Cynthia Fay is a singer songwriter (guitarist & ukulelist,) influenced by indie, pop, folk, gypsy jazz, RnB, and soul music. She is backed by a band of her friends and talented musicians from Humber College, Terrell Malcolm(Drum Kit), Rob Lee(Upright and electric bass), Stephen Halsey (Keys & Guitar), and Chris Molyneaux (Saxophone). Together they create a full band that has fun, creates music that is original, exciting, honest, and in the moment.
Born into a space between the notes of Fleetwood Mac and the words of Sylvia Plath’.
Their assemblage numbers four. They call themselves Running Red Lights, though in 10 years they have yet to live up to the rebelliousness the name requires. There are approximately 5 genres/sub genres of music that might, in one way or another, characterize their sound, but for the sake of definition, Indie Folk will do as a fair classification.
Beneath the rustic resonance of their music flows a gracious undercurrent of rock and roll, blues and pop. Their music is lyrical, melodic, story-oriented and personal.
They have numerous accolades to their credit including the 2009 independent release of their first self-titled EP in collaboration with Juno winning producer Gavin Brown (Billy Talent/Metric/Midway State). On New Years Eve 2010 as winners of the YouDiscover Concert Series RRL made their national television performance debut on ET Canada to a viewership of 2 million in the company of Canadian Icons Barenaked Ladies, Great Big Sea and Kardinal Official.
In 2011 in collaboration with Orange Lounge Records RRL released their second EP ‘Life Below the Red’ and in June of the same year entered and won the Kensington Sound Annual Songwriting contest. Running Red Lights has performed in concert with Canadian rockers The Trews and Grammy winners The Counting Crows and have been featured in top clubs and Festivals in Canada including Canadian Music Festival, North by North East, Juno Festival and Sarnia Bay Fest.
Running Red Lights debut album ‘There’s a Bluebird in My Heart’ released January 2014 to a sweep of praise from music journalist and bloggers from all over the world. The album was added and featured on CBC and BBC Radio. The leading single ‘Mulberry Love’ was named #1 Song of 2014 via NY Blog Given and Taken in Ink and the popularity of the song allowed the band an appearance on the nationally televised Canada Am. As career artists they have toured all over Canada into America, across the sea to Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales. They’ve performed on trains, boats, on small and large stages, to an audience of none to audiences of several thousand.
My Son the Hurricane is a 14-piece brasshop funk beast with the mantra: anything worth doing is worth overdoing.
Hailing from Niagara/Toronto, the band mixes New Orleans style grooves with funk, jazz and hiphop. Driving the show, charismatic frontman Jacob Bergsma “can playfully pluck every nerve in your body with his voice” (Earshot), while the well-oiled rhythm section including 2 trombones, sousaphone, 2 trumpets and 2 saxes creates a spectacle of sound. With this lineup, My Son the Hurricane “stood out like a sore, yet extremely talented thumb at every show they’ve played” (Pulse Niagara), and became revered for their live show.
Riding the success of their sophomore release “Cashing a Deadman’s Cheque” (feat. U.S.S. frontman Ash Buchholtz and three-time Juno/Polaris nominee D-Sisive), the Hurricane was featured on the CBC and Much More Music. Their blending of styles and penchant for inciting dance parties and penning introspective ballads (Pushin’ Up Daisies) has garnered them high praise on the Canadian festival circuit with breakout performances at Hillside, Evolve, Beaches Jazz, Summerfolk, Peterborough Folk Fest, and many more.
Drummer Danno O’Shea acts as ringleader for the mammoth project, spurring the group to weave through different styles on the new album “Is This What You Want?!”, recorded at Phase One Studios with engineer Jeff Pelletier (Big Sugar, Ludacris). Leading up to the album’s June 2016 release, it was a featured stream on Exclaim!, and has since found its way to Canadian airwaves including CBC Radio One, Edge 102.1, and 97.7 Hitz FM, which spotlighted the Hurricane as a “Band on the Verge”. This is the first release to feature Sylvie Kindree on vocals, who adds sassy hooks and acts as a foil to the ever outgoing Bergsma. The album’s songs range from dance floor bangers to slimy and Primus inspired “Grapes”, which closes out the album with a collective thud. “Is This What You Want?!” brings a new flavour to the Hurricane repertoire, building on what makes their sound “a fusion that one simply needs to experience live” (Buying Shots for Bands).
The great lake state of mind that has fuelled some of the
continent’s most important songwriting sends you its latest
Born on those shores Thompson Wilson has grown up listening to the echoes of ancient voices travel over the large bodies of water delivering salvation and hope to generations of music lovers
his words evoke stories of true sorrowing passion, flickering visions of the night and loves endless highways.
His melodies have been gathered from the side of the long road he has travelled.
Wilson’s songwriting has been critically acclaimed and the songs themselves recorded by City and Colour, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings and Colin James .
Birds of Bellwoods is an award winning folk-rock quartet currently based out of Toronto, Canada. Known for lush harmonies, engaging melodies and haunting lyricism, they are Stevie Joffe (Mandolin/Lead Vocals), Adrian Morningstar (Guitar/Vocals), Chris Blades (Banjo/Electric Guitar/Vocals), and Kintaro Akiyama (Upright Bass/Vocals).
The group has packed venues
throughout Ontario and beyond including The Mod Club, Lee’s Palace, The Horseshoe Tavern, Soho House, and The Drake Underground. Upon release, their song Come Home topped Spotify Canadian Viral Charts for over three weeks. 2015 featured performances at Boots and Hearts, TURF, KOI Fest, The Great Heart Festival, Hamilton Music and Film Festival, The Jasper Folk Music Festival, Festival of Good Things sold out showcases at
CMW and NXNE and more.
Born and raised in Windsor, Ontario, Canada in the shadows of Motown Detroit. The R&B/Soul of American music is an obvious influence. That mixed with folk, rock, pop & a big dose of originality. Now calling Toronto home, Pat has released several solo albums & EPs and fronted the rock & soul band The Walkervilles which saw him on-stage at Massey Hall, recording in Austin, TX at Willie Nelson’s studio and in NYC to record with acclaimed producer Gordon Williams (Amy Winehouse, Santana).
Nicolette & The Nobodies is a Guelph-based outlaw country band, fronted by Nicolette Hoang featuring members from the Fury’s and Esther Grey. Once featuring only country covers, Nicolette & The Nobodies have spent the last year workin’ on their own set of tunes – a bit of old, a bit of new, a bit outlaw. EP called Devil’s Run due to be released early this summer.
The Lake Effect is a great name for a band, especially when that band mixes things up the way Frank Deresti and his sidemen do … a little folk, some jazz and a rockin’ dollop of rootsiness all pile on for a fun sound that’s great in the studio but more fun live.” – Kennedy Gordon – The Peterborough Examiner Touring this summer in support of their 3rd full-length studio album, Frank Deresti and the Lake Effect have become a well-oiled performing machine, with a distinct take on the singersongwriter genre which is sure to impress a wide cross-section of listeners. From heart-felt ballads to spontaneous moments of unbridled energy – this band is a must see.
House of David Gang is an uplifting Canadian reggae band that draws on the roots sounds of 1970s Kingston, Jamaica. They carry on the long history of top notch Toronto reggae, taking their name from an after-hours hang out on Queen Street West, which was popular with Toronto’s Rastafarian and reggae community. Since the release of their album Reggae Warrior on NuFunk Records – produced by Snappy Homefry with the support of The Ontario Arts Council and FACTOR – House of David Gang have become Canada’s hardest touring reggae band. In the past five years, the group has played over 200 dates across Canada, including headlining sold-out tributes to Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Jamaican 50th Anniversary events. They have shared the stage with top artists such as Xavier Rudd, The Mighty Diamonds, Big Youth, Bushman, Mad Professor, Dawn Penn, Leroy Sibbles, and Ill Scarlett. The band has performed at some of Canada’s top music festivals including Guelph’s Hilllside Festival, Fredericton’s Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival, The Calgary International ReggaeFest, B.C.’s Shambhala Festival, and Nova Scotia’s Evolve Festival. A career highlight for the band was a performance for over 30,000 people at The Freedom Festival at Queen’s Park in Toronto.
Crissi Cochrane combines the heart of an East Coast singer-songwriter with the soul of Windsor/Detroit, living just a stone’s throw away from the birthplace of Motown. Originally hailing from small town Nova Scotia, Crissi’s smooth-as-silk vocals glow atop the purr of her electric guitar, echoing classic jazz, blues, and soul.
Puce are Sarnia Ontario’s original hard rocking good time Charlies. This three piece consists of Dane Hansen, on guitar and vocals, Roy Tennyson on Bass, and Dillon Lambert on drums and vocals. Their energetic live show is conducive to dancing, hooting, hollering, and general merriment. Join the boys for one of their famous, live music parties, and let loose with Puce.
New Zebra Kid pump out slick ’80s infused synth-pop with a dose of melancholy lyrics that would be right at home on a John Hughes soundtrack. Led by Aaron Simmons, New Zebra Kid takes many forms, delivering sugar coated pop tunes that shimmer with warm synth tones and ear-worm inducing vocal hooks.
Kira-Jade is a Canadian country singer/songwriter and international performer from Sarnia, Ontario. Some of her credits include opening for Tim McGraw at Roger’s Bayfest, performing in girl group “Hello Kitty and the Kittens” for Universal Studios in Osaka Japan, playing country singer “Sherrie Overwoord” on Disney Channel’s “The Latest Buzz” and performing as a Pink Lady in the European Arena Tour of “Grease:
The Arena Spectacular”. She has recently returned from recording her new EP in Nashville, TN with multiplatinum record producer Mike Krompass and looks forward to the release of her newest single this summer.
Singer- Songwriter Cynthia Fay and Saxophonist Chris Molyneaux are a musical duo who go to school together at Humber College, and play in and around the Toronto area. They play a variety of musical styles, and lots of original material, from Indie folk, to gypsy jazz, to jazz, to RnB, to pop. They are a duo who like to switch things up and keep the music honest, in the moment, and exciting.
Chad Cusack is an up-and-coming local artist known for his high energy acoustic rock. He has been moving audiences feet across Southwestern Ontario, Vancouver and Los Angeles. He is currently working on his latest E.P looking at a late 2017 release!
Brandon Solomon is a solo performer from Kettle & Stony Point First Nation.
His music genre is folk/acoustic rock he and writes songs about his personal views and expressions on Native issues past and present.
Performing with harmonica and acoustic guitar he uses his voice to express emotions for original material and covers.
Brandon tries to connect with an audience with memorable melodies and meaningful lyrics that help portray a message and story
When you think of small towns, polarizing rap artists aren’t what you tend to think of. Insert Sarnia, Ontario native, Michael Cassidy. With an electrifying performance and drive to match only time will predict how big a household name Michael Cassidy will become. Being from a small town has never held Michael back. What began as using talent shows at a young age to further his name quickly grew to promoting his own shows and bringing in much larger acts. Fast forward to 2014, Michael got a taste of what tour life serving as tour support for D-Sisive [Derek Christoff] and Mike Boyd [Halflife Entertainment] while simultaneously adding tour manager to an already impressive resume.
After leaving a massive impression across Canada, Michael took off the following from performing to establish himself in the studio. What came of a year of reflecting on the ups and downs, the pleasures and pain eventually turned into Michael’s debut project “The Sundance Kid.” Balancing the duties of an affectionate, loving father and empathetic social worker brings upon its own scheduling struggles. After a year and a half of solid networking, Michael Cassidy joined iLLvibe and fellow artist Simply Put on the west coast dates of iLLvibes Firebreather Tour. Once again connecting with fans and friends made during his first tour across Canada, this time with a revamped stage show and a new album in the bag.
Showcased on his latest release, “Starmapper”. Michael Cassidy shows a mature growth serving as a reminder nothing in this industry comes overnight. A cleaner more polished sounding album from The Sundance Kid. It’s evident Michael Cassidy is in this for longevity, exploring chest rumbling instrumentals with soft sung melodies and clever lines mixed with hard hitting bars. Some artists are out for fame and fortune while some are legitimately attempting to connect with the world, it’s no surprise Michael Cassidy can be found under the latter category.
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