Episode 24: Reimagining A More Sustainable Music Industry w/ Barbra Lica

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In this week’s episode of ReFolkUs, we chat to Barbra Lica about the urgent need for a more sustainable music industry, focusing on the value artists bring and the importance of prioritizing joy in music-making.

Barbra provides a unique perspective on the challenges artists face within the music industry and ideas for overcoming those challenges on both a personal and collective level.

Buy/Stream Barbra Lica’s new Christmas single ‘On Christmas Eve’ here.

Follow Barbra Lica on social media:

Twitter: @beelica
Instagram: @barbralica 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/barbralicafanpage
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/barbralica   


JUNO-nominated singer-songwriter-producer Barbra Lica is a seasoned act on the North American club and festival circuits. She has performed everywhere, from New York City’s legendary Birdland to Toronto’s prestigious Koerner Hall. She has also headlined at festivals around the world including Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, Tokyo International Jazz Festival, Port-au-Prince International Jazz Festival, and Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, and opened for the likes of Christian McBride, Pat Metheny, Bob Dorough, and Terence Blanchard. Her 2018 album, You’re Fine, marked the first introduction of Folk and Americana elements to her repertoire and amassed over 6 million streams to date on Spotify. More recently, her first self-produced EP, Imposter Syndrome (2022), garnered her two 2024 Canadian Folk Music Awards nominations in the categories of Single of the Year (In 40 Years) and Solo Artist of the Year. The album single, The Ghost of Me, took home the 2023 Ontario Folk Music Awards CMRRA Song of the Year prize. In addition to writing for herself, Barbra has written cuts for such artists as jazz crooner Matt Dusk(Entertainment One/Universal), rising J-Pop singer Harumi (Sony Music Japan), and Taiwanese pop recording artist, Morrison Ma (Universal Music Group/X Entertainment). She is also the co-founder and arranger (with Anders Azzopardi), as well as lead vocalist for the Toronto Chamber-Pop Orchestra, an all new folk-jazz-classical crossover project featuring all-original music cinematically arranged for 14 instruments plus voice.


Presented by Folk Music Ontario

Hosted by Rosalyn Dennett

Produced by Kayla Nezon and Rosalyn Dennett

Mixed by Jordan Moore of The Pod Cabin

Theme music “Amsterdam” by King Cardiac

Artwork by Jaymie Karn

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