Come Together Artist Showcase & Industry Reception (Monday)
Canada's Music Industry Associations, CIMA and SODEC Quebec present:
Canada's Coast-to-Coast Artist Showcase & Industry Reception
Monday, November 14th
3:00PM - 7:00PM
Gladstone House & Melody Bar
1214 Queen St. W
After successfully launching the first Come Together Showcase and Industry Event last year in the heart of Toronto, we are thrilled to once again be hosting this initiative for artists ready to break into Canada’s largest music market. Presented by Canada’s Music Industry Associations, SODEC and CIMA. As a collective, these organizations are working together to present two days of industry showcases, meetings and receptions to more closely connect commercial music communities from across Canada.
Join us on Monday November 14th for a music industry reception and artist showcase, bringing some of the most promising acts from across Canada to Toronto, ON. The industry reception will feature refreshments and light snacks leading into the showcase. Guests must RSVP to attend, this event is private and by invitation only.
4:00pm Kellie Loder
6:00pm Nicky Mackenzie
6:40pm Anthony OKS
More about the artists:
Anthony OKS (MB)
Anthony OKS uses hip hop to reflect, entertain, and teach. With roots in Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and his hometown, Winnipeg, the founding member of The Lytics offers up introspective and personal solo projects with an eye on world issues and family history. He digs deep into themes of Black perseverance and pride, as well as personal growth and relationships of all forms. Regardless of the message, every OKS hook is rooted in love. On his EPs, Take Time (2019) and In the Garden (2021) he oscillates between energetic bangers and slowed-out chill, drawing on the innovative and multi-dimensional stylings of Canadian producer, Paalsh. Anthony OKS is a thinker and a seeker, a good-time provider who also makes you consider your place in the world.
Multi-talented, Juno award nominee Rian Peters, better known as IAMTHELIVING, was raised in Peckham, South East London, UK, before re-locating to Vancouver, Canada, which he now calls home. IAMTHELIVING’s international perspective and wealth of life experiences shine through in his musical output- a fast-growing collection of richly written, vibrant songs that emanate authentic emotion. In an era often too fixated on formulas and catering to short attention spans, IAMTHELIVING stands out as an artist who is deliberate, taking his time with his output. His songwriting is focused and poised, and it emanates intentionality- it’s as if he wastes not a note, with each element of his songs combining to contribute to a cohesive, meaningful whole. A singer, songwriter, producer, visionary, and all-around performer, he is a multi-faceted artist committed to advancing his craft, while always remaining heartfelt and genuine. Approaching his creativity from a humanist perspective, he draws inspiration from seeing how music can connect people from all walks of life, encouraging others to live healthy, positive lives.
Half-Japanese and half-French, Soran is the architect of a new vision of pop and R&B. After making waves on The Voice, he gained popularity with his six-track EP, generating over 10 million streams. Simultaneously, he lent his voice to HENRI PFR's song "Going On", which achieved a gold certification in Belgium. He reached viral impact with tracks such as "IG Comments Song" and recorded 15 million streams by participating in the song "Julia" by GAMPER & DADONI. He really took off with a series of singles for Universal Music Canada and his first EP under their label in 2022, Space Boy.
Nicky MacKenzie (BC)
West Coast based singer/songwriter Nicky MacKenzie channels self growth through songwriting by turning her thoughts into poetry and melodic stories that grab the ear. Following in the stylistic footsteps of such evocative singers as Alicia Keys, Amy Winehouse, and Lauryn Hill, her soothing, jazzy vocals combined with poppy melodies always leave listeners in a trance. Originally from Salt Spring Island, 21-year-old Nicky went from playing, writing and performing music at a young age to recording her upcoming sophomore album in LA. Nicky is honing in her craft and is ready to start wowing the world with her haunting voice and soulful melodies in 2022.
Kellie Loder (NL)
There is something truly extraordinary about Juno award nominee, Kellie Loder. It can be found in their poignant and timely lyrics set against magical melodies. It can also be found in the singer/songwriter’s electrifying live shows, inspiring profound emotion in listeners. You’ll cry, you’ll laugh, and you’ll tell your friends about it. CBC q’s Tom Power proclaims “If I were a betting man, I’d bet the house on Kellie Loder being the next big thing out of Newfoundland”.
Loder is was awarded first runner up on the 2022 season of Canada’s Got Talent. Included in their long list of accolades are recent 2022 ECMA nominations for Songwriter of the Year as well as Fan’s Choice Entertainer of the Year. They were named the 2021 Ron Hynes Songwriter of the Year at the Music NL Awards this past December and received a 2021 ECMA win for their groundbreaking music video and song “Molded Like A Monster”.
About Come Together:
Come Together is an opportunity for export-ready artists from across Canada to meet with, build business relationships, and showcase for key music industry professionals from Toronto and surrounding areas including labels, agents, managers, publishers, music supervisors, publicists, and more. Participants will work directly with their music industry association to identify key music business contacts to invite and meet with. This event has goals beyond showcasing with a push towards industry connections, team building and business strategies for both artists and businesses.
Presented in partnership with:
Alberta Music, Music BC, Manitoba Music, Musique NB, Music NL, Music Nova Scotia, SaskMusic, Music Ontario, CIMA and SODEC, Quebec.
Thank you to our provincial and federal partners:
The Province of Alberta, Creative BC and the Province of British Columbia, Creative Saskatchewan, Manitoba Film and Music, The Government of Quebec, the Province of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Ontario Creates as well as FACTOR and the Government of Canada.
Thank you to Collective Arts Brewing for their sponsorship.