VIRGINIA to VEGAS
Singer, songwriter, and platinum recording artist Virginia to Vegas, aka Derik Baker, continued his stunning success in 2018, earning a Juno Awards nomination for Breakthrough Artist of the Year for his platinum-selling hit “Selfish.” With new music on its way, 2019 is sure to be another promising year for Virginia to Vegas.
THE BOOM BOOMS
The Boom Booms are a celebrated Canadian band from Vancouver, BC. They blend storytelling and dance music with draws on funk, soul, and latin styles. The Boom Booms have spent the last decade touring the world and playing festivals. In 2015 and 2019 the band sold out Vancouver’s renowned concert venue, The Commodore Ballroom.
THE FUNK HUNTERS
The Funk Hunters are a Canadian DJ-duo whose signature sound blends elements of electronic bass music with funk and hip hop. Winners of the Electronic/Dance Artist of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards, The Funk Hunters also reached #1 on the Billboard Dance Club Chart last year, with an official remix of U2’s “Love Is Bigger.”
Canadian World Music Bhangra Band – En Karma began as group of friends who came together with one mutual goal in mind: to create music that people would love dancing to, as much as the band loved playing it. They are North America’s pre-eminent Bhangra band combining 80’s Bhangra, folk and indie-rock sensibility.
Tonye Aganaba is a multidisciplinary artist, musician, and arts facilitator. Their new album “Something Comfortable” is an intentional and devotional endeavor inspired by their battle with Multiple Sclerosis. Tonye’s shows, workshops, and classes are connected and intimate experiences, and evoke a kind of vulnerability that we all hunger for. Tonye Aganaba
Starting anew under the stage name Quarterback, Quinn Bates solo project debuted with opening for Daniel Caesar. Quarterback can be compared to the likes of Moses Sumney, Erykah Badu, and Fergie all in one performance. Quarterback promises to bring explosive energy to the stage with a style as memorable as the soulful songs he writes
Alexandria Maillot’s inflective vocals and lyrical narratives have often drawn comparisons to music heavyweights such as Feist, Stevie Nicks, and Alabama Shakes’, Brittany Howard. The Vancouver Island “swoon rock” artist is gaining momentum within the Canadian music scene with her upcoming sophomore album Benevolence, set for a late 2019 release.
SMALL TOWN ARTILLERY
Small Town Artillery are a Rock & Roll band with a horn section originally from Kaslo, British Columbia. Founding members & blood brothers, Tom and Derek van Deursen have been playing music together for 20 years. They’ve headlined the Rio Theatre, Imperial Vancouver, The Cultch and have booked an extensive summer 2019 tour of over 35 shows.
Kimmortal is a queer flipinx artist based on unceded Coast Salish Territories. They recently released their second album, played Winnipeg Pride, JunoFest 2018, and SXSW 2018. Kim has opened for Shad, Saul Williams, and Ruby Ibarra.
Adrian Chalifour’s distinctly earnest ‘Heart Rock’ has wowed audiences on stages and air waves across Canada. Best known for his performances as ‘Towers and Trees’, Chalifour dropped the T&T name after appearing on CTV’s THE LAUNCH, where he received rave reviews from pop icons Nile Rodgers and Bebe Rexha. His new album is set to release Fall 2019.
Biawanna is a dynamic singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer. They channel a certain strength through their namesake, Biawanna, the matriarch of the Solomon Islands, who gave birth to a long line of chiefs that they are descendants of Biawanna is currently getting ready to release their debut EP, ‘Care” which should be expected soon
Bitterly Divine is a Vancouver-based, rock band. Hard driving with a swaggering sense of fun, their songs also have cross-over power: Little wonder that over the past decade the band has energized local and international audiences from New Zealand to China.
OLD SOUL REBEL
B.C. based duo, Old Soul Rebel is comprised of core members Chelsea Johnson (vocals/electric guitar) and Lola Whyte (vocals/electric banjo) who put a new shine on rock-n-roll. With a repertoire inspired by their respective First Nations and African American upbringings, Old Soul Rebel’s music vividly recites the honest experiences of human life.
SHINE WITH PRIDE
Curated by the Vancouver Pride Society
Be dazzled by more than just fireworks at Shine With Pride with the Vancouver Pride Society. Get ready for Sunday’s Parade with an hour of Pride anthems by DJ Krista while being dazzled by glitzy drag performers from Tuck Entertainment and Calgary dance crew SNAP.
BIG EASY FUNK ENSEMBLE
The Big Easy Funk Ensemble celebrates the amazing variety of music that has grown out of New Orleans. With influences from 60’s/70’s funk legends The Meters, Allen Toussaint, and Dr. John to more recent groups like Galactic and Trombone Shorty. BEFE mixes many genres of funk, jazz, rock and blues to create high energy infectious grooves.
Fintan is a singer/songwriter whose pop songs are forward-thinking but achingly relatable. Having moved from England to Canada at an early age, he busked his way from the streets of Victoria, B.C., to various songwriting competition victories and residencies in Dublin and Toronto. His first EP, “Then We Fall,” was released on March 22.
Born and raised in Toronto, a city where cultures of the world come together, Kardinal Offishall’s moniker of “Mr. International” is as fitting as it is catchy. With his notable twist of hip-hop music, spirited stage performances and captivating persona he stands out on a world stage. Incredibly original and widely received, Offishall has trekked across the globe performing in some of the most acclaimed stadiums, arenas and festivals where he, without fail, exhilarates fans with one-of-a-kind musically vivacious mash-up performances.
Maestro Fresh Wes
Wes Williams aka Maestro Fresh Wes, is considered to be one of Canada’s premier multi-media personalities. He is an award-winning recording artist, actor, author and motivational speaker. Wes is the first Canadian hip hop artist to have a single reach gold status in this country with his legendary track LET YOUR BACKBONE SLIDE, and his 1989 album SYMPHONY IN EFFECT is the first to receive a JUNO Award for Best Rap Recording of The Year as well as the first Canadian hip hop album to reach Platinum status.
Vidya Vox brings together influences of her Indian-American heritage to create music that is refreshingly new, unique and contemporary, seamlessly fusing together the intricacies of Indian music with elements of electronic and hip-hop for an undeniably catchy sound. Since launching her YouTube Channel in 2015 with mashups of Western pop hits and music from her native India, Vidya has amassed over half a billion and over 5.4 million subscribers, changing the course of her life in ways she never thought possible.
Asad Khan, professionally known as Khanvict, is a Pakistani-Canadian DJ and producer based in Surrey, BC. Having arrived as an immigrant in 2001, Khanvict explores his roots through his music. His style blends elements of classic Bollywood, Sufi and Panjabi music with Bass, Moombahton and Trap.
Dance music artist and producer, Famba, has become one of Canada’s fastest-rising electronic artists on the strength of his major label releases and widespread remixes. After a short stint dabbling in underground techno, Famba combined his love for pop music and dance floor-ready melodies to create his unique sound: perfectly crafted, body-moving EDM mixed with catchy pop with an alternative edge. His breakout release, “Vibe” garnered over 27 million global streams and his single, “Wish You Well” reached the #14 spot on CHR in Canada.
To paraphrase Thomas Edison, success is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration. Perhaps no working songwriter knows this better than Scott Helman. Since impressing the music world with his debut Augusta EP in 2014, Helman has poured his heart and spilled his sweat on stages across the world: wowing both unsuspecting audiences and adoring fans, whether alone with his guitar or alongside his band of musical brothers.
Tyler Shaw is a platinum-selling artist, producer and actor. The Chinese-Canadian released his hit song “Kiss Goodnight” in 2012, and the melodic track quickly hit platinum sales. In 2014 Tyler earned a JUNO Award nomination for ‘Breakthrough Artist of the Year.’ He then went on to release certified gold tracks “House of Cards” and “Wicked,” all from his 2015 debut album Yesterday. Tyler’s latest single, the romantic “With You” was released in July 2018. Prior to that, he released new songs “Anybody Out There” featuring Amaal Nuux in May, and the top ten hit at the beginning of the year.