Hometown: Calgary, Alberta
You can say Jahimba Hutson better known by his stage name A.Y.E. (aka AYE) is all things extraordinary, he believes we all are. Getting an early start to music, it was only natural he followed in his father's musical footsteps. Now on his own musical journey he's slowly gaining the attention of new music fans near and far. At 18 his first imprint the Goodbye EP was met by receptive audiences, but it was his project 90 NOW that essentially put him on the map. The album announced him as a major talent on the Canadian scene, and introduced him at an international level, selling copies from South Korea to L.A. A label in France also released the album in a limited edition run on vinyl. A.Y.E. is currently promoting his new sophomore album NOX. Listed by CBC.ca as an artist to listen to before everyone jumps on the bandwagon.
With a fresh perspective on alternative dreampop, Caveboy roots themselves in the primal and builds to multilayered experiences. Influenced by similar childhood identities, Caveboy is the culmination of the shared life experiences of its three members Michelle Bensimon (Lead Vocals, Guitar, Synth), Isabelle Banos (Synth, Bass, Backing Vocals) and Lana Cooney (Drums, Backing Vocals). Their debut self-titled EP, released in the fall of 2015, charted among the National Top 25 on Earshot, and propelled the band into the Canadian festival circuit including electrifying performances at Pride Toronto, Hillside, Rifflandia, and in their hometown, Osheaga. The band also turned heads by showcasing at festivals such as CMW, CMJ, SXSW, TIFF, and Pop Montreal. In early 2017, the band performed at SOCAN & CIMA’s Pre-Grammy celebration of Canadian Excellence in Los Angeles, California, alongside Kaytranada and Donovan Woods. The music of the EP was placed in several television shows and films, including a B-side track “Color War” appearing in the fourth season of Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black, as well as a number of tracks on SyFy’s Killjoys. They’ve opened for touring artists such as Ria Mae, Dear Rouge, Operators, Keys N Krates, Neon Dreams, Young Galaxy and more.
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
Fresh off a record deal in the US, Elise LeGrow just released her first single on S-Curve Records in the US called “You Never Can Tell” off her upcoming album, Playing Chess. The album, Produced by S-Curve Records founder Steve Greenberg, R&B legend Betty Wright, and studio wizard Mike Mangini (the same trio of Grammy-winners behind Joss Stone's twelve-million-selling Soul Sessions album), Playing Chess is drawn entirely from the catalog of Chicago's iconic Chess label, home to pioneers like Muddy Waters, Etta James, Bo Diddley, and Chuck Berry among others. Rather than faithfully recreate such revered material, though, LeGrow's interpretations completely strip the tracks of their previous identities, transporting them to a world where the past and present are inextricably intertwined. A mix of beloved classics and obscure rarities, the album's eleven tracks showcase LeGrow's stunning voice and wildly inventive arrangements, which manage to collapse the whole of pop music history down into a singular point in which any song and genre can come together in an endless array of possibilities.
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
Toronto-based duo FEATURETTE was formed by singer Lexie Jay and drummer, Jon Fedorsen. Like their synth-heavy dream pop contemporaries Phantogram, Broods and Tove Lo, FEATURETTE is influenced by the emotionally charged, heavy hitting electro-pop sounds coming from Northern Europe and New Zealand. After receiving a full recording grant from FACTOR Canada, the duo released a two-part (limited edition) EP with CRAVE Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 in October, 2015, produced by Science!’s Josh Sadlier-Brown and Marc Koecher (Stanaj, Parson James, and Kae Sun). The soft-release was met with accolades nationally. Selections from CRAVE have been featured on Now Magazine, Bullett Media, Noise Porn, Audio Fuzz, Ladygunn, Silent Shout, Exclaim! and many more. FEATURETTE is currently represented by Joel Baskin at The Feldman Agency. FEATURETTE released their debut LP CRAVE in October, 2016. Their debut single, Broken garnered much attention from media outlets across Canada, including Indie88 Toronto, 4 Stingray (national satelitte) channels, MusiquePlus and key spins in primetime on 102.1TheEdge, Live885, CTV, RogersTV, The RIVER Detroit/Windsor, The ZONE Victoria, CHOM977 Montreal, X929 Calgary, LIVE885 Ottawa, 89X Windsor/Detroit, MUCHMusic to name a few. The duo rolled out an extensive Frosh Tour in September, hitting many major University and College campus stages in Ontario. FEATURETTE has played alongside notables Alessia Cara, Dear Rouge, Walk of the Earth, Adventure Club, Hayley Kioko, Catey Shaw, Paper Lions, Neon Dreams, Ria Mae, Coleman Hell, Scott Helman and more. "Give A Little" is FEATURETTE's second single. Before it’s official release, "Give A Little" has been placed in TV's Private Eyes, starring Jason Priestly this year, and has swiftly been added to regular rotation on Toronto Alternative chart reporter, Indie88. "Give A Little" is also set to appear in Degrassi as well as in International Australian Feature Film PULSE, by award winning director Daniel Monks, along with other selections from CRAVE. Give A Little has also been featured in the web series That’s My DJ, Seasons 1,2 & 3, by New York Television Film Festival award winning director D.W. Waterson.
Hometown: Toronto/London, Ontario
Fusing alternative rock with a modern pop aesthetic, Ivory Hours is a group defined by their resistance to convention— their melodies are massive but ethereal; their anthems soaring, yet intimate. Now based in Toronto, Canada, the band was formed in 2012 by songwriter Luke Roes and later joined by Chris Levesque and Thomas Perquin. Roes’s words are honest and insightful, whether he’s penning treatises on modern love (“Invincible”), feminist anthems (“Shadow Kids”) or delving deeper, musing on ideas of divinity and shared enlightenment in a post religious age (“Dreamworld”). Ivory Hours’ sound has come full circle, building on their 2015 release Morning Light and commercial radio debut “Warpaint”. Transforming their art-rock beginnings into a farther reaching ethos, “Dreamworld” represents a new era, juxtaposing synthesizers and monolithic hooks with walls of guitar and fuzzed out bass. Simultaneously ambitious and resolute, “Dreamworld” proves that Ivory Hours is a band you shouldn’t sleep on.
Hometown: Calgary, Alberta
Born and raised on the Alberta prairies, Kaley Debra, Katie Marie, Brandi Caroline and Krista Lee are ready to unleash a jacked-up, bush-partying bolt of energy on the country music scene. The band’s first year out of the gate is quickly garnering them a resume any veteran group would kill for. Following on the heels of a management deal with Coalition Music (Our Lady Peace, Tom Cochrane), the girls’ first shows included JUNOFest, an opening slot for the Kentucky Headhunters, and Big Valley Jamboree. Their first EP, produced by Jeff Dalziel (Washboard Union, Dan Davidson, Brett Kissel) and Bob Rock (Bryan Adams, Aerosmith, Joan Jett), came out in February of 2017 as they hit the road with Tom Cochrane. It’s a country Cinderella story in the making, but one that’s well-earned. Nice Horse owes its present successes in large part to the girls’ past lives. Over the course of their respective careers to date, members of the band have toured across the globe, licensed songs for film, television, and commercials, and showcased domestically and internationally including the Calgary Stampede, Folk Alliance, and SXSW. Individually, they’ve shared the stage with artists as diverse as Carly Rae Jepsen and Steve Earle, sung as the original lead vocalist for Jakalope, and have over 10 full-length album releases between them, but they’ve never quite figured out how to settle down. Longtime friends and musical allies, joining forces (as horses) seemed long overdue.
Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta
Canadian sass-pot Nuela Charles is cocked, locked and ready to be shot onto the world stage with a soulful voice that may one day fill the Amy Winehouse-shaped holes in everyone’s hearts. Her latest album The Grand Hustle is the ultimate comeback story. You live, you learn and you fight for what you want. This, the second album from singer/songwriter Nuela Charles, is the culmination of four very transformative years of discovery, love, loss and recovery. Charles released her debut album Aware in late 2012 and has since gone on to win numerous awards and go on to be nominated for countless more. Five years after its release Aware shows no signs of slowing down, with songs still being picked up on CBC Radio 2, and being placed in various TV shows. The album’s saxy and sexy "Unfortunate Love" has been earning regular spins on LA’s Tastemaker radio station KCRW. With twelve TV placements under her belt from her previous release Aware, and more recently the recognition of new single “Crumbling Down” being premiered via the uber coveted, Fader, the comparative citations along the likes of Etta James, Amy Winehouse and Adele are rather well-earned.
Hometown: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Quake Matthews is a hip-hop artist who first made a name for himself in the underground battle rap scene in his early teens. Harnessing the raw energy and competitive spirit found in that arena, he was able to transcend into the multi-layered artist he is today. His raspy voice and unfiltered emotion have given him a signature sound, creating a captivating listening experience for his audience. The award-winning emcee released his fourth studio album, Rap Music, in 2015 which earned him a #4 spot on the iTunes Hip Hop Charts as well as coverage from a host of major outlets such as The Source, All Def Digital and Funk Master Flex's 'Indie Spotlight.' Rap Music also took home Hip Hop Recording of the Year at Music Nova Scotia Week as well as the East Coast Music awards. After wrapping up a successful tour in Europe this past May, Quake is currently promoting the release of his 5th studio album 'Celebrate the Struggle.' Independently, the album climbed to #3 on the iTunes Hip Hop Charts. The first single, 'Confessions' also earned him a spot on Prime Minister Trudeau's summer Spotify playlist. At the age of 28, with the knowledge of a veteran, the ambition of a rookie, and a career that has been on a steady incline, Matthews shows no signs of slowing down any time soon.
Hometown: Vancouver, British Columbia
The most important thing in our world is human connection, and this is an ethos that has guided our personal lives and the unified front of our band. We are a three-girl band from Vancouver, BC called The Katherines. The project began with lead singer Kate Kurdyak playing coffee shops as a solo artist, building a songbook with a back-up band. The original band was drawn from Kate’s high school arts program with a myriad of instruments including a four-part string section. Eventually Kate’s sister Lauren Kurdyak and life-long friend Kaitlyn Hansen-Boucher stepped out from the ad hoc ensemble to take on a larger role in helping realize the band’s vision. To us, music is about the expression of a particular moment. A song is a feeling, not a genre. This philosophy has led us to create a debut album that uses a variety of soundscapes to accompany a common narrative. Our debut album To Bring You My Heart is the story of youth in all of its emotional turmoil. We hope to continue to push the boundaries of music genres while having three-part harmonies and the voices of three young women being the common thread through it all.
Hometown: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Formed in 2008, The Treble have been slowly carving out their place in the Canadian music scene with engaging songs, a passionate live show, and drive to give back to the community through their up all night fundraiser "24 Shows in 24 Hours". With a dark, casual, and confident alt-rock sound, The Treble mix strong melodies and anthemic harmonies with lyrics about friendship, travel and staving off the real world. Songs from their first two independent EPs garnered radio airplay, and saw the band do several cross country tours and play multiple international events. Having recently completed their first full-length album with producer Rob Wells (Tyler Shaw, Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber), the unreleased album caught industry’s attention and led to a recording contract with Cadence Music. The album, entitled Modernaires is now available.