SonReal's infectious blend of rap and pop has propelled him up the Canadian charts. The Vernon, BC native's most recent single "Can I Get A Witness" was just certified-Gold. He has been nominated for multiple Juno and MuchMusic Video Awards, but he's most well known for his hilarious, dark and larger than life conceptual videos.
More info & tour dates: iamsonreal.com
The Glorious Sons' second full-length album, Young Beauties & Fools, is all about honesty.
More specifically, it's about exploring the adventures (and frequent misadventures) of main songwriter Brett Emmons in the truest way. It's also an album where The Glorious Sons — rounded out by Brett’s older brother Jay Emmons (guitar), Chris Koster (guitar), Adam Paquette (drums) and Chris Huot (bass) — capture all the listlessness and confusion of young adulthood in 10 doses of modern rock.
Glorious Sons’ hardscrabble tales come naturally. A high-spirited rock band with blue collar roots, they truly found themselves when Brett quit school in 2013 to join them as lead singer. Subsequent years of hard touring and hard partying — sometimes in places so sketchy, as Brett puts it, “There was no electricity in the building” — provided fuel for the songs on Young Beauties & Fools.
Whether it’s the rock 'n' roll bender “My Poor Heart,” the not-so-classic boy-meets-girl story of “Josie,” or the deeply embarrassing punch-up at a wedding tale “Everything Is Alright,” Brett’s songwriting deftly explores the imperfect humanity of both himself and the many characters he introduces over the course of the album.
It wasn’t easy to capture that realness. The band wanted to range further, to grow and evolve from the successes of 2014’s The Union album. That record was an immediate hit on the Canadian radio rock landscape. Glorious Sons scored seven consecutive Top 10 rock radio tracks, won two SiriusXM Indie Awards (Group of the Year and Rock Group of the Year) and received a Juno Award nomination in 2015 for Rock Album of the Year.
More info & tour dates: theglorioussons.com
Management: Black Box
Labels: Black Box (CA) / Earache Records (UK/JPN), BMG (US/AUS)
Publicity: Allison Phillips (CA) / Hayley Connelly (UK) / Michael Moses (US)
Booking: Tom Kemp (CA) / Jake Leighton-Pope (EUR) / Mike Marquis (US)
The OBGMs are a punk rock quartet from Toronto Canada. Formed in 2008 by vocalist and songwriter Densil McFarlane and drummer Colanthony Humphrey, they were joined by Joseph Brosnan on bass and Jemuel Roberts on keys in 2011. Their blend of thrashy punk rock, rock and roll, break-beat and hip-hop influence make them one of the most unique bands Canada has to offer. Their self-titled album was recently remixed by Dave Schiffman and is slated for release via Black Box later this summer.
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Clairmont The Second - the one of a kind rapper/producer. Fresh out of high school, he already has a body of compelling work that is well beyond his years. With his most intriguing release yet, “Quest For Milk And Honey (Black Edition)” has put the Toronto community on notice that their new international star is on his way. Having toured with SonReal and performed alongside Goldlink, Lil Yachty and HARRISON, Clairmont is ready to show the music industry why he deserves the top spot in rap-royalty.
Spell his name correctly. Clairmont The Second.
Classified is one of Canada's most well-known and beloved songwriters and musicians. Hailing from Enfield, Nova Scotia, he's had a number of gold and platinum certified singles including "Oh...Canada", "That Ain't Classy", "Higher" ft B.o.B, "3 Foot Tall" and the best-selling Canadian rap song of all time, the 5x Platinum single "Inner Ninja". His latest release, "Greatful", is his fifteenth studio album.
Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds has been a staple of the American popular music scene for over three decades. With over two-dozen number one hit records and eleven Grammy Awards, he is one of the most decorated and accomplished artists and songwriters of our time.
As his career spanned over two generations, he has had the privilege of working with many different artists. From his classic work alongside the likes ofMariah Carey, Bobby Brown, Paula Abdul, Whitney Houston, TLC and Toni Braxton, to his more contemporary work with artists such as Beyoncé, Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Chris Brown and Colbie Caillat - he has collaborated the heavyweights of the pop and R&B world.
As Babyface continues to pursue his own career as an artist, having toured alongside New Edition in the summer of 2016, he is also focusing on discovering and mentoring new talent. His recent work with buzzy soon-to-be breakthrough artists such as Jessie Reyez, Ty Dolla $ign, Foxes and Zendaya are just a few examples.
More info: babyfacemusic.com
Blaq Tuxedo is the moniker of sibling producer/artist duo Dominique and Darius Logan. Blaq Tuxedo made waves in early 2015 boasting three cuts on Chris Brown's "Loyalty" album, along with their own single "Lit" which popped off regionally across the U.S.
More info & tour dates: blaqtuxedo.com
LYON is an indie-pop songstress hailing from Toronto Canada, currently residing in Los Angeles. Her distinct, delicate vocal has helped propel her to the top of the CBC Radio 3 and M3 charts respectively, as well as two trips to the top of Hype Machine as part of Wolf Saga's cover of The Strokes' "You Only Live Once". Her new EP "Falling Up" was released September 16th and includes production by Joey Resly and Fann.
More info & tour dates: iamlyon.com
Kayo blends hip hop, pop and caribbean influences into a style truly his own. He comes by those influences honestly - born and raised in St. Lucia, Kayo relocated to Halifax to attend St. Mary's University. There, he completed his marketing degree while honing his musical craft. His most recent solo effort is the "Nowhere" EP released in September 2015. In August 2016 he released a collaborative EP entitled "Lost And Found" with longtime conspirator Quake Matthews.
More info & tour dates: iamkayo.com
Originally from Las Vegas, Joey Resly is a musician, writer and producer based in Los Angeles. His eclectic production style has landed him cuts with label-mates SonReal, Lisa Scinta, Livy Jeanne and most recently LYON. He also moonlights as the touring guitarist for SonReal.
Northcote is the moniker of Nanaimo BC based singer/songwriter Matthew Goud. With three full lengths under his belt and tours alongside genre mainstays such as The Gaslight Anthem, Frank Turner, Chuck Ragan, Dave Hause and more, Northcote has become entrenched as Canada's strongest contribution to the 'Revival' punk community. Whether he's playing solo, duo or full band, audiences are in for an intimate, positive exchange of creativity and music.
Alan Frew is familiar to fans around the world as the lead singer of Glass Tiger. His is one of the most iconic voices of the 80's. In recent years, Frew has been writing solo material including "Believe", the theme for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games performed by Niiki Yanofsky.
In the fall of 2015 while preparing to release his album "80290 Rewind", Frew was struck down by a stroke. He has made a full recovery and returned to the stage this past April to debut songs from that album. Alan has dedicated himself to spreading awareness on behalf of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.
More info & tour dates: alanfrew.com