Wintersleep’s new album, “In The Land Of”, has been named by CBC Music as one of the top 10 Canadian albums to look forward to in 2019, while the lead single “Beneficiary” has spent the last eight weeks charting on the CBC Music Top 20. ““In the Land Of” follows 2016’s “The Great Detachment”, which saw CanCon Rock Single Of The Year “Amerika” spend 11 consecutive weeks atop Canada’s rock radio charts, remaining in the Top 10 for over 7 months as well as winning an Indie Award for Single Of The Year and a JUNO Award nomination for Adult Alternative Album.
Fire Valley Fire
Fire Valley Fire’s roots run deep in the post-industrial Cape Breton music scene and its members are no strangers to East Coast Rock & Roll. As a collective, guitar player Dan Baldwin (Rock Ranger, The Grass), bass player Morgan Currie (I Was A Spy, The Tom Fun Orchestra), drummer Mike Morrison (Rock Ranger, Sunfish) and singer Justin Vallis (Bella Rebellion) let influences from classic rock to early metal to 90s alt-rock shimmer to the surface. With their debut album, Bring An Army, Fire Valley Fire delivers shredding guitars, pounding drums, bass like thunder and driving vocals. Put it in your ears. Turn it up.
Slowcoaster’s energetic live show is now infamous in Canada for causing crowd frenzies and instantaneous dance parties. From the moment they step on stage, their one and only goal is to entertain their ever-growing fanbase to the maximum – making ‘em sweat, dance, laugh, sing, scream, and pump their fists. Fan favourites like “Patio” and “Flip Flops” take the party to the next level, reaping full crowd participation and simultaneous body bouncing.
Wrapped in the roots of the reggae family tree, Jah’Mila is a sure musical prodigy in the making with music that is lyrically creative, tastefully arranged, masterfully delivered and positively inspiring.
Emma Stevens has been singing publicly from a young age but only recently made the jump to becoming a recording artist with the release of “My Unama’ki”, a love song for Cape Breton in collaboration with her peers and teachers at Allison Bernard Memorial High School in Eskasoni.
Joel Plaskett Emergency
One of Canada’s most celebrated songwriters, Joel has dozens of awards to his credit and thousands of tour dates under his belt. He is known as one of the country’s most innovative, hard-working, and fiercely independent artists. This summer Joel will be rocking it up with his band, The Emergency.
With over a decade of experience in the music industry at 24 years old, T. Thomason is a force to be reckoned with in the Canadian music scene. Thomason has garnered multiple ECMA and Music Nova Scotia nominations, was named Casino Nova Scotia’s Artist in Residence for 2018, and nominated for Entertainer of the Year at the 2018 Music Nova Scotia Awards. In February, 2019, T. appeared as one of 5 artists on an episode of CTV’s hit music-reality show “The Launch”, alongside mentors Scott Borchetta, Marie-Mai, and Sarah McLachlan. His song “HOPE” was launched from the episode, and reached #4 on the iTunes Pop charts and #11 overall, gaining over 100k streams in the first 2 weeks of release. “HOPE” entered Top 40 radio across Canada at #31 and takes us further into T.’s new pop sound that is bound to leave listeners wanting more.
Dave Sampson writes heart-on-your-sleeve songs, delivered with a captivating and authentic voice that could blow down a brick house. His knack for crafting simple ear-worms and his high-energy shows have been winning him fans across Canada over the past eight years. Collaborating and sharing the stage with some of Canada’s top exports such as Classified, Neon Dreams, Alan Doyle & Donovan Woods as well as being chosen as one of Canada’s Top 5 emerging artists by Canada’s Walk of Fame, Dave is sure to make waves with his anticipated 2019 Nashville recorded release.
If you can embrace the grace and power of Northern Ontario landscapes, you will feel the music of Mimi O’Bonsawin. She epitomizes the powerful scenery and the beauty of its waters through her music, all the while yielding to her rich and warm French Canadian and Abenakis heritages. Her musical creations flow through a center of love, with the intention to give back and spread awareness. Mimi is currently nominated for the 2019 Pop Album of the Year at the Indigenous Music Awards, taking place this May in Winnipeg MB.
In the brief period of time since Port Cities unleashed their incendiary debut—a wildly self-assured collection of sparkling, rootsy pop that showcases the Nova Scotia trio’s devotion to songwriting—the band’s been hard at work bringing it to the masses. They’ve continued to explore and evolve their ambitious pop sound, melding diverse musical backgrounds to create an alchemy that’s part art, part songwriting science, and all magic. You know these songs, from their first single “Back to the Bottom” to their newest hit “Montreal”, and will be ready to sing along to every jaw dropping harmony.
Rachel Beck & the Atlantic String Machine
Glowing with catchy pop hooks, Rachel Beck’s distinctive piano melodies and emotive vocals are captivating audiences across Canada. The PEI songbird’s first single, Reckless Heart, hit #1 on the CBC Music Top 20 in March 2018 after earning the most online votes for six weeks straight. Beck’s multi award-winning debut lures the listener into an ethereal and enveloping soundscape, as the songs take one on a trek across a wide emotional range – from regret and grief to wonder and joy.