Official Showcase Artists 2022

Dumai Dunai

Montréal, QC

Dumai Dunai is a dub-punk Slavic folk band from Montreal formed in 2021. Rooted in the folk singing traditions of singer Natalia Telentso’s homeland of Ukraine and melodies inspired by Juno-nominated bandleader Eli Camilo’s extensive adventures in the lands of the Danube, the band powers these influences with deep dubbed-out grooves and the energy of punk rock.

MEDUSA

Toronto, ON

A unique all-women chamber-folk quartet that brings you traditional music from around the world, with instruments to match!

Medusa intertwines the sounds of Middle Eastern, Scandinavian, Eastern European, and Celtic music to create something entirely new. In addition to violin, viola, and cello, they play traditional bowed fiddles that were rejected for centuries in their home countries of Poland and Sweden, as their sounds were thought to be too ugly for polite audiences.

Basset

Toronto, ON

Toronto-based folk band, Basset, will take you from a beekeeper’s fields to the haunted basement of a second-hand store, in a style all their own. Basset bring a deep love of the natural world to their gorgeously meditative debut album, In The Clay, set to release in Fall 2022.

Alysha Brilla

Kitchener, ON

Alysha Brilla is a 3x Juno Award nominated artist, songwriter and music producer with a special interest in sound as a healing modality.

Brilla is the first female artist in Canada to receive multiple Juno Award nominations for her self-produced albums. Brilla's work is driven by a deep belief in music's power to transform ourselves and our world. Brilla's unique global roots x folk fusion is inspired by growing up with parents from two different cultural and religious backgrounds; an Indo-Tanzanian father and a European-Settler Canadian mother.

Amanda Rheaume

Ottawa, ON

Amanda Rheaume’s rootsy, guitar-driven songs introduce crucial dimensions to the world of Heartland Rock. In a genre characterized by anthems of underdogs, assumptions and unfair advantages, Rheaume’s sound and story crucially and radically expand the boundaries, geographic and cultural, to make space for new perspectives on resistance and resilience.

A Citizen of the Métis Nation, and an active and proud member of the 2SLGBTQ+ community, Rheaume’s music is indeed from the heart, and the land. 

Bad Actors

Sudbury, ON

Bad Actors are a folk music duo based out of Sudbury, Ontario. As former members of Murder Murder, Barry Miles and Jonathan Danyliw have been mining the annals of Appalachian, Americana, and bluegrass traditions for over a decade. This is folk music in the truest sense of the term, music that borrows from a centuries long catalogue of resources in an effort to both honour the genre's history and also examine the unique experiences of contemporary life. Sometimes the best way to process the present is to filter it through an old lens. Debut album out autumn, 2022.

Diogo Ramos

Montréal, QC

Diogo Ramos is a singer-songwriter from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Ramos’ music is part of a long tradition of Brazilian folk singers. Having studied music, particularly guitar, since the age of 13 – Ramos has been working professionally for 25 years as a music producer, having released 20 albums between composition and production.

The EP Raro Efeito is a mix of samba funk and electronic hip-hop, interweaving lyrics in Portuguese, French, Haitian Creole that encourages you to dance under the sign of beach vibes and modern urbanity. 

Les Mains Tendres

Montréal, QC

Les Mains Tendres is a love story told through music, made up of life experiences and travels.

Composed of three passionate and talented artists – Zeneli Codel (violin and vocals), Laurence Sabourin (accordion and vocals), Blanche Baillargeon (upright bass and vocals) – Les Mains Tendres offers a wide repertoire of original compositions and traditional music from Central and Eastern Europe. 

Colleen Brown

Vancouver, BC

Colleen Brown tears at our hearts as she does her own, with versatile songs and a captivating voice. On her brand new album ‘Winging It’ out this fall, she offers humour and catharsis as she sifts through her past. Brown has opened for Jim Cuddy, Rufus Wainwright and Kathleen Edwards.

Janice Jo Lee

Toronto, ON

Janice Jo Lee is a dynamic soul-folk musician and poet of Korean settler ancestry. Her new record Ancestor Song is epic folk–powerful and cathartic, with jazzy melodies, cascading harmonies and social justice anthems for the people. Lee is a hard femme queer radical and is known for being disarmingly hilarious, off-the-cuff and fearlessly honest.

Chris Ronald

Vancouver, BC

Chris Ronald’s “keenly luxuriant voice and immaculate songcraft” (The Georgia Straight) have won him many accolades including a nomination for “Songwriter of the Year” at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. Ronald emigrated from England to Canada in 2002, and his music has been described as Canadian folk with British roots. In live performance, Ronald draws on his abilities as an accomplished singer, storyteller, and multi-instrumentalist to deliver a captivating show.