July 2, 2015

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.sonicbids.com/cmshowcase.

David Catallo


What: Classical, Flamenco
Where: Guelph, ON
Visit: www.davidcatalloguitar.com

Inspired by the stylings of John Williams and Paco de Lucia, the output of Guelph classical-flamenco guitarist David Catallo manages to showcase impressive rhythmic techniques and overall technical prowess.
For the last dozen years, Catallo has studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music as well as under acclaimed musicians including Emma Rush and Brian Katz, to name but two. His studies have served him well and their influence can be heard throughout his debut effort, La Fuente y El Arroyo. The album boasts an eclectic mix of flamenco-rooted compositions as well as world music-inspired classical pieces. Catallo’s undeniable talent will surely be discovered by the masses before too long.



What: Hip-Hop
Where: Toronto, ON
Visit: www.tstylezmusic.com

Although Canada has often played second fiddle to the United States when it comes to charting bona fide hip-hop stars, we’ve proven time and again that our artists are just as worthy of the attention as any of their American counterparts. With his smooth lyrical delivery bolstered by clever word play, Toronto’s Trivelle “T-Stylez” Simpson just might be Canada’s next hip-hop superstar.
Over the last three years, T-Stylez has proved himself a prolific, vital force to be reckoned with. The rapper’s 2012 debut, The Rise of Music, was followed by The Red Clay Chronicles in 2013 and Element 13, released last year, each of which showcase his impressive flow and lyricism. Keep an ear out for T-Stylez; big things are in store for this artist.

Brent Tyler


What: Folk, Roots, Soul
Where: Calgary, AB
Visit: www.brentyler.com

Drawing influence from musical luminaries like Jack Johnson and Dave Matthews, the music of Calgary’s Brent Tyler is breezy, relaxed, and, perhaps most notably, incredibly melodic.
Growing up, Tyler divided his time between sports and music before ultimately choosing to pursue the latter as a hobby. At age nine, he taught himself how to play guitar, something that has no doubt been a factor in his uniquely fluent, percussive-style of guitar playing.
To date, Tyler has two full-length efforts (2002’s Better Way and 2010’s In Rhythm) and one EP in 2014’s This Breath, to his credit. He is due to release a new studio album, Love Myself, in May and it’s likely to impress.

The Midnight Sons Band

The Midnight Sons Band

What: Rock
Where: Whitehorse, Yukon
Visit: www.themidnightsons.ca

Slight shades of the jam band scene and the Allman Brothers abound in the sound of Whitehorse’s The Midnight Sons Band. The group, formed in late 2012, employs melodic guitar, soulful vocals, and occasional time signature bending drums to create a sound that is at once dynamic and unique, drawing from contemporary rock, blues, and folk music. Earlier this year, The Midnight Sons Band celebrated the release of their debut record, Traction.

The album’s title track serves as the perfect complement to the Yukon’s seemingly endless summer days while they flex their muscles a little more prominently on “Next Time Around” and “Contraband.” Following in the footsteps of acts like The Sheepdogs, The Midnight Sons Band could be destined for a career of rock and roll glory.

Ellen Doty

Ellen Doty

What: Pop, Jazz
Where: Calgary, AB
Visit: www.ellendoty.com

The first adjective likely to come to the listener’s mind upon hearing Calgary’s Ellen Doty is “smooth.” On her full-length debut album Gold, released in May 2014, Doty’s voice effortlessly and almost breathlessly glides over the smooth jazz influence heard in songs such as “I Think I’m In Love” and “Perfect Day,” the latter of which really showcases Doty’s impressive vocal range. Last year, Doty had the opportunity to entertain audiences all over Canada on her national tour, which saw her play 30 shows over six weeks.

Doty’s history with music is relatively extensive, dating back to pre-school where she was a member of her church choir before eventually moving on to study vocal jazz at Ottawa’s Carleton University. Gold marks the beginning of what should prove to be a long career in music

The BelleRegards

The BelleRegards

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

Formed in 2012 by members that met at the Harris Institute, Toronto folk band The BelleRegards have been making waves worldwide thanks to their high-energy live shows and infectious songs. The band’s spirited material draws equal influence from the worlds of bluegrass, country, and folk, earning them comparisons to neo-traditionalist acts like the Punch Brothers.

They released their debut effort, Nothing To Lose, in 2013, supporting the album with shows throughout Canada at prestigious music festivals like Mariposa. In 2014, they had the opportunity to venture overseas for performances in Glasgow, London, and Cardiff. Given the momentum that the group built with their debut album, potentially greater things lay in store when The BelleRegards drop their sophomore effort later this year.

The Cardboard Crowns

The Cardboard Crowns

What: Ska
Where: Ottawa, ON
Visit: www.thecardboardcrowns.com

With a balanced mix of ska, reggae, and punk rock, Toronto band The Cardboard Crowns offer something for a wide array of listeners, with lofty themes of social injustice set to infectious beats that boast a passion for life.

The current line-up of the group was solidi ed in 2009, and since then the band has been forging a buzz-worthy name for themselves. The Cardboard Crowns released their debut album, Global Citizen, in October 2014. The nine-track album leads o with “Pulling Teeth,” a thoughtful slice of a rock anthem before moving into high-energy, ska-influenced territory on “Global Citizen” and “Sun and The Stars.”

The Cardboard Crowns’ world-class sound adheres tightly to the well-established tradition of upbeat ska music while also pushing it forward with a unique voice.

Hats Off

Pyramids On Mars

Pyramids On Mars

What: Rock
Where: Hamilton, ON
Visit: www.pyramidsonmars.com

Although the music of Hamilton’s Pyramids On Mars takes on a heavy influence from guitar great Joe Satriani, guitarist Kevin Estrella also infuses his output with progressive and electronic elements, lending an otherworldly feel to the band’s debut album.

The more progressive elements of Rush can be heard interwoven into Pyramids on Mars’  music, keeping the listener engaged with time signature changes and virtuoso playing anchored in interesting melodies. This has earned them airplay in markets ranging from Canada and the U.S. to Brazil, the Netherlands, and the U.K. If anything, it is taking the road less travelled – in this case, guitar-driven, instrumental music – that helps Pyramids On Mars stand out from the plethora of other groups vying for a piece of the prog rock pie.

Battle for Rome

Amelie Patterson

Amelie Patterson

What: Folk, Blues
Where: Banff , AB
Visit: www.ameliepattersonmusic.com

Amelie Patterson is a Western Canadian singer-songwriter whose music traverses territories from blues to folk to rock.

A native of Canada’s Rocky Mountains, she learned to play guitar around the intimate con nes of the camp re, no doubt helping lend a gritty, soulful tinge to her music. Most impressive is her ability to tailor her vocals to the accompanying music. On tracks such as “Don’t Ask Me” and “Lights Down Low,” Patterson’s vocal approach is delicate, matching the accompanying cello and violin while she proves equally capable of cutting loose on songs like “Mirage.”

Patterson recently completed a six-week music residency at the Ban Centre for the Arts and has also participated in the VIA Rail Artist on Board program. She may very well be one of the next big things to come out of Canada.

Dont’ Ask



What: Pop punk
Where: Laval, QC
Visit: www.facebook.com/AmasicOfficial

For a group that has only existed since 2013, Quebec-based pop-punk band Amasic has already racked up an impressive list of achievements.

Since releasing their debut EP, The Things We Say, in March 2014, the group has performed dates on the Vans Warped Tour while also playing a number of summer festivals throughout Quebec and Ontario.

Amasic has received support from a number of high-profile groups, including fellow Quebecrooted pop-punk outfit Simple Plan, with whom they have already shared stages. The group was also given the opportunity to pen a trio of songs with Simple Plan members Pierre Bouvier, Chuck Comeau, and Sebastien Lefebvre.

Amasic’s music videos for their tracks “All For Myself,” “Another Night,” and “You’re A Freak” have seen extensive airtime on MusiquePlus in their home province and the three have also accumulated more than a combined 330,000 views on YouTube.

Given how impressive their resume is for a new and independent act, the sky could be the limit for Amasic moving forward.

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