CBC Searchlight Winner: Desirée Dawson
What: Soul, Folk
Where: White Rock, BC
CBC Searchlight Finalist: Dylan Menzie
What: Folk, Roots
Where: Belle River, PEI
Crooked House Road
Where: Toronto, ON
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.
What: Folk, Roots, Soul
Where: Calgary, AB
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.