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2018 Locals Lounge Featured Artists
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Stephanie Ratcliff - October 2018
Vancouver-based indie folk-pop artist Stephanie Ratcliff is refreshingly authentic, rustic, and relatable. Her music sparks a nostalgia for a simpler time and provokes listeners to reminisce, reflect, and dream. Stephanie crafts poetry that comes to life while singing with a voice that bares human vulnerability, emotional transparency, and hope. This is art speaking to the darkness with beauty and light.
Raincity Blue - September 2018
Raincity Blue blends powerful vocals, sultry saxophone, and feel-good rhythms; they give you music to groove to. Based in Vancouver BC, the five-piece ensemble showcases a high energy performance that integrates influences from funk, soul, brass rock, and R&B.
Patrick Spencer - August 2018
Lyrically rich with driving rhythm, Coldwater Road gives folk music a reason to dance. Waltzing between love songs and foot-stomping murder ballads, Coldwater Road has something for the delicate and the desperate alike. Their songs reach across Folk, Americana, Rock, and Country; like John Prine sitting in with the Lumineers. Founded by frontman Patrick Spencer, the core of the band is a trio, supported by a rhythm section when necessary.
Laydy Jams - July 2018
Laydy Jams' music and message is impacted by our diverse cultural backgrounds, with influences hailing from the West Indies, Middle East, South Asia, Europe, North and South America, and Africa. We use our music to empower youth, and challenges the themes often seen in popular music and society. We write our life experiences into music, knowing that we provide a kind of comfort, familiarity, and radical joy for other people of colour and marginalized communities; providing hope, home, and love.
Krystle Dos Santos - June 2018
Krystle Dos Santos is known for her powerful voice and her infectious warmth - her live shows are intimate and otherworldly, pairing original soul music with beloved Motown and soul classics. Krystle Dos Santos can be seen performing regularly on stages in Vancouver (with The Lovemakers), Edmonton (The Black Mambas)and across Canada. Krystle is currently writing her 4th studio album which is scheduled to be released in late 2018.
Marlie Collins - May 2018
Diverse vocalist, entertainer, and professional goof troop. Born and raised in Saskatoon, her roots lie in musical theatre and classical music with an intense love for soul music. With the release of her Debut album this past March, Marlie has put together her heart and soul with music ranging from Gospel, 70’s soul, Funk and Jazz with a theatrical humorous flare. Marlie just loves to sing, entertain and make people laugh (including herself).
The Heels - April 2018
The Heels are a 2016 BCCMA Award winning female Country music trio based in Vancouver BC. With past solo careers spanning a rainbow of genres, The Heels - Bobbi Smith, Brittni Dominelli & Kyla Rawlins have joined forces as a powerful female presence. The trio are known for three part harmonies, sassy lyrics, unforgettable melodies and outstanding heels!
Teon Gibbs - March 2018
A fresh take on rhythm and blues and dark trap music, Teon Gibbs has been exploring the soundscape of Western Canadian music and diversifying the new sound that is ready to bubble over. High-energy live performances, massive 808s, wavy visuals, dope production, unique perspective and a fresh twist on soul, Teon is set to deliver in 2018!
JB The First Lady - March 2018
Jerilynn Webster, aka JB the First Lady, is a member of the Nuxalk & Onondaga Nations. She is a Vancouver-based hip hop and spoken word artist, beat-boxer, cultural dancer and youth educator. With four studio albums under her belt, JB sees her songs as a way of capturing oral history, and isn’t afraid to write lyrics that speak to challenging subjects like residential schools and missing and murdered Indigenous women.
DJ Flipout - March 2018
Don't let his job at the Top 40 Radio Station fool you, Flipout is a very educated genre-blind musical connoisseur and b-boy for life, having battled and won many local M.C, D.J, & b-boy competitions! Plus he's toured with KRS-One and The Liks, and has served as DJ for among others, Raekwon (Wu-Tang), Talib Kweli, and Jin the MC! Flipout has opened for Jay Z, Biz Markie, Grandmaster Flash, Ice Cube, Lil Jon and Jermaine Dupri among others.
Shaylen D - March 2018
Born and raised in East Vancouver, Shaylen D grew up heavily influenced by R&B, hiphop and music as a whole. With two musically talented older brothers and a ton of local artistry surrounding her, it was only a matter of time before her inevitable debut. Industry icons like Aaliyah, Foxy, Left Eye, and Missy Elliott were some of her favourite influences and really helped to shape who she is today. Raw authenticity and unapologetic realness are the trademarks of this young new female MC .
Tom van Deursen - February 2018
Tom van Deursen has been a "full-time musician" for 11 years, and has lived in Vancouver for the same amount of time. Born here and exported as a child to the bosom of the Kootenays, he picked up the guitar at age 11 after watching Colin James play his hometown of Kaslo's jazz festival. It was love at first lick, and a dream was born. He plays guitar in Vancouver's Alt-Soul kings The Boom Booms and fronts his own rock & roll band called Small Town Artillery.
Bad Strangers - January 2018
Bad Strangers is a vocally driven duo that is known for their powerful harmonies, catchy melodies and magnetic chemistry. The backbone of their sound is powerful songwriting delivered passionately by two lead vocalists who seem to effortlessly follow each other’s instincts. From vulnerable tearjerkers, to angsty rock tunes, their authenticity is palpable. Their full length debut album will be released late March 2018.