Shanty Sweets

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Run It Back!

Shanty Sweets is a neo-soul, roots reggae, jazz (with a mix of ska) performer from Toronto.  Her versatile style, or “versastyle”, shows through effortlessly allowing herself to float through the many different genres mentioned with ease.  With many years of experience and a deep love for music, she knows how to keep an audience entertained and on their feet.

At the age of 16, she discovered her passion for music and her gift of an alluring voice while experimenting in her father’s recording studio.  Alongside her bandmates, Shanty has performed at many events and venues all throughout the T-dot, such as the AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario), The Carlu for a show sponsored by Western Union, The Globus Theatre (Bobcaygeon), Atria (Oshawa) and the heart of the city, Nathan Phillips Square, just to name a few.

She takes pride in always putting on a good show for her audience and strives to spread wisdom, inspiration, and create an uplifting feeling through her music.

Her influences run the gamut of excellence.  They include:  Nina Simone, Alanis Morisette, Norah Jones, Tracy Chapman, Ella Fitzgerald, Marcia Griffiths, Leela James, Beres Hammond, Goapele and many more.

“Why be like everyone else when being different is so empowering?  Feel the power!!!”

– Shanty Sweets 


Genre

Neo-Soul, Reggae, Jazz, Ska

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Se’lah Genesis

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Urban Universal

Toronto-based singer-songwriter, emcee, and just overall creator, Se’lah Genesis is a native queen to the Urban Universe within.  Her influences are synonymous with greatness:  Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, KRS ONE, Missy Elliott, Big Daddy Kane, SWV, Amy Winehouse, The Fugees, Whitney Houston, Deborah Cox, Janet Jackson, TLC, Tupac and Biggie.

She’s got levels.  On her debut rap single, “Dungeon Master”, Se’lah turned up the heat.  Her skilled lyricism hits you hard, touching on the power to create your own reality from within.

I want to connect amazing talent with other amazing talent, Thrive Artist Collective is for the artist, by the artist.  We put on kick ass shows and connect dope artists doing dope things.

– Se’lah Genesis

Se’lah has performed as a solo artist as well as collaborated with local talent such as the BTH Band, emcee Daptable, emcee DJ Krueger, producer SLWJMZ (Freddie Gibbs, Staasia Daniels, Everything O’Shaun, Alonzo).  She has also performed at a variety of musical events and venues throughout the T-Dot (Burdock, Afro-Fest, Tranzac Club, The Cadillac Lounge, Nuit Blanche, and many more).

In January 2017, she founded the Thrive Artist Collective, a networking hub engaging artistic entrepreneurial creators, with the a combined focus on creating new music and producing live shows throughout the GTA.

Book her for your next event or project before she turns into a Supernova star!

 


Genre

Singer, Songwriter, Host

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Nadia High

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Elevator

Nadia High takes you higher by going deep.  She performs soulful original songs that blend urban-folk, blues, neo-soul and classic rock genres.   Her music is laced with super hooks, jazzy chords and catchy melodies that bring her listeners something fresh to feed their souls.

As a pre-teen, she started off performing on several local talent shows, studied vocal harmonies and was a National Music Festival finalist at 16.  Her stint as a host and DJ for “Expressions” on CJSR Radio in Edmonton, lead to her studying Radio, Television & Film at Howard University in the US.  She minored in Music.  She went on to directing and producing two feature length documentaries and served as music supervisor on both.  The most notable, “Damaged Goods” ran on Showtime Networks for a year.

 

[Nadia High] is not afraid to face challenging topics in her songwriting be it race, social injustice or to love in the face of adversity.

– Alex Gallacher (folkradio.co.uk).

 

Nadia is leaving her imprint on the local urban-art/music scene, after traveling and performing in major North American cities over the last few years.  She uses what she has learned and observed throughout her journeys to address many of the issues facing communities today in her music, by incorporating “pretty” melodies and an infectious groove that tends to resonate with audiences from all walks of life
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In July of 2017, Nadia released her original song, “Armchair Revolution“.  Her current focus is on finishing up her latest project, “Curve Balls In The Rain”, which is set to be released at the end of 2018.

Book her if your next event needs some elevation.

 


Genre

Urban, Folk, Blues, Neo-Soul

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Sluka

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Sluka, hailing from San Diego, has recently released his 11th album, “Colorful Radiation“.  He has been referred to as a “Modern Day Renaissance Man”.  All instruments played on CR were played by him.  Read the featured article on our city site, Mobtreal, here.

Born near Seattle, Christopher Sluka had a multinational upbringing as he was raised all around the world, with his family never spending more than a couple of years in any one place — this life experience is evident in his cosmopolitan musical sound.

Over the years, after building up a large international fanbase, Christopher’s visionary style has developed and matured, yet he remains enigmatic by keeping a focus on creative songwriting, while building an international reputation for his enthralling live performances.

Leaving them wanting more has translated into numerous television appearances, memorable radio interviews, and excellent press reviews, wherever he has travelled and performed.  Besides his uniquely accessible music, Christopher is also a globally renowned visual artist and his surrealistic paintings have graced gallery walls from New York to San Diego, Tokyo to Milan.  He is also an accomplished aircraft pilot.


Genre

Rock

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Eric Anders

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Folk Rebellion

Californian singer-songwriter, Eric Anders, released his ten-song anti-Trump album, Eleven Nine, in the Spring of 2017.  He also just released his new EP, Recoveries.   He is donating all of the album proceeds from Eleven Nine to Lambda Legal.  True money-where-your-mouth-is activism at it’s best.

Eric got into writing and recording songs in his late thirties and then tried to make up for lost time by releasing four critically acclaimed CDs in four years:  Not At One (2003), Songs For Wayward Days (2004), More Regrets (2005), and Tethered to the Ground (2006).  After taking a five year break to get married and have a few children, he released Remains In Me (2011) followed by Big World Abide:  The Best of Eric Anders (2016).

Whereas Eric’s early releases were all recorded in Los Angeles, Eric’s later work would all be recorded in Seattle.  In 2006, Eric and his producer/guitarist, Matt Brown presented their cover of the Violent Femmes’ “Blister in the Sun” to the song’s writer Gordon Gano.  Music critic, Mark Wilson, called the cover “astounding” stating that “With some approved lyric tweaking, Anders’ slowed-down, ethereal take turns the song from an 80’s party anthem to a tale of romantic exhaustion and resignation.”

In addition to Eric’s songs being heard on radio all over the world, his song “So Wrong” from Tethered to the Ground was used in the 2007 Michael Schroeder film, Man In the Chair, starring Academy Award, Christopher Plummer.  Eric was inspired by Michael Apted’s 1992 documentary, Incident at Oglala, to write the politically charged songs about Native American’s history of oppression in the U.S.

On 11/9/2016, a day that will live in infamy, Eric, now an established family man in his fifties, knew he had to take a break from promoting Big World Abide and get to work on some new songs to make his third political CD:  an anti-Trump ten song LP, which he decided to name Eleven Nine after that day and in reference to that other cataclysmic day for America, 9/11.  Read the featured article on our city site, MobAngeles, here.

 


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Folk

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Danii Roundtree

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Danii Roundtree has got next.  But that’s because she is an appreciator of those who came before.  Special souls like Andra Day, Amy Winehouse, Janelle Monae, Erykah Badu & Billy Holiday.  She’s been honing her craft for years, but now, with her debut single, “Crave”, she’s not just knocking on the door, she’s kicking it down to let you know that She is Here.

“Crave” is the first single off of her debut album “Memoirs” set to drop Summer 17.  The smart move would be to get on this now before everyone else does.  Trust me, it feels good to tell everyone you knew who Adele was a full year before the world did.  You don’t want to miss this boat.

 

In her own words,

‘Memoirs’ is an album written from true life events.  We all have that one love story that ends before it starts.  And I just so happen to be a singer/songwriter who documents through song.  This album is literally a collection of my memoirs…. The sound has a throwback feel that is Jazz-oriented with Funk and Soul elements…”

Danii, a former American Idol and Miss USA Pageant contestant, will be performing at the end of the month on the Next Generation Stage at the 40th Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival (attended by 120k patrons) along with her band, The Retro Rebels.


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Soul

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Kim Tibbs

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Soul Snatcher

Call it what you want, Kim Tibbs calls it Destiny.  Singing from out the womb, this preacher’s daughter credits her late father for her musical ability.  She has over 30 years of musical experience and wears many hats:  arranger, keyboardist, lyricist, accomplished Pianist, Producer, and Songwriter.  All that and brains too, she holds two Masters degrees and is working on her Doctorate.  She literally schools while she sings.

Her singles, “I Need You For Your Love”, “Soul!”, “Drifting”, and “Move!” have all got some serious play on U.K. Soul stations and due to their performance on the charts have spread her revival soul movement to 12 countries and counting.

 

Her list of artists she’s collaborated with is too immense to list here, but here are some highlights:  Billy Ray Cyrus, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Percy Sledge, Raheem DeVaughn, and numerous other accomplished musicians from every genre.

 

Kim has shared the stage with numerous acclaimed American Gospel choirs, as well as Mary J. Blige, Ruben Studdard, Lakeside, Christopher Williams, & Keke Wyatt. 

Catch this spark before it turns into an inferno.


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Soul

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Michael Shand

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Michael Shand has been a close friend of Mob Boss Chase for nearly 20 years, but a friend of music since he first touched the ivory keys. Mike “The Hand” Shand is a quality person, friend and a mind-blowing keyboardist.

His peers will tell you that he is a brilliant musician able to turn a song inside out, identify what’s special about it, enhance that and present it back to you in a way you have never heard before.  The roster of amazing artists he’s worked with and wowed is too long to list.

This summer alone he served as musical director for Juno winning R&B crooner Sean Jones‘ wildly successful Soul In The City residency at Casa Loma in Toronto, while plane-hopping across the world as keyboardist for chart-topping, multi-platinum recording artist, Johnny Reid with his equally beautiful and talented fiancee, and Johnny Reid back up singer, Miku Graham.

When he is on the local hustle, Michael is routinely booked for corporate gigs, weddings, special events and most times you can catch him at Bar Italia on College St. every Friday or Joe Mamas on King St. every Saturday.

Born of Jamaican parents, Michael attributes his love for piano from memories of his father mellowing out to jazz tunes in the darkness of their basement. “Michael. Come here!” he’d say in his Jamaican accent. “You have to hear Joe Zawinul’s piano solo on ‘The Song My Lady Sings’.”  And although, neither of them knew it, moments like that formed the man Shand, and the rest, as they say, is history.



Genre

Pianist, writer, arranger, musical director/producer

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Dee Bronte

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Unique Soul Connection

True artists live for connection.  No matter the medium, the artist wants to reach you.  For the artist, success isn’t just measured in sales or likes, it’s also measured in how their art speaks to or effects the human condition.  Dee Bronte is that special type of artist that literally is what she does.

“If I couldn’t sing – I think I’d just die. Honestly…..it’s my purpose,  nothing brings me more joy,  and fear, and pain.  It’s the thing I am most afraid of and yet, it’s the thing I want most, so I guess it’s my greatest love.”

Words that are most likely tattooed on her soul.  She is an individual committed to her craft.

Dee likens her creative style to the characteristics of the albatross. Independent, free-spirited and graceful in its travels to overcoming limitations — Dee embraces this bird’s spirit to create music. Not surprising that one of her favorite singles Come Around, in Dee’s own words, is about “the road blocks we create for ourselves and how lovely things could be if we got out of our own way.  It’s about the possibility of something.”

With a solid foundation of support from her fans, loved ones, and collaborators, Dee has churned their influence into a beautifully resonating acoustic blend of pop, R&B and urban music with her new album – “Preface”. Buy it here.


Genre

Pop · R&B · Singer · Soul

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T.C. Folkpunk

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Cake Without The Icing

Some people believe that sugar is the “over-the-counter” drug that is slowly killing all of us.  And believe it or not, there are some people who prefer the cake to the icing.  T.C. Folkpunk gets that.  He is the cake.  He doesn’t need the icing.  If you think about what you’re consuming, instead of just absorbing anything, his music may just be for you.

T.C. Folkpunk is the fifth Beatle.  Whether they know it or not, is not really relevant, is it?  All that matters is what happens when he picks up a guitar.  T.C. has played hundreds of live gigs, starting at the age of 17 (using his height to convince people that let him in the door, but using his talent to prove to them that he belonged there).

Folkpunk, as a genre, has been described as “unplugged guitars, no bass or drums, and a great story written into each tune.”

T.C.’s latest release, 2014’s “Lamest Fast Words“, not only wins for Best Album Name in our books, but for uniqueness.  All 12 songs were recorded in true “folkpunk” style, live off the floor with no overdubs, captured in a single two-hour session.  T.C. also just made his acting debut in the feature film “Love In The Sixth“.  He is also one of the film’s score composers.  Book this star in the making before it’s too late.  He just released his newest album, “Hearsay is 20/20“.


Genre

Folkpunk · Musician

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