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
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 is poised to level up in 2022 with the release of her debut album ‘Tabula Rasa’.
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 is slated for release in early 2023.
For Fans of: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Leon Bridges, Amy Winehouse
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. Her third album ‘Papillon De Nuit / The Night Butterfly’ drops in 2022.
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
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 team made up entirely of women, Cassie is poised for a big year of new releases in 2021.
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 forthcoming record 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
Dover Lynn Fox is an Ontario-based singer-songwriter with a passion for storytelling. She loves mixing elements of indie, folk and alternative genres to drive her dynamic lyrics. Full of musical ebbs and flows, her sound is hypnotic, sometimes a little gothic, but always melodic.
For fans of: First Aid Kit, Lykke Li, Angus & Julia Stone
Equal parts noisy and graceful, Basement Revolver have been crafting their signature brand of indie dream-gaze since their 2016 debut. They return this year with a deeply personal follow-up to their 2018 LP Heavy Eyes and 2019 EP Wax & Digital.
For Fans of: Slowdive, Alvvays, Wintersleep
With his distinctly warm and velvety vocals, Edmonton, Alberta-based independent singer/songwriter Osasioo is emerging as a master of acoustic RnB. After relocating from Nigeria to Canada as a teen, Osasioo set out to teach himself the guitar and his songwriting came naturally from there.
For fans of: John Legend, Aloe Blacc, Ed Sheeran
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
Singer-songwriter Lucy Morgan grew up around music in Port Stanley, Ontario, and feels like performing has always been in her blood. She uses songwriting as a form of therapy, getting feelings down in song and out into the world as a way of processing and moving on. Her debut EP is set for release in 2022.
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. His third album 'Possum' is due out 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 are fast becoming regulars at Top 20 rock radio. Texas King are closing out 2021 with a new EP and a 28-date tour run spanning the US and Canada.
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 stir 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 are stoked to hear the band finally has new music coming in 2022.
For Fans of: Propagandhi, The Flatliners, Strung Out
Kendruh is an up-and-coming pop performer and songwriter who has been part of the Toronto music scene for several years already. Now finally releasing her debut single ‘Nightmares’, she has big plans to shake up the pop scene with her powerful vocals and dynamic visuals.
For Fans of: Lady Gaga, Bebe Rexha, Charli XCX
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
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 is now turning her focus to her solo work in 2020.
For Fans of: Feist, Kimbra, Leanne La Havas
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
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. With their 2020 touring and release plans well and truly thwarted by the obvious, 2021 sees them ready to share a new set of songs plucked literally from Beeler’s dreams and fleshed out by the entire band.
For Fans of: No Doubt, The Vaccines, Veruca Salt
Just Really Good has been 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.