Archive for Toronto Songwriting

Someday Junos Featuring Grace Bakker, Melina Melle, Nefe, Jong SL

Saturday, August 3 ,2019 | 8:00pm

Someday Junos Featuring Grace Bakker, Melina Melle, Nefe, Jong SL
$10 Advance / $15 Door

From the creative programming committee at Hugh’s Room Live comes a new musical series to shine the spotlight on young singer / songwriters in the GTA. Someday Junos will celebrate the best songwriting we hear from the streets of The Big Smoke. This ongoing series will launch Summer 2019 and extend far into the future as we hope to give emerging artists a stage on which to share their music.

If we invite you to participate in the series, we think there might be a prestigious award in your future. For the listening community, this is the best chance to catch the early work of these incredible musicians before their careers take them outside the city and beyond. This week features:

From the creative programming committee at Hugh’s Room Live comes a new musical series to shine the spotlight on young singer / songwriters in the GTA. Someday Junos will celebrate the best songwriting we hear from the streets of The Big Smoke. This ongoing series will launch Summer 2019 and extend far into the future as we hope to give emerging artists a stage on which to share their music.

If we invite you to participate in the series, we think there might be a prestigious award in your future. For the listening community, this is the best chance to catch the early work of these incredible musicians before their careers take them outside the city and beyond. This week features:

Grace Bakker

So this is where I tell you who the heck I am.  I am a 19-year-old, non-binary singer/songwriter from Toronto, Ontario. I am inspired by artists like Johnny Cash, City and Colour, Alec Benjamin, and Matt Maeson which has influenced my sound and writing style. After my experience on CTV’s “The Launch”, I was itching to create something that is completely my own. This lead to my first EP “Always Learning, Always Growing.”. Focussed on emotion and atmosphere, I strive to create an experience for others using my music and intimate lyrics that tell a story that is so genuinely “me”. Pronouns: They/Them/Their

 

Melina Melle

Melina Mellé is a 19-year old pop singer songwriter from a small city called Barrie, near Toronto, Canada. Her music influences are Ed Sheeran and Selena Gomez and her attitude is reminiscent of Alanis Morissette. Melina Mellé has prophetic insight into what teenage girls really go through. From the growing pains of dealing with parents – to having issues with boys – to the scary reality of becoming a young adult, Melina Mellé writes songs about their lives.

“So I must confess – I’ve shed a tear or two – You won’t address – this kind of attitude. It could be raining and I’d still be burning for you” – (Burning for You – Melina Mellé)

Melina Mellé works with songwriters and producers in Barrie, Toronto, Nashville and Los Angeles. Specifically, she has worked with producers Keith Thomas (Celine Dion), Malik Yusef (Kanye West), Vincent Barry (Beyonce), Tearce Kizzo (Ne-Yo), and Carlos “Los DaMystro” McKinney.

“I have produced songs for stars like Rihanna, Mariah Carey and Usher. Melina Mellé has the rare combination of having that ‘it factor’ (Star Quality) and being a young person who works hard at being a thoughtful songwriter and multi-instrumentalist”.

Currently a senior in high-school, Melina Melle is self-promoting on social media, has seen an increase of followers on her @MelinaMelleMusic Instagram and recently received over 230,000 views of her cover of Justin Bieber’s “Cold Water” in a week.

Melina Mellé, who has won various awards and competitions, is most proud of winning the “Northern Ontario Singing Competition” at age 13 (in the 13 – 18 year old category) and winning “Best Song” at the Songwriter Girl Camp in Nashville in 2015. For three summers, Melina Mellé has been busking (performing covers and originals) in downtown Barrie. She has also performed at Hugh’s Room, The Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, and Horseshoe and Blue Mountain Resorts. The “Bitter Sweet Sixteen” movement will kick into over drive once she graduates.

“Being a teenager is not so sweet, so I write songs to make life a little easier for me and my fans.”

“I don’t wanna go to your party… I’m gonna live it up on the highway.”

 

Nefe

Combined with the soulful power of Tracy Chapman, the uniqueness of Bruno Mars and a voice that can silence a room, Nefe is a burgeoning Canadian talent that is sure to take the industry by storm in the coming years.

Born Sarah Jea Felker, Nefe is a singer/songwriter hailing from the small Southwestern Ontario city of Guelph. Adopting her name from Queen Nefertiti, Nefe stands to lead and empower woman and men to accept their real beauty, not succumbing to the pressures of perfection defined by today’s media culture.

Though Nefe’s soft spoken appearance illudes many, she is loud on the inside, with a rich soul, expressing her voice through her music.

 

Jong SL

Like many Korean households, Jong started his musical career in violin. Over a decade later, he actually ended up completing a bachelor’s degree in classical music. A degree he realized he didn’t want in his third year. But he had no choice, either finish the degree in the US or go back to Korea. In that same year, Jong had an epiphany. He was already writing songs for others, so why not write for himself? Since then, he took up singing, an instrument he neglected for over 20 years of his life.

Growing up, there weren’t any musicians who are of his background that Jong could look up to. Even now, it’s true to this day. Having moved to the US at a young age, like many others like him, Jong lost his identity along the way. Under both western and eastern culture, he doesn’t feel truly connected to either. With those experiences, the lyrics are introspective and the music melancholic. Feeling like an outsider has defined his character and music.

Drawing influences from both popular and underground music, Jong SL is making his own genre. His songs are influenced by guitar playing from John Mayer and Mac Demarco, singing from Allen Stone and recent R&B, and melodies from early Coldplay. Jong describes his genre as Melancholic Indie-Pop, but even that is a misnomer.

Since moving to Toronto a year ago, Jong has quickly been playing all over the city. Yonge and Dundas Sq, Nathan Phillips Sq, The Cameron House are to name a few. Recently Jong received the 1st prize winner of 2018 Trakscout Original Music Award on his latest track “Driving Away”. He is also a top-ten finalist in Canadian singing competition The Shot in 2018. He is currently based in Toronto, Canada.

If you like what you hear, please support by subscribing to his channels and adding his music to your playlists. Come see Jong SL perform live. Lastly, the biggest contribution to indie artists is sharing their music. Thank you.

 

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Someday Junos: Missy Bauman, 2 Shots of Hennessy, Jordan Paul, Augusta Ray

Friday, August 2, 2019 | 8:00pm

Someday Junos Featuring Missy Bauman, 2 Shots of Hennessy, Jordan Paul, Augusta Ray
$10 Advance / $15 Door

From the creative programming committee at Hugh’s Room Live comes a new musical series to shine the spotlight on young singer / songwriters in the GTA. Someday Junos will celebrate the best songwriting we hear from the streets of The Big Smoke. This ongoing series will launch Summer 2019 and extend far into the future as we hope to give emerging artists a stage on which to share their music.

If we invite you to participate in the series, we think there might be a prestigious award in your future. For the listening community, this is the best chance to catch the early work of these incredible musicians before their careers take them outside the city and beyond. This week features:

Missy Bauman

Crafting songs about all the intimate moments of youth, from dysfunction to desire to death, Missy Bauman performs folk music with fangs. She is not afraid to sit you down on the bed, look you in the eyes, and tell you the painful truths you need to hear.

With the song writing sensibilities of Dan Mangan and the alternative edge of Mother Mother, Bauman’s music drips with sweet intentions and sour recollections. Her dreamy instrumentation is grounded by her voice, a powerful delicacy that dances on your skin and pounds at your heart. Her debut full-length album, Don’t Fear the Dark, was praised by Rrampt magazine as “…an exploration of the ethereal, [and] the work of a truly talented artist”.

Bauman’s fearless songs and transformative shows have won her critical acclaim across Canada, including a Canadian Songwriting Hall of Fame nomination, selection as a Youth Performer at the Summerfolk Music Festival, and runner-up in BC Musician’s Songwriting Competition. Her brave interrogation of sexual assault, “Two Sisters,” was awarded a “Song from the Heart” award from Folk Music Ontario for best political piece of the year. With such recognition accumulating already, Bauman’s forthcoming album is bound to be her boldest and brightest yet.
Biography written by Sam Boer, 2018.

John Lennon Songwriting Competition Finalist, Folk Category, 2019

Folk Music Ontario Songs from the Heart Award, Political Category, 2018

OAC Music Creation Grant, 2018

Canadian Songwriter Hall of Fame, Emerging Artist Award (nomination), 2017

2 Shots of Hennessy

2 Shots of Hennessy are father-son duo Doug and Dylan Hennessy, who have been playing together since…Well, it’s hard to say! A lifetime of sharing music together has landed these two on some of Toronto’s best known stages (Sneaky Dee’s, The Painted Lady, Cherry Cola’s, Free Times Cafe).

Dylan Hennessy has spent the last decade working his way through the Toronto music circuit, which saw him with folk roots and grow into a one-man progressive rock band looper. Since 2017, Dylan has performed hundreds of times, opening for I Mother Earth, Finger Eleven, MONOWHALES, and placing 3rd overall in the Indie Week 2018 finals at MOD Club.

2 Shots of Hennessy play acoustic sensibilities drawing influence from blues, classic rock, folk, and some quirky sonic ideas. You can catch these two every Friday night at Thornhill Pub or out in the local music scene, enjoying life and sharing songs.

Jordan Paul

Jer of Sleeping Bag Studios, describes Jordan Paul’s sound as “if Queen, Mimicking Birds, Led Zeppelin, and Radiohead all had a beautiful love-child.” Three-time Grammy Award winning producer, Chris Birkett (Led Zeppelin, Quincy Jones, Buffy Sainte-Marie) hails Paul as, “Canada’s Jeff Buckley, one of the best singers I’ve ever heard.” His first single, ‘Archetype X,’ debuted in the Top 100 Alternative charts on iTunes–receiving widespread online and college radio play internationally. Additionally, the single was awarded Songstudio’s ‘Most Pitch-able Song’ and the SHINE Music Award. In early 2017, Jordan Paul was a featured songwriter by the Songwriters Association of Canada. He was also chosen to represent Canada, showcasing at the Texas Songwriters Symposium in Austin, TX. Paul performed alongside The Strumbellas, The Sheepdogs, Ron Sexsmith, Andy Kim, and others at Andy Kim’s Christmas Concert, selling out the Queen Elisabeth Theatre. As a songwriter, he has worked with Darryl James of The Strumbellas (Double Platinum in Canada; Gold in USA and Australia), Matt Lipscombe (Lily Frost, Bran Van 3000), Amanda Mabro (Ron Sexsmith), Martin Kerr (no.1 in Canada), Khalid Yassein (Wild Rivers), Chris Cargnello, and many other accomplished writers and artists. Some notable sync placements include The CW’s ‘The Secret Circle,’ Shaw TV’s ‘When Paintings Come Alive,’ MTV’s ‘Real World,’ and LaJoie De Vie’s short-film ‘Best Budz.’ Paul’s debut studio record features 11 original songs, recorded at Jon Anderson’s (Aidan Knight, Andy Shauf, Said The Whale) Protection Island Studios in Maple Ridge, BC and mastered by Noah Mintz (Marcy Playground, Broken Social Scene).

Augusta Ray

Her name is Augusta, but you can call her “Gus.” Growing up in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on a solid diet of eclectic music acts such as Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and Shania Twain, shaped her unique country-rock sound. This sound, accompanying her incredible vocal talent, honest/soulful/hand-crafted songs mixed with an energetic, engaging stage presence, has made her the darling of the stage everywhere she goes.

Her hard work is paying off, as this up-and-coming star has already left her mark on the country scene, winning the North American Country Music Association International’s (NACMAI) “New Country Female Vocalist of the Year” award (2016), the NACMAI “New Country CD of the Year” award (2016), “New Country Songwriter of the Year” award (2016/2017), “Traditional Country Songwriter of the Year” award (2016/2017), “Female Entertainer of the Year” and was one of the Top-7 featured artists in ole Majorly Indie’s “On The Spot” Canadian Country Music competition in 2015, held in Halifax, Nova Scotia during CCMA week.

Augusta splits her time between her home in Nashville and her home in Toronto, working hard in the studio to bring her ideas to life. When not working in the studio, she spends much of her time travelling and performing for Canadian and American country/rock music fans, sharing stages with notable country acts such as Trace Adkins, Montgomery Gentry, Big & Rich, Cam, and Michael Ray, among others. ​

Augusta’s 2018 highlights include joining Brett Kissel’s “We Were That Song Tour,” as the opening act, in Thunder Bay, ON, as well as being invited to join Tim Hicks on stage in Thunder Bay, ON, to perform a duet of his latest smash “The Worst Kind.” In May of 2018, Augusta was also awarded the ‘NEXT COUNTRY MUSIC STAR,’ landing her an opening slot for Toby Keith at Canada’s Largest Country Music Festival, ‘THE HAVELOCK COUNTRY JAMBOREE.’

In the summer of 2017, Augusta was invited to perform at Summerfest; The World’s Largest Music Festival, for the second year in a row. She performed among acts such as The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kool and The Gang, Elle King, Def Leppard, and Paul McCartney.

In early 2016, Augusta alongside award-winning Canadian producer Matt Rovey, and former member of the hit-making country group ‘The Lost Trailers,’ Jason Wyatt, released a six song EP, that has since been gaining airplay throughout Canada, the U.S. and Europe. The final track on the EP entitled “I’m Done,” which was written by Ms. Ray, was ranked #30 on the European Charts as reported by HotDisc.

Augusta’s latest release (January, 2019) entitled ‘VAGABOND,’ is a true testament to who she is as an artist, and person:
“I don’t write enough songs about myself” says Augusta. “Sometimes, I can be so focused on what everyone around me is doing, that I focus on being inspired by their lives, and forget that my life too can be inspiring/interesting enough to write a song about.

“Vagabond” was that song for me- the song that broke the curse of writing about other people’s lives. For anyone that doesn’t know me and my music, this is the perfect song to give you an introduction into who the heck I am. To the travelers, and rolling stones that’ve been known to gather no moss, this song is for you! And to those that have been too afraid to find love in a world that seems like it moves too fast sometimes … I wrote this for you! Here’s to all the “Stevie Nicks Enthusiasts’ that aren’t afraid to put a little rock ‘n roll in their country. Here’s to the Vagabonds just like me.”

 

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Someday Junos: Chris Madronich, Tim Moxam, Madison Olds, Annie Sumi

Thursday, August 1 ,2019 | 8:00pm

Someday Junos Featuring Chris Madronich, Tim Moxam, Madison Olds, Annie Sumi
$10 Advance / $15 Door

From the creative programming committee at Hugh’s Room Live comes a new musical series to shine the spotlight on young singer / songwriters in the GTA. Someday Junos will celebrate the best songwriting we hear from the streets of The Big Smoke. This ongoing series will launch Summer 2019 and extend far into the future as we hope to give emerging artists a stage on which to share their music.

If we invite you to participate in the series, we think there might be a prestigious award in your future. For the listening community, this is the best chance to catch the early work of these incredible musicians before their careers take them outside the city and beyond. This week features:

Chris Madronich
Chris Madronich is a young musician native to the Niagara Region, and though he is currently pursuing his education in Ottawa, he still credits his smalltown roots for the creativity in his music today. Music is something that Madronich has been passionate about since a young age; he is seeing more and more success as he continues to explore his own musical abilities and has been involved in a number of CBC music competitions.

“I put a lot of time into my lyrics and instrumentation, and try to create an experience within them. If you have the time to listen to my music, try not to only listen to what is stimulating, but try to dive deeper, listen analytically and interpret your own meaning. I believe all music is more satisfying if you get down to this level.”

To access and listen to Chris’ music, visit reverbnation.com/chrismadronich or at music.cbc.ca and search Chris Madronic.

Tim Moxam
Tim Moxam refuses to rest. A full-time Musician and Carpenter, his quietly dazzling folk-pop arrangements reflect the tireless patience, precision, and quality he brings to his work. And when his day is done and he starts to sing, the only sensible thing to do is listen.

Marlborough Hall, Moxam’s brilliant second full-length album, is the hotly anticipated follow-up to 2016’s Soft Summer, which yielded CBC radio chart-toppers ‘Meant to Be’ and ‘Harvest for the Queen’, while building on the 2013 global breakthrough track ‘Live in the Bedroom’. That track, from his debut EP Blue Son, was featured on the hit BBC show Orphan Black, a fitting backdrop for a performer who lives dual lives. “The worldwide feedback I got from Live in the Bedroom was a real confidence booster,” Moxam says.

Since then, the one-time member of beloved indie rockers Great Bloomers has played alongside a wildly diverse roster of marquee names including Donovan Woods, Cœur de pirate, Corb Lund, The Strumbellas and Terra Lightfoot, tackling full-scale home renovations in his time off.

Marlborough Hall marks a substantial development in Moxam’s work. “Soft Summer was about loss and heartbreak, about being traumatized by love and relationships. Marlborough Hall is about maturity and confidence”, Moxam says. “It’s about coming to terms with who I am and owning that. It’s about honesty.”

The album was recorded in early 2018 at Toronto’s Union Sound Company with Chris Stringer, acclaimed producer/engineer behind noted gems by The Wooden Sky, Elliott Brood, and Timber Timbre. Marlborough Hall sees the return of drummer Joshua Van Tassel, bassist Charles James, multi-instrumentalist Adrian Cook and vocalist Ivy Mairi — who rank among Toronto’s most notable players.

Originally wanting to name the album Honesty, a title borrowed from another of the album’s nine tracks, Moxam settled instead on Marlborough Hall. “One night spent at the Marlborough Hotel in Winnipeg came to represent an unforgettable moment in my life where I met my ‘destiny’ face to face, and decided to take control of it. Each song on the album represents an incident since that moment where I, confronted with a choice, was unapologetically honest in my decision making. And so, Marlborough Hall has come to represent the pursuit of honesty in everything I do.”

A forthright voice rings clear throughout Marlborough Hall. ‘Rich Man’, the album’s sparkling, thoroughly hooky, and propulsive first single describes Moxam’s frustrations of balancing full-time construction work with a demanding music career. The candlelit, hypnotic ‘All I Feel’, featuring a compelling vocal performance nudged forward by ambient sax and synths, eavesdrops on his negotiations of the terms to the end of a long, faithful friendship. ‘Honesty’, the slow-building “title track that wasn’t” brings a sudden swell of backing vocals into a show-stopping finale and reiterates Moxam’s raw desire for the blunt truth.

“The purpose of existence”, Moxam offers, “is to engage in some practice; to produce something”. And so, Tim Moxam offers us Marlborough Hall. Within its walls, we are introduced to a character whose hands are never still, which betray a restless mind that never settles; someone that seeks precision and quality with every pursuit; and who, above all else, demands nothing but the honest truth.

Madison Olds
Usually sporting her signature space buns, Madison Olds, acoustic pop singer songwriter writes and performs in the style of Julia Michaels and Ed Sheeran. 2016, her band won a national competition and their song became a bonus track on the CMT Chevy Top 20. Voted Emerging Artist of the Year 2017, a highlight was opening the same stage as Kacey Musgraves and Willie Nelson at Rockin’ River Music Fest. Recently released, “Moments in the Mountains”, written for the Kamloops 2018 BC Winter Games, has recently caught the interest of tourism and television and has received over 250k streams on Spotify. “Can’t Touch” is now on all streaming services and “Thank You” just launched to national Canadian radio fall 2018. Her debut album releases February 22, 2019, highlighting her acoustic roots.

Annie Sumi
Dancing on a line between imagination and reality, ethereal-folk artist Annie Sumi’s music invites you into a familiar otherworld. Like an inbound wind, her voice begins with a whisper, gathers strength and purpose, and transforms into an airy howl. Her songs take you to places – of quiet wonder, of unspoken love, of tranquil landscape.

“You can’t leave an Annie Sumi performance and feel anything but inspired,” says Leah Morise, of London-based House of Harmony. “She fills the stage with joy and it spills over into the audience. Her songs manage to pull you into her world.”

Over the last three and a half years, the Ontario-based singer-songwriter has released two critically-acclaimed albums and toured her music across Canada, parts of the U.S. and Europe.

With grace and humility, she’s charmed audiences at more than 300 shows, from living rooms to major music festivals, and has been asked to open for the likes of Buffy Sainte-Marie, Amelia Curran and Jim Cuddy.

In 2018, she was recognized with a Canadian Folk Music Award nomination for Emerging Artist of the Year. Pieces from her latest album, In the Unknown, received airplay all across Canada, earning chart placements, critical acclaim and accolades.

Folk-roots magazine Penguin Eggs listed Sumi as one of their top “Music Discoveries” for 2018, describing her voice as “generous and expansive” and offering high praise, “If you’d like to hear the future of contemporary Canadian folk music, take a listen to the sophomore release from Annie Sumi.”

In the Unknown is a collection of lyrical folk ballads and up-tempo tunes, brought to life through an orchestra of sound that includes strings, piano and a hint of percussion.

But mostly, the new album is about stories. Gathering stories, both real and imagined, and weaving them into song, is at the core of this young artist’s creative expression. It’s as if she’s able to breathe in all the beauty of nature and the subtleties of life, and breathe out musical tales that inspire, enchant or open the heart.

In 2019, Sumi will take space among the forests and mountains at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity to cultivate a collection of new songs. After her residency, she will be returning to the studio to arrange and record her third album: Solastalgia. Continuing her busy tour schedule, she will be performing at venues and festivals across the country, hoping to pull more and more people into her world.

 

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Someday Junos: Sean Bertram, Mikalyn Hay, Chris Strei, Jordana Talsky

Wednesday, July 31 ,2019 | 8:00pm

Someday Junos Featuring Sean Bertram, Mikalyn Hay, Chris Strei, Jordana Talsky
$10 Advance / $15 Door

From the creative programming committee at Hugh’s Room Live comes a new musical series to shine the spotlight on young singer / songwriters in the GTA. Someday Junos will celebrate the best songwriting we hear from the streets of The Big Smoke. This ongoing series will launch Summer 2019 and extend far into the future as we hope to give emerging artists a stage on which to share their music.

If we invite you to participate in the series, we think there might be a prestigious award in your future. For the listening community, this is the best chance to catch the early work of these incredible musicians before their careers take them outside the city and beyond. This week features:

1. Sean Bertram

Sean Bertram is a formidable talent: a jaw-dropping young guitar-slinger who is equally comfortable in jazz, pop and rock, a singer with a pure voice and dizzying falsetto, and a songwriter who makes the craft look deceivingly easy.

But the best part of all: this young artist has a keen appetite for constantly learning more.  He has already soaked up knowledge and craft from some incredible teachers, including James Linderman (Berklee College), Rik Emmett (Triumph), Ted Quinlan (Humber College) and a host of other professional songwriters.  He is committed deeply to his studies at Humber College in Toronto, where he is pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance.  And that’s not enough to keep him satisfied – he is constantly pursuing a higher standard and a higher understanding of his performance and songwriting craft.

Sean released his debut album of original songs in February 2018.  “The Right Place” is a full-length collection of guitar-grounded tunes with inspirations from blues, funk, jazz and pop, whose lyrics cover a wide spectrum of emotions.  Peter Letros (Wreckhouse Mastering), when presented with the album for mastering, had this to say:

“I can’t remember the last time I’ve been so impressed with an album from a new artist on so many levels.  The songwriting is top notch, instrumentation and lyrics, vocals, guitar playing, mixing…..everything, right down to the sequence and track spacing.  If someone had brought this album over and told me it was the new John Mayer album or something comparable I would not have doubted their word. I’m that impressed.”

Getting to hear Sean Bertram perform live is a breathtaking experience.  It is because his musical vision and his guitar skills are so developed, and still growing, that his album is presented in arrangements much like he can deliver alone on-stage, with one voice and one guitar.  His live show, while often complemented by harmony vocals and a rhythm section, is equally engaging when he performs on his own, thanks to his attention to providing each song with groove, harmony and innovative movement, all without overshadowing insightful and moving stories.
He may be just getting started on his musical career, but you’ll never see him standing still.  This career is fuelled for greatness.,

 

2. Mikalyn Hay

Mikalyn is a unique artist, old soul and world weary and yet so young and fresh. She comes at every song with a deep sense of herself as an artist with an alternative view of what is cool and classic in the same breath. Her haunting voice and melodies and harmonies are instinctive and Mikalyn operates at a speed and capacity at a level much beyond her young age.  Mikalyn combines this natural ability with relentless learning and is constantly seeking to collaborate and study from the best.  Already a seasoned performer, she spends weekend jamming at open mics accompanying herself on the keys doing originals and covers ranging from Radiohead  to Cohen.  In 2017 Mikalyn released 16 original songs that have garnered critical acclaim in songwriting contests around the world and have been played to audiences around the world in Indie stations.

Winner of the Indie International Songwriting Contest – Summer 2016 for Anyway

Winner of Alice Sloan Scholarship – Kiwanis Festival – Original Song

Finalist in the Indie Category of 2017 UK Songwriting Competition

Finalist in the Teen Category of 2017 UK Songwriting Compettion with Gone and Fall in Love Again

Finalist for Teen Category in the Toronto Indie Awards Competition

Finalist in the Your Song Out Loud Competition – Gone

 

3. Chris Strei

Chris Strei is a country singer/songwriter whose style has been compared with Chris Stapleton and Bob Dylan. Chris draws on his own life experiences for inspiration in his music. With compositions influenced by blues, bluegrass and also some elements of hard rock and metal, Chris’s songs tell stories with a relatable point of view. It’s fair to say he’s not the only one who deals with these situations and themes. Since the end of 2017, Chris has come a long way in a short time: Following an opportunity to open for the Juno-nominated band The Trews in December, he embraced a philosophy that you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. In June 2018, Chris embarked on his cross-Canada BlackBird Tour from Ontario to Alberta; he accepted an opportunity to perform his song “Love You Anyhow” with Juno-nominated folk and pop singer Dayna Manning in August; and in September he cracked the Top 25 in The Shot, Canada’s Premiere Singing Competition.

In Summer 2019, Chris will release his full-length album, Moonshine. Produced with Iain McNally and featuring drums by Rick Roach, Moonshine is a collection of 10 dynamic songs that touch on various topics and styles, from the gritty, fan-favourite “Prison Bound Man,” to the sweet commitment of “Love You Anyhow,” to the date-night glow of a dashboard light on Moonshine’s title track. Chris is currently rolling out previews of the album on his blog, The Moonshine Blog on ChrisStrei.com!

 

4. Jordana Talsky

Jordana Talsky fuses pop, jazz and alternative influences in her music, and combines acapella live looping with ensemble performance. Her song RUN from her 2017 album “Neither of Either” was a finalist judge’s pick in the 2018 CBC Searchlight Contest. Other accolades include a Toronto Independent Music Award nomination (2015, best vocal jazz), finalist placements in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition (2018 and 2014), Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Competition and Julian Award for Emerging Canadian Artists. She has commanded marquee stages across North America, among them the Iris Jazz Stage series (Amherst, NY), TD Toronto Jazz Festival, Winnipeg Jazz Festival and Spaghettini Lounge (Seal Beach, CA). In June 2018 she toured across Canada with notable festival performances and in 2018 debuted in Europe with performances in Sweden and Germany including Live at Heart Sweden. She has also showcased at Indie Week Toronto and Folk Alliance International. In 2019, as part of a U.S. summer tour, she will be a featured emerging artist at Summerfest, the world’s largest music festival. She has enjoyed widespread airplay for Neither of Either and for Standard Deviation, her 2013 debut, a pop-jazz collection of originals and eclectic covers.

One of the most original-sounding tracks submitted this year, Talsky’s fusion of jazz, pop and indie is totally engaging” – CBC Music

“…one of those voices who can sell albums by just singing the phone book…” – LA Music Critic

“A close encounter…will leave you feeling pensive and yet curiously refreshed…”-  Gonzo Okanagan

“…an eclectic mix of quirky, wholly original, and undeniably catchy tracks that will stun both in terms of enjoyability and talent.” – Canadian Beats

 

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Someday Junos: Tessah Dunn, Ashirogi Muto, Jessie T

Tuesday, July 30 ,2019 | 8:00pm

Someday Junos Featuring Tessah Dunn, Ashirogi Muto, Jessie T
$10 Advance / $15 Door

From the creative programming committee at Hugh’s Room Live comes a new musical series to shine the spotlight on young singer / songwriters in the GTA. Someday Junos will celebrate the best songwriting we hear from the streets of The Big Smoke. This ongoing series will launch Summer 2019 and extend far into the future as we hope to give emerging artists a stage on which to share their music.

If we invite you to participate in the series, we think there might be a prestigious award in your future. For the listening community, this is the best chance to catch the early work of these incredible musicians before their careers take them outside the city and beyond. This week features:

1. Tessah Dunn

Tessah is a multifaceted artist with varied strata of musical experience. As a classically trained singer, self-taught guitarist and keyboardist, and song-writer, she has performed internationally in both classical and popular styles. With an early start on the piano at 5, she began both learning and improvising music. At 11, she picked up a guitar and started writing, recording, and performing both independently and in various pop and jazz bands. Her performing experience now spans from Classical Recitals, to beach-side parties, wedding ceremonies, conferences, private events, album releases, shows, and fundraisers. Her most recent performances include private events with Rolls Royce, Aston Martin, and KNAR. When playing in Toronto, she’s debuted her original music at venues such as the Royal Ontario Museum’s Friday Night Live, The Drake, and the Smiling Buddha. 

When it comes to writing content, Tessah’s inspiration comes from a curiosity and fascination with behaviour, vernacular, and irony… as well as an appetite for getting to the point. She has always seen writing as an analytical art, which is what led her to her present studies in Psychology. Her lyrics are purposed to discover, define, and create meaning, along with all the emotion that comes with it. Whether its the enjoying the brilliant nuances of connection, or creating an amusing exhibit of an awful experience, the focus of her artistry is getting to the heart of the matter in a matter of seconds, no holds barred. Having been influenced by artists like Peter Gabriel, Ben Gibbard, Matt Corby, Allen Stone, and Justin Vernon, her musical style is an amalgamation of folk, pop, and soul. From The Eglinton Grand to Chelster Hall, Tessah’s performing style and repertoire is suited to both broad and intimate audiences. Her 5-track original EP “No Better Place” (released September 2011) has been played in over 50 countries. Her newest single, “Don’t Sorry,” (released February 2018) has been played in over 15, and is available on all online platforms (https://song.link/i/1352225077).  

For inquiries, contact dunntessah@gmail.com. 

 

2. Jessie T

Jessie T is a triple threat: singer, songwriter and guitarist whose talent is undeniable. Teamed with award-winning Canadian producer J.Richard Hutt, her debut FACTOR funded album ‘Reckless Heart’ was released September 2016. Jessie has won many vocal/songwriting awards, most notably 1st in the KICX 106.7FM songwriting competition in 2012. Playing over 200 gigs annually, she’s graced stages with artist such as Western Swing Authority & John Landry. She was also asked to perform Kitchener’s Canada Day festival in 2017 alongside River Town Saints & James Barker Band.

Captivating vocals, rhythmic guitar, unique songwriting and a relentless work ethic; Jessie T is an artist you will certain want to keep an eye out for!

 

3. Ashirogi Muto

Ashirogi Muto is an anime-inspired, underground rap duo comprised of MC’s Masta Shōnen and MC Ichiban. Not all is as usual, though, because both rappers are actually one person! Jorel Hoffert often spent time by himself watching tv and movies, and playing video games. Now, through hard-hitting beats and nerdy lyrics, he proves to everybody that just because you’re by yourself doesn’t mean you have to be alone.

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