City of Toronto

Music 311 Playlist Winter 2017


Bryce Jardine 

 Since the launch of Bryce Jardine’s and the Parlour Birds most recent EP, Lean Years, which premiered in Exclaim!, Jardine is in the studio, working on new material.  Recorded at HawksleyTown Studios with Brad Kilpatrick (Hawksley Workman, Holy F****), and features Jardine's band the Parlour Birds — comprised of Michelle Willis, Nathan Gray and Steve Callahan, Workman made these comments:  Bryce Jardine is a compelling songwriter with an engaging voice that invites you in with its subtleness and cool, dark delivery of highly crafted lyrics. I've heard some early results of his recent writings and recordings and I haven't been able to stop listening to it.
  • The Kids are Gone (feat. Serena Ryder)


Laurent Bourque 

Toronto based singer-songwriter Laurent Bourque turned heads with the release of his debut album, What We Talk About in 2011. Laurent quickly began touring across North America appearing at many festivals including the RBC Ottawa Bluesfest, CMJ, North By Northeast, the Ottawa Folk Festival, Canadian Music Week, POP Montreal, sharing the stage with great artists such as Buck 65, Teddy Geiger, Jenn Grant and Dan Mangan. After the release of his debut Laurent also began contributing music to many popular television programs on MTV and the E! Network.
Last year Laurent Bourque released his sophomore record: Pieces of Your Past.

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  • Laurent Bourque - Memories

Maria Ryan and Chris Bennett 

A duo based in Toronto, ON, Canada. After years involved in separate musical pursuits, they came together in 2013 to blend Maria’s honey soaked gravel voice and percussive rhythm guitar playing with Chris’s artful layers of lead guitar work and vocal harmonies.Both songwriters, their original material is a collaborative effort in which they explore themes that include lust, love, betrayal and longing.

With a mix of rock, roots, blues and a tiny splash of punk, they are often compared to Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Patti Smith and late 60's era Rolling Stones.


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  • This House


Claire Coupland

Born and raised in Victoria BC, Claire is a 2015 graduate of the Humber College Music degree program where she has been honing her craft in song--‐writing, arranging and performance. With two recordings already under her belt and regular gigs around Toronto, she has established herself as an up and coming Canadian artist with her own voice and style. Her debut Lonely Heart was released in October of 2014, and her newest EP, For You was released in May of 2015.With influences ranging from Gordon Lightfoot to Jeff Buckley and Laura Marling, she has adapted a style using open guitar tunings and finger--‐picking style guitar.


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  • Mountain Dream


Bridgette Anderson 

Laying R&B grooves under jazz chords to support pop sensibilities, Bridgette Anderson isn't merely a vocalist; she is a fierce performer with a purpose. Conscious of the stigma surrounding pop music and the predominance of male musicians, when it comes to her original project B.A.B.E, Bridgette prefers to perform with Toronto's most sought after female multi-instrumentalists to create a new norm — prominent visibility of female musicians. Some of their favourite performances have been at: Bier Markt, Sessions X One Shot, Indie Week, Ballet, Seven44, Toronto Pride, Peel Pride, TD Downtown Oakville Jazz Festival, Canada's Largest Ribfest, Toronto Sessions, Sessions On The River, and the Special Olympics. She sings in French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and Polish, and has performed in multiple United States and all over Southern Ontario and the GTA. Within over a decade of live performances Bridgette has had the the privilege of performing for Gil Moore, Tom Cochrane, and Jeremy Taggart, and has opened for Glass Tiger, Dru, Swollen Members, Jakalope, and illScarlett. 

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  • Fool's Gold (Jeff's mix)


The Fairest and Best 

Combining the best of youth and experience, The Fairest and Best delivers instantly memorable hooks, exhilarating four-part harmonies, and an eclectic mix of musical genres – from pure delicious pop, to heart wrenching ballads and driving rock – all wrapped in arrangements packed with genuine emotion.


Their debut EP "When I Feel like This", has already been added to the playlists of over 100 radio stations across North America and two of the songs were runners-up (in two categories) of the 2015 Dallas Songwriters Association Song Contest.

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  • When I Feel Like This


Eric Frisch 

Eric Frisch is an indie pop musician from Toronto. Eric’s main influences range everywhere from the Beatles and the Beach Boys to Sam Cooke and the Four Tops to Bob Dylan and Jackie Wilson. Eric is the second of four children and attended university in Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied political science and music production. Eric began learning piano at an early age, and always enjoyed the task of composing on his own. He credits his parents with introducing him to the right music at the right time, playing ‘Here, There and Everywhere’ off of Revolver by the Beatles for him when he was 15. Eric has performed at venues in major cities like Toronto, New York, London, and Liverpool from Rockwood Music Hall to the Bitter End to Dundas Square to the Rivoli to the Cavern Club.

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  • Pretty Girls

AA Wallace 

From his days growing up in the small fishing village of Wedgeport, Nova Scotia, to his days fronting Halifax indie-rock outfit Sleepless Nights, AA Wallace has always been an outlier, carving out his own musical niche that was often in stark contrast to what was going on around him.

His debut album (disambiguation) was a solitary endeavour, with the artist writing, producing and recording the songs himself in his bedroom in Halifax. The following year found Wallace developing a live band and bringing his brand of cerebral grim-pop to festivals such as NXNE, Halifax Pop Explosion, Evolve, and Great Escape UK.

In 2015 Wallace relocated to Toronto and signed with label Culvert Music (Saukrates, Ben Stevenson) to release the follow-up to(disambiguation) titled In Alpha Zones. 

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  • Offline

Hip Hop/RnB/World

The Distillery 

The Distillery is a very charming blues group that can appear to be deceptively mellow at times. Please don't relax too much, as they bring out the sabre tooth tiger when you least expect it. The Distillery has toured clubs, bars and festivals through the US and Canada behind their award-winning debut release "What You Told Me" and latest release "How We Carry On". The band’s song “You’ve Got No Right (to have the blues)” is featured on the Toronto Blues Society’s “Fresh Baked Blues” compilation of top local talent, and the band will be appearing at several festivals this summer including TD Toronto Jazz Festival, Tremblant International Blues Festival, Southside Shuffle and Lighthouse Blues Festival.

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  • Winston O!


Namen Charles 

My name is Namen Imarhiagbe. I am sixteen, I grew up in Toronto and I love listening and , also  making music, specifically rap and R&B I discovered this when I was little and my teacher asked me what I wanted to be. I said "I want to create music." I have done many live performances at my school and other TCDSB schools I have also performed at events in the area. I had always wanted to record music but I never got the chance till recently. I recorded my EP and released it on souncloud now I am trying to get the world to hear my perspective and what a young youth from toronto has to say.


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  • Can't Believe


Late Night Conversations 

 “Late Night Conversations” alludes to the moments that musicians have with their instruments in the quiet solitude of the night.  We've been working diligently to capture those conversations in studio….now, we are offering a fresh, lounge-hypnotic approach to popular music.  Our debut EP, “Waking Muse” is available on all digital stores.  On August 7th, we officially released “Waking Muse” at the Burdock on Bloor to a sold-out audience – an epic success – and we are looking forward to performing more widely in the near future.

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  • Waking Muse

Joy Thompson 

Joy Thompson is a local Toronto musician who has been performing across the city, everywhere from Shakespeare’s Café to Nathan Phillips Square, for over 13 years.  She has trained vocally under actress, singer and theatre performer Alison Smyth, local singer-songwriter and vocal coach Brooke Harris aka Gray and New York singer and vocal coach Renee Benson. She attended the Independent Music Production Program at Seneca College in 2013 and trained under John Switzer, Evelyn Cream Alfio Annibalini, Linda Moroziuk and Blair Packham. Joy Thompson’s music is equally rooted in the honeysuckles sounds of Ella Fitzgerald and the mistempered growl of Dolores O’Riordan. Having been writing and recording songs for over 10 years her style has shifted as life has progressed. Joy is currently working on her second full length album.


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Zuze Zaar 

Zuze play original arrangements of folk melodies from Iran, though they wish you didn’t know that. Zuze believes the liminal space between identities is a culture in itself. Zuze is the sound of the mortar, not the brick. Zuze believes a song is something you write and a tune is something you borrow. Enigmatic melodies from the Caspian Sea. Powerful afrobeat rhythms from the Gulf. Zuze wants you to forget about reading this bio. Zuze loves you now and always.

  • Gole Gandom

Ilios Steryannis 

Born in Toronto, ON, on March 24th, 1972, Greek-Jewish Canadian musician Ilios Steryannis started drumming at the age of 12. Ilios recorded three of his jazz compositions with some of Toronto’s top musicians in January of 2015.  Demo EP, by the Ilios Steryannis Quartet was released in April to a very positive reception, receiving airplay on Jazz FM 91 in Toronto. The compositions recorded on this album were “College Street Knowledge” written in 2014, “Sharky” written in 2003 and “Wave Hands Like Clouds”, from 2013. Other titles composed by Ilios but not yet recorded include “Florina” (2015), “Mombasa Lisa” (2014), “Soledad” (2002) and “Anikulapo” (2013).

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  • College Street Knowledge

Dawn Davi

Dawn Davi is a Pianist, Composer, Collaborator and Educator based in Toronto. Since starting playing piano at age 6, Dawn has been fascinated by music’s extraordinary power and sought every opportunity to grow herself musically from taking master classes with renowned pianists to editing books on musicality in piano performance. She started composing music when she was 13. Her passion in music led her to study music at York University where she was awarded the continuing student scholarship and graduated Summa Cum Laude. She also obtained a Specialist certificate in music from Berklee College of Music. She kept her main focus on Piano composition leading her to record her debut album titled “Vexatious” which is mostly a serene musical wayfarethrough human life in a dream form examining the vague truth of our time in this world. Her music is expressive and melodic and usually a blend of different styles. 

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  • Spirit of a Playful Star

Alessandra Paonessa

Recently returned from the UK, Alessandra is an international award winning recording artist and soprano hailing from Toronto. In the fall of 2014, Alessandra released her award winning debut album ‘Remembering Heaven’, an international collaboration featuring the work of British composer, Chris Broom. The album has aired on radio stations around the world and recently jumped into #25 position in the UK Classical Charts when it released in the United Kingdom in April. Most recently Alessandra was as a guest soprano for Britain’s X-Factor Stars, G4 on their UK ‘Back For Good’ Tour and appeared as an opener for one of Ontario’s top and premier Italian Festival, Mississauga ITALFEST 2016.

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  • Ai Giochi Addio

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