Blending authentic songwriting with modern indie flare, Halifax’s Braden Lam is forging the path to a new 21st century folk. His lyrical prowess, honey vocals, and catchy melodies have seen him nominated for and picking up a host of awards in recent years.
For Fans of: The Lumineers, Phoebe Bridgers, The Franklin Electric
Carla Geneve is a Perth-based singer-songwriter who has established a unique brand of brutally honest lyricism and vivid storytelling. Her critically acclaimed debut album ‘Learn To Like It’ received praise from the likes of Rolling Stone, Australian Guitar and triple j and was nominated for the Australian Music Prize. Her captivating live show has graced stages across Australia and North America, as well as Laneway and Falls Festivals.
For Fans of: Angel Olsen, Andy Shauf, Julia Jacklin
Rumour Mill is a west-coast Canadian indie band releasing their debut full-length album in 2023. The duo crafts beautiful songs that feature a lush topography of violin, keys, guitar and mandolin, led by a narrative of iconic harmonies.
For Fans of: First Aid Kit, Fleetwood Mac, Brandi Carlile
Päter (Iran-born, Toronto-based Parmida Kakavand) pulls together a larger than life persona from scraps. After grabbing the attention of listeners internationally by sharing snippets of songwriting online, Päter’s debut single ‘Dam, Damn' racked up over 2 million streams on Spotify alone.
For Fans of: Mitski, Cosmo Sheldrake, Montaigne
Lauded for his production work as LEN20 (working with artists like Lil Nas X, Mary J Blige & Kid Cudi), Glenn Hopper steps into the spotlight with his enigmatic self-titled artist project, combining heartfelt and intelligent songwriting with captivating melodies.
For Fans of: Aldous Harding, Radiohead, Josh Pyke
Formerly the best kept secret in soul music, Toronto-based Tanika Charles has become a known staple of the genre both at home and abroad, twice JUNO nominated and Polaris Prize listed. Her music revels in honesty and attitude and her live show is high energy and endearing.
Last Dinosaurs have been Aussie indie favourites for the past decade, amassing fans in every corner of the globe. They've graced the stages of Splendour in the Grass, Falls, Laneway Festival and The Great Escape and have supported bands including Foals and Foster the People.
For Fans of: The Rubens, San Cisco, Valley
Evan Hannah is a queer, Black musician, activist and community organizer based in Virginia. 2023 sees Evan undertake an ambitious three-part album release, international tour and launch a unique skincare range.
For Fans of: Solange, SZA, FKA Twigs
Zoe Sky Jordan is a rising alternative singer-songwriter based in Los Angeles. After growing up in a musical family in Toronto followed by several years in Nashville, Zoe stepped into a bolder and more brazen persona on her latest album 'Selfish', released in 2023.
For Fans of: Waxahatchee, Soccer Mommy, Snail Mail
Matt is a singer songwriter from Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario. Incorporating everything he loves into his sound; from Delta Blues to alternative rock, to singer songwriters like Bob Dylan and Tom Petty.
For Fans of: Matt Mays, Sharon Van Etten, Tom Petty
Mah Moud is a Toronto-based artist examining nostalgia and grief, joy and trauma, love and heartache on his debut album ‘abdalla’. He is described by CBC Music as possessing “tender songwriting, a gripping voice and unhindered openness”.
For Fans of: Bon Iver, Daniel Caesar, Frank Ocean
Claire Davis is a musical time traveller, a self-described analog girl in a digital world. Known for her mighty and expressive vocals as both a front person and backing vocalist, Davis blends the sounds of ‘60s and ‘70s soul with her own unique compositions. Her debut album 'Get it Right' was released in early 2023.
For Fans of: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Leon Bridges, Amy Winehouse
Hailing from Calgary, Canada, Sinzere is a heavy-hitting rap/soul artist on a mission to educate and inspire. With razor-sharp lyrics and raw, gritty production that draws inspiration from the who’s who of hip hop greats, Sinzere levelled-up in 2022 with the release of her debut album ‘Tabula Rasa’.
Ria is a three-time JUNO award nominee and multi-platinum selling artist who has toured globally with Tegan and Sara, Dido and Scott Helman.
For Fans of: Robyn, Tegan and Sara, Rose Cousins
Jarryd James mixes intoxicating beats and lush, laid-back production with his signature smooth vocals to create the introspective, melancholic world his music exists in. He has over 450 million streams worldwide, multiple Gold and Platinum singles and a 2015 ARIA award for Best Pop Release.
For Fans of: James Blake, Jack Garratt, Joji
Turning heartbreak, love and introspection into angsty pop anthems, Cassie Dasilva is finding joy in the freedom of independence after a disappointing major label deal. Working for the first time with a hand-picked team, Cassie has seen self-made success beyond anything she achieved with label backing.
For Fans of: Julia Michaels, LØLØ, Tove Styrke
Melbourne-based Huntly have built a reputation as one of Australia’s most evocative and dynamic live electronic artists. Fusing club music with silky R&B vocals and vulnerable lyricism, Huntly’s latest record 'Sentimental Still' sees the duo cementing themselves in the future of experimental pop music.
For Fans of: Banoffee, Erika de Casier, Logic1000
Loviet (pronounced like ‘Soviet’) brings pop sensibility, indie style, and rock fervour for a sound both modern and nostalgic. With soaring vocals, gutsy guitar and live prowess, she’s a pop/rock heroine in the making, described as “Musical magic in a bottle...destined to do great things” by Atwood Magazine.
For Fans of: The 1975, HAIM, MUNA
Equal parts noisy and graceful, Basement Revolver have been crafting their signature brand of indie dream-gaze since their 2016 debut. They returned in 2022 with 'Embody', a deeply personal follow-up to their 2018 LP Heavy Eyes and 2019 EP Wax & Digital.
For Fans of: Slowdive, Alvvays, Wintersleep
Rising from the ashes of The Mohrs (who shared a stage with Soundgarden and Jane’s Addiction), jackie is a three-piece Toronto-based band whose debut EP ‘New at Drugs’ - produced by Hawksley Workman - serves up fuzz-heavy guitars & swaps bass for analog synth, creating rock songs you can dance to.
For Fans of: Silversun Pickups, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Metric
T. Thomason has been writing and performing internationally for over a decade. In the lead-up to his self-titled debut album in 2019, he was a winner on CTV’s The Launch. T. has spent 2020 working on the Part II Project, re-releasing album tracks featuring high profile guests including Sarah McLachlan and Ria Mae.
For Fans of: Troye Sivan, Imogen Heap, Years & Years
Sunbeam Sound Machine is the brainchild of talented Melbourne multi-instrumentalist Nick Sowersby who writes and records in the sanctity of his garage in Collingwood, Australia. He released his third album 'Possum' in late 2022.
For Fans of: Tame Impala, Babe Rainbow, Post Animal
HANDSOME crafts a mix of tomboy pop and brooding electronica and is based in Sydney, Australia. Her music is a celebration of self-expression and the community around her, telling stories about strong friendships, falling in love, kissing girls and flipping off those who have opinions on who you should be.
For Fans of: Mallrat, Sylvan Esso, Christine and the Queens
Inner-west Sydney’s Scout Eastment and Olive Rush combine dual lead vocals with introspective lyrics, pristine melodies and a trademark shoegaze influence to create dreamy, emotional guitar pop.
For Fans of: Alvvays, Hatchie, Slowdive
Wayley produces an anthemic kind of indie folk music - from laid-back acoustic vibes to full-voice, stomp-and-shout sing-alongs. Influenced by the great outdoors, from Australia’s eastern beaches to surfing Canada’s Great Lakes in the dead of winter, Wayley’s music is tailor-made for road trip playlists.
For Fans of: The Lumineers, Vance Joy, Fleet Foxes
Chynna Lewis is a Taiwanese singer-songwriter based in Toronto. After years supporting other artists as a backup singer, Chynna is now embarking on her own journey as a solo artist. Her signature soulful r&b is composed, produced, performed, and engineered by Chynna herself, making her debut all the more impressive.
For Fans of: Janelle Monáe, JP Saxe, Emily King
Texas King are a high energy 4-piece alt-rock band hailing from London, Ontario. With big riffs, anthemic sing-along choruses and deep lyrics as their hallmarks, the band fast became regulars at Top 20 rock radio.
For Fans of: Gang of Youths, Kings of Leon, The Killers
Ekelle is a rapper, singer and songwriter from Toronto who rhymes about what she knows best: her real life experience. Money, sex, drama and identity mix together to create a style that she calls Hood Pop – combining elements of hip hop, pop and RnB.
For Fans of: Doja Cat, Megan Thee Stallion, Saweetie
Hailing from New Bedford, Massachusetts, A Wilhelm Scream are a melodic hardcore band formed in 2003. After eight long years since their last album release, fans around the world were stoked when the band finally released a new album in 2022.
For Fans of: Propagandhi, The Flatliners, Strung Out
With her ethereal vocals, Ashleigh Ball makes music that’s both playful and honest. The celebrated frontwoman of JUNO-nominated Canadian indie band Hey Ocean! and My Little Pony voice actress has now turned her focus to her solo work.
For Fans of: Feist, Kimbra, Leanne La Havas
Breaking through after a successful appearance on MUCH Music’s reality TV show disBand in 2008, STEREOS quickly became a 6x Platinum-selling, 2x JUNO award nominated band. After a hiatus of close to a decade, STEREOS return with a new look and sound, more confident than ever in the chemistry they’ve always had.
For Fans of: The Chainsmokers, Hot Chelle Rae, These Kids Wear Crowns
Hello Delaware is Dana Beeler and band - a fiercely unapologetic rock group from Halifax with a blistering live set and a feminist fire fueling their songwriting.
For Fans of: No Doubt, The Vaccines, Veruca Salt
Now in its 42nd year, CMW is an entertainment networking event dedicated to the expression and growth of Canada's music, media and entertainment industries. Combining multifaceted information-intensive conferences; a trade exposition; awards shows and the nation’s largest new music festival.
Just Really Good was tasked with optimizing all social and streaming channels across Warner Music’s Australian roster. Artists include Client Liaison, Alex the Astronaut, Jessica Mauboy, Budjerah, flowerkid and more, whose fans and listeners now have an online experience that directly translates to more streams, views and followers across platforms.