5 Canadian Singer/Songwriters You Need To Know

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

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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.

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2. willolux

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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.

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3. David Stone

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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.

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4. Emily Rockarts

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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.

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5. Scarlett Jane

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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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6 Swedish New Artists You Need To Know

Here are 6 Swedish new artists you need to know.
Indie folk singer-songwriters, dream pop bands and solo projects. Let’s begin with a modern soul tune!

 
1. Daniel Rosenholm

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After several years of making music under the pseudonym Dubious Quip and in different band constellations, the swedish artist and producer Daniel Rosenholm has now taken off his mask and decided to just be himself. He is a big fan of lots of different styles of music, especially urban genres, this becomes really clear in his first single under his own name, It’s Gonna Be Alright , a modern soul-song with an irresistible laidback groove.

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2. Simon Alexander

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With a sound influenced by greats like Jeff Buckley and Neil Young to more modern songwriters like Hozier and Matt Corby, swedish singer-songwriter Simon Alexander is making an impact on the folk/indie scene bringing profound lyrics and heartfelt melodies.

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3. Patrik Jakubowski

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Dreamy singer-songwriter pop with a groovy attitude.
‘Healing’ is the second single from Patrik Jakubowski‘s cooperation with producer Mattias Tegnér and they continue their work to accompany Patrik’s superb singing with a more electronic and beat driven sound. With this new soundscape they have created a perfect vessel for Patrik’s voice to be able to sing a quite moody song about getting your shit together again after a break-up or loss of some kind but still maintain a positive vibe.

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4. Narrow Skies

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Nordic-inspired, nature-infused, reflective dream pop from Sweden. Organic soundscapes combine with electronic elements to evoke images of the natural world; from shimmering lakes to the hidden depths of the forest, and the extremes of winter’s icy grasp to the land of the midnight sun. They are Narrow Skies.

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5. Steve Buscemi’s Dreamy Eyes

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Steve Buscemi’s Dreamy Eyes is an atmospheric indie pop band from Stockholm consisting of Siri Sjöberg, Elias Mahfoud, Edvin Arleskär och Tilde Hansen.

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6. RHEYA

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RHEYA is a solo project of a Swedish artist who keeps his identity hidden. For lovers of dream pop and old Captured Tracks-bands like Wild Nothing, this is something to add to your playlists.

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Kim Churchill’s Newest Single

Australian songsmith Kim Churchill has announced his new album Weight_Falls.
Check out his new single, Second Hand Car, a prime example of Kim’s incredible talent, with its retro keys, propulsive guitar line and rousing chant-a-long chorus. Listen HERE.

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“I just want to write music to entertain and to move people and to be the soundtrack to their lives,” he says. “I want to become a figure in the world that helps people see that it’s all ok, and the world is what it is – the best and worst parts of it.”

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ReverbNation Contest 2017 Winner!

It was a very difficult decision to make, among about four thousand great artists we finally selected a band! Thank you to all who have joined us 😀

 

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National Park Radio singer/songwriter/acoustic guitarist Stefan Szabo is an old soul, 30 going on 60. He got married on his 18th birthday, had two daughters by the time he was 21, and didn’t even start to write songs until he was 27. From the first note of his band’s debut album, The Great Divide, it is apparent his music is timeless – it could well have been recorded at any point over the last 100 years, and its subjects are just as eternal – the urge to discover and explore the great wilderness, while remaining true to family, community and an open-minded belief system. It’s about surviving hard times (“I Will Go On,” “Rise Above”), the ups and downs of relationships (“Monochrome,” “The Ground and the Knee”), questioning religious dogma (“Ghost,” “Once Upon a Time”) and sometimes just plain old fun (the old-time voice-through-a-megaphone and kazoo of “The Walking Song”). As for the banjo-and-strings-driven acoustic sound – call it Americana, roots, indie-folk or simply music to get up and dance to – think The Band by way of neo-revivalists Mumford & Sons and the Avett Brothers, even if Szabo claims not to have really heard any one of them.

“I never listened to this kind of music until I started playing it. I’ve just always had a dream that this was something I could do,” says Szabo, who grew up in the shadow of the Ozark Mountains, in the tiny town of Harrison, Arkansas, and adjacent to the Buffalo National River, dubbed “America’s First National River,” its National Park designation a major factor in his group’s name. Raised by a single mother after his father left home when he was nine months old, Stefan was the second youngest of five brothers growing up pretty much poverty-stricken in a “laid-back, low-income” area. “It was a struggle, but at the same time, a lot of fun, because I had four brothers around me,” he recalls, and that survival quality pervades his music.

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That spirit of persistence comes from that humble upbringing, but the only music Szabo listened to was top 40 radio and alternative Christian rock, while beginning to learn to play guitar when he joined a contemporary worship band while attending youth group.

“No one in my family played music, nor was there a strong music scene in the area. There was no one close by I could learn from,” he says.

In fact, it wasn’t until years later, when he traded in his Fender Stratocaster for a six-string banjo tuned like a guitar that he began playing the kind of music he is playing now with National Park Radio. Working an IT job after putting himself through college, Szabo was a 27-year-old husband and father of two, but it wasn’t enough. He had to cross “The Great Divide” – a song inspired by his trip to the mountains of Colorado — and get to the other side by fulfilling his destiny, not just for his own sake, but for his family.

“There are two different kinds of people,” says Szabo. “There are those who want to climb mountains and see what’s on the other side, and others content with settling in the valley. I realize now I’m the person who wants to climb that mountain.”

Three years ago, six-string banjo in hand, Szabo solicited his brother and some local friends to help him perform some songs he’d written, gradually settling on five, which he recorded and released as an EP online.

Gratified by the response, he wrote more and more songs, the band recorded and released their debut album, The Great Divide, on July 29th, 2016.

“People just responded to it and here we are today,” he says in his aw-shucks humility. “It’s been a crazy few years.”

“I have no idea what genre it is. I just repeat what people tell me. It’s a blend of a bunch of different things.”

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The Great Divide takes its cue from America’s outdoors. It’s about the pioneering spirit it took to explore and discover new land and a new way of life. It explores the problems that come with settling down and adopting a belief system, but also the beauty in joining together to create something more powerful than any one individual.

“Growing up next to the Buffalo National River, we all have a love for camping, canoeing, hiking and swimming,” he says, with the band’s name evoking an old WPA poster logo. Now that he’s put a touring band together – which features banjo player Heath Shatswell and multi-instrumentalist/fiddle player Jon Westover, and bassist Mike Womack – Szabo can’t wait to get out there and perform The Great Divide for fans, old and new.

“That’s my de-stresser,” he insists of playing live, “after dealing with all the struggles of travel and business, I get to sing and make people happy, which feels so good.”

“Thank you…. I guess,” Stefan drawls, giggling, after I tell him he’s wise beyond his years. “I try to consider all angles in my songwriting, even if I’m not always successful. I believe that everybody is equal, everybody has their good reason why they do things. And just because I don’t understand something, that doesn’t mean it’s wrong. I try to keep that open mind in everything I write.”

“You see, my goal in this whole thing is to make a better life for my family by doing something I love to do,” he explains. “I want to teach my kids you don’t have to conform to what society says about going to college, getting a job, settling down, working for a company for 30 years and retiring. You can follow your passion. I want to make enough money to play music, pay my bills and travel with my family.”

The Great Divide could well lead National Park Radio and Stefan Szabo to that promised land.

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New Indie Folk [#26] – A Great Mix

A NEW awesome compilation! IMD Mix #26 brings together big names in the Indie Folk scene today:

The Hollow Men / Paul Cook & The Chronicles / Simon Alexander / Lauran Hibberd / David Stone / Dorin Yanni / Will Hawkins / Martha Bailey / Mat Hunsley / Alex Hulme / East Love


 


This time we had the participation of some of the greatest photographers around the globe!
Prottoy HassanCameron StowAllef Vinicius / Mira BozhkoSollersBadder ManaouchWarren Wong / Noah SillimanMathias HerheimJoren AranasChris Greenhow
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Forever Son Releases ‘Crumb Kitchen’

Forever Son is the project of Melbourne based singer-songwriter and guitarist Jack Robbins. Drawing inspiration from Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Daniel Rossen and Fleet Foxes, Forever Son’s sound is raw and free flowing with a splash of reverb.

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Tracks imbue dreamy, coffee-fuelled mornings without the restraint of calculated thought. As for Forever Son’s rich, honey-soaked voice, The Band Review describes it as, “somewhere on a spectrum consisting of Jeff Buckley, Donovan and Devendra Banhart”.

Forever Son’s new Album “10 Months” is due for release in mid-2017.

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SUiT Releases New Video for “1q84”

SUiT is a raw and vigorous act in its purest form. With four years of work behind the curtain it is finally time to gaze through the looking glass. The bands sound is vast, powerful, loud. It’s part crossover-pop, part enthralling folk and part blistering blues, a hard-edged trip of murky and fuzzy rock. These four musicians skillfully go berserk with their instrument of choice while always putting the good of the song ahead of showing off. They manufacture some absolutely hair-raising moments and sounds throughout their music, carefully embracing its delicate moments and then hitting you in the face with intense drive.

Their music has taken them on several tours through England, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands already, SUiT just finished off their debut album to be released by the end of 2017. With a vast load of unreleased material up their sleeves we’re sure in for more surprises within the coming months. But as for now, this music will make you want to get really high, have sex in a strangers car, set it on fire and run off into the woods laughing.

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