Within a year, Dundas, Ontario’s Maggie Szabo has gone from a virtually unknown singer–songwriter and YouTube sensation to Bell Media’s Emerging Artist of The Month with her first single off her debut album “Now Hear Me Out” in heavy rotation on stations across Canada.
Last Updated on Sunday, 03 February 2013 22:36
Fronted by a duo of brothers who were born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, All of the Above is as much about family as it is about music. They describe their sound as “summer-on-a-blanket” rock; a warm, danceable blend of folk, reggae and pop-rock, with harmonies like only brothers can sing. Their first ever non-single release, “Home” is a double-length EP that features 6 live acoustic performances, 3 songs from their upcoming self-tilted album, and the B-side 'My Home.'
Jared and Evan Cechanowicz have been playing music together nearly all their lives, and music has sculpted their relationship as brothers as much as their relationship as a band. From starting out singing in church, to being the harshest critic for each other’s side-projects (everything from jazz to country), to finally forming a band together, All of the Above’s formation was as tumultuous as brotherhood itself; but when they realized they were a born musical duo, everything started to fall into place.
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 September 2012 14:42
TOMMY ALTO is Canada's very own Indie-Pop paramour.
Renowned for his spellbinding live shows and irresistibly heart-melting voice, TOMMY ALTO enchants his listeners with infectious, feel-good Indie-Pop tunes, mixed with his finely-crafted, Folk-flavoured songwriting style.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 October 2012 11:34
Liana and Orest, co-founders of Beautiful Flow, have been involved in the arts from an early age.
Orest started piano lessons at the age of five and worked up to an Associate level of study and performance of classical music. Along the way he picked up the guitar which opened up a new forum of expression for him. He studied jazz performance and composition at Capilano College in Vancouver. Orest played in numerous pop, rock and jazz bands.
Liana grew up listening to her mother give piano lessons. Liana experimented with piano and trumpet. She was naturally artistic and musical. She realized she had a voice as a young teen and while attending Champlain College in Quebecstudying art, she began exploring musical possibilities. She moved to Vancouver where she played in original independent pop, reggae and blues bands and sang on a variety of studio projects and commercials. She studied voice at Vancouver Community College.
Liana and Orest met in Vancouver and realized they had a common musical, artistic and spiritual vision. They began writing, recording and performing original music together which continues today. While experimenting with new sounds and textures they both expanded their instrument base. Liana played bass, first as a writing tool, then as a main instrument. To help with the ever expanding recording technology they started playing mandolin, various percussion instruments, and drums to add to their musical knowledge and color.
Last Updated on Saturday, 15 September 2012 09:36
Laurie Biagini is a songwriter/singer from Vancouver, British Columbia Canada, whose music would appeal to fans of 1960’s California sunshine pop.
Her sound and compositions have been compared to The Beach Boys, The Mamas and the Papas, and Jackie DeShannon. Her main influences include these artists along with The Beatles, The Byrds, The Monkees, The Turtles, and Jan & Dean.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 October 2012 13:38
2010 was a good year for David as he found himself performing two official Winter Olympic performances, opening for Juno nominee K’Naan, being a finalist for the Shore 104.3 Sounds Of Summer Song Competition and showcasing at the Western Canadian Music Awards, Break Out West Festival in Kelowna.
He has been busy the past couple of years as he has shared the stage with Dan Mangan, John Mann (Spirit Of The West), Daniel Wesley, Kate Miller-Heidke (Sony Australia), Stef Lang, Royal Wood, Juno nominee Twilight Hotel, Andrew Allen (Columbia) and Hannah Georgas who also guested on his album.
Last Updated on Friday, 28 September 2012 08:00
Carmen & Curtis - The hottest new pop duo from Surrey, BC.
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 September 2012 15:40
Pennan Brae is a singer-songwriter from Vancouver, BC. His 2nd release, 'Amber Glow', was recorded at A Major Sound Studio on Prince Edward Island. Working with top Island musicians and producers on the project, the release features the lead single, 'Need You Now', with follow-up tracks being 'If I Lose You' & 'The Same Way'. ‘Amber Glow' is currently receiving airplay on AAA Radio in the U.S.
In 2011, Pennan completed the music video for ‘Anyways’, the lead single from his ‘Shaded Joy’ release. The piece was filmed in snowy, sub-zero temperatures in the Okanagan Valley, BC. Six months prior, Pennan returned from Japan where he shot the video for 'Need You Now', his lead single from 'Amber Glow' amidst sweltering humidity. The project was filmed in Osaka & directed by Mogcat Productions.
Last Updated on Sunday, 30 September 2012 12:15
A mesh between Oasis and Third Eye Blind"
Chasing Jones, a five piece pop rock band, has defined themselves with high energy performances, catchy lyrics and steady grooves.
"This is another act that has the modern edge, but embraces melody and harmony and some solid hooks to take this into ‘yay’ territory” writes Bob Segarini, an apt description of a band who has dedicated themselves to crafting modern hits with shades of the pop rock that defined a generation in the 1990’s.
In 2008 Chasing Jones independently released their first EP “The Lie” to a sold out release party at the Starlite Room in Edmonton. In the fall of 2009 the band returned to the studio to record their second EP entitled “Stay Tonight” which was released in early 2010. Garnering great reviews and already showing a marked growth in song crafting, the EP showcases the bands pop sensibilities and mature storytelling. Almost immediately, radio friendly cuts like “Anniversary” and “Amelia” were picked up by both mainstream and college radio stations across Canada. The band’s name and distinct sound became recognized on the local and national music scene. Riding the success of the EP, Chasing Jones embarked on their first cross Canada tour culminating in a showcase at Canadian Music Week.
Last Updated on Friday, 28 September 2012 06:42
Amelia Curran is a seeker. Nearly a decade ago she left St. John’s for Halifax, but still pines for Newfoundland every single day. With a number of East Coast Music Award nominations and an extensive discography, including: War Brides (2006), Lullaby for Barflies (2002), Trip Down Little Road (2001), and Barricade (2000), Curran knew it was finally time to make a record at home.
Over the past two years she recorded with Don Ellis in various caverns in St. John’s, the city of legends, from the abandoned CBC building on Duckworth Street to an old farm house on the fringes of town. For Curran St. John’s captures the essence of her inner huntress.
Last Updated on Monday, 19 November 2012 14:57
With a brilliant capacity for breathing life into lyrics and melodies, Tiffany reveals the sound, soul and spirit of a world-class vocalist on the edge of eminence.
Raised in a suburb of Vancouver, British Columbia, Tiffany made her entree into performing with music, acting and dancing. After landing various TV/film roles such as Shannon McNulty in an episode of the TV series Millennium, mischievous Tina in Disney’s The Ultimate Christmas Present, and various principal commercial roles, Tiffany stepped onto a musical pathway that soon became her focus. Her travels led her to work with LA’s legendary vocal coach Seth Riggs (Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand, Stevie Wonder) who was wowed by her voice and introduced her to music manager Dan Cleary (Natalie Cole) who managed her until his retirement.
Last Updated on Monday, 01 October 2012 09:35
Not every young Canadian singer-songwriter gets to launch her CD with a live appearance on the US satellite station Sirius XM. The show was hosted by Dave Marsh, author of more than 25 books on rock and roll and known as the “dean of American rock writers” who admits to being her biggest fan.
But that’s how 21 year-old Ariana Gillis, from the wine growing region in Niagara, Ontario began to premiere her second album,“Forget Me Not”.
David Marsh played the track, “John and the Monster” to his radio audience — one response was a phone call from an enthusiastic listener who wanted to know more about the unusual song, and the singer. The mystery caller was Elton John’s lyricist and songwriting partner Bernie Taupin. Later, Taupin spoke publicly on his own Sirius Radio show: “I’m staggered by how good she is. There is not much that impresses me these days but after hearing her tracks I can honestly say she’s the single most exciting thing I’ve heard in a very long time.”
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 September 2012 14:42
They may be a brand new cutting edge duo, but Mark Henning and Jordy Birch are no strangers to the music biz. With the success of the 90’s Canadian Alternative Rock band Pure under their belt, these guys know a thing or two about what it takes to make a solid hit in the industry. Birch and Henning have reunited after more than 10 years with their latest musical incarnation, Guilty about Girls and their hit single 'Candy Candy'.
With a unique musical style that consists of Pop/ New wave/ and Electronica, Guilty About Girls have gained massive attention from fans, and music professionals across the country. The smash single ‘Candy Candy’ is receiving daily airplay on major radio stations; including 100.5 The Peak in Vancouver, and The Edge 101.1 in Toronto. It has also recently been added to rotation at Much Music, and as of December 2010, their debut album “The Very Best Of…” topped the iTunes charts for #1 Canadian Electronic Album!
Last Updated on Friday, 28 September 2012 10:56
Canada’s latest edgy pop sensation, Kristen Karma, is bustin’ out into the pop/rock music scene with a vengeance. Utilizing simple, yet focused melodies combined with driving beats, she’s created a lush sonic sound that’s all her own.
Last Updated on Saturday, 29 September 2012 14:53
Ten years after the EP "Desolation" came out on UK record label Attic Records when she was the vocalist of the downtempo group, Pariah Project, Taryn is back as a solo artist with a whole new sound.
Taryn has been writing songs for her new solo project(s) since the fall of 2010 and has been in the studio a lot to make demos. Taryn has also written and sung on several compilations released by Los Angeles record label, Cleopatra Records.
She is excited about her new material and wants to share part of her intimate songwriting process with her fans.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 January 2013 12:45
Sometimes from bad luck or circumstance, amazing opportunities and transformations can arise. This is much the case for Maurice, a man, and a band, born and raised in Victoria BC Canada. From a major label signing, lofty expectations, and working closely with producer David Foster in Hollywood, to tumult and shattered dreams, out of a mishandled career path and naivety, Jean-Paul Maurice was able to pick up the pieces of a misdirected career path and take his music and art into his own hands.
Jean-Paul Maurice grew up as a MuchMusic kid, highly influenced by visions of rock stars and melodic love songs. A turkey baster was his first pretend microphone. Family photographs show him holding a plastic guitar while wearing a pink bandana and his sister's heart shaped sunglasses, professing at the age of 2 he wanted to be a rock star when he grew up.
Last Updated on Sunday, 30 September 2012 00:07
Kate Morgan, a 17 year old singer/songwriter from Kamloops, British Columbia, is not your average teenager. She lives, eats and breathes music; writing, singing and playing music fills almost every moment of her life.
In hindsight, Kate's first step onto the path of the singer/songwriter was taken when she became the youngest person ever to be selected for her district's honor choir. Voice lessons and festival competitions followed, however, Kate discovered her true passion and talent for music when she taught herself to play guitar. In 2008, with only a few months of guitar under her belt, Kate recorded her first demo CD which was made up of three original songs. Since then, her career as both a performer and songwriter has taken off. She has co-written with many talented musicians; Bill Henderson (Chilliwack), Jesse Wainwright (State of Shock), Juno nominated Carly Rae Jepsen, Jeff Johnson, Jeff Dawson and Juno Award Winning Producer of the Year, Brian Howes.
Last Updated on Friday, 28 September 2012 13:41
Winnipeg, Canada's Katie Murphy is a singer/somgwriter with imagination and soul.
Katie Murphy’s growth as an artist and person is evident on her new EP, 'Exes & Uh Ohs', which stays true to her touchstones of love, family and relationships. “It’s a lot sassier than my last CD. Exes & Uh Ohs mostly explores how to mature in a relationship and all the mistakes we can make while in one. It’s essentially a series of break-up stories,” Katie explains.
The incredibly powerful, upbeat music stands in contrast to the rather heavy subject material tackled on the album – giving 'Exes & Uh Ohs' artistic depth and meaning.
Last Updated on Saturday, 29 September 2012 13:25
Cindy, like her music, is an infusion. As a singer-songwriter and indie recording artist her mixing of musical genres defies easy categorisation and reflects her proclivity for improv.
Starting her performance career at age 18 doing improve theatre in Ottawa ON, solidified what she already knew – Life is an improvisation, a creative response to events unforeseen.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 November 2012 14:54
Métis artist Blythe Janet Panic has built a reputation as one of Canada's premier songwriters over the past ten years. Her captivating solo performances have attracted the attention of names such as Bruce Allen and Daniel Lanois all the while expanding a dedicated fan base nationwide. Her lyrics are on par with the greatest of writers.
The Vancouver Sun called her “a cross between Lou Reed and Leonard Cohen”. She moves between haunting ballads and up tempo melodic foot tappers with flawless dynamics and arrangement. When she is heard, she is understood whether she is singing in English or French. Blythe Janet Panic's appeal is universal and she brings magic where ever she goes.
Last Updated on Friday, 28 September 2012 12:19
Will Currie & The Country French is a six-piece piano beat group from Waterloo, Ontario.
Their refreshing blend of indie rock and retro pop has earned them a reputation as one of the hottest new Canadian acts on the scene. The band’s heavy bass lines and danceable drum beats are held together by rhythmic piano and ripping guitar to support Currie’sinfectious melodies. In 2008, the band was signed to Sloan’s Murderecords and released their debut EP "A Great Stage" across Canada in April of that year.
Last Updated on Monday, 01 October 2012 10:45
Juno nominated singer-songwriter and producer Royal Wood has spent years perfecting his craft of balladry and pop music. His new album, "The Waiting", appropriately begins with a song entitled "You Can't Go Back."
And why would he, when with each new release Royal Wood delivers another collection of heartrending and honest tales of love, loss and life more impressive than the last. It now seems more than ever that Wood has found his voice.
Last Updated on Sunday, 30 September 2012 17:03