kiesza, Dragonette, Tegan & Sara, and many more notable major label artists. From a JUNO award nomination to a platinum record in the UK to a Seth Rogen movie sync, Davey’s work connects with audiences across genres. Now stationed at Baker Studios in Victoria, BC, Davey is more focused than ever and ready to take his career to the next level, concentrating on garnering new songwriting opportunities. As his career has been focused on production & mixing jobs thus far, Davey is looking to step back and deepen his business development skills for the future, with a focus on songwriting & his personal development as an artist.
Denise Valle is a soulful songstress with love as her subject and soul as her sound, her music fuses the hypnotic warmth of R&B with the insatiability of pop. Her lyrical narratives are met by a raw vocal wave; her voice is passionate, enlightened, ethereal. Recently relocating to Calgary, Alberta on the heels of a full summer of music festivals performances. Including Sasktel Jazz Festival, Ness Creek Music Festival, NXNE and Canadian Music Week. Recently, her debut EP gained the attention of Exclaim! Magazine naming her one of “8 Emerging Artists You Need to Hear in Feb 2021”.
Estyr weaves stories of femininity, heartbreak, liminality, and Toronto’s suburbs into songs layered with lush vocals and acoustic guitar. Her songs move between alt, indie, and R&B styles while remaining rooted in lyrical storytelling. Whether performing solo or with experimental band Tiger Balme, she’s noted for her stage presence, engaging audiences to laugh, reflect, and heal. Estyr’s second EP, All Tied Up, will be released in summer of 2021. The five-track album, produced by Rob McLay, is a nostalgic reflection on her coming-of-age as a second-generation immigrant, featuring modulated vocal harmonies and electric drums. The music reflects her ongoing desire to write a soundtrack that her teenage self never had: music resonating with her multiracial upbringing in the suburbs. Estyr’s songs have received CBC radio play nationally and regionally. She recently performed for Drake TV’s What’s In The Box Festival and BIPOC Fest.
Hanorah is a soulful singer-songwriter from Montreal. Since releasing her debut EP For the Good Guys and the Bad Guys (2019), she has toured Canada and the US with such renouned artists as Coeur de Pirate, Les sœurs Boulay and Seratones. Hanorah took to the festival circuit that same year, playing Montreal Jazz Fest, Ottawa Blues Fest, Toronto Jazz Fest, FEQ (Aperos prize winner), Winnipeg Folk Fest, and POP Montreal, where she opened for soul legend Mavis Staples. Hanorah is currently working on a full-lengh album.
Hua Li’s hazy R&B and revolutionary rap cuts to the bone and shakes your frail ass to the ground. Her loving dedication to her hometown of Wuhan, China came out to critical acclaim on Next Door Records in 2020, following up her 2019 debut record, Dynasty. A charismatic performer, she has been blessed to share her work on a variety of major stages, including the Montreal International Jazz Festival, World Pride Toronto and Secret Solstice Festival. Subversive and sexy, Hua Li is the only half-Chinese, half-militant, half-rapper of your heart.
Idris Lawal is a Nigerian-born, Toronto-based artist whose discovery of music came from growing up listening to his parents’ Nigerian mixes, Hollywood soundtracks and later, hip-hop. Today, he draws from a variety of musical influences including rap, afrobeat, highlife, afro-pop and soul music; blending into a genre he has called “Afrobop”. After releasing his debut EP “Young, Black & Blue” in 2020, he was selected as an artist for RBCxMusic First Up Series and then picked as one of CBC’s Sounds of the Season in December 2020. He kicked off 2021 with a new single, Wallflowers, and a live performance of the single at Folks Alliance: Unlocked Showcase. 2021 has already seen Idris feature on 3 different songs and will see more features before he releases his debut album in 2022.
Masterfully combining classic country song-writing influenced by artists at the forefront of the country scene from the 70s to early 90s, with his own take on today’s country sound, Newfoundland’s Justin Fancy has proven in spades he is no one-trick pony. It’s no surprise that Fancy recently won Music NL’s 2021 Country Artist of the Year and Rising Star of the Year, as well as receiving his first ECMA nomination for Inspirational Album of the Year.
His latest single, “Makes Me Wanna”, the second release off his debut album, “Sure Beats a Good Time”, just recently earned him Socan’s “Song of The Week” and also awarded him the Rogers “One To Watch” artist which added his single to Rogers country stations right across Canada.
What is arguably most endearing about Fancy and his debut album, Sure Beats a Good Time (2020), is his enviable ability to craft songs that will ultimately resonate on multiple levels. For every person drawn to his songs’ subject matter, others will be unable to resist the undeniably anthemic choruses found in this collection of radio-ready songs.
Karli June is a country artist from the small town of Listowel, Ontario currently working on her debut EP with award winning producer, Karen Kosowski. Her first single off the album “Heart Drunk” was written alongside Kosowski and Grammy-nominated writer Deric Ruttan. Her album will tell stories of her hometown, her heart, and every part of what makes life special. Her songs will leave you feeling inspired with this refreshingly authentic take on the country genre.
LITTLE REDFOX is an artist, songwriter, music producer and award-winning sound designer based out of Toronto. Her motto is – “give me 10 minutes and I’ll write you one heck of a hooky tune”.
She is a multi-instrumentalist who writes and produces pop music across genres. Her debut single, “Human” (March 2021), is an upbeat folk-pop anthem while her second single, “Rewind” (May 2021), is a melancholy indie/dream-pop song.
She has consistent single releases planned throughout 2021 as well as a full-length album in the works.
LITTLE REDFOX is honoured to have been selected as a songwriter for She Is The Music’s mentorship program. She has also participated in the Artist Entrepreneur program run by Canada’s Music Incubator.
LITTLE REDFOX also composes for film/TV and sync. She has a professional background in audio production, has taught undergraduate sound production courses in the RTA School of Media, and is an alumna of the program.
Montreal born and raised mokina has been soothing audiences with her singing and songwriting on a different level of satisfying since 2018, blending nuances of jazz, r&b and electronic music through lush vocal harmonies, intricate synth lines and dreamy soundscapes. Her releases have made ripples in the lofi scene, landing her in front of crowds from New-York to Lisbon with nods from the big kids at NOTION, Clash and Indie Shuffle to name a few.
Neela is a multi-talented R&B-pop singer-songwriter, actor and dancer based in Toronto and Vancouver. Stemming from a fierce, passionate artistry, Neela’s music explores the complexity of human emotions in the face of raw, sensual desire.
Her fashion-forward flair and layered sound caught the eye of renowned producer Beatchild (Drake, Justin Nozuka). The pair’s compounded musical aesthetics gave birth to Neela’s debut EP, “Lovers in Danger,” released in the summer of 2018.
In 2019, Neela caught the attention of Grammy-winning producer Chin Injeti and they began working on her second EP, Prelude. Her songs transformed into a soulful pop anthem of liberation, strength and healing from past relationships. On, March 03, 2021 she released her single, Can’t Let You Take and will be releasing her EP, Prelude, in the coming months.
Niki Kennedy is a Rarotongan-New Zealander who moved from Auckland, NZ to Toronto, Canada at the age of 16 to attend the Randolph College for the Performing Arts.
She is a singer, songwriter, and musician whose multi-cultural upbringing, solo immigration, and commentary associated with her towering presence have actively shaped her story as an artist. In 2020, she pivoted to adapt to the changing industry and has since performed over 250 virtual concerts, performed and licensed three original songs for a national campaign, originated a starring role in an audio adaptation of a new musical work, and moved to work as a remote session singer and composer. Her latest single “The Last Night (Dancing With You)” is out now with “Fall Back Into You”” out in August 2021.
She is now based in Vancouver, British Columbia, living and working on the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.
OBLVYN’s musical journey began at the age 5 with training in classical piano, later on becoming a guitarist in a pop punk band, and finishing post-secondary with a degree in jazz and pop music. After years of experimenting in different styles of music, OBLVYN has settled on future bass as her primary genre but often steps out of those bounds to create a sound that is unique to her individuality as an artist. With the use of keyboard performance, melodic soundscapes, aggressive synths, and accents of cute timbres, her sound can be described as youthful, aggressive, and emotionally captivating. Influenced by artists such as Zedd, Virtual Riot, Seven Lions, Au5, Haywyre, and taking inspiration from the wonders of the universe, nature’s beauty, and the human experience, OBLVYN invites listeners on an adventure through sound that anyone can find themselves immersed in.
Sage has been singing since the age of five and dancing since the age of eleven, he has been engaged in music his whole life. Growing up, his mother would sing songs around the house from artists that have been major influences on his career today. Artists such as Michael Jackson, Chris Brown, Justin Timberlake, Luther Vandross, Keyshia Cole, Brandy, etc.
Harris has accomplished many accolades in his lifetime one being The First R&B Artist in history to perform a live song entirely upside down. He also recently released his EP titled “Prince Hills” which received over 100k streams in it’s first week independently. Expect many more releases from Harris including some big features.
THe LYONZ are a Montreal based music group and art collective associated with hip-hop and electronic genres. Their musical style features atmospheric dynamics, conveyed through heavily processed synthetic layers, shifting drum patterns, treated instruments, often met with melancholic verses. Their upcoming album, Change in Colour, will be released in 2021, with leading tracks Right of Asylum and Where I Be.
Although primarily a musical group, THe LYONZ have sometimes worked in other media. They have become known to produce several works of visual art including personalized event flyers, short videos, and merchandise. A notable example is their string of weekly flyers promoting their DJ residencies at Montréal venues and their involvement in the creation of their music videos.
Troy Junker is a Métis rapper who by looks, won’t give you what you expect. A high school dropout, turned Uranium miner who left it all and moved from small town Saskatchewan to Toronto for music now has his feet wet in the music industry. Since graduating Durham College’s Music Business Management program, he’s taken his career into his own hands and continues to accomplish each goal he sets.
When it comes to lyrical flow, Junker shape shifts between theme and tone delivering uplifting bangers for a fun time but also creating slower tracks with thoughtful messages. Troy recently release his project titled, The Path which has accumulated over 100K streams across platforms and charted #2 on the Indigenous Music Countdown on Sirius XM.
2021 will be one of Junker’s most exciting years yet as he gears up for multiple releases and his inspiring story is one in the making.
TRP.P (pronounced “trippy”) is an R&B duo hailing from Toronto, Canada. Comprised of Truss (producer, singer/songwriter) and Phoenix Pagliacci (singer/ songwriter), the two had already begun their solo careers when they met in the Fall of 2015. Two years later, they had released their self-titled debut EP. After another two-year hiatus, TRP.P returned in September 2019 with their sophomore release “2TRP.P”. The album was very well received and was even awarded a 9/10 review from Exclaim! Magazine. With two albums under their belt, TRP.P continues to build upon their live show, often collaborating with fellow musicians. To date, they have played numerous shows and festivals, including House of PainT, POP! Montreal, Kazoo! Fest and Toronto-based festivals such as Wavelength and Venus Fest. Both Truss and Phoenix are currently working on solo projects, as well as a third TRP.P album, for 2021. A 2022 tour is also in the works.
Vot is a Vancouver-based multi-disciplinary singer-songwriter, artist, and performer based out of Vancouver. Her previous project, Blegh, developed a cult-like global following and spawned the streaming hit “His Hands” that clocked nearly a million streams on Spotify alone — without a single editorial playlist placement or press feature.
Now as a solo artist, Vot looks to tell the story of being lost and found in a time and place of circuit boards and crossed wires. Drawing from a variety of influences spanning from Sondheim and Flume to Kanye West, her visceral storytelling and mission to foster space for Queer, Indigenous, and BIPOC creators is central to her artistry.
Vot’s first releases, “Do You See Any Human In My Being?” and “Whiteroom” are now available to stream on all platforms, as she actively works toward future releases to be announced in 2021/2022.