Experience the music of Nordene Simon; a clash of neo-soul, inspirational gospel, alternative rhythms, and introspective lyrics. Dynamic and captivating, her music lifts the spirit and engages the mind. Through thought provoking lyrics, Nordene provides a revealing self-portrait as well as a mirror to our own souls. Nordene’s first solo appearance was at the age of 11; a pivotal performance that defined her as a true musical talent and unveiled her ability to connect with an audience. From singing in her elementary school choir at Holy Rosary, to singing with the Toronto Mass Choir, Nordene has followed her heart and made music her passion and her calling. A true song bird, Nordene sings about the importance of friends, the love of family, the rewards and heartaches of life’s journey, and the eternal goodness of God. Over the years Nordene has honed her gift as a member of various choirs and has sung for many diverse audiences. Whether she is performing at a church coffee shop, a drop in center or at the Toronto International Jazz Festival, she never fails to capture the attention of all in attendance. Listeners are drawn in by the honesty and candidness of her music and equate her sound to living poetry. Nordene has worked with many contemporary gospel artists including Mark Masri, Diane Clemmons and Aileen Lombardo. She has contributed her voice to three Toronto Mass Choir albums, including their Juno award winning album entitled Instrument of Praise where she appeared as principal soloist on the songs “Thank You” and “Higher Ground” Despite her outlet, Nordene’s goal remains the same; to reach out to as many people as possible, to share God’s message, and to celebrate life.
One of Toronto's most exciting new residents, Jacelyn Holmes has arrived! This Singer/Songwriter, musician and artist is excited for the release of her debut EP, As Is, which has been called, "a thoughtful exploration of love and loss in the battlefield of relationships," Jacelyn is already turning heads wherever she goes. Born and raised in Ontario, Jacelyn grew up as a citizen of the world, living on several continents and traveling with her family until putting down musical roots in the fertile Niagara region. Jacelyn's decision to relocate to Toronto follows a natural progression. Having built a strong foundation while attracting attention in the Niagara region, the time has come to bring that to the world by persuing her craft and using the arts and cultural capitol, that is the city of Toronto, as a home base.
This band is comprised of a group of young guys from NORWAY. The band is named after their singing drummer, Bård Henrik Hereide. They met at a music college in Norway, which promptly ended up in a concert tour of Norway. The group won a talent prize at Skånevik Bluesfestival, the prize money was then used in a recording studio to produce their first CD. in 2006, they played at the biggest Blues Festival in Norway, at Notodden. There they played on the same stage as Johnny Winter and The Fabulous Thunderbirds. Hereide and the Bluesgangster have also played support band for,PAUL RODGERS Pretty Things, Tommy Kristiansen and Hungry John.
Local Toronto artist and drummer Fedorsen meets ex-pat Vancouver rock prodigies Kolk and Mousseau slogging Bach fugues and ii-V-i's at U of T music. Unlikely pairings mix personal tastes of Bjork, Radiohead, Miles Davis and Buxtehude with the virtuosity and bravado of Freddie Mercury, Bonham, Cedric Bixler, Eddie Van Halen and Geddy Lee to form a modern day power trio. Named after a former Prime Minister, who was known as much for his penchant for seance as he was for his slow and steady policy, Mackenzie King is more than your average two chord wonders. These boys can really serve it up.