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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Why Does Emerge Have Us Excited?!

Thanks to Emerge Artists Showcase, Toronto has reason to get excited about the pool of talent waiting to be enjoyed by thirsty ears!

Featuring a line up that ranges from Jazz (Susie McClean) to Soul (Shi Wizdom) to sleek Reggae and Alternative vibes (Ammoye), there is not one part of the event fans won't enjoy.  This event is worth every one of your $15! 

Check out the line up and make sure you connect with organizers and artists to show your support!

Lincoln Blache
Lincoln Blache is Canadian alternative/ soul/Pop-rock/& hip-hop genre bending artist who has garnered international & critical acclaim with a scene stealing guest verse on the hit single “Runnin”, teaming up with successful Dj’s (Doman & Gooding).

The song went number one in the UK and also gained heavy rotation on MTV Europe& Much Music beating out moguls Beyonce, Lady Gaga and new comer Kid Cudi for the top spot on the dance charts earning Lincoln Blache nominations for the
JUNO (2010)-Best Dance recording and Canadian Radio music awards (2010) – Best Rhythmic/ Hot AC recording
Listen to Lincoln Blache’s music here:

Shi Wisdom 

From a young age, Renee ‘Shi’ Wisdom’s talent was evident. Raised by an ambitious and driven mother, Shi was immersed in many programs for the arts, which enabled her to discover her musical talent of singing and passion for music. Influenced by unique musical legends such as Prince, Smokie Norful, Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley and Billie Holiday, has helped develop Shi’s creative musical presence. She has also been compared to relatively new artists, like Chrisette Michelle, Peggy Sue, Bilal, Muhsinah and the late Amy Winehouse.

Being a level 8 Classically trained Pianist, at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Shi exemplifies everything but the rigid constrictions of classical music.Experimenting with her influences of Jazz, Soul, R&B and Alternative music has given life to a new style of soul.  Visit Shi Wisdom's website here:

Haley Small

Haley’s talent was first widely recognized when she sang the national anthems for a Blue Jay’s game at the Sky Dome at 10 years old. Haley has been working with Grammy Award winning Producers such as Harvey Mason Jr, Boi 1da as well as writing team The Senate from LA. Haley's distinctive Pop Sound with a hint of R & B makes Haley one of the best up and coming young artists out of Toronto. Haley opened for Bobby V and Ginuwine at The Sound Academy in January 2013 and is ready to hit the stage again.  Check out Haleys music here:

Brett Kingswell
With the grit of a 90's grunge front man and the charm of a southern gentleman, Brett Kingswell's unique brand of northern roots country rock is turning heads, perking ears and stomping feet in its wake. The life of this razor sharp rock and roll vagabond began in small town Port Elgin, Ontario. After picking up a guitar for the first time at the age of 23, the path of music became natural for this unsuspecting artist, prolific singer/songwriter, and magnetic performer.
A firefighter, actor and artist, this Canadian super talent has rocked stages across the continent, having shared the spotlight with such revered acts as Everclear, I Mother Earth, and David Wilcox. Brett is currently working on his Debut album and Canadian Tour.  Check out Brett Kingswell's music here:

Ammoye’s name is inspired by the Italian word for love. That’s what goes into her music, and it’s how audiences respond to her wherever she goes. Rooted in the reggae music of her native Jamaica . The 2013 Canadian Juno Awards Has Nominated “Radio” her Debut Single for “Best Reggae Recording” .Ammoye effortlessly glides from reggae to dancehall and dub, to gospel and soul, to hiphop and R&B, with breathtaking ease and presence. Her phenomenal new single and video, “Radio”, are currently taking over the airwaves and social media, having already charted in the U.K. on Galaxy Gold Radio.  Listen to Ammoye's music here:

Karina Es
Noted for her passionate lyrics up-and-coming Canadian star Karina Es was put on this Earth for one reason -- to create, sing, and entertain. Karina can now add Bell Media's coveted Emerging Artist Initiative to the list for her song "Little Mercy". The initiative secured the song airplay across the country for the month of March where she cracked the Top 50 chart.

Now having been formally scouted by Canadian superstars, and Grammy/Juno nominated producers Kuya Productions (JRDN, Nelly, Jesse McCartney) Karina's future looks brighter than ever. Be on the lookout for her latest single Dancing In The Stars, a summer anthem, which has been released to ITUNES and to Canadian radio!  Listen to Karina Es here:

Susie McLean

Susie hails from Mississauga, Ontario, with an extensive musical background and unique style described as jazz/soul with folk undertones. Many industry professionals have described her style to resemble the legendary Norah Jones and Corinne Bailey Rae.

For her album , Susie worked with Juno Award winning producer, Roy Oommen, Grammy Nominee musician Pat Kilbride, and the notable drummer Mark Kelso The album includes three original songs: “Sing Your Song”, “Till the Morning Comes” and “Falling Down”, along with seven cover songs. "I never choose a song that I can’t relate to in some way. My music will always reflect a piece of me”.
Visit Susie McLean's website here:

Drew Lieth and The Foundation

Drew Leith and The Foundation is a folk-rock band from Cambridge, ON. Drew Leith and The Foundation had a great start to 2012 with a serious presence at Canadian Music week (including a showcase at The Hard Rock Cafe and Q107) as well as a Top 5 nomination for Best Country Music Act at the 2012 Toronto Independent Music Awards.  Visit Drew Leith and the Foundation's website here:


Rufus is a fresh face who brings a new sound to R&B Music. He is a musician with a genuine desire to bridge the gap between the youth and the elders of today with his music being the catalyst for change and the voice of positivity. Set to drop fall 2012, his self-written debut album “Growing Pains” which follows an autobiographical journey of Rufus’ growth as an individual, a role model, a songwriter and as an artist.
As Rufus says “his ultimate goal for his music is to become the bridge between the youth and elders of today, the kid next door that people can relate to and the catalyst for growth and change in our communities.” Look out, he is coming!
Check out Rufus' music here:

Jay Evans
Jay Evans was born in Toronto Ontario, Canada. At the age of 3, his mother decided to move the family to Los Angeles California, where she sang as a backup to the legendary media mogul, producer and musician Quincy Jones. From the age of 10 Jay was privileged to have been able to witness and perform with his mother. Jay Evans uniqueness to stay with and evolve in the ever changing times of music was no denying that his talent would be noticed. His artistry has been compared to the likes of such artists as R.Kelly, Usher and the belated Luther Vandross. There is no doubt that he was destined to be in the music industry.
Listen to jay Evans music here:

Elephant 12 

Elephant 12's music is unapologetic punk rock laced with a magnetic punchy electro bass line. Originated in the depth of East London, the three piece band consist of Jerome (vocals), Robbie (guitar) and Manlio (programming) bringing a sonic sound that's captivating. Elephant 12 is known for their stage performances generating buzz as they are renowned for [their] sing along anthems [Diet Coke, Holiday, Shut Up and many more]. Such impressive performances and songs have amassed huge a cult following for the band. In turn these boys have captured a new sound which is encouraging crowds onto the dance floor in droves plus winning over most skeptics [Hardcore Mental Audience] .YouTube(TM) is another testament of their growing popularity where live performances are regularly posted by fans. You can expect catchy arrangements, entertaining lyrics dealing with love, daily realities and heartfelt emotions.  Visit Elephant 12 website here:

U.G.O. Crew
Nominated for a Canadian Radio Music Award for their 2010 hit single ‘Change’ ft. Sean Kingston, U.G.O.Crew (Under Ground Officials) bring together a unique blend of Pop, Urban and Rock with an original style. The signature U.G.O. Crew sound breaks down through Stevano’s consummate MC skills and conscious stinging rhymes, DJ Karina’s emotive voice and adhesive pop melodies plus Arturo’ Rock inspired Latin-flavored flourishes of blazing guitar.

Following U.G.O. Crew’s 2009 Juno nominated ‘Still Fly” collaboration renowned artists Drake and Page, U.G.O. Crew split time that year and 2010 on the road touring with high profile artists and in studio producing new singles.
Listen to U.G.O. Crews Music here:

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