With purpose driven ideas and boundless spiritual fortitude, Jully Black is a multi-award-winning recording artist, songwriter, performer and phenom in the Canadian entertainment, lifestyle and public speaking arenas. Jully has collaborated with industry heavyweights such as Destiny’s Child and Sean Paul and shared the stage with superstars such as Celine Dion, Elton John, and Etta James, to name a few.
FIVE ALARM FUNK
From their first jams in Vancouver, B.C., drummer Tayo Branston, and guitarist Gabe Boothroyd gathered a community of musicians who shared their love for James Brown, Tower Of Power and other groove-driven players. Now called Five Alarm Funk – the band bristles with fiery rhythms, punchy horns and gang-chant vocals that have ignited fans across Canada, down into the U.S., and as far away as Taiwan.
busty and the bass
With their seamless blend of soulful hip-hop vocals, rap, signature brass and synths, Busty and the Bass is ushering in a new era of genre-defying sound. After meeting in their first week of the McGill University jazz program, the Montreal-based nine-piece quickly shot up from packed house party jams to scorching live performances in front of thousands of fans across the US, Canada, Europe and the UK.
Bend Sinister is a blend of indie pop and progressive rock. Since coming together in 2001, the Vancouver locals have released 7 albums. They’ve spent 12 years in vans, airplanes, and busses, traveling different places every night, and aren’t showing signs of slowing down anytime soon. Their stories are embedded in their music. Dust off your record player, turn the volume up loud and come see Bend Sinister on the road.
Since 2010 Dirty Radio have been crafting a synthesis of progressive soul, R&B and electronic music. The multi instrumentalists and producers have been working tirelessly in their studio, racking up impressive Soundcloud and Spotify numbers and dropping tracks for iconic labels such as Spinnin’, Partyfine, Majestic Casual and Mad Decent. The electronic duo is set to release a brand new album later this year.
missy d & friends
Missy D is a bilingual emcee born and raised around the Motherland. Hailing from hills of Rwanda, she represents a blend of African cultures in her music. Missy D is excited to showcase some of the amazing friends that make her music family; from the likes of Kimmortal, Laydy Jams, Sinbirds to Immigrant Lessons and many more…expect to hear talented folks that will color this celebration canvas – Hip Hop in Colors!
Ashleigh Ball is a celebrated Canadian musician and voice actor. Best known as the magnetic frontwoman for Canadian indie pop band Hey Ocean, she is proud to release her first solo EP, Gold in You. The EP was written over the past two years while Hey Ocean was on hiatus and demonstrates the full range of Ball’s vocal abilities both through gripping emotional ballads and electronic and R&B inspired tracks.
Schwey, formed in 2013 founded by Isaiah Dobbs (bass/vocals) and Jacob Schwinghammer (keyboards). In pursuit of the most electrifying show possible, the band throws all confines of the genre out the window: funk influences meld with modern pop, and R&B fuses with swaggering hip-hop and surging indie rock.
The X Presidents is an award-winning group based out of Vancouver, Canada. Blending self-produced beats, live instruments, singing and emceeing, this act is not one to miss. Their sound blends a wide variety of influences including jazz, hip-hop, rock & blues, they are pushing themselves both musically and lyrically. The X Presidents’ album “Hands Up” was listed in BeatRoute Magazine’s top 25 Vancouver releases of 2017.
Sister Says is a soulful indie pop group based out of Vancouver fronted by mixed Haida-Tsimshian siblings Gillian and Robert Thomson. Dreamy, eclectic and lyrically rich, Sister Says’s roots stem from the soul, blues and pop music the two grew up around as children. Performing at festivals and venues across Canada, a highlight includes performing at the BC Pavilion in Beijing and at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto.
THE HAIRFARMERS combine stunning vocals with innovative guitar and percussion, providing the soundtrack to your festival experience for the last 18 years. Doug and Greg play over 250 shows a year. The Hairfarmers will get you grooving with their repertoire of over 2500 of your favorite songs and their uncanny ability to get any audience up out of their seats and on the dance floor.
Luca Fogale’s vocal talent is impossible to ignore, elevating songs rooted in the folk tradition to soulful hymns. Based in Western Canada, Luca has played over 600 shows in the past three years, building a loyal community of fans. His debut album “Safety” has over 4 million cumulative streams, and his latest single “I Don’t Want to Lose You” has been used on Grey’s Anatomy and NCIS: Los Angeles.
Alex Maher is a Vancouver-based multi-instrumentalist who started out in jazz on the alto sax. After playing in various bands over the years, Alex began experimenting with the Line 6 loop pedal. Using percussion, SPDS drum pad, electric guitar, sax and vocals, Alex creates songs one layer at a time. His music draws inspiration from funk, soul, hip-hop, and pop. He’s an electric one-man band.
Niska Napoleon’s Cree bloodline consist of Healers, Chiefs and lndigenous Leaders. With a given name meant for the stars, she breeds music from the soul of Mother Earth. Previously a lead singer for Victoria-based ska band Rocky Mountain Rebel Music (RMRM), Niska garnered fans across the nation. Consistently delivering moving performances, Niska continues to build her well-earned reputation as a multi-genre powerhouse.
Garnering critical praise with their folk-laden debut album in 2013, Wooden Horsemen have expanded their sound considerably since embarking on multiple cross-country tours. The group now seamlessly fuses elements of raw blues, soul, gospel and rock. The outcome is a distinctly unique flavor of pop sensible melodies, driven by a pulse for which the band has built it’s reputation as a must-see live set.
The vibrancy of the Kensington Market neighbourhood is the creative backdrop behind new Toronto artist, Langston Francis. Pulling inspiration from all of the multifaceted music and cultures this community has to offer, Langston grew up in a world of hip-hop, electronica and jazz, vintage boutiques and art spaces – all influences that have helped shape his creativity.
With his brand new single, Toronto pop wunderkind Francesco Yates wonders, “Do You Think About Me.”
Aside from the context of the song, which begins with an enticingly catchy and funky bass line, the answer is yes: you will think a lot about multi-instrumentalist Yates and his upbeat, vibrant groove-centric soul pop as he returns with his first new music in three years.”
Since Ria released and toured her debut album, Under Your Skin, over the past two years, she has garnered several awards including the 2012 East Coast Music Award for Pop Album of the Year. Ria has showcased at CMJ in New York, NY at Folk Alliance in Memphis, TN Canadian Music Week in Toronto and has shared the stage with JUNO award-winner Amelia Curran, Jenn Grant, Buck 65, Classified, and David Myles.