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Need Some New Music? Here’s Toronto’s Best Upcoming Talent

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So you wanna be a musician? Or maybe you just love going to concerts? On November 23rd, celebrate the launch of CRESCENDO: a new online resource built to support and showcase the future of the Canadian music industry – it’s also a new project from Media Production students this term.

This is not just any concert. It’s an experience – the digital space that is Crescendo. Join Toronto’s most talented community members, established artists and industry professionals for a night of music and mentorship no one will forget. With performances by some of Toronto’s best talent DviiFrancois KlarkAnnie MēhēshUnbloom, and Overlapse. $10 advance tickets are available now via Ticketfly or $15 at the door. You must be 19+ to attend. Here’s a bit of info on artists on deck:

UNBLOOM

Jonathan Zarola began his musical career as a drummer for jazz, funk, and indie-rock outfits, and has made it a point to combine these influences in his music using lush synthesizers, throbbing bass-lines, dynamic drums, and pleading vocals from both himself and a plethora of guest collaborators. To put it simply, UNBLOOM creates an emotional crisis on the dance floor. Having grabbed the attention of many tastemakers with his latest EP “This Could Be Everything / This Could Be Nothing,” Zarola is determined to take another step forward with his production and collaborations.

DVII

Dvii is a pop/R&B project by Toronto-based artist Sung-Jun Park. He’s currently working towards the release of his debut EP, “Cinema”. In an exclusive Crescendo acoustic session, Dvii performed one of his upcoming songs “No Use”. Stay tuned for its release!

MEHESH

MEHESH is an eclectic singer/songwriter, raised in Toronto, Ontario. Her sassy and mysterious persona is evidently displayed through her sound, which is best described as “edgy pop”. In late 2015, following her performance in a concert Series, MEHESH had decided to take music to the next level. She took part in recording sessions in Toronto which then led her to Los Angeles where she was fortunate enough to take part in numerous recording sessions with a team of accomplished producers / songwriters. Her debut single ‘Coming for the Night’, available August 4th on all major streaming platforms, takes us on an adventure through the eyes of a rebellious teenager who is out to break all the rules.

OVERLAPSE

Overlapse is a three piece alternative R&B group from Toronto. The trio is made up of Quin Kiu, Marie Ko, Rhys Darnell-Martin. As Marie explains, ‘The funny thing is that none of us are actually from Toronto. Rhys is from Montreal, Mariko was born in Ofuna, Japan, and Quin’s from Hong Kong. But not being from Toronto is a very Toronto thing. The band are known for their transgressive tunes which are showcased on their debut album There’s Nothing in the Annex, in which they share their experiences with the fleeting lifestyle of a post-secondary student and all the lows that come with feeling burnt out.

FRANCOIS KLARK

Francois Klark is a South African born, Canadian singer-songwriter and producer. This Toronto based artist has caught the attention of music lovers, industry professionals and labels worldwide with his incredible songwriting and powerful vocal performances. He is a Universal Music Award Winner and has collected a number of other awards including a John Lennon Songwriting award, Oscar Peterson Award, Standard Bank Award for best original composition and Most Promising Performing Solo Artist, IAMA Award, and USA Songwriting award. He has worked on projects with Universal Music Group UK and has shared the stage with various artists including Grammy winner Jon Bellion (songwriter for Rihanna and Eminem), Genuwine, Shawn Desman, and Karl Wolf. Francois graduated from the Humber College music program and has since been on performance tours across the United Kingdom, Canada, South Africa, Spain and the United States. Francois’ songs are inspiring alternative pop anthems set to an epic soundscape of seamlessly woven together electronic and live instrumentation. Soaring electric guitars, breathtaking orchestral arrangements, driving synths, grand piano, haunting African and native rhythms, and hip hop inspired production set the stage for unforgettable vocal performances.

Who are your favourite Canadian artists? Let us know @RUStudentLife!

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Sunita Singh Hans

4th year RTA Media Production student from Northern Ireland who loves travelling, blogging, sharing stories and obsessing over TV shows.