Performers

MANILA GREY are a Canadian R&B duo from Surrey, noted for their Juno nomination for Breakthrough Group of the Year! Consisting of Filipino Canadian musicians Ghostride Neeko and Blame Soliven, they formed in 2016 and released their debut EP, No Saints Under Palm Shade, in 2017.   Their latest singles, Silver Skies and Time Zones have collectively generated over 30 million audio streams and have cemented MANILA GREY as one of BC’s fastest rising new artists.

Shad is one of Canada’s most revered rappers, a peerless wordsmith who embodies hip-hop’s power to entertain and educate. To date, Shad has racked up over 30 million streams, a Juno Award for Rap Recording of the Year (for 2010’s TSOL), and four placements on Canada’s prestigious Polaris Music Prize shortlist, most recently for his 2018 concept-album opus, A Short Story About a War. His most recent album, TAO, was released in October 2021 on Secret City Records.

XL The Band is the Western Canadian Music Award nominated hip hop/ jazz/ alternative fusion side project of 4-time JUNO Award winning Vancouver group Swollen Members. The members of XL have decades of live experience rocking audiences of tens of thousands on festival main stages, playing in orchestras, and winding up jazz clubs.

XL is composed of Prevail and Rob The Viking from Swollen Members, Liesa Norman, a former Vancouver Symphony Orchestra flautist and singer who holds a doctorate in music performance and composition, and Neph from WCMA nominated rap group Alpha Omega.

With R&B instincts and hip hop tendencies, Babylung digs deep into the soul to create music both unequivocal and honest. His tender voice and soothing lyrics have reached over 285,000 listeners globally with over 1,000,000 streams and has been featured on Spotify Canada's New Music Friday, Just Vibing, and R&B Favourites playlists. As a dynamic performer, Babylung demands the crowds attention with his often improvised arrangements and call & response songwriting, reminiscent of the Gospel music he was raised on.

Golosa La Orquesta expresses in their performance and lyric content, a conscious and energetic message inspired by landscapes, nature and the social-environmental situation in Latin America and especially Chile.   

 “We travel from our land to deliver the deepest sounds rooted in our mystical continent to the world. Rhythms with airs of huayno, celebration, and carnival among others from the folklore of the southern cone of Latin America; fused with the power of rock and the freedom of jazz are present in our music. 

In 2019 they were nominated for the Pulsar Awards (the main awards in Chilean music) with their album "Sobre la Ciudad", which has the collaboration of Argentine singer-songwriter Kevin Johansen. 

Jill Barber is a three-time Juno Award nominated singer-songwriter with an unforgettable voice once heard, never forgotten.  

Her critically acclaimed repertoire spans a transformative spectrum from folk, to vocal jazz, to pop, and includes songs in both French and English. 

DJ Goddess is a world class EDM/Bollywood DJ and Music Producer and has achieved so much internationally.

DJ Goddess has been listed number 1 DJ in Canada since 2013 and number 3 new DJ in the World. Since then she's garnered millions of views. Her total views are over 250 Million (quarter billion views) on Youtube alone including original track appearances with Garry Sandhu, Amrit Maan, and Mankirat Aulakh. Even her bootleg remixes on her personal channel are nearing 100 Million Organic Views! Tracks like Amplifier and Mann Bharrya - DJ Goddess Mix 15 Million.

Blind music producer and recording artist Mattmac has harnessed his melodic pop-trap beats and inspiring story, quickly establishing himself as ‘one to watch’ on the national scene with his debut album, 20/20 — available now! At 500,000+ streams across platforms, Mattmac’s premiere release features poppy vocals combined with hard-hitting trap beats, and thoughtfully honest lyrics that give listeners a glimpse into the mind of a blind creative as he paints vivid sonic pictures of struggle, healing, celebrating love, family and life on the rez.

As Marc Meriläinen, the Toronto-based singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and all-around visionary better known as Nadjiwan says, “Humans have always questioned and wondered about both our purpose and origins in the universe. There are numerous stories in Indigenous cultures of the ‘star people’ visiting us throughout history with the purpose of teaching us a greater understanding of not only the universe, but ourselves. In short, we ultimately come from the stars.”

Nadjiwan, of the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation, grew up hearing those stories of star people, instilling within him a lifelong fascination with science fiction that he’s frequently incorporated into his musical body of work that now numbers a dozen releases since 1994.

Marafani World Beat (formerly known as Kikeyambay Electric) is a Victoria, British Columbia-based musical project led by Guinean percussionist and vocalist Alseny Michel Diallo, and often joined by world-renowned dancer and singer N'Nato Camara.

Diallo's passion for and knowledge of both traditional and modern Guinean music has inspired a group of Victoria musicians to form a modern and dynamic Afro-fusion electric band.

Listen for vintage jazz sounds (like Erykah Badu meets Lauryn Hill) & timeless lyrics from Nigerian-Canadian, Afro-soul and R&B artist, Sadé Awele. Sadé joined forces with electric band mates, Kaitie Sly & Amine Said to form Serengeti. Their music is influenced by the greats like Fela Kuti, Marvin Gaye, Chaka Khan - to name a few. You feel this in the energy their music brings & the blend of instrumentation from the depths of Morocco to the shores of Nigeria. Their first hit song “Way Back” was released in 2021, with more music to come in 2022!

Francis Arevalo is a Filipino artist-producer known for his personal storytelling, thoughtful messages, and colourful production. He creates to uplift, inspire, and energize his communities. His music has been described as if he has "found and embraced a truth deep within himself, that he sees the world not through rose-coloured glasses, but in shades of optimism, hope, and beauty" (DOMINIONATED). Whether through song or conversation, Francis is dedicated to collective growth through meaningful relationship.

Born and raised in Guantanamo, Cuba, in a family of established musicians, Julio Avila's musical journey dates back to when he was 7 years old. Listening to his parents and older siblings perform, Julio first developed a strong bond with the traditional tune, changüí, which has roots in his native Guantanamo.

Surrounded by this vibrant and rich musical heritage, Julio perfected playing his principal instrument, the bass, while taking on the lead singer, arranger, and composer roles as well.

As a member of the internationally renowned group La Sonora Universal, Julio performed throughout Europe and with El Grupo Cubano Brisas Del Palmar he has toured  Western Canada since 2005. The Julio Avila Cuban Band, which delivers passionate performances of salsa, son, bachata, boleros and cumbias.

In 1961 Helene Duguay left her rural New Brunswick home with her bass guitar and determined voice seeking fame and fortune in the bright lights of Montreal.

After gigging around Canada and the States for a year with Marcel Martel, she formed the band Les Beatlettes, an all girl band gaining notoriety with several top ten hits. Tragically, on the way to their last show in Canada before heading off to Paris for a major gig at the Olympia, a car crash claimed the lives of two of the girls in the band.

After taking some time off to recover from the loss, her love of music compelled her to continue with her career.  Helene's talent continued to soar with many bands over the years. Through the blues she delivers her powerful spirit of determination with moving, unforgettable soul. Helene continues to perform and play regularly with Murray while continuing her own career.

Heart-forward and three-time Juno nominated Ginalina creates a world of indie and all-ages folk music and beautiful children's books that celebrate nature, community, and the connections we share between them.  Her songs and stories are warm and winsome, fun and folky, interactive and energizing.  Together, and in English, Mandarin, and French, with loved ones, strangers, and friends, she shares wild and wonderful moments of singing, dancing, and a sort of kindness that this world needs more than ever.

"Tiger" WIll Mason is a multi-instrumentalist, award-winning singer/songwriter, actor and Native rights warrior of Mohawk and Upper Cayugar descent. He has played music as a solo artist, as a bandleader, and accompanist in cover and original bands, from Toronto, to Vancouver. His CD "Long Walk 49" enjoyed airplay in the 2000s, and was nominated for five awards at the first NEMAs in Albuquerque, NM. In 1986 he was given the Anishinabe name "Kahntahwiwim'-tchi-get", which means "Maker of Beautiful Music. He's won several awards, including Canada's Aboriginals Got Talent in 2012. His music is a variety of genres, from folk to rock and blues, even bluegrass stylings. His stories and songs are legendary in some circles, having played across Turtle Island.