Artist / Writer
Bridging cross-cultural aesthetics while exploring her own struggle to both fit into and breakaway from modern Western archetypes has been an important part of iskwē’s artistic vision since the release of her WCMA nominated self-titled debut album in late 2013. Her lead single “Nobody Knows,” produced by Juno Award nominees The Darcys and featured in the Netflix series Between, captivated audiences by turning a stark spotlight on the more than 1200 missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada.
Unafraid to challenge the convictions of her detractors by honouring her heritage, standing steadfast in her viewpoints, iskwē’s artistry knows no bounds. Blending soulful, breathlessly delivered lyrics coloured by the many shades of human nature with a sonic palette that takes its cue from the shadowy atmospherics of the 1990s Bristol sound, iskwē’s music revels in her strength of self and that is her true rallying cry.
iskwē garnered a win at the 2017 West Coast Music Awards (WCMA) for Electronic/Dance Artist of the Year and her 2017 album The Fight Within recently received a JUNO nomination for Indigenous Music Album Of The Year.
Writer / Producer
Joey is most known for his early work and contributions to Nickelback, a Canadian rock band who has garnered immense global success. He has written on some of their more memorable recent hits like “Burn It To The Ground”, “Gotta Be Somebody”, “Something In Your Mouth”, “When We Stand Together” and more. He has also collaborated and had great success on songs with Daughtry, Tim McGraw, Jake Owen, My Darkest Days, Florida Georgia Line and Dallas Smith. Joey is based between Vancouver and Nashville and enjoys working with a variety of different artists and genres. He has a great sense of what works for a hit song and is continuing to develop his craft.
Producer / Writer
Nathan Ferraro is a songwriter, artist and producer from Toronto Canada. He has written songs with or collaborated on records with Lady Gaga, Carly Rae Jepsen, Bear Mountain, RALPH, Shawn Hook, Kieren Mercer, Virginia to Vegas, Alyssa Reid, Young Empires, The Midway State, Jessie Reyez, Lowell, Tyler Shaw, Down With Webster, Shawn Frank, Brave Station.
Nathan was the lead singer of The Midway State and is now releasing records under the moniker NATE J.
Canadian DJ/Producer Ekali, aka Nathan Shaw, experienced a rapid rise to recognition after receiving a writing credit on Drake's If You're Reading This It's Too Late. Shaw made his first foray into music at a young age, beginning to learn the violin at 12 years old. The instrument's appeal didn't last long, but while growing up he did persevere with guitar and various other instruments, and played in a number of bands throughout high school, eventually securing some session bass work in Vancouver. When he was 19 he began touring with the Vancouver-based band Said the Whale as their bassist. Shaw also began to explore making his own music, but didn't feel confident as a vocalist or content writing music on just one instrument, so he started creating music via samples and software.
In 2014 Shaw secured a place at the Red Bull Academy in Tokyo, and the following year he released the track "Unfaith." The song was picked up by Drake, who sampled it on "Preach" and "Wednesday Night Interlude," which featured on his 2015 mixtape If You're Reading This It's Too Late. Wanting to concentrate more on his solo career, Shaw left Said the Whale in 2016 and took on the stage name Ekali. He joined the Skrillex-founded OWSLA label, which released his song "Babylon" as a single. In 2017 Skrillex put out a trap remix of "Babylon."
Hinder is most known for their hit single "Lips of an Angel" from their album "Extreme Behaviour". They’ve released four equally impressive offerings including "Take It To The Limit" (2010), "All American Nightmare" (2011), "Welcome To The Freakshow" (2012) and their most recent release "When The Smoke Clears" featuring the single "Hit The Ground" produced by their own Cody Hanson. They've toured extensively opening for acts such as Nickelback and Motley Crue.
Writer / Producer
Cody Hanson is the drummer and co-writer for the hard rock band Hinder. He is also a talented producer having worked, and co-written with rock bands Siva Addiction, Nine Left Dead and country artist Adley Stump. We are excited to see Cody develop his strong songwriting talents and create in diverse genres of music.
Writer / Producer
Yash Gruzman, is a Toronto based producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He was born in Israel but immigrated to Canada in 2008 after studying at the Berklee School of music. Yash's style is a mix of musicality and and tight pop production. He is versatile. Yash has been working with such artists as : Dvvbs ,Steve AIoki, Tiesto, Galantis,
Shaun Frank, Jenson Vaughn , and many more… His compositions 'Let you get away' and 'La La Land' have received nationwide acclaim and reached x2 Gold in Canada. The composition 'Let you get away' was also nominated in 2017 for a Juno under the 'Dance record of the year Category'. With many projects on the go, the future is looking very promising for this young producer and songwriter.
Writer / Producer
Danny Craig is a founding member and a key creative force behind the music of iconic Canadian rock band “Default”. In addition to touring and performing, Danny has now made the transition to producing and co-writing for other artists. He currently spends his time working and recording in the studio and has worked with up and coming acts like “One Bad Son” and “Fighting of Ithaca”. Danny is well on his way to building a diverse repertoire of music and expanding his talents.
Barry is the lead guitar player for the successful Canadian rock band Three Days Grace. Collaborating in their last 3 records, he is a key contributing factor to their sound and creative output. Be on the lookout for some great new material.
Artist / Writer
Jennifer is a 2013 Grammy Award Winning and two-time JUNO nominated singer/songwriter who has a unique gift for writing and performing upbeat, intelligent, jazz-based children's songs that adults love too. The lyrics are clever, the melodies catchy, and the rhythms undeniably danceable.
Artist / Writer
CoreyLeRue is founder, songwriter and producer for the Halifax group Neon Dreams. He has produced and co-written all of Neon Dreams' material to date and in addition worked with many other artists. Corey has recently stepped back from live performances with the band to focus on his new label Dreaming Out Loud Records, a vehicle for his writing and production work. He's expanding his experience co-writing and producing with many other artists including BRDGS, Jodi Guthro, Quake Matthews and many more.
The New Electric
Calgary, Alberta’s 2016 YYC Awards “Group Of The Year”, The New Electric, has seen nothing but success since the release of their debut single, Life’s What You Make It; Canadian Pop Radio’s #26 most played song of 2016. The hit song took off, and saw impressive chart heights of: #18 on Hot AC, #26 on CHR (Top 40), and #28 on Main AC. The single was recently nominated at the 2017 Canadian Radio Music Awards for Best New Group: Mainstream AC. Their unique sound has also garnered over 760,000 collective streams on Spotify, proving that 2016 was just a taste of the good times ahead for The New Electric.
It all started in the Summer of 2014, when the band started recording with world- renowned producer, Brian Howes (Simple Plan, Hedley, Skillet, Mother Mother) to create an EP that was inspired by the good vibes in Los Angeles, California. The debut EP, Living Loud was released on October 28, 2016, just before the band went on to support Backstreet Boy - Nick Carter, on a 3-week Cross-Canada tour.
“We are blown away by how much our fans love our music. It’s crazy to think how much time, passion and fun went into making these songs... and now the world gets to hear them. The fans have been so patient and we are so thankful that they’re here to listen!” - Kyle McKearney (Lead Singer)
The leading track from the EP, Ride This Feeling, was recorded with producer Ryan Stewart (Carly Ray Jepsen, Victoria Duffield, Owl City), who recently finished working on The New Electric’s newest release, T-Shirt. The sexy new Summer anthem is sonically inspired by the fun energy of DNCE, grooves from The Weeknd, with a throw-back twist of Michael Jackson. The band strategically planned to release their new single on March 24th, just before heading across Canada in April with Warner Music Canada’s, Courage My Love. The single is already on fire with massive support from Spotify Canada, the fans, and Canadian pop radio (with a peak of #31 at HOT AC). With ambitious plans ahead, The New Electric is eager to hit the road and have the chance to play for their fans again.
Follow Canada’s next big independent band as they fearlessly pioneer their way onto people’s playlists around the world. Join their adventures on social media @TheNewElectric.
Artist / Writer
Jessta James has been turning skeptics into believers since the moment he first touched a microphone. Hailing from Bozeman, Montana it is clear this singer/rapper/ songwriter/producer has been determined to blaze his own trail in the industry. After living in LA and collaborating with some of the biggest names in hip hop and pop, he headed to Nashville to record and develop the sound that is truly his own. The release of his debut album, "Time To Get Right", gave the world it’s first taste of what was to come from Jessta. Although primarily geared to the country format, the album is a true blend of country, rock, hip-hop and blues. "Lawless" his new album, even further blurs the lines between format and genre to provide some incredibly powerful and diverse music.
The Most Serene Republic
It’s been a decade since The Most Serene Republic opened the door to the unreasonable and incalculable universe that was 2005’s Underwater Cinematographer. A decade filled with its own impossible things: two more LPs – the oh-so-dreamy Population (2007) and the kaleidoscopic ...And the Ever Expanding Universe (2009) – as well as EPs – Phages (2006), Fantasick Impossibliss EP (2010) and Pre Serene: Thee Oneironauts (2011) and near-constant touring, punctuated by blowing kisses to stage mates like The Strokes, Metric, Broken Social Scene and Stars.
Now after a half-decade break filled with grown-up things like becoming More educated! Poly-professionals! Creators of little people! Condo-owners! Navally-inclined! – these six friends are ready to unveil a fresh new bewildering view of that strange universe via Mediac a ten-song LP recorded by the band over four years throughout Toronto.
And yes, yes… the good stuff is all there: Warm feelies! Bad things! Anxiety! Ontario! Prescriptions! Capitalism! Plus (as a bonus offer!) sweeping melodies, plucked banjo strings, hiccupping violins, drums played by humans, drums spoken by machines but played by humans, bookshelves of guitar lines and bass-lines and keyboards (and god knows what else) punctuated by friendly vocals from friendly faces.
This shiny new LP, produced by TMSR’s Ryan Lenssen and mixed by sonic architect David Newfeld, will arrive in the Milky Way galaxy on November 13th via MapleMusic Recordings.