Canadian Musician magazine showcases unsigned Canadian acts in our Showcase section. We publish this section online to help further promote Canadian artists. To have your band considered for Showcase, go to www.applyforshowcase.com.
CBC Searchlight Winner: Desirée Dawson
What: Soul, Folk
Where: White Rock, BC
CBC Searchlight Finalist: Teo Milea
What: Instrumental, Classical Piano
Where: Toronto, ON
CBC Searchlight Finalist: Dylan Menzie
What: Folk, Roots
Where: Belle River, PEI
CBC Searchlight Finalist: Andi
What: R&B, Jazz, Pop, Electronic
Where: Caledon, ON
amanie // illfated
What: Pop, R&B
Where: Etobicoke, ON
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
What: Heavy Metal
Where: Calgary, AB
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.