Here are 5 Canadian singer/songwriters you need to know.
As a band, a duo or on a solo career, they are awesome! Let’s begin with a “contemplative folk” tune:
1. Noah Derksen
Noah Derksen is a singer-songwriter originating from Winnipeg, MB, who has spent spent the majority of his adult life living in Vancouver, BC.
With a self-described genre of “contemplative folk”, Noah uses the acoustic guitar to convey his thoughts, experiences, and emotions in a mellifluous manner.
He is currently completing a bachelor’s degree in the Sciences at the University of British Columbia.
Kristina Emmott, also known under the stage name “willolux,” is a Canadian singer/songwriter whose musical style blends classic 70’s folk with infectious modern dream pop. Her introspective, whimsical songs recall the work of songstresses such as Neko Case, Ingrid Michaelson, and Regina Spektor.
Emmott’s love of songwriting blossomed early on – she recalls wandering through the playground at age 8, humming melodies and constantly daydreaming about songs.
Her debut album as Willolux, produced by Jon Anderson (Andy Shauf, Aidan Knight, Twin Bandit), is a full-length album entitled Thread & Tape, released on June 23rd, 2017. It is a collection of wistful songs, at once fragile and bold, which bravely lays bare questions of self-love, healing, and mental health. Thread & Tape can be found on all streaming services as well as iTunes.
3. David Stone
David Stone is a singer/songwriter and musician based in Ontario, Canada.
“The Wasp” was written about summers spent at a trailer park on a small lake in Emsdale, Ontario when he was a young kid.
4. Emily Rockarts
With her catchy and endearing story based pop songs, Emily Rockarts is starting to catch on in Toronto’s crowded music scene. Her songs explore the wide eyed optimism of moving to new cities, the expansive depth of oceans, and the stratospheres of space.
Emily met Dan Rougeau (guitar – Flatrock, Midcoast), Soren Nissen (bass – Omni 3, David Occhipinti) and Ian Wright (drums – I Double You, Autobahn) while attending school at Humber College. Drawing on different backgrounds of rock, pop, jazz, and folk they’re working towards developing a cohesive sound that merges these influences.
“Mapmaker”, Emily Rockarts’ debut release from April of 2016, is a collection of songs that is as sweet and light hearted as it is thoughtful and full of longing. Emily’s music is artfully expressed through her captivating quartet. The music is honest, quirky, ever-changing and guarantees that no two shows will be the same.
After a successful east coast tour in promotion of “Mapmaker”, Emily is writing a new batch of songs, with the focus on a national tour, and the release of a full length album in 2018.
5. Scarlett Jane
After coming onto the scene in 2012 as one of the most exciting new collaborations in recent Canadian music, Toronto’s female folk/noir duo Scarlett Jane has been gracing audiences coast to coast and over in Europe with their charm, haunting harmonies, and distinctive songs.
Scarlett Jane: powerful and irrefutable, musically and dynamically. From the studio to the stage, this intriguing female duo is geared for great things.
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