For the first time since its Toronto event in 2007, the world renown Redbull Music Academy will return to Canada, specifically in Montreal, for its 2016 edition. Canadian alumni of past Red Bull Music Academy editions include Lunice, Sinjin Hawke, Ango, Ekali, Exeter, Poirier, and HomeSick.
Not too long ago, we had created a list of tips and tricks to successfully apply, and today we are announcing those who have been picked to participate in this year's edition. 70 artists from around the world will be part of the 2016 Red Bull Music Academy in Montreal from September 25 to October 28, 2016. These artists from all corners of the globe will be invited to the Academy home at Phi Centre to take part in workshops, lectures and studio sessions with some of the best in their field, and also perform at a few of the city’s most esteemed venues.
This year, over 300 Canadian artists applied, making it the greatest number of Canadian applications ever received. This included more than 60 from British Columbia, 25 from Alberta, more than 80 from Ontario, 120 from Quebec, and almost 30 from other smaller regions nation-wide.
5 Canadians have been officially picked to participate, including: Angus Tarnawsky from Vancouver, Casey MQ from Toronto, Sayge from Toronto, River Tiber also from Toronto will join the group to complete his Paris 2015 term and Marie Davidson from Montreal.
He creates nuanced and at times nihilistic instrumentals that are unsettling and discordant, minimalistic yet also widescreen. When working on his solo music, Tarnawasky plays and records on acoustic drums before processing them with an electronic rig, blurring the lines between the synthetic and the organic to create tunes that veer from delicate to distorted and apocalyptic.
Hidden behind multiple monikers, the Ontario-based producer, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist (jazz bass, drums, piano, guitar) released music as Astral, Sage’s Space Trio, and Little Ghost. We had covered (even premiered) his music back he was Little Ghost and are now awaiting his larger-than-life return as he mentioned working on new material right now. The music he plans to release under his latest stage name, Sayge, is influenced by an array of contemporary R&B and future bass, the kind of music made by artists like Kehlani and The Weeknd. There is no doubt that Sayge’s interpretation will be as singular and exciting as his previous work.
The Toronto multi-instrumentalist switches between melancholic soul and neo-orchestral movements, groove-laden electronic pop and piano-based ballads dripping with sadness and drama. Beyond his solo work, Casey MQ is also in a Toronto band called Unbuttoned, and has spent time as a songwriter-in-residence at the Canadian Film Center, where he has composed original music for a number of films.
The Toronto producer has been on our radar for quite some time now. We even interviewed him through iMessage when he collaborated with Pusha T and Kaytranada on some of his releases. As River Tiber, singer/beatmaker Tommy Paxton-Beesley is unafraid to push his love for R&B and hip hop production into unusual places: pitching his vocals to sound like Mariah Carey, multitracking his voice into a dozen ghost choruses, and narrowing the gap in the soul spectrum between Jodeci and Flying Lotus.
The multi-talented Montreal artist blurs the lines between techno, Italo disco, synth pop, house and more. With each song, you wonder whether she’s channeled lost sessions from Giorgio Moroder or Eduard Artemyev. Often delivering her arresting, hypnotic vocals in both English and French, her atmospheric soundscapes are as meditative as they are kinetic, the kind of electronic music that can catalyze life-altering decisions.
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