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5 Toronto-based Female Solo Artists and Bands You Should Be Listening To

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We decided to compile a list of some of the incredible Toronto-based female solo artists and bands that you should drop what you’re doing and listen to immediately. We narrowed the long list of names down to 5.

Jadea Kelly

Kelly is a prominent name in the Toronto folk music scene. She’s released 3 LPs since her award-winning debut “Second Spring” in 2008, the most recent being “Love and Lust,” co-produced by Stew Crookes (Hawksley Workman), Tom Juhas, and Kelly herself.

Website: http://www.darthjadea.com/jadeakelly.html
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JadeaKelly
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/darthjadea/
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/artist/jadea-kelly/id284348419

STACEY

STACEY’s self-titled debut EP was released over 3 years ago, but the record is as fresh now as it was then. Her original works have been featured on TV shows including Fox’s Lucifer, Orphan Black, and Degrassi. Join us as we wait in great anticipation for STACEY’s follow-up album.

Website: http://www.staceymusic.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/STACEYmusics
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/staceymusic
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/stacey-ep/id756088074

The Beaches

Unsurprisingly, The Beaches hail from Toronto’s east end, aka the “Beaches.” The four-piece pop/rock powerhouse have made quite a name for themselves since their inception in 2012. Their new single “Give It Up,” released in the fall of 2016 by Island Records, established the band as a serious force ready to make waves in the music industry.

Website: http://www.thebeachesband.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/thebeaches
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thebeachesband
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/artist/the-beaches/id645536632

Rochelle Jordan

Born in the UK, raised in Toronto, and now living in Los Angeles, Rochelle Jordan has contributed immensely to the R&B music scene. Following the release of her acclaimed album “1021” in 2014, she relocated to Los Angeles and performed on Childish Gambino’s “Because the Internet.” If she has somehow slipped under your radar, let us proudly introduce you to ROJO.

Website: http://iamrochellejordan.tumblr.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/rochelle_jordan
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rojoproto/
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/artist/rochelle-jordan/id537708607

Tanika Charles

The Toronto soul music scene would be hurting without Tanika Charles. She released her debut album “Soul Run” in April, 2016, and is up for R&B/Soul Recording of the Year at the Juno Awards later this month. CBC Music says that Charles is “the most buzzed-about soul singer in Toronto.”

Website: https://tanikacharles.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/tanikacharles7
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TanikaCharlesMusic/
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/tanika-charles/id475923949

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