Crystal Shawanda grew up on the Wikwemikong reserve on an island in Ontario, Canada, Her parents raised her on Country music and taught her to sing and play guitar, but it was her oldest brother who introduced her to the blues. He would hang out in the basement cranking Muddy Waters, B.B. King and Etta James, and Crystal would sit at the top of the stairs, straining to hear those soulful sounds. There was a part of her that often wandered if she would ever be able to sing like that. And when no one was home, Crystal would practice singing the blues.
She learned early on, by observing her family, that music was like cheap therapy. That’s what the blues is all about: releasing and healing. While she was secretly pining to be a blues mama, out on stage it was Patsy and Loretta. She started performing country when she was six and started getting paid gigs when she was 10, relentlessly playing every stage she could.
Crystal’s album is a modern take on the blues, but is deeply rooted with heart-wrenching laments and catchy rump-shakers. It’s where the north meets the south and captures the resilience of the human spirit
— much like the way Crystal does.
Crystal Shawanda is reminiscent of a time gone by. She will make you feel every word with a powerful voice that never fails, pure and gritty at the same time. Do yourself a favour and see if she’s playing somewhere near you.
JUNO Winner, CCMA “Female Artist of The Year” 2009 & Canadian Music Award Winner.
Birds of Bellwoods
Toronto-based alt-rock outfit Birds of Bellwoods have wasted little time making an indelible mark on Canada’s musical landscape, having amassed an impressive pile of achievements and accolades in a few short years on the back of their boisterous blend of anthemic alternative, folk, and pop music.
Now signed with eOne Music Canada, Birds of Bellwoods released their highly anticipated debut LP, Victoria, in late 2018. The album invites listeners to join the band’s high-energy musical parade built on honest, emotive songwriting and laced with sweet, sticky hooks.
Much of the attention to come their way thus far has stemmed from the band’s energetic and engaging live performances. They’ve crossed Canada and dipped into the U.S. for all kinds of dates, including a slew of major Canadian music festivals, support slots with the likes of Arkells and Wintersleep, and some high-profile headlining sets of their own.
The running theme of Bleeding Hearts is celebrating these oft-felt mythic dramas that occur while you’re young and foolish. Montano says he’d look back on these songs and believe them to be epic stories, but inevitably they were simple things he and the group had endured together. Like the ending chapter of a book, the album’s last song, “Forever,” is an important farewell to a tumultuous emotional ride. “It’s more of gateway to a new part of your life that hopefully brings a little bit more emotional stability in terms of confidence in your past, and just belief in what you’re doing and the people around you,” says Montano.
And besides, he adds, “it’s just like waiting for the reprise, you know?”
Skye Wallace is what happens when a classically trained singer with east coast roots discovers punk rock in their youth and writes folk music that makes you feel excited.
Hailed as a “national treasure” (Sad Mag), Skye embodies Canadiana. With a voice that effortlessly floats between sultry purrs to powerful yelps, and a band that will take you from somber lows to kitchen party highs, Skye’s live show is a force to be reckoned with. She’s been named one of Canada’s best female artists by Chart Attack, “Fire” by Noisey, and with a new album currently underway she’ll be hitting stages across Canada and Europe in 2018, exciting audiences one show at a time.
Sarah Smith's powerful voice and introspective pop/rock songwriting have earned her a wide following through years of touring in Canada, the United States, and Europe. A prolific and passionate artist, her full-length albums include A Christmas Wish (2018) Live In Concert (2018), 11 (2016), The Journey (2014), and Stronger Now (2012), as well as the book November (written about the band’s tour in Europe 2017) and the live DVD Sarah Smith: Plugged and Unplugged (2015).
Sarah is a seasoned road warrior, playing over 200 shows per year. Along the way, she has shared the stage with artists including Carole Pope, Sass Jordan, Biff Naked, Emm Gryner, Joel Plaskett, David Wilcox, 54-40, The Tea Party and many others. Whether it’s just her and her acoustic guitar or her full band, she is simply a mesmerizing performer.
Sarah has won many awards throughout her career, including:
Best Adult Contemporary at The Toronto Independent Music Awards, Best Rock Artist at the London Music Awards and Best Singer/Songwriter & Best Rock Artist at The Jack Richardson Music Awards.
Another Crush is an indie rock band with a blonde tsunami frontwoman, raw and arresting alternative sound, and lyrics that will light up the darkest parts of your heart. United by a love of 90s rock, they formed in Hamilton in 2018, discovered an incredible chemistry and have
developed a massive, fresh sound. Another Crush are Heather Valley (vox + guitar), Taylor Roberston (lead guitar), Dave Habza (bass) and Joe Piccolo (drums).
facebook: Another Crush
Jesse Merineau is a singer/songwriter from Sault Ste Marie, Ontario. Jesse grew up with a natural passion for music. With nothing but his acoustic guitar and vocals, he started performing live at the age of 16. After a few years of hard work, he was the “go to” opening act for touring bands crossing through Sault Ste Marie. Once he had the attention from his city, he upped his act. Jesse began headlining with his original music, and a full back up band. Winning 1st place at the city’s battle of the bands, packing the bars, selling out local shows, and headlining the city’s biggest festival. He is always ready to take things to the next level. Jesse is currently working on his debut EP, with tons of reputable names taking part in the project. Creating his dream of becoming a successful singer/songwriter, step by step. He’s ready to release his music to the world, in 2018.
Uniqueness in music is absolutely necessary to be successful in the music industry these days. You really should hone a “sound” to stand out from the pack.
Queue ‘Dustin Jones & The Rising Tide’.
These boys just love the road, love playing and absolutely LOVE entertaining. Its always a foot stompin good time whenever and wherever these 5 boys hit the stage.
With a sound that definitely stands out, the Rising Tide are making quite the splash in the Canadian (and international) music scene.
Dustin Jones and the Rising Tide