BULLY

ZOLA JESUS

 For over a decade, Nika Roza Danilova has been recording music as   Zola Jesus .  She's been on Sacred Bones Records for most of that time, and Okovi marks her reunion with the label.  Fittingly, the 11 electronics-driven songs on Okovi share musical DNA with her early work on Sacred Bones. The music was written in pure catharsis, and as a result, the sonics are heavy, dark, and exploratory. In addition to the contributions of Danilova's longtime live bandmate Alex DeGroot, producer/musician WIFE, cellist/noise-maker Shannon Kennedy from Pedestrian Deposit, and percussionist Ted Byrnes all helped build Okovi's textural universe.  With Okovi, Zola Jesus has crafted a profound meditation on loss and reconciliation that stands tall alongside the major works of its genre. The album peaks of tragedy with great wisdom and clarity. Its songs plumb dark depths, but they reflect light as well.  

For over a decade, Nika Roza Danilova has been recording music as Zola Jesus. She's been on Sacred Bones Records for most of that time, and Okovi marks her reunion with the label.

Fittingly, the 11 electronics-driven songs on Okovi share musical DNA with her early work on Sacred Bones. The music was written in pure catharsis, and as a result, the sonics are heavy, dark, and exploratory. In addition to the contributions of Danilova's longtime live bandmate Alex DeGroot, producer/musician WIFE, cellist/noise-maker Shannon Kennedy from Pedestrian Deposit, and percussionist Ted Byrnes all helped build Okovi's textural universe.

With Okovi, Zola Jesus has crafted a profound meditation on loss and reconciliation that stands tall alongside the major works of its genre. The album peaks of tragedy with great wisdom and clarity. Its songs plumb dark depths, but they reflect light as well.
 

Partner

  Partner  is the “mature” effort of two best friends named Josée Caron and Lucy Niles. Borne of their bizarre and fortuitous friendship, Partner confidently harnesses the infinite power of Rock to explore a variety of niche yet strangely universal themes. Self described as post-classic-rock.  The two met while attending Mount Allison University in small town Sackville, New Brunswick, on Canada’s East Coast.  The duo played in numerous Sackville bands together over their University years (Yellowteeth, The Mouthbreathers and the aptly named hardcore band Go Get Fucked). Around late 2014 the idea of Partner came to fruition.  Influenced by acts as varied as Melissa Etheridge, Ween, kd lang, and Prince, Partner delivers a refreshing and vital twist on a classic, prompting you to re-think what you thought was possible in Rock.  Partner relocated to Windsor ON at the beginning of 2016. After a freakishly productive year of writing, recording, and touring, Partner have released their debut to the world, titled In Search of Lost Time (September 08, 2017). Their enthusiastic and action-packed live set has led to them being named the “best new band in Canada” in the Globe and Mail. Their album made NPR’s All Songs Considered, Stereogum, Noisey, Exclaim, CBC Music, Indie 88 and many more best of 2017 lists.  Partner is genre-defying and terrifying: part musical act, part teenage diary, and 100% queer.

Partner is the “mature” effort of two best friends named Josée Caron and Lucy Niles. Borne of their bizarre and fortuitous friendship, Partner confidently harnesses the infinite power of Rock to explore a variety of niche yet strangely universal themes. Self described as post-classic-rock.

The two met while attending Mount Allison University in small town Sackville, New Brunswick, on Canada’s East Coast.  The duo played in numerous Sackville bands together over their University years (Yellowteeth, The Mouthbreathers and the aptly named hardcore band Go Get Fucked). Around late 2014 the idea of Partner came to fruition.

Influenced by acts as varied as Melissa Etheridge, Ween, kd lang, and Prince, Partner delivers a refreshing and vital twist on a classic, prompting you to re-think what you thought was possible in Rock.

Partner relocated to Windsor ON at the beginning of 2016. After a freakishly productive year of writing, recording, and touring, Partner have released their debut to the world, titled In Search of Lost Time (September 08, 2017). Their enthusiastic and action-packed live set has led to them being named the “best new band in Canada” in the Globe and Mail. Their album made NPR’s All Songs Considered, Stereogum, Noisey, Exclaim, CBC Music, Indie 88 and many more best of 2017 lists.

Partner is genre-defying and terrifying: part musical act, part teenage diary, and 100% queer.

a l l i e

 Drawing from the diversity of her early life growing up in the heart of downtown Toronto, a l l i e has gradually created a world all her own through an idiosyncratic approach to songwriting.  Inspired by the vintage sounds of classic soul crooners like Otis Redding and Etta James, and equally infatuated with experimental modern artists like Flying Lotus and Little Dragon, she began to craft a sound that evokes feelings of both past and future.  Since the release of her debut EP Strange Creature in 2013, she has attracted international attention from key tastemakers and music lovers alike.  In 2014, she became one of the first Canadians to be chosen as a Red Bull Sound Select artist, and as a result has supported international acts such as SZA, Kelela, Tink and more.  In 2015, she continued to fan the flames by collaborating with prominent producers including Nick Wisdom (Bastard Jazz), Da-P (Soulection), and Elaquent (HW&W) on her newest EP Moonlust.    Her full-length album, Nightshade, was released on July 21, 2017. Okayplayer named a l l i e "a chosen act meant to take experimental sounds to the next level." Exclaim gave the album 8 out of 10, saying "the Toronto-based a l l i e has been touted as one to watch for a few years now, and Nightshade further validates the designation."    With the success of Nightshade, it's clear that a l l i e is just getting started!

Drawing from the diversity of her early life growing up in the heart of downtown Toronto, a l l i e has gradually created a world all her own through an idiosyncratic approach to songwriting.  Inspired by the vintage sounds of classic soul crooners like Otis Redding and Etta James, and equally infatuated with experimental modern artists like Flying Lotus and Little Dragon, she began to craft a sound that evokes feelings of both past and future.

Since the release of her debut EP Strange Creature in 2013, she has attracted international attention from key tastemakers and music lovers alike.  In 2014, she became one of the first Canadians to be chosen as a Red Bull Sound Select artist, and as a result has supported international acts such as SZA, Kelela, Tink and more.

In 2015, she continued to fan the flames by collaborating with prominent producers including Nick Wisdom (Bastard Jazz), Da-P (Soulection), and Elaquent (HW&W) on her newest EP Moonlust.  

Her full-length album, Nightshade, was released on July 21, 2017. Okayplayer named a l l i e "a chosen act meant to take experimental sounds to the next level." Exclaim gave the album 8 out of 10, saying "the Toronto-based a l l i e has been touted as one to watch for a few years now, and Nightshade further validates the designation."  

With the success of Nightshade, it's clear that a l l i e is just getting started!

TiKA

  TiKA  is an artist, DJ, creator, cultural producer, TV/Online personality, activist, and advocate for the empowerment of female artists and creators. TiKA makes an impression on everyone she encounters and her joy is infectious.  Now TiKA’s love and passion for culture and music has led to the release of 2 EP’s, “Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid” + “Carry On.” With features in Complex, Noisey, MILK, Afropunk, Saint Heron, The Fader, CBC, The Source, among others, TiKA is receiving critical acclaim for her voice, her energy, her love. Her music. She has opened for major R&B heavyweights like John Legend + NAO and is being coined as an incredible performance artist + visual hypnotist. Complex Magazine listed TiKA as “One of the most prolific creatives in Toronto.”  In late 2015, TiKA spoke openly about her struggles with trauma & depression and created a body of work to encourage others going through the same. The “Carry On” EP was released in late 2016. "Carry On" serves as a spiritual soundscape for anyone going through a healing process. The unexpected offering garnered TiKA an amass of critical accolades from all over the world. The first single “OHMYGOD” is an 80’s inspired gospel record featuring international producer, Harrison and rapper/producer Clairmont The Second. The record garnered high numbers on Spotify and iTunes and continues to feed many spiritually.  TiKA’s debut full album + short film will be released in Fall of 2017. Aptly titled “Anywhere But Here,” it serves as a brilliant indication of her unique voice, as well as her distinctive resonance and personality as a developed artist. Completely produced by Redbull Montreal graduate + 24 year old multi-instrumentalist & musical phenomenon Casey MQ, the album is an 80’s inspired synth pop sound. “No matter what I am going through, I always want to convey love + light in my music. My lyrics are dark because my reality has been dark. My sound stays in the light. I want people to know that the light is always attainable.”  The vulnerable 8-track album is more of a score, with Casey MQ providing a rollercoaster ride of sounds cleverly mixed with TiKA’s raspy emotional vocals.  While her vocation as an ambassador and creator of music has been well established, her image and sound as a new artist is being unleashed to make a very durable impression in order to gracefully provide what this generation has been missing musically.  2018 will see the relaunch of the artistic side of TiKA.   

TiKA is an artist, DJ, creator, cultural producer, TV/Online personality, activist, and advocate for the empowerment of female artists and creators. TiKA makes an impression on everyone she encounters and her joy is infectious.

Now TiKA’s love and passion for culture and music has led to the release of 2 EP’s, “Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid” + “Carry On.” With features in Complex, Noisey, MILK, Afropunk, Saint Heron, The Fader, CBC, The Source, among others, TiKA is receiving critical acclaim for her voice, her energy, her love. Her music. She has opened for major R&B heavyweights like John Legend + NAO and is being coined as an incredible performance artist + visual hypnotist. Complex Magazine listed TiKA as “One of the most prolific creatives in Toronto.”

In late 2015, TiKA spoke openly about her struggles with trauma & depression and created a body of work to encourage others going through the same. The “Carry On” EP was released in late 2016. "Carry On" serves as a spiritual soundscape for anyone going through a healing process. The unexpected offering garnered TiKA an amass of critical accolades from all over the world. The first single “OHMYGOD” is an 80’s inspired gospel record featuring international producer, Harrison and rapper/producer Clairmont The Second. The record garnered high numbers on Spotify and iTunes and continues to feed many spiritually.

TiKA’s debut full album + short film will be released in Fall of 2017. Aptly titled “Anywhere But Here,” it serves as a brilliant indication of her unique voice, as well as her distinctive resonance and personality as a developed artist. Completely produced by Redbull Montreal graduate + 24 year old multi-instrumentalist & musical phenomenon Casey MQ, the album is an 80’s inspired synth pop sound. “No matter what I am going through, I always want to convey love + light in my music. My lyrics are dark because my reality has been dark. My sound stays in the light. I want people to know that the light is always attainable.”

The vulnerable 8-track album is more of a score, with Casey MQ providing a rollercoaster ride of sounds cleverly mixed with TiKA’s raspy emotional vocals.

While her vocation as an ambassador and creator of music has been well established, her image and sound as a new artist is being unleashed to make a very durable impression in order to gracefully provide what this generation has been missing musically.

2018 will see the relaunch of the artistic side of TiKA.

 

VALLENS

 Once toted as “a band you need to listen to” by BUST Magazine, Vallens are an undefinable quartet drawing from Abba, Karin Dreijer, film, and more influences than one would expect of their vexing and fervid sound. "Hard to pin down, their chorus-friendly sounds invoke UK bands like Lush, while their noisey breakdowns are more akin to Sister-era Sonic Youth. Vocalist/Guitarist Robyn Phillips has that rare-quality voice that sticks in your head, like the early works of Sinead O’Connor.” - Live in Limbo  Vallens upcoming “Dimmed In My Display”  EP reflects upon themes of over saturation of imagery, explores the emotional response to isolation, and confronts the obscurity felt witin oneself. With the EP set for an early summer release and LP 2 readying in the shadows, songwriting has expanded since their debut album, “Consent,” to the full band, with Colin J. Morgan (Cellphone), Marta Cikojevic (TOPS), and Devon Henderson (who additionally produced the EP).  Their newest material is a “dark, heavy exercises in frenetic tension building… a more corrosive version of their goth-washed noise-gaze — think less mood, more menace” as described by Exclaim Magazine. Vallens have been playing shows often and reshaping to become a more hypnotic and groove based project, leaning more on their melodic influencers, while still maintaining their dissonant unease. Often referred to as shoe-gaze, or any hashtag involving David Lynch, Vallens are now looking to explore many other topics, whether it be in subject, genre or concept — growing from these descriptors into a multifaceted unit and evolving into a whole different animal.  “Dimmed In My Display” EP is set to be released June 29th, 2018 via Hand Drawn Dracula.

Once toted as “a band you need to listen to” by BUST Magazine, Vallens are an undefinable quartet drawing from Abba, Karin Dreijer, film, and more influences than one would expect of their vexing and fervid sound. "Hard to pin down, their chorus-friendly sounds invoke UK bands like Lush, while their noisey breakdowns are more akin to Sister-era Sonic Youth. Vocalist/Guitarist Robyn Phillips has that rare-quality voice that sticks in your head, like the early works of Sinead O’Connor.” - Live in Limbo

Vallens upcoming “Dimmed In My Display”  EP reflects upon themes of over saturation of imagery, explores the emotional response to isolation, and confronts the obscurity felt witin oneself. With the EP set for an early summer release and LP 2 readying in the shadows, songwriting has expanded since their debut album, “Consent,” to the full band, with Colin J. Morgan (Cellphone), Marta Cikojevic (TOPS), and Devon Henderson (who additionally produced the EP).

Their newest material is a “dark, heavy exercises in frenetic tension building… a more corrosive version of their goth-washed noise-gaze — think less mood, more menace” as described by Exclaim Magazine. Vallens have been playing shows often and reshaping to become a more hypnotic and groove based project, leaning more on their melodic influencers, while still maintaining their dissonant unease. Often referred to as shoe-gaze, or any hashtag involving David Lynch, Vallens are now looking to explore many other topics, whether it be in subject, genre or concept — growing from these descriptors into a multifaceted unit and evolving into a whole different animal.

“Dimmed In My Display” EP is set to be released June 29th, 2018 via Hand Drawn Dracula.

LOOM

  Loom  is Brooke Manning, a Toronto resident who has been writing, collaborating, and performing under the moniker since 2009. She writes during waves of welcomed reclusive tendencies often producing minimal, purposely circuitous, quietly profound songs exploring fear, love, and death. She will be performing alongside special bandmates for this VENUS FEST celebration.  Explore her music:  loommusic.bandcamp.com

Loom is Brooke Manning, a Toronto resident who has been writing, collaborating, and performing under the moniker since 2009. She writes during waves of welcomed reclusive tendencies often producing minimal, purposely circuitous, quietly profound songs exploring fear, love, and death. She will be performing alongside special bandmates for this VENUS FEST celebration.

Explore her music: loommusic.bandcamp.com

  Bully  burst onto the scene in 2015 with their critically acclaimed album Feels Like. Today the band announces Losing. The album was engineered and mixed by lead-singer Alicia Bognanno in Chicago at Electrical Audio.  Fronted by Alicia Bognanno, Bully was born in 2013. Bognanno was an engineer who had cut her teeth working at Electrical Audio in Chicago. Together with guitarist Clayton Parker and Reece Lazarus on bass, they made a debut album received unanimous critical acclaim and Bognanno became a point of intrigue. A rock icon in the making, with her signature scream, messy blonde hair hanging in her face, and formidable skills as both a player and a engineer who prefers recording to tape. "The coarse Cobain head-scream of Bully singer, songwriter and guitarist Alicia Bognanno is its own resuscitating jolt of protest," said Pitchfork. "She spends much of Feels Like tearing the house down with her howl." The success propelled the band into an exhaustive touring cycle with spots on huge festivals such as Bonnaroo, Lollapallooza, Pitchfork Music Festival and ACL and a late night appearance on Conan.  While Feels Like tumbled headlong into the precarious nature of Bognanno's young adult life, Losing is a document of the complexity of growth: navigating breakups with sensitivity, learning not to run away from your troubles but to face them no matter how messy they may be. The debut single, "Feel The Same' is the album opener. Like an electric-shock Bognanno is back in your face tackling the angst of a young person feeling their way through the world. The song describes the prison of a manic mind-set, being trapped in your own head. On "Seeing It" she addresses the issue of personal safety and navigating the world as a woman. On "Running" she focuses on personal relationships and the avoidance of facing the demise of a personal relationship.  Losing is an internal, carefully focused record, a universalized diary and an exorcism-not of any one specific demon, but the host of them that characterize contemporary anxieties. Bully are growing up, sure, but their fire is in no way diminishing.

Bully burst onto the scene in 2015 with their critically acclaimed album Feels Like. Today the band announces Losing. The album was engineered and mixed by lead-singer Alicia Bognanno in Chicago at Electrical Audio.

Fronted by Alicia Bognanno, Bully was born in 2013. Bognanno was an engineer who had cut her teeth working at Electrical Audio in Chicago. Together with guitarist Clayton Parker and Reece Lazarus on bass, they made a debut album received unanimous critical acclaim and Bognanno became a point of intrigue. A rock icon in the making, with her signature scream, messy blonde hair hanging in her face, and formidable skills as both a player and a engineer who prefers recording to tape. "The coarse Cobain head-scream of Bully singer, songwriter and guitarist Alicia Bognanno is its own resuscitating jolt of protest," said Pitchfork. "She spends much of Feels Like tearing the house down with her howl." The success propelled the band into an exhaustive touring cycle with spots on huge festivals such as Bonnaroo, Lollapallooza, Pitchfork Music Festival and ACL and a late night appearance on Conan.

While Feels Like tumbled headlong into the precarious nature of Bognanno's young adult life, Losing is a document of the complexity of growth: navigating breakups with sensitivity, learning not to run away from your troubles but to face them no matter how messy they may be. The debut single, "Feel The Same' is the album opener. Like an electric-shock Bognanno is back in your face tackling the angst of a young person feeling their way through the world. The song describes the prison of a manic mind-set, being trapped in your own head. On "Seeing It" she addresses the issue of personal safety and navigating the world as a woman. On "Running" she focuses on personal relationships and the avoidance of facing the demise of a personal relationship.

Losing is an internal, carefully focused record, a universalized diary and an exorcism-not of any one specific demon, but the host of them that characterize contemporary anxieties. Bully are growing up, sure, but their fire is in no way diminishing.

MOOR MOTHER

  Moor Mother  is the viscerally charged output of Philadelphia based interdisciplinary artist, Camae Ayewa.  'Moor Mother might be the most radical – even the most useful – Afrofuturist artist to emerge for years. Fetish Bones works not just as an atlas and an archive but as a mausoleum, housing the bones of those who have fallen along a bloody trail stretching all the way back to 1886' — WIRE  Camae Ayewa (Moor Mother) is a musician, poet, visual artist, and workshop facilitator, and has performed at numerous festivals, colleges, galleries, and museums around the world, sharing the stage with King Britt, Roscoe Mitchell, Claudia Rankine, Bell Hooks, and more. Camae is a vocalist in three collaborative performance groups: Irreversible Entanglements, Moor Jewelry and 700bliss.  'Fetish Bones is her masterclass on creating a sensory experience that interrogates your complicity, pushing you through a door that sends you hurtling through time' — PITCHFORK  In late 2016, she released her debut album Fetish Bones on Don Giovanni records to critical acclaim. Fetish Bones was named 3rd best album of the year by The Wire Magazine, number 1 by Jazz Right Now and appeared on numerous end of the year list from Pitchfork, Noisy, Rolling Stone, and Spin Magazine. She has since released 'The Motionless Present' commissioned by CTM X VINYL FACTORY 2017, as well as fronted the groups Irreversible Entanglements and Moor Jewelry and 700bliss. Thanks to her unstoppable energy, she has recently peformed at a host of vital festivals including Borealis, CTM, Le Guess Who?, Unsound, Flow, Rewire and Donau.  'Her music is deliberately raw and unfiltered, like human feelings' — FADER

Moor Mother is the viscerally charged output of Philadelphia based interdisciplinary artist, Camae Ayewa.

'Moor Mother might be the most radical – even the most useful – Afrofuturist artist to emerge for years. Fetish Bones works not just as an atlas and an archive but as a mausoleum, housing the bones of those who have fallen along a bloody trail stretching all the way back to 1886' — WIRE

Camae Ayewa (Moor Mother) is a musician, poet, visual artist, and workshop facilitator, and has performed at numerous festivals, colleges, galleries, and museums around the world, sharing the stage with King Britt, Roscoe Mitchell, Claudia Rankine, Bell Hooks, and more. Camae is a vocalist in three collaborative performance groups: Irreversible Entanglements, Moor Jewelry and 700bliss.

'Fetish Bones is her masterclass on creating a sensory experience that interrogates your complicity, pushing you through a door that sends you hurtling through time' — PITCHFORK

In late 2016, she released her debut album Fetish Bones on Don Giovanni records to critical acclaim. Fetish Bones was named 3rd best album of the year by The Wire Magazine, number 1 by Jazz Right Now and appeared on numerous end of the year list from Pitchfork, Noisy, Rolling Stone, and Spin Magazine. She has since released 'The Motionless Present' commissioned by CTM X VINYL FACTORY 2017, as well as fronted the groups Irreversible Entanglements and Moor Jewelry and 700bliss. Thanks to her unstoppable energy, she has recently peformed at a host of vital festivals including Borealis, CTM, Le Guess Who?, Unsound, Flow, Rewire and Donau.

'Her music is deliberately raw and unfiltered, like human feelings' — FADER

OSHUN

  OSHUN  is an independent Hip-Hop / Soul duo and the sonic manifestation of Afrofuturism. Using digital and acoustic sounds, heavy drums and bass, and ambient harmonic textures, OSHUN connects with the spirit of their ancestors to manifest a sweeter tomorrow for us all. Since the release of their debut mixtape ASASE YAA in 2015, OSHUN has amassed a social following of over 150k people between  Youtube , Instagram (@oshun), and  Facebook  alone. They’ve been recognized by media heavy hitters such as Rolling Stone, The FADER, Viceland, Huffington Post, NPR, Essence, and Vogue (just to name a few). They've also performed throughout the U.S. and Brazil all while remaining full-time college students at NYU. It’s been a wonderful journey and now that these young goddesses have graduated college, they are transitioning into the next phase of manifesting their purpose. OSHUN is preparing for the release of their debut album series “bittersweet”, complete with captivating visuals, a 2 month long tour of the US and Canada, and a deeper look into their ever-evolving selves.

OSHUN is an independent Hip-Hop / Soul duo and the sonic manifestation of Afrofuturism. Using digital and acoustic sounds, heavy drums and bass, and
ambient harmonic textures, OSHUN connects with the spirit of their ancestors to manifest a sweeter tomorrow for us all. Since the release of their debut
mixtape ASASE YAA in 2015, OSHUN has amassed a social following of over 150k people between Youtube, Instagram (@oshun), and Facebook alone. They’ve been recognized by media heavy hitters such as Rolling Stone, The FADER, Viceland, Huffington Post, NPR, Essence, and Vogue (just to name a few). They've also performed throughout the U.S. and Brazil all while remaining full-time college students at NYU. It’s been a wonderful journey and now that these young goddesses have graduated college, they are transitioning into the next phase of manifesting their purpose. OSHUN is preparing for the release of their
debut album series “bittersweet”, complete with captivating visuals, a 2 month long tour of the US and Canada, and a deeper look into their ever-evolving selves.

Elle Barbara's Black Space

 Elle Barbara is a Montreal-based artist and singer. Rising from artist-run spaces at the turn of the current decade, their recent efforts are centered around transgender community organizing. With a group called the Black Space and a lineup made of musicians of Sub-Saharan descent, Elle Barbara aims to recenter contemporary blackness via the rejection of racialized tropes.

Elle Barbara is a Montreal-based artist and singer. Rising from artist-run spaces at the turn of
the current decade, their recent efforts are centered around transgender community organizing.
With a group called the Black Space and a lineup made of musicians of Sub-Saharan descent,
Elle Barbara aims to recenter contemporary blackness via the rejection of racialized tropes.

ISLA CRAIG

  Isla Craig is  a multi-dimensional vocalist and songwriter living and working in Toronto, ON. With pointed attention towards vocal delivery and melodic play, her music is underpinned by languid psyche blues rhythms and arrangements that tumble into trance states. In addition to her work as a solo artist, she is an active collaborator in the Toronto music scene, currently performing with Jennifer Castle, IC/JC/VC, and the Cosmic Range. Past projects include the Deeep (Not Not Fun), and OG Melody (Thom Gill)     The Becoming (her third solo release) will be released by Pleasence Records in June 22nd, 2018.

Isla Craig is a multi-dimensional vocalist and songwriter living and working in Toronto, ON. With pointed attention towards vocal delivery and melodic play, her music is underpinned by languid psyche blues rhythms and arrangements that tumble into trance states. In addition to her work as a solo artist, she is an active collaborator in the Toronto music scene, currently performing with Jennifer Castle, IC/JC/VC, and the Cosmic Range. Past projects include the Deeep (Not Not Fun), and OG Melody (Thom Gill)

 

The Becoming (her third solo release) will be released by Pleasence Records in June 22nd, 2018.

Maylee  Todd

   Maylee Todd   is a multimedia artist and musician based in Toronto. Her creativity derives from a wide range of artistic disciplines: songwriting, production, performance art, digital collage, and 3-D projection mapping. Todd's themes are inspired by science fiction, human development,  psychology and unconventional thinking. Todd produces shows for alternative experiences; Virtual Womb is her current project that melds all her skills together creating an alternative experience; walking through a large Vulva and lay on the ground and take in projections on the ceiling that coincide with the music performed live. Todd asks the audience to fill out what they do for therapy and their Acts Of Love live online  www.mayleetodd.com  for everyone to access them. Collecting the Collective Consciousness.  Todd has currently returned from a tour in Asia touring Manila's Fringe and Tokyo's Billboard Live. She has recently released her third self-produced record Acts Of Love, which has glowing reviews from CBC, NPR, Vogue Japan, and Okay Player.  Todd teaches workshops and privately in artist development and tech focusing on software Ableton Live, Resolume, and Madmapper. She has been featured in Native Instruments and is currently collaborating with Roland to make interactive sound and visual installations.

Maylee Todd is a multimedia artist and musician based in Toronto. Her creativity derives from a wide range of artistic disciplines: songwriting, production, performance art, digital collage, and 3-D projection mapping. Todd's themes are inspired by science fiction, human development,

psychology and unconventional thinking. Todd produces shows for alternative experiences; Virtual Womb is her current project that melds all her skills together creating an alternative experience; walking through a large Vulva and lay on the ground and take in projections on the ceiling that coincide with the music performed live. Todd asks the audience to fill out what they do for therapy and their Acts Of Love live online www.mayleetodd.com for everyone to access them. Collecting the Collective Consciousness.

Todd has currently returned from a tour in Asia touring Manila's Fringe and Tokyo's Billboard Live. She has recently released her third self-produced record Acts Of Love, which has glowing reviews from CBC, NPR, Vogue Japan, and Okay Player.

Todd teaches workshops and privately in artist development and tech focusing on software Ableton Live, Resolume, and Madmapper. She has been featured in Native Instruments and is currently collaborating with Roland to make interactive sound and visual installations.

Ora Cogan

  Cogan  can be strikingly sparse and overwhelmingly composed in the same sublime breath. She summons orchestral waves of violins and rolling psychedelic guitars, propelled forward by a voice that sweeps audiences away under a tsunami of blissful sonic complexity." - Sled Island Festival  Ora Cogan is a unique artist who has collaborated with a multitude of artists. She has been invited to perform at festivals worldwide, toured extensively & released seven albums to date. Cogan’s new album 'Crickets' was recorded in Philadelphia with Tom Deis & released on Hand Drawn Dracula in November 2017. This complex & political record has married the intricate and atmospheric style this artist is known for with bold new arrangements that stretch out across many a sonic realm.   

Cogan can be strikingly sparse and overwhelmingly composed in the same sublime breath. She summons orchestral waves of violins and rolling psychedelic guitars, propelled forward by a voice that sweeps audiences away under a tsunami of blissful sonic complexity." - Sled Island Festival

Ora Cogan is a unique artist who has collaborated with a multitude of artists. She has been invited to perform at festivals worldwide, toured extensively & released seven albums to date. Cogan’s new album 'Crickets' was recorded in Philadelphia with Tom Deis & released on Hand Drawn Dracula in November 2017. This complex & political record has married the intricate and atmospheric style this artist is known for with bold new arrangements that stretch out across many a sonic realm.

 


Diana Vandermeulen                                           Vanessa Rieger

 INSTALLATION     Diana Lynn VanderMeulen is a Toronto-based artist, who received her BFA from York University in 2012. Her practice is fluid between collage, painting, sculptural installation, and digital media. Past and present works investigate the psychedelic and mysterious elements of our natural world through the lens of magic realism. 

INSTALLATION

 

Diana Lynn VanderMeulen is a Toronto-based artist, who received her BFA from York University in 2012. Her practice is fluid between collage, painting, sculptural installation, and digital media. Past and present works investigate the psychedelic and mysterious elements of our natural world through the lens of magic realism. 

 VISUALS   Vanessa Rieger  started her artistic path at a young age spray painting on the streets of Toronto. At the age of 16 she started working for the city facilitating mural programs and graffiti transformation projects with other youth. While attending an arts high school for theatre she excelled at writing, directing and set design, and discovered her true passion within the visual arts. After graduating, she attended the Ontario College of Art and Design to refine her abilities in painting and installation. While completing a BFA in Drawing and Painting, Vanessa was also exposed to other mediums such as printmaking, video, and performance art. She experiments with all these mediums to cultivate a multi-disciplinary artistic practice to realize her concepts and ideas to their fullest.

VISUALS

Vanessa Rieger started her artistic path at a young age spray painting on the streets of Toronto. At the age of 16 she started working for the city facilitating mural programs and graffiti transformation projects with other youth. While attending an arts high school for theatre she excelled at writing, directing and set design, and discovered her true passion within the visual arts. After graduating, she attended the Ontario College of Art and Design to refine her abilities in painting and installation. While completing a BFA in Drawing and Painting, Vanessa was also exposed to other mediums such as printmaking, video, and performance art. She experiments with all these mediums to cultivate a multi-disciplinary artistic practice to realize her concepts and ideas to their fullest.

Sarah Cannon                         POSI VIBEZ

 INSTALLATION  Sarah Cannon is a Toronto based artist who works in a variety of mediums with a primary focus on portraiture. She received her BFA from OCAD University’s Drawing & Painting program in 2011. She’s been commissioned to create live art pieces for events like Field Trip Festival and the AGO, painted portraits of internationally recognized musicians Mac DeMarco and Sleigh Bells, and has visually activated spaces for numerous other brands.

INSTALLATION

Sarah Cannon is a Toronto based artist who works in a variety of mediums with a primary focus on portraiture. She received her BFA from OCAD University’s Drawing & Painting program in 2011. She’s been commissioned to create live art pieces for events like Field Trip Festival and the AGO, painted portraits of internationally recognized musicians Mac DeMarco and Sleigh Bells, and has visually activated spaces for numerous other brands.

 POSTCARD TABLE  POSI VIBEZ was formed in 2014, after founder Kate Killet had attended various festivals around the world and witnessed a glaring void in support services at these events; the need to provide a calm, understanding space where someone feeling vulnerable could go and connect with “posi peers” when feeling overwhelmed; due to anxiety, harassment, and/or substance abuse. She also started covering herself and others in glitter as both a queer & POSI signifier. POSI VIBEZ aims to bring back old school festival ethos of peace, love and community whilst focusing on the art & music - in reaction to the modern madness.     The first POSI VIBEZ event was in 2015, an installation at Camp Wavelength that was part capture the flag, part team building exercise and part self-esteem building. Since then POSI VIBEZ has grown, having hosted a number of shows featuring upcoming independent artists such as Hooded Fang, Blunt Chunks, Calvin Love to name a few.  POSI VIBEZ has also has been involved and a part of cultural festivals such as Camp Wavelength, Long Winter, and more. In 2017, POSI VIBEZ Collaborative Arts & Music Society became a registered not-for-profit organization to continue building on the goals Killet imagined for the community.

POSTCARD TABLE

POSI VIBEZ was formed in 2014, after founder Kate Killet had attended various festivals around the world and witnessed a glaring void in support services at these events; the need to provide a calm, understanding space where someone feeling vulnerable could go and connect with “posi peers” when feeling overwhelmed; due to anxiety, harassment, and/or substance abuse. She also started covering herself and others in glitter as both a queer & POSI signifier. POSI VIBEZ aims to bring back old school festival ethos of peace, love and community whilst focusing on the art & music - in reaction to the modern madness.

 

The first POSI VIBEZ event was in 2015, an installation at Camp Wavelength that was part capture the flag, part team building exercise and part self-esteem building. Since then POSI VIBEZ has grown, having hosted a number of shows featuring upcoming independent artists such as Hooded Fang, Blunt Chunks, Calvin Love to name a few.  POSI VIBEZ has also has been involved and a part of cultural festivals such as Camp Wavelength, Long Winter, and more. In 2017, POSI VIBEZ Collaborative Arts & Music Society became a registered not-for-profit organization to continue building on the goals Killet imagined for the community.


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