Recently coming off his latest album “Partly Stabilized Partly Curious” (PSPC) and single “Chicken Little”, Paulo Leon is an artist, poet, musician, producer and rapper who is unwilling to fit the mold within the evolving musical landscape.
Born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, Paulo is known for his melodic innovative production and exceptional lyricism. His artistic roots began in the Hamilton spoken word scene, as he led his high school team to place first in the largest spoken word competition in Canada, “Louder than a Bomb Canada” (2017). During this time and after, he not only tightened his skills as a writer but also as a producer, and began crafting his post-hip-hop sound, which is rooted in soul, R&B and pop-jazz fusion.
Currently, Paulo’s focus is incorporating hardware and live instrumentation on his upcoming album to blend genres and push the mainstream forward. Through his music, he hopes to convey a sense of escapism for his audience by exposing his truest self and the world that surrounds him.
At only 21 years old, he writes, composes, arranges and produces all of his work. It is clear from listening to any of his records from his past three projects, singles and latest album PSPC, Paulo is a unique artist with a voice too talented to be unheard.
Colombian-born, Toronto-based global beats trailblazer Lido Pimienta delivers a musical hybridity of electronic meets cumbia, that is at once defiant and delicate, exploratory and confrontational.
The Polaris Prize winning artist recorded her most recent album, ‘Miss Columbia’ in her home studio, with some additional recording done in the historic Colombian town of San Basilio de Palenque.
‘Miss Colombia’ boasts 11 new and original songs that boldly celebrate Lido’s reflection on the anti-blackness she’s experienced, and how she was viewed as an outsider in adolescence, a “weird artistic tomboy” for not adhering to the expected norms projected upon her. Lido – an Afro-Indigenous, queer feminist – created Miss Colombia as a canvas for introspection, with pieces about love (and self-love), and loss. Other songs confront divisive politics in Colombia, Indigenous inequality and racism, and ultimately to bring her closer to home.
Katie Austra Stelmanis has been better known by her middle name for three albums, ten years, and countless tours. She wrote, produced, and performed all her own records, occasionally sharing the spotlight with a band to tour live. From the outside, things were going really well for a while: she built a devoted fan base and sold out shows all around the world. However, on the inside, Stelmanis was beginning to feel stagnant and uninspired. “I was losing faith in my own ideas,” she explains. Without realising it, she’d got caught up in a toxic relationship that was tearing her apart.
It wasn’t until Stelmanis was ready to face her insecurities that she was able to see a way forward: “My creative and personal relationships were heavily intertwined, and I knew the only answer was to part ways with all of the people and comforts that I’d known for the better part of a decade and start again.” Alongside making changes in her personal life, starting again also meant taking an entirely different approach to making a record. New single “Risk It” is her first new music since 2017 and marks a new chapter for Austra.