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Zane

Zane

What: Rock
Where: Montreal, QC
Visit: www.zanemusic.com

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amanie // illfated

amanie

What: Pop, R&B
Where: Etobicoke, ON
Visit: www.amanieillfated.com

Born in South Sudan, amanie // illfated immigrated to Regina with her family in 1992. After spending years performing at multicultural events throughout the city, amanie was inevitably drawn to music, playing piano and performing her songs in public by age 12.

The release of a promotional album ultimately helped set the stage for amanie // illfated’s self-titled effort, which dropped in November 2015. Led by her powerful voice, which in turn is complemented by world-class production, the music on her newest record rests firmly in the world of pop and R&B, but is also sprinkled with touches of electronica throughout. With Canada’s presence in the pop world getting increasingly bigger with each passing year, don’t be surprised to see amanie // illfated’s name in lights before long.

Kobra & The Lotus

Kobra

What: Heavy Metal
Where: Calgary, AB
Visit: www.kobraandthelotus.com

Although they may not be a household name quite yet, it could simply be a matter of time before people all over Canada – and the world – know Calgary heavy metal/hard rock band Kobra & The Lotus.

Since their formation in 2009, the group, fronted by the impressive Kobra Paige on vocals, has steadily built an dedicated fan base via three full-length efforts and heavy international touring. Later this year, the group will be releasing what will arguably be their most ambitious effort to date, a double album called Prevail. The group successfully crowdfunded the forthcoming effort, ultimately reaching 112 percent of their goal, a testament to the widespread appeal and relevance of the band.

 

Trinitty

Trinitty

What: Pop
Where: Toronto, ON
Visit: www.trinittymusic.com

After having earned a bevy of short movie and television credits along with a number of pageant titles, music was next on the “must conquer” list for Toronto-based pop musician Trinitty. Her decision to move into music was preceded by  five years of intensive vocal training, which no doubt played a part in the success of her infectious debut single, “Yesterday,” which was released in late 2014.

Following her graduation from high school, Trinitty enrolled in the business program at a Waterloo-area university before ultimately deciding to return to music. She reportedly has more than a dozen songs primed and ready to go for her full-length debut, which will no doubt help expose her to audiences from coast to coast.

Blow_Flyy

Blow Flyy

What: Hip-Hop, Pop
Where: Etobicoke, ON
Visit: www.reverbnation.com/blowflyy
Spurred by his desire to write poetry at a young age, Nova Scotia native Blow_Flyy has parlayed that love of words into a burgeoning career in hip-hop. Rather than solely relying upon samples, big beats, and driving bass to propel his lyricism, Blow_Flyy’s music has a distinct pop edge to it, making for a unique approach to a timeless genre that helps set his music apart from that of his contemporaries. Yet for the trails that the rapper is blazing, there is also a sense of nostalgia in his music and  ow,
as though he is paying a debt to those in the genre who have come before him. It’s a welcome mix and addition to Canada’s already-impressive canon of contemporary hip-hop.

Makayla Lynn

Makayla Lynn

What: Country
Where: Lantz, NS
Visit: www.makaylalynnmusic.com

Considering she is still a teenager, Nova Scotian country artist Makayla Lynn has already accumulated an enviable list of achievements. Those accomplishments include the release of three albums, the most recent of which – 2014’s Daydream – earned the young singer-songwriter
numerous East Coast Music Award nominations in addition to support slots for country superstars including Eric Church, Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw, and more.

A semi- nalist in both the International Songwriting Contest and CBC Searchlight competitions, Lynn’s songwriting talent is prominently featured on Daydream, on which she wrote or co-wrote six tracks.

Following the tragic murder of three RCMP o cers in Moncton, NB in 2014, Lynn penned the poignant track “Fallen Hero,” which has racked up tens of thousands of views on YouTube. Considering her youth and trajectory, Makayla Lynn just might be Canada’s next breakout country music star.

Neisy Wilson

Neisy Wilson

What: Jazz
Where: Montreal, QC
Visit: www.neisywilson.com

Although Neisy Wilson’s music rests comfortably in the realm of jazz music, she brings a unique world view to the table. She began studying music at age seven, performing at festivals in her home country of Cuba, followed by tours throughout Europe, Jordan, Egypt, Latin America, and the United Arab Emirates before settling in as a resident of Montreal.

In addition to her work as a performing artist, Wilson also works as a film and television composer as well as scoring in the videogame industry. Her most recent effort is 2014’s Inside My Soul EP, a three-song release that serves as a showcase for her undeniably smooth vocals and knack for grabbing melodies.

Crooked House Road

Toronto Photographer

What: Folk
Where: Toronto, ON
Visit: www.crookedhouseroad.com

Rich vocal harmonies help Crooked House Road stand apart from many of their contemporaries in the folk music world. Formed in 2013, the quintet released their self-titled debut record in May 2015. Produced by JUNO winner Ken Whiteley, the record has earned the group critical acclaim and radio plays from coast to coast. While guitar and voice are the unquestionable cornerstone of the band, the addition of drums, violin, and mandolin serve to fill out their sound quite nicely.

Crooked House Road has earned a significant amount of notoriety in their hometown thanks to their work with the CHR4Women benefit concert series, which has helped raise money for charities that assist impoverished women throughout Toronto.

The Muso Project

The Muso Project

What: R&B, Soul
Where: Toronto, ON
Visit: www.themusoproject.com

Husband and wife team Edward Monzon and Rachenne Rogozo are the core of Toronto acoustic-soul group The Muso Project. Since forming in 2008, the duo has released three albums, including their latest, 2014’s Dare Yourself. One of the songs from that record, “Thousand Times,” was selected as the 2014 John Lennon Songwriting Contest Grand Prize winner for Session One in the R&B category.

In addition to being a staple of their hometown music scene, the pair has also successfully licensed tracks from Dare Yourself for television use. One listen to their track “Miss Melody” or the funky, bass-driven “Dare Yourself” and you’ll quickly realize that the attention and acclaim are indeed warranted.

Les Deuxluxes

Les Deuxluxes

What: Rock, Blues
Where: Hamilton, ON
Visit www.lesdeuxluxes.com

Like The White Stripes, The Black Keys, and Royal Blood before them, Montreal blues-rock band Les Deuxluxes prove that, sometimes, less can be more. Comprised of just two members, guitarist-vocalist Anna Frances Meyer and drummer Etienne Barry, this duo wholeheartedly bashes out the blues with a definite rock edge and hints of garage and rockabilly thrown in for good measure.

The songs on the group’s latest release, Traitement Deuxluxe, harbour a raw energy that pays tribute to the ethos of the aforementioned groups while carving a path that is soulful, powerful, and uniquely theirs. Les Deuxluxes ultimately show that Canadians can indeed play ball when it comes to churning out gritty rock and roll.