Cast Info

SCOTT BORCHETTA (Executive Producer)
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SCOTT BORCHETTA (Executive Producer)

ALESSIA CARA (Mentor)
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ALESSIA CARA (Mentor)

Award winning Canadian singer/songwriter and Def Jam Recordings artist Alessia Cara emerged onto the music scene in 2015 with the release of her iconic anthem “Here” which garnered more than 500,000 total streams in its first week, going on to become Spotify’s Most Viral Song of 2015 selling more than 3 million copies. That same year she released her full-length certified platinum KNOW-IT-ALL. In summer 2016, Cara supported Coldplay on their European and North American tour before hitting the road to headline her ‘KNOW-IT-ALL PT II’ tour. Cara lent her voice to “How Far I’ll Go,” the official song for Disney’s animated film Moana; and her multi-platinum #1 hit single “Scars to Your Beautiful” is Cara’s gut-wrenching take on female identity. Her most recent #1 hit with Zedd, “Stay” has sold more than 2 million copies and has been called the “song of the summer”. A JUNO award winner for 2016 Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Cara has also been nominated for an American Music Award for Best New Artist of the Year, People’s Choice Award for Favourite Breakout Artist, Billboard Award for Best New Artist, BET Award for Best New Artist, BBC Awards for Song of The Year, and 5 MTV VMAs, to name a few.

BOY GEORGE (Mentor)
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BOY GEORGE (Mentor)

Universally recognized as one of the music industry’s most iconic artists, Boy George first appeared on TOP OF THE POPS with Culture Club in 1982, and has sold more than 100 million singles and 50 million albums worldwide. In 1984, Culture Club won the Grammy® Award for Best New Artist and BRIT Awards for Best British Group and Best British Single that same year. Culture Club became the first group since The Beatles to have three Top 10 hits in America from a debut album, and the first group in music history to have an album certified diamond in Canada.

FERGIE (Mentor)
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FERGIE (Mentor)

Influencing a generation of stars to follow, Fergie remains pops leading lady. On September 21, the eight-time Grammy® Award-winning, multi-platinum solo artist doubles down on her anxiously awaited visual experience and second full-length album, Double Dutchess — the first release from Dutchess Music, the label she founded in partnership with BMG in 2017. The album follows her 2006 debut solo release The Dutchess, which sold 7.2 million albums and 29 million tracks around the globe and yielded three #1 Billboard Hot 100 hits: “London Bridge,” “Glamorous,” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and Top 5 smashes “Fergalicious” and “Clumsy.” She also remains a driving force in The Black Eyed Peas whose legacy eclipses sales of 35 million records and 60 million tracks over the course of four multi-platinum offerings.

JENNIFER NETTLES (Mentor)
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JENNIFER NETTLES (Mentor)

Country music star Jennifer Nettles is a Grammy® Award-winning singer-songwriter and performer, and recipient of the prestigious Crystal Milestone Award as the first female artist to be the solo songwriter on an Academy of Country Music (ACM) Song of the Year winner since 1972. Nettles has been recognized with five awards by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) for her songwriting prowess, including the emotionally charged # 1 Platinum hit “Stay” which earned  Nettles a Grammy®, an ACM, and Country Music Association (CMA) Awards. In 2015, Jennifer made her Broadway debut as Roxy Hart in the Tony Award®-winning, record-breaking musical Chicago. A year later, she released two critically-acclaimed Big Machine Records’ albums – Playing With Fire and To Celebrate Christmas.

JULIA MICHAELS (Mentor)
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JULIA MICHAELS (Mentor)

Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter, performer, and 2017’s biggest global breakout star, Julia Michaels’ 2016 debut single “Issues” was certified RIAA double-platinum in the U.S., and crossed worldwide consumption of 6 million units in less than six months, becoming the best-selling song by a new artist and the highest on-demand audio streaming song by a new artist released in 2017 according to Nielsen Music. Michaels has also solidified herself as one of pop music’s most in-demand songwriters, co-writing a string of Billboard Hot 100 hits alongside musician Justin Tranter, including smashes like Justin Bieber’s “Sorry,” Nick Jonas ft. Tove Lo’s “Close,” Selena Gomez’s “Good for You” [feat. A$AP Rocky] and “Hands To Myself,” and hits for many more top artists. The cumulative worldwide stream count for songs she has co-written exceeds 10 billion to date.

NIKKI SIXX (Mentor)
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NIKKI SIXX (Mentor)

Celebrated international rock icon Nikki Sixx is the founding member of Mötley Crüe and Sixx:A.M.; a three-time New York Times best-selling author, a philanthropist, and photographer whose first exhibition in partnership with Leica Camera is scheduled this fall. Sixx is also the host of two nationally syndicated radio shows through iHeartMedia, Sixx Sense and The Side Show Countdown.

RYAN TEDDER (Mentor/Producer)
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RYAN TEDDER (Mentor/Producer)

Charismatic front man of the Grammy®-nominated pop-rock group OneRepublic, Tedder is an in-demand hit songwriter, and Grammy® award-winning record producer, behind OneRepublic’s massive global smash hits “Counting Stars” and “Apologize”, and 2007 hit song “Bleeding Love”, which he co-wrote, that went on to become an international hit for Leona Lewis. Tedder also wrote and co-produced the #1 international hit “Halo” for Beyoncé, as well as “XO” from the singer’s hit visual album BEYONCÉ; the smash “Rumour Has It” for Adele; and more recently, “Remedy” from Adele’s album 25.

SHANIA TWAIN (Mentor)
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SHANIA TWAIN (Mentor)

Recognized as the top-selling country artist of all-time, five-time Grammy® Award-winner, Canadian-born, and internationally acclaimed musical artist Shania Twain has sold 90 million albums worldwide. The undisputed “Queen of Country Pop”, Twain is the powerhouse voice behind a string of hits including “You’re Still The One”, “From This Moment On”, and “Man! I Feel Like A Woman!” to name only a few. A Canadian-born artist and author of the best-selling memoir From This Moment, Twain has achieved an unprecedented three Diamond-certified albums; headlined a show-stopping, two-year Las Vegas residency in 2012; and was recognized as the 2016 Billboard Women in Music Icon Award-winner. Shania NOW, Twain’s fifth full-length album led by the declaratory first single “Life’s About to Get Good”, is slated for release on September 29.

BUSBEE (Producer)
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BUSBEE (Producer)

busbee is a Grammy-nominated songwriter and producer. He is based in Los Angeles and has worked extensively in Nashville, London, and numerous other territories. Many of his biggest hits as a songwriter have been 50/50 collaborations, including “Try” by P!nk, “My Church” by Maren Morris, “The Fighter” by Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood, and “Dark Side” by Kelly Clarkson. In addition, busbee was a cowriter on the recent crossover smash “H.O.L.Y.” by Florida Georgia Line. Originally a classically trained jazz musician, busbee has collaborated with a wide range of artists as both a producer and songwriter, including Gwen Stefani, Lady Antebellum, Martin Garrix, Usher, Jon Bellion, Blake Shelton, Timbaland, and Kid Cudi.

DANN HUFF (Producer)
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DANN HUFF (Producer)

An award-winning session musician and record producer behind more than 50 #1 hit records since he started his career in L.A. and Nashville decades ago. Dann Huff has produced various artists including Faith Hill, Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, Thomas Rhett, Brett Young, Hunter Hayes, Jewel, Megadeth, Martina McBride, and Lonestar, to name just a few. The three-time Country Music Association Awards (CMAs) Musician of the Year winner, the four-time Academy of Country Music Awards (ACM) winner for Guitar Player of the Year, and the Country Producer of the Decade by Billboard Magazine in 2010, has played guitar on the albums of artists including Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand, Kenny Loggins, Reba McEntire, Celine Dion, Bob Seger, Shania Twain, Michael Bolton, Luther Vandross, Boz Scaggs, Donna Summer, Rod Stewart, Whitney Houston, and numerous more.

IAN KIRKPATRICK (Producer)
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IAN KIRKPATRICK (Producer)

A Grammy® Award-nominated producer and songwriter, Ian Kirkpatrick has landed a dozen singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and is behind hits including Selena Gomez’s critically acclaimed “Bad Liar” and Dua Lipa’s #1 single on the U.K. singles chart “New Rules”. Along with earning a Grammy® nomination for his work on Justin Bieber’s multi-platinum album Purpose, he’s also produced and written hit singles like Jason Derulo’s #1 Top 40 single “Want to Want Me”, Nick Jonas’s certified single “Levels”, and Andy Grammer’s platinum hit “Fresh Eyes” and gold-certified “Good to Be Alive (Hallelujah).”

STEPHAN MOCCIO (Producer)
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STEPHAN MOCCIO (Producer)

Classically trained impresario, Oscar® and Grammy®-nominated artist Stephan Moccio is a Canadian producer, songwriter, composer, recording artist and musician behind some of music’s most massive, inescapable hits. In 2013, Moccio co-penned the quintuple-platinum song “Wrecking Ball” for Miley Cyrus. Following the song’s success, Moccio quickly became one of the industry’s most sought-after and in-demand producers and songwriters, going on to co-write and co-produce the two end credit songs for the film Fifty Shades of Grey: the quintuple-platinum “Earned It” (The Weeknd) and “I Know You” (Skylar Grey), which appeared on the film’s platinum selling soundtrack. Previously, Moccio co-wrote the Celine Dion hit “A New Day Has Come”, which spent 21 weeks at #1 on the Billboard AC chart, and marked Celine Dion’s record-breaking comeback in 2002. He also produced and co-wrote the quintuple-platinum song “I Believe” for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

AMY BISHOP (Artist)
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AMY BISHOP (Artist)

YouTube: Amy Bishop

Website: amybishopmusic.com

 

Amy Bishop’s voice is a combination of smooth pavement and rough gravel, with the ability to charm listeners with her sweet tones yet stun audiences with the ability to hit any high note. Hailing from Calgary, Amy began her illustrious music career singing around campfires, block parties, and in church choir. Knowing a career in music is no guarantee, Amy decided to practice other useful trades, but her passion and persistence for music prevailed, leading her to collaborations with Moby and opening for April Wine, Farmer’s Daughter, and Chris Cummings.

Amy has an instinctive ability to craft stories into song and deliver them with a high level of sincerity and passion, all qualities that make her an undeniable Canadian talent. Amy was born a singer and grew into a songwriter, and puts all of her talents together into spectacular performances that show off her range and power. An evening with Amy Bishop delivers rollicking “Ain’t Life Grand” road songs, soulful versions of love-gone-wrong ballads, and folk-based acoustic numbers that allow her natural vocal beauty to shine through.

 

Facts:

  1. Hometown: Calgary
  2. What are your hobbies: Riding my bike, playing guitar, reading, watch Netflix, and chill
  3. What is your phobia: Cotton balls
  4. What artist, dead or alive, would you choose to perform with: I would LOVE to perform with KD Lang, I think our voices would blend so well together
  5. What is your motto? There is always something to be grateful for
BASIL PHEONIX (Artist)
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BASIL PHEONIX (Artist)

Instagram: @basilphoenix

SoundCloud: soundcloud.com/basilphoenix

 

Toronto-based artist Basil Phoenix began singing when she was seven years old and writing music after an accident at the age of 13 left her hospitalized and bedridden for months. With her laptop at her side, she began writing songs to instrumental beats she found on YouTube, recording ideas to her phone, and eventually working with a producer to build on her ideas and create original compositions.

With smooth vocals and introspective lyrics, reminiscent of Lauryn Hill mixed with Sade, Basil has amassed a strong following on Instagram and has begun recording songs for the release of her debut EP.

 

Facts:

  1. Hometown: The Pas, Man.
  2. Musical genres: R&B, hip-hop
  3. Personal motto: “There’s no turning back”.
  4. List (3) strengths: Commitment, giving advice, friendly
  5. Can’t live without: Leave-in conditioner
CHAD PRICE (Artist)
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CHAD PRICE (Artist)

Twitter: @chadpricemusic

Instagram: @chadpricemusic

YouTube: Chad Price

 

Chad Price is an evolving artist hailing from London, Ont. Since 2011, he has been carefully honing his craft on stages throughout Canada, earning a reputation as an “artist to watch.” Playing hundreds of shows, Chad has shared the stage with the likes of Ben Harper, The Strumbellas, Walk Off The Earth, Lights, and many more. Constantly building on the maturity and sophistication that he developed since his first album release in 2012, Chad finds peace and comfort in his musical abilities, channeling these powerful emotions into his latest self-titled album.

As a recording artist, songwriter, and co-producer, Chad has evolved into a musical powerhouse bringing his own concoction of R&B, soul, blues, and folk together. Chad’s only aim now is to share the music he has so carefully created with the rest of the world.

 

Facts:

  1. Hometown: London, Ont.
  2. Musical Genres: Soul, folk, R&B
  3. Which artist, dead or alive, would you choose to perform with: John Mayer
  4. Biggest pet peeve: Poor grammar
  5. What did you want to be when you were a kid: A ninja
DIVINE LIGHTBODY (Artist)
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DIVINE LIGHTBODY (Artist)

Twitter: @Divineluvzz

Instagram: @divineluvzz

YouTube: Divine Lightbody


Divine Lightbody
is a singer and multi-instrumentalist who enjoys various music genres including R&B, soul, hip-hop, pop, and reggae. Despite the fact that no one in the Brampton, Ont. teen’s household was musically inclined, she found interest in music from a very young age.

 

As a child, Divine listened to a lot of reggae, R&B, and soul, which encouraged her to appreciate instruments and musicality. Divine was always on stage, participating in activities such as Ngoma dancing and drumming, and singing with a group called Wings of Passion. She also took on acting, and was the lead in Broadway Bound’s “Grease” Production in 2011.

 

As Divine grew, she became more comfortable being a musician and auditioned for an Arts Program at St. Roch Catholic Secondary School, and was accepted based on her vocal talent. Through this program, Divine has been classically trained and studied Jazz and music theory. In her freshman year at St. Roch she entered a singing competition called “Roch Idol,” and won, beating out some of the school’s top seniors. This past summer, Divine performed at the all-female national talent showcase Honey Jam.
Facts:

  1. Hometown: Brampton, Ont.
  2. Music genre: R&B, soul, hip-hop, pop, reggae
  3. What is your phobia: Failure
  4. Dream musical venue to perform in: Times Square and the Air Canada Centre
  5. List your top 3 favourite musical artists/musicians/bands: Tori Kelly, Beyoncé, Alicia Keys

 

DYLAN MENZIE (Artist)
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DYLAN MENZIE (Artist)

Twitter: @DylanMenzie

Instagram: @dylan_menzie

YouTube: Dylan Menzie

 

Hailing from Belle River, P.E.I., singer-songwriter Dylan Menzie is quickly propelling up the ranks of the Canadian music scene. With a sprawling vocal range and compelling approach to composition, Menzie has made an indelible mark in the talent-rich Atlantic Canadian music market with his 2013 debut EP, “Heather Avenue”. Earning him Music PEI Award nominations and acclaim from industry influencers, the release led him to high-profile performances throughout the Maritimes, including opening slots for City and Colour and Ron Sexsmith.

 

In 2016, Dylan was a finalist in CBC’s annual Searchlight competition on the back of his breakout single, “Kenya”, which subsequently spent two weeks at number one on CBC Radio 2’s Top 20, leading up to the release of his 2016 album “Adolescent Nature”. The record, anchored by the strength of songs like “Kenya” and follow-up single “Talk to Me”, showcases the pure emotion one can extract from a great voice and keen sense of dynamics.

 

Facts:

  1. Hometown: Belle River, P.E.I.
  2. Musical Genres: Indie, folk, pop, rock
  3. Which artist, dead or alive, would you choose to perform with: Paul McCartney
  4. What is your phobia: Spiders
ELEQUEN (Artist)
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ELEQUEN (Artist)

Twitter: @Elequen

Instagram: @Elequen

YouTube: Elequen


Elequen is an exuberant singer-songwriter who began her career in entertainment as a model, landing herself in magazines, books, and more. Her passion for performing arts took her even further with modeling campaigns and acting roles for the London 2012 Olympic Games, Canada’s Wonderland, IMAX, and even landing her on a billboard. While pursuing her modeling and acting career, Elequen was quietly perfecting her craft as a singer-songwriter, writing catchy melodies and emotive lyrics, teaching herself to record demos, and performing for audiences of more than 4,000 people.

 

Facts:

  1. Hometown: Forest, Ont.
  2. Musical genres: R&B and pop
  3. Good luck charm: My pinky ring. I put it on in 2014 as a commitment to my career in entertainment. I had no idea at the time that it was what engineers do, haha!”
  4. Pitch your music video in10 words or less: Classy but sexy, and fun!
  5. List your top 3 favourite musical artists/musicians/bands: I’ll name one of each: Alicia Keys, Quincy Jones, and Earth, Wind & Fire.
ELIJAH WOODS x JAMIE FINE (Artist)
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ELIJAH WOODS x JAMIE FINE (Artist)

Twitter: @ewxjfmusic

Instagram: @ewxjf

YouTube: Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine

 

The “x” in Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine is pronounced “and,” but it could also be said to represent the multiplying effect the two artists have on one another. When Elijah (instrumentalist/composer) and Jamie (lyricist/vocalist) put their passions together, the possibilities are endless. Feeling as though they complete each other creatively, Jamie admits to being the more emotional of the two, and is well aware of how Elijah’s focus provides the counterbalance needed to stay on course.

 

Their partnership began when Elijah heard Jamie’s soulful vocals on a track recorded by a friend. Four days later, the two were together in his studio, where they challenged each other musically. Elijah and Jamie use their bond, and musical multiplication effect to continue to grow their passion.

 

Facts:

Elijah Woods

  1. Hometown: Perth, Ont.
  2. Musical genres: Soulful vibey pop
  3. List your top 3 favourite musical artists/musicians/bands: Hans Zimmer, Billie Eilish, Jeff Buckley
  4. Hobbies: Sleeping

 

Jamie Fine

  1. Hometown: Ottawa, Ont.
  2. Musical genres: Pop, jazz, hip-hop/R&B
  3. Good luck charm: Probably Elijah…don’t tell him I said that, though.
  4. List (3) strengths: Patient, Accepting, and Honest
ETHAN YOUNG (Artist)
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ETHAN YOUNG (Artist)

Instagram: @Ethany0ung

YouTube: Ethan Young


Singer-songwriter Ethan Young’s love for performance and songwriting began at a very young age. While attending Karen Kain School of the Arts, Ethan became one of the famed Mini Pop Kids, performing for sold out audiences across Ontario. He was featured on three Mini Pop Kid albums that were sold in retail stores internationally.

Ethan regularly performs for charitable events including ThreeToBe, Covenant House,

Children’s Wish Foundation, and Jacob’s Ladder. Currently Ethan is working on his craft live and in studio.

 

Facts:

  1. Hometown: Toronto
  2. Musical Genres: R&B/pop
  3. Dream musical venue to perform in: Air Canada Centre
  4. Can’t live without: My phone
  5. List your top 3 favourite musical artists/musicians/bands: Whitney Houston, Adele, Miley Cyrus
EZRA JORDAN (Artist)
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EZRA JORDAN (Artist)

Website: ezrajordan.com

Facebook: @EzraJordanMusic

Instagram: @ezrajordan

YouTube: Ezra Jordan

 

Surrounded by music his whole life growing up with his parents Marc Jordan and

Amy Skyboth in the music industry, Toronto-born singer, songwriter, and piano player Ezra Jordan took up piano at the age of four. A graduate of the Independent Artist Program at the Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, CA, Ezra blends the genres of R&B and alt-pop with his keyboard-oriented approach to songwriting to create a style that is soulful, refreshing, and authentic.

 

At the age of 18, Ezra suffered a traumatic and life-threatening leg injury. Forced to put a hold on his classical piano training during his 18-month recovery process, he turned to singing and songwriting as a musical outlet. Back on his feet with his newly honed talents, Ezra joined Juno nominated singer-songwriter Scott Helman as his keyboard player and backup singer. Following this stint, Ezra moved to Los Angeles to attend the Musician’s Institute and focus on his solo career. He later returned to Toronto, where he is continuing to make a name for himself playing gigs all over the city. With deep musical bloodlines and a fresh take on pop music, Ezra Jordan is only just scratching the surface of his musical potential.

 

Facts:

  1. Hometown: Toronto
  2. Musical genre(s): R&B, pop
  3. List (3) strengths: Quick-witted, determined, laid-back
  4. Favourite Sport: Hockey
FAIZA (Artist)
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FAIZA (Artist)

Instagram: @blckgrlnxtdr

Twitter: @blckgrlnxtdr

YouTube: Faiza

 

Faiza is a Toronto-based, independent R&B singer with the goal of living in her truth and inspiring others to do the very same. Aspiring to be a musician from a very young age, Faiza was in the second grade when she wrote her first song. After making the move to Toronto, to pursue music, and facing many obstacles along the way, Faiza persevered and continued chasing her dreams. With the help of a good friend, music producer Nate Smith, Faiza finished her first body of work, a seven track self-titled EP, in 2014. The record yielded buzz and positive response from the underground Toronto music scene, allowing her to book additional shows and festivals and cultivate her own sense of style and sound.

 

Facts:

  1. Hometown: London, Ont.
  2. Musical genres: R&B, hip-hop
  3. Dream musical venue to perform in: Madison Square Garden
  4. Artist you’d like to open for: Syd, Paigey Cakey, or Cardi B
GRACE BAKKER (Artist)
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GRACE BAKKER (Artist)

Twitter: @gracebakker

Instagram: @gracebakker

YouTube: Grace Bakker


Grace Bakker is
an 18-year-old singer/songwriter from Toronto. Inspired by artists like Amy Winehouse, City and Colour, and Matt Maeson, her voice offers sounds from many different places. Beginning singing at a very young age, Grace is also self-taught on guitar. With fresh ideas, mature songs, and past inspirations for her newer music, Grace is ready to show the music industry something real and exciting, and to use her life experiences and unique look to inspire others to be who they truly want to be.

 

Facts:

  1. Hometown: Toronto
  2. Musical genre: Indie
  3. Hobbies: Photography and poetry
  4. List your top 3 favourite musical artists/musicians/bands: This is a hard question! Elvis Presley, Amy Winehouse, City and Colour
  5. Favourite sport: Basketball or Javelin
HAVELIN (Artist)
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HAVELIN (Artist)

Twitter: @HavelinOfficial

Instagram: @havelinofficial

YouTube: Havelin


Under the pseudonym of Havelin, Edmonton’s Alex Zaichkowski strives to tell a story with his music. Channeling his inner folk writer, Havelin takes cues from the early influences of Dan Mangan, Tom Waits, and Father John Misty. His words are straight from the heart and his music is kept simple, honest, and cuts right to the core.

 

The anticipated release of his new music in late 2017 will see the evolution of Havelin’s style and sound, chronicling the full spectrum of human emotions experienced within romantic entanglement. There will be a song for every feeling, every smile, and every struggle.

 

Facts:

  1. Hometown: Edmonton
  2. Can’t live without: Tea, good conversation, good food.
  3. What did you want to be when you were a kid: Palaeontologist
  4. Artist you would like to open for: Shakey Graves
JAMES MARSHALL (Artist)
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JAMES MARSHALL (Artist)

Instagram: @marshallxjames

YouTube: James Marshall


Singer/songwriter James Marshall has been playing music his entire life, and truly fell in love with the craft at the age of 13 when he first began singing and writing. Growing up, James would seek every opportunity to sing and perform, even if it meant singing to his bedroom walls. With passion and persistence over the years, singing to his walls eventually paid off and he progressed to performing in bars and coffee shops around Toronto. Over the years, James has learned that music, no matter the scale in which he is playing, is always something he will love and cherish.

 

Facts:

  1. Hometown: Acton, Ont.
  2. Musical genres: Pop, blues, rock
  3. Which artist, dead or alive, would you choose to perform with? Jimi Hendrix
  4. Can’t live without & good luck charm: Coffee
  5. Hobbies: Exploring abandoned places
JARYD STANLEY (Artist)
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JARYD STANLEY (Artist)

Website: jarydstanley.com

Facebook: @JarydStanleyMusic

Instagram: @JarydStanley

Twitter: @JarydStanley

 

An acoustic guitar playing singer-songwriter at heart and lover of all musical genres, Jaryd Stanley mixes elements of rock, hip-hop, soul, pop, dance, and folk into his songs.

 

In late 2015, after saving up enough money from waiting tables, playing gigs, and winning local competitions, the New Brunswick-born Jaryd made the move to Toronto where he has been writing, recording, and networking to get himself to the next level. Jaryd’s versatility is paramount in creating his ever-changing and evolving sound, earning him “Fan Favourite” status for CBC’s 2017 National Searchlight song writing competition, as well as being named the 2017 Grand Prize Winner of Canada’s Walk of Fame Emerging Artists Music Mentorship Program.

 

As a music scene rookie, a true competitor, and student of the music industry, Jaryd is always on the lookout for the next step to his success. His debut EP “sixteen ten” was released in mid-2017. A small town “Maritimer” with big city dreams and boundless potential, Jaryd is working toward becoming Canada’s next big International thing.

 

Facts:

  1. Hometown: Rothesay, N.B.
  2. Musical genres: If I had to name two: pop and soul. I listen to and enjoy all music, and it shows in my music. You may hear influences from other genres as well, Rock, Folk, Hip Hop, and R&B
  3. List (3) strengths: Kind, Charismatic, Courageous.
  4. List your top 3 favourite musical artists/musicians/bands: Ed Sheeran. Joel Plaskett. Carole King.
JAYD INK (Artist)
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JAYD INK (Artist)

Twitter: @Jayd_Ink

Instagram: @jayd_ink

YouTube: Jayd Ink


As an independent artist, Jayd Ink has accomplished a great deal of success with her music. The Toronto born R&B singer-songwriter has been releasing music since 2013, with her background in poetry allowing her to effortlessly move through a myriad of musical genres. Jayd has been headlining shows in Toronto since the release of her first EP “Invitation Only” in 2015. What began as an attempt to get other artists interested in her songwriting has evolved to capturing listeners around the world with her unique voice.

 

Jayd has performed in Japan alongside K.Camp, DJ Whoo Kid, and Silento, and is recognized as “Toronto Musicians to Watch in 2017” by NOW Magazine.

Facts:

  1. Hometown: Toronto
  2. Music genres: R&B, soul, hip-hop, pop, and reggae
  3. Good luck charm: Coconut water
  4. Which artist, dead or alive, would you choose to perform with? Janet Jackson
  5. Hobbies: Designing clothes
JP MAURICE (Artist)
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JP MAURICE (Artist)

Twitter: @jpthemaurice

Instagram: @jpthemaurice

Facebook: @Maurice

YouTube: JP Maurice

 

JP Maurice, a seasoned Vancouver-based musician, songwriter, and producer knows the highs of his craft, but it is in the lows where he finds his fire – taking the fuel of failed record deals, broken hearts, and the loss of loved ones, and forging the pain into something beautifully optimistic.

 

After touring Canada and Europe, a loss in the family caused JP to focus on channeling his emotions into his music. The tragedy resulted in his “Girls” EP, which sweeps from cinematic pop-noir into slinky neo-soul, all tied together with JP’s powerfully emotive vocals. Challenges haven’t stopped JP Maurice – if anything, they have made him stronger.

 

Facts:

  1. Hometown: Vancouver
  2. Musical genres: Pop/rock/alt-country
  3. List (3) strengths: Loyal, loving, and light-hearted
  4. Dream musical venue to perform in: Coachella, or the main stage of the Sasquatch! Music Festival
JULIA TOMLINSON (Artist)
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JULIA TOMLINSON (Artist)

Twitter: ??JuliaTofficial

Instagram: @juliatomlinsonmusic

YouTube: Julia Tomlinson

 

King City, Ont.’s soul-tinged singer Julia Tomlinson is ready to make her mark on the music industry. Spending countless hours in studio sessions, Julia’s ambition, creativity, and positive attitude has brought along life-changing opportunities and helped her grow both personally and as an incredible independent artist. Captivating audiences with her vocal range and musical variety, Julia has showcased these skills at venues such as Toronto’s Mod Club, The Opera House, and a multitude of private events. Julia’s main influences throughout her career include Sia, Amy Winehouse, and Pharrell. These influences not only resonate through her music but also show within her singing ability. Throughout her hard work over the past four years Julia is continuously releasing new music and sounds and is making a stand to differentiate her music from all the rest.

 

Facts:

  1. Hometown: King City, Ont.
  2. Musical genre: Indie-Pop
  3. What is your nickname? JUJU
  4. List your top 3 favourite musical artists/musicians/bands: Sia, Amy Winehouse, The Rolling Stones
  5. Favourite sport: Soccer
LITEYEARS (Artist)
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LITEYEARS (Artist)

Twitter: @LITEYEARSmusic

Instagram: @LITEYEARSmusic

YouTube: @LITEYEARSmusic

 

A pop band hailing from the Toronto area, LITEYEARS has created an honest representation of themselves, and their musical tastes: high energy, alternative-pop music with depth. The band is comprised of brothers Brent (vocals/piano) and Brian Wirth (guitar), Nick Haberer (bass/vocals), and Joey Muha (drums). Built upon a foundation of strong percussion, the band’s sound meshes programmed electronic loops, ethereal keyboards, and melodic guitar counterpoint with organic instrumentation. Each song becomes an anthem that you can’t get out of your head.

 

LITEYEARS’ debut EP American Towns, released in 2016, features the band’s debut single “Rhythm In The Stars”. Mixed by JUNO Award-winning engineer Vic Florencia and mastered by 14-time Grammy® Award winner and industry legend Bob Ludwig, the self-produced effort is a finely tuned machine that has lost none of the human heart.

 

Facts:

Brent Wirth

  1. Hometown:Hamilton, Ont.
  2. Can’t live without:My piano and pizza
  3. Hobbies:Running, watching soccer (Bayern Munich!), beating my bandmates at Super Smash Bros. on N64
  4. List (3) strengths:Empathy, conviction, diligence

 

Brian Wirth

  1. Hometown:Hamilton, Ont.
  2. Can’t live without:Coffee
  3. Hobbies:Fitness, hiking, building guitar amps
  4. Dream musical venue to perform in:Air Canada Centre
  5. Artist you’d like to open for: The 1975

 

Nick Haberer

  1. Hometown:Niagara Falls, Ont.
  2. Biggest pet peeve:Crooked glasses/sunglasses
  3. Artist you’d like to open for:OneRepublic
  4. Dream musical venue to perform in:Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado

 

Joey Muha

  1. Hometown: Port Dover, Ont.
  2. Good luck charm:It may not be a good luck charm but I ALWAYS feel better when I have an extra hair elastic on my wrist. The only downfall is that sometimes that can be so tight that they cut off circulation to my arm!
  3. Hobbies:Being a full time bunny parent!
  4. Artist you’d like to open for: Arkells
  5. What is your nickname?There have a wide variety of nicknames over the years. These include “Muha, Hobo, Moey Juha, Animal,etc.”
LOGAN STAATS (Artist)
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LOGAN STAATS (Artist)

Twitter: @LoganStaats

Instagram: @Logan_Staats

 

Raised in the town of Brantford, Ont., Logan Staats started writing and performing music in his early teens, later becoming an accomplished award-winning artist. His haunting and distinct voice has provided opportunities to share the stage with acts such as Buffy Sainte-Marie, Keith Secola, Mumford and Sons, and more. A product of passion, compulsion, and tireless musical commitment, Logan’s songs are truly his own. Armed with his guitar and harmonica, he has transitioned from running the weekend bar circuit to playing sold out venues in his hometown and beyond. His performances are animated by a level of self-possession, sadness, and joy created by an aura of inevitability. Logan is hell bent on raising the bar for Indigenous/mainstream crossover music. Ingrained with the mentality that anything is possible when you put your heart and soul into it, Logan is well on his way to further accomplishing greatness.

 

Facts:

  1. Hometown: Ohsweken, Six Nations Of The Grand River, Ont.
  2. Musical genre(s): Folk, blues, sSoul
  3. What inspires you musically? Culture, love, loss, desperation, and healing
  4. Dream musical venue to perform in: Massey Hall

Artist you’d like to open for: Kings of Leon, Mumford and Sons

NICKY MACKENZIE (Artist)
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NICKY MACKENZIE (Artist)

Twitter: @mackenzienicky1

Instagram: @nicky_mackenzie

YouTube: Nicky Mackenzie


Nicky Mackenzie
is a singer-songwriter born and raised in Salt Spring Island, B.C.

Singing before she could even talk, Nicky also plays several instruments including piano, guitar, and harp.. With the support of her family and community, Nicky’s passion for singing has flourished in everything she takes on, from talent shows to music lessons, gigs, festivals, and her high school program GISPA (Gulf Islands School of Performing Arts). She never hesitates to take every opportunity she can to perform, with her jazzy vocals flowing beautifully over the alternative/R&B music she strives to write and perform. Nicky’s talent for seeking out deeply personal emotions in her lyrics is reflected in her hauntingly authentic voice.

 

Facts:

  1. Hometown: Salt Spring Island, B.C.
  2. Dream musical venue to perform in: The Grand Ole Opry
  3. Musical genres: R&B, jazz, alternative, pop
  4. Can’t live without & good luck charm: Coffee!
  5. On the first day of ruling the world, what would you do: Give everyone the gift of understanding others
NOELLE MARACLE (Artist)
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NOELLE MARACLE (Artist)

Twitter: @noellemaracle

Instagram: @noellemaracle

Facebook: @noellemaraclemusic

YouTube: Noelle Maracle


Raised in a musical family, Tyendinaga, Ont.’s Noelle Maracle has always had a passion for singing. When she was eight years old, her brothers convinced her to audition for the television show KARAOKE STAR JR., an experience that helped her realize how much she enjoyed performing. Later that year, Noelle won YTV’s “Virtual Next Star” singing contest and presented Justin Bieber with his first Platinum Award in Toronto.

 

To date, Noelle has had the honour of singing at the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards, Andrea Menard’s TV Christmas special, and being backed up by an amazing children’s choir at “Reach for the Rainbow”. Noelle was also very honoured to write the ballad song for Dance for Kindness 2016. At the time of THE LAUNCH announcement, her YouTube channel currently has 27 million views and over 92,000 subscribers.

 

Facts:

  1. Hometown: Tyendinaga, Ont.
  2. Dream musical venue to perform in: I would love to sing at a classy venue like Carnegie Hall, with an amazing piano player and a jazz band. Oh and I would be wearing a beautiful dress!
  3. Can’t live without: My dog, my family, tea, and of course music
  4. What inspires you musically: I love songs that move me emotionally, and I’m inspired by artists who do great things with their influence
  5. Artist you’d like to open for: Bruno Mars, Ariana Grande, John Mayer, and of course Justin Bieber, but I would most love to sing with Daniel Caesar!
POESY (artist)
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POESY (artist)

Website: poesyofficial.com

Facebook: @poesyofficial

Instagram: @poesyofficial

YouTube: POESY

 

After being inspired to write her first song at the age of nine, Poesy is now fully immersed in the alternative indie world of music.

 

With her named derived from an archaic word for poetry, and a callback to her time as an English and Creative Writing major at Western University, Poesy finds inspiration in literature, 1970s rock, thrift stores, and bus rides, to create the narratives present in her own songwriting. Poesy’s infatuation with all types of art is behind the short story she wrote to accompany each track on her debut EP, “The Spotless Mind”.

 

Her influences are widespread, and include Freddie Mercury, Katy Perry, Florence Welch, Kurt Cobain, and Stevie Nicks. With her piano skills in her pocket, she dabbles with anything she can get her hands on – guitar, ukulele, you name it – in order to make her cathartic style of music.

 

Facts:

  1. Hometown: Ancaster, Ont.
  2. Musical genres: Alternative rock/indie rock
  3. Dream musical venue to perform in: Wembley Stadium in England
  4. Hobbies: Cooking, watching YouTube tutorials of makeup looks I’ll never do, yoga/meditation
RAYMOND SALGADO (Artist)
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RAYMOND SALGADO (Artist)

Instagram: @raymondsalgadoofficial

Twitter: @raysalgadomusic

YouTube:  Raymond Salgado

 

Born in Nanaimo, B.C. and currently residing in Lantzville, B.C., Raymond Salgado’s love of music came at a very early age, inspired by a large Filipino community that loves to sing, dance, and perform. A veteran of competitions, festivals and concerts, Raymond has been the representative for Provincial Performing Arts of B.C. for the last six years and recently won the Senior Classical at Provincials 2016. For the last nine years, Raymond has been a student of voice lessons at Andrea Bertram Studio. He has combined those skills with his passion for musical theatre, with roles in musicals such as Benny in the production of Rent, Donkey in the musical Shrek, and Valjean in Les Miserables. Raymond plans to pursue his dreams by continuing to perform and inspire others by his talent.

 

Facts:

  1. Hometown: Lantzville, B.C.
  2. Musical genres: Pop/R&B, classical, musical theatre
  3. List your top 3 favourite musical artists/musicians/bands: Mariah Carey, Sam Smith, Shawn Mendes
  4. Hobbies: Spending time with family, going on walks, seeing nature, music
  5. What is your nickname? Slaymond, Baemond, Ray-Ray, Ray Bae
SARIYAH HINES (Artist)
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SARIYAH HINES (Artist)

Twitter: @SariyahSings

Instagram: @SariyahSoulMusic

YouTube: Sariyah Soul Music

 

Calm, quiet, shy, funny, and reserved are all adjectives that best describe 15-year-old

Sariyah…until she starts to sing!

 

Sariyah has been moving audiences with her mature and soulful vocals since the age of seven. With performances at Toronto’s Opera House, Danforth Music Hall, Yonge-Dundas Square, Hugh’s Room, the Hard Rock Café, the Rose Theatre, and the CNE already under her belt, Sariyah demonstrates the value of hard work and determination.

 

Sariyah is the 2015 Youth Grand Champion of CNE’s Rising Star, and a multi-medalist for Team Canada at the 2016 World Championships of Performing Arts in Los Angeles.  She continues to showcase her growing skills by working on original songwriting, and expanding her platform with the goal to share her own take on old soul music.

 

Facts:

  1. Hometown: London, Ont.
  2. Musical genre: Soul
  3. Hobbies: Singing, drawing, writing
  4. List (3) strengths: Honest, resourceful, loyal
SONS OF DAUGHTERS (Artist)
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SONS OF DAUGHTERS (Artist)

Twitter: @sonsofdaughters

Instagram: @sonsofdaughters

YouTube: Sons of Daughters

 

Hailing from Vancouver, and currently based in Nashville, Sons of Daughters are a modern, gritty, country duo comprised of Chrystal Leigh and Jimmy Thow. The move to the home of country music proved to be game-changing for the duo, as the exposure landed them a management deal. Since their move to Nashville, they have collaborated with numerous Grammy®-nominated songwriters, helping them to expand their musical repertoire.

 

They have recorded a six-track debut EP entitled “Pick your Poison”, which was created with legendary Grammy®-nominated Producer Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Metallica, Aerosmith); and Juno nominated, CCMA winner, Writer and Producer Jeff Johnson (Wes Mack, Dallas Smith). The duo is committed to carving their own unique sound in the modern country scene through captivating vocal harmonies, swampy guitar riffs, and catchy lyrics, and the industry is already rooting for their continued success.

 

Facts:

Chrystal Leigh

  1. Hometown: North Vancouver, B.C.
  2. Musical Genre: Country
  3. Dream musical venue to perform in: The Ryman in Nashville, Tennessee
  4. Hobbies: Photography, Yoga, and Gardening
  5. Which artist, dead or alive, would you choose to perform with? The Rolling Stones because I’m in love with Keith Richards

 

Jimmy Thow

  1. Hometown: Vancouver
  2. Musical Genre: Country
  3. Your favourite personal performance to date: Playing for AC/DC at a private dinner party
  4. Hobbies: Basketball, Producing Music, Horror films
  5. List your top 3 favourite musical artists/musicians/bands: Michael Jackson, Incubus, CCR

 

THE REVEL BOYS (Artist)
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THE REVEL BOYS (Artist)

Instagram: @therevelboys

Facebook: @therevelboys

YouTube: The Revel Boys

Website: therevelboys.com

 

Started by brothers Tyson and Myles Erlick in 2015, The Revel Boys began as a collective of friends making beats and YouTube cover videos and has been building steam ever since. The Revel Boys current lineup also includes GTA rapper/songwriter Akiel Julien, singer/beat maker Noah Zulfikar, and singer/keyboardist Josh Lamb. ?The group have had several collaborations over the last two years, including working with Jocelyn Alice, Kojak, Walk Off the Earth, Commissioner Gordan and White Tiger Society, and Lionshead.

 

The Revel Boys are tackling the industry from a cross-platform perspective, and have been gaining remarkable social media following and engagement, with their fan base increasing at a rapid pace. The group recently released their first original track “Wasting Days.” They have been in the studio writing follow up singles for the last several months.

THE STATIC SHIFT (Artist)
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THE STATIC SHIFT (Artist)

Twitter: @TheStaticShift

Instagram: @thestaticshift

YouTube: The Static Shift

 

Calgary based power trio The Static Shift is comprised of Mitchell Brady (guitar/lead vocals), Keone Friesen (Bass/harmonica/background vocals), and Isaiah Stonehouse (drums/background vocals), whose sound radiates classic/blues rock with romps of alternative, indie, and psychedelic rock. Emulating the hay days of rock n’ roll through their original sound, The Static Shift’s goal is to transport audiences away through their original works, sound, and live performances.

 

Bursting onto the local Calgary scene at the ages of 14, The Static Shift were the youngest band to ever headline the Blues Can. Now with more than 130 live performances under their belt and multiple award wins, The Static Shift has shared the stage with Trooper, Colin James, The Sheepdogs, and more. With more than 50 original songs and a handful of cover songs with a Static Shift twist, their unique and exciting performances always leaves fans wanting more.

 

Facts:

Isaiah Stonehouse

  1. Hometown: Calgary
  2. Can’t live without: God, Music, Hockey, Family and Friends
  3. Artist you’d like to open for: Kaleo
  4. Pitch your music video in 10 words of less: Playing instruments, underwater, with some sharks

 

Keone Leland Friesen

  1. Hometown: Calgary
  2. Musical genre(s): Rock, Blues, Alternative
  3. Which artist, dead or alive, would you choose to perform with: David Bowie
  4. Hobbies: Music, eastern philosophy, and writing
  5. What is your good luck charm: Bellbottoms

 

Mitchell James Brady

  1. Hometown: Calgary
  2. Dream musical venue to perform in: The Royal Albert Hall in London.
  3. Artist you’d like to open for: Buddy Guy, Brian May, or Tame Impala
  4. If you got a (new) tattoo, what would it be of? Jimmy Page’s ZOSO symbol.
VICTORIA AZEVEDO (Artist)
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VICTORIA AZEVEDO (Artist)

Instagram: @victoriaaazevedo

YouTube: Victoria Azevedo

 

Beginning her singing career at the age of 10, Victoria Azevedo made a name for herself after winning several local singing contests in her hometown of Toronto. Inspired by the contest wins and fueled by her passion for the stage, Victoria worked with one of Canada’s top vocal coaches Elaine Overholt to further hone her already impressive vocal range. As a member of acclaimed singing group Mini Pop Kids, Victoria recorded three albums and conducted a nationwide tour, selling out stadiums across Canada. Currently studying piano and taking acting lessons, Victoria aspires to become both a singer and an actress. Her first EP features the single “Right Here,” and she is currently working on new material for an international release.

 

Facts:

  1. Hometown: Toronto
  2. Musical genres: Pop/R&B
  3. Can’t Live Without: Music, my phone, family, friends, and shopping
  4. Hobbies: Singing, playing soccer, drawing, basketball, running, and reading
  5. Which artist (dead or alive) would you choose to perform with? Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, Demi Lovato
VIVIAN HICKS (Artist)
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VIVIAN HICKS (Artist)

Twitter: @vivianhicks

Instagram: @vivianhicksofficial

YouTube: @VivianHicks

Facebook: @vivianhicksofficial

Musical.ly: @VivianHicks2

 

Singer, songwriter, dancer, actress, and model, Vivian Hicks is truly a quintuple threat. Beginning singing at the early age of two years old and taking dance lessons at the age of three in her hometown of Georgetown, Ont., Vivian has won numerous awards for singing and dancing, including more than 11 scholarships to the U.S. With a knack for the piano and ukulele, Vivian honed her vocal and instrumental talents and in 2014 also toured and recorded with Mini Pop Kids.

 

Vivian has also made a name for herself on social media, with several of her raw videos going viral on Instagram and Facebook. With more than 1 million fans on the app musical.ly, Vivian’s song covers on social media have received re-posts and accolades from her idols including Fifth Harmony, Bruno Mars, Meghan Trainor, The Chainsmokers, and more.

 

A strong advocate for mental health and anti-bullying, Vivian has travelled with Bullies Reality across North America to put an end to bullying. Currently Vivian is working on writing more original music, continuing her vocal lessons and hip-hop classes, and helping others deal with online bullying.

 

Facts:

  1. Hometown: Georgetown, Ont.
  2. Musical genre(s): Pop, broadway, jazz
  3. Good Luck Charm: Dragonfly ornament bracelets
  4. List your top 3 favourite musical artists/musicians/bands: Taylor Swift, Shawn Mendes, Selena Gomez
  5. Favourite sport: Dance, Basketball
ZACK LANE (Artist)
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ZACK LANE (Artist)

Instagram: @zack_lane1

YouTube:  Zack Lane

 

Zack Lane is a multiple award-winning Canadian songwriter, performer, and recording artist with incredible natural talent. His captivating performances have garnered numerous grand prize wins at coveted vocal competitions, and his charm has enthralled audiences across North America. Zack’s passion skyrocketed when he shared the stage with Jann Arden and Jeff Cook, from the iconic group Alabama.

 

Since his humble beginnings, Zack has found inspiration in his family heritage and the musical and culturally rich region of Newfoundland. His unfaltering passion, relentless drive, grounded attitude, and focused conviction to grow his skills are unparalleled. His sincerity and appreciative nature is a huge hit with his fans. The emotive depth of Zack’s original compositions about love, relationships and other universal themes, strike a chord in everyone who listens.

 

With a desire to give back to his community, Zack has been an integral part of many charitable events, including fundraisers for Kid Sing, The MS Society of Canada, and The Heart and Stroke Foundation.

 

Facts:

  1. Hometown: Moncton, N.B.
  2. Genre: Pop, pop-rock, folk-pop
  3. Dream musical venue to perform in: Madison Square Garden
  4. Can’t live without: Pizza
  5. Who inspires you musically: Ed Sheeran, John Mayer, Eminem, Bon Iver

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