Alice Ivy Makes Her Toronto Debut

Alice Ivy is a 23-year-old producer and artist hailing from Melbourne who will be taking the stage during the upcoming Canadian Music Week. While Alice is a newcomer to the Canadian scene, she is a touring veteran by any standard whose sound is often compared to the likes of The Avalanches and Mark Ronson. After completing two Australian tours as well as shows in the US and Singapore, Alice is making her way across the globe and sharing her music with those lucky enough to experience it.

Alice’s single, Almost Here, has collected 900,000 plays on Spotify combined with her smash hit, Touch.

With Canadian Music Week quickly approaching, one can easily be overwhelmed with the list of international artists gracing this year’s stage. This is one you don’t want to miss out on. We had the opportunity to chat with Alice about her upcoming performance, her musical influences, and her tour experience.

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Kimberley Drapack:  Welcome to Toronto! Have you been to Canada before?

Alice Ivy: Thank you, no! I’m super excited because this will be my first time.

K: Are you excited to play Canadian Music Week?

AI: I’m super nervous actually. Showcasing is a pretty hard thing to do. I am super excited to see a bunch of cool music, hang out with some like-minded people, and get to know the scene in Canada.

K: You are known to be quite active onstage during your concerts. What is your favourite part of live performance?

AI: I put 100% into my live shows. I really believe that a live performance is just as important as a recording, so I keep my shows pretty energetic and exciting. My favourite part of a live performance is being on the same level as the audience. I’m having a good time, they are having a good time.

K: How did you first get involved with music and creating music?

AI: I have always grown up with music, but the first involvement I had with creating music was when I picked up a guitar at 12. I used to play in lots of bands and never really had my own solo project going. When I began a music course at university, I started to produce and write my own beats. I love the freedom and control I get from doing it all by myself from a laptop, but sharing it with others in collaborations and live performance is the best.

 

K: Who would you say are your musical influences?

AI: I am a massive soul and motown fan. I grew up listening to a lot of Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, and Curtis Mayfield. Now, I listen to a lot of Kaytranada, Anderson Paak, J. Cole, Kendrick, Onra, Gramatik, Gold Panda — a whole bunch of music really.

K: There is something about your music that sounds amazing when paired with a rap verse. Would you describe your sound as being influenced by hip-hop and soul?

AI: I love the mixture of hip hop and soul-based beats. Especially when performed live, it’s music that is exciting and made to feel good. That’s what I really aim for in my music.

K: In late November of 2016 you played at the Queenscliff Music Festival and the Paradise Music Festival, but afterwards you were taken to the hospital because you had broken your leg. Even though you had injured yourself, you still powered through and played your sets. What was this experience like?

AI: I’ve been healthy my whole life, so for a broken leg to stop me and cause me to take a step back was super hard. I spent a lot of time at home writing, which was awesome, but the break gave me a lot to think about when approaching my live set. I generally jumped around a lot on stage so I worked out a way of still doing that on one leg — a set of crutches and a stool, haha. It was a pretty crazy experience but I’m so glad it all worked out because I really didn’t want to cancel any shows.

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K:  You have been touring for some time now.  Do you enjoy it? Do you ever get homesick?

AI: I love travelling, I haven’t reached that point yet of being homesick on tour. The broken leg, however, has made me really appreciate the couch, so I’ll check back with you in a couple of months.

K: Almost Here (feat. RaRa) is my go-to anthem. How did this collaboration begin?

AI: I had been sitting on this track for so long. I recorded the vocals in London, the drums in Hobart, Tasmania, and the beat in my studio in Melbourne. I really wanted some rap verses on it and I have always loved RaRa, so I reached out to them. We then finished it off in the studio.

K: Your music seems to hold a nostalgia to it with a throwback sort of feel. What does this mean to you?

AI: I think just growing up and playing soul/Motown and listening to it everyday along with the memories associated with that type of music have given me a real passion for creating it. I just want people to have a good time listening to my music and watching a show.

K:  Who would be your dream artist to collaborate with?

AI: Missy Elliott, Little Dragon, or Anderson Paak.

K: What is next for you? When will you be releasing new music?

AI: I’m about to go on a really big Australian tour with Urthboy and then I’ll jump on a plane to Canada. I will release some music in between 😉

Check out Alice’s latest single, Get Me A Drink, and keep a lookout for her debut album coming later this year. Catch her set at Canadian Music Week on April 21st at Longboat Hall and continue following our fashion & lifestyle coverage on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Artist Stephen Perry

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Stephen Perry, Fork. Oil on canvas.
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Stephen Perry, Toast. Oil on canvas, 16’x20′

 

Although his subject matter and themes are always evolving, Stephen has a recognizable style that carries through his work. His sense of light, colour and stylized composition are trademark. His background in commercial photography and design have a noticeable influence on his technique, composition and “design sensibility”. This is realism in a clean and fresh style.

Website: www.stephenperrystudio.com

Natasha Miller

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Natasha Miller, Goodnight Cove. Charcoal/ash/acrylic/sealer on gallery wrapped canvas, 12″x24″
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Natasha Miller, The Secret Song. Charcoal/ash/acrylic/sealer on gallery wrapped canvas, 24″x48″

 

Natasha Miller has pioneered a unique painting technique utilizing homemade maple/apple/birch derived charcoal from her wood fired pizza oven, ashes, sealers and acrylic paint. She has always drawn inspiration from the dusk and dawn created silhouettes and tries to bring them to life in her work. Natasha has work in commercial galleries and private collections around the globe.

Website: www.nrmiller.com

Nadine Prada

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Nadine Prada, Pink Palm. Mixed media on paper, 9″x12″
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Nadine Prada, detail of Hanoi #3. Acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 48″x48″

After surviving an 8.8 earthquake in 2010, Nadine left her high profile job in advertising to devote her life to art making. She is best known for her multi-layered paintings that capture the energetic essence of a scene. Her art takes the viewer on an experiential journey. Working in watermedia, Nadine thinks of her paintings as “happenings”: events created by water, gravity and time, frozen in paint.

Website: www.thepradagallery.com

Elizabeth Zvonar

From sculpture to collage, Elizabeth Zvonar’s work subverts the familiar and comfortable, forcing her audience to reconsider the subject matter they are presented with. Her pieces are a re-examining of our values, a critique of society at large. Zvonar has recently been shortlisted for the AIMIA AGO Prize Exhibition, for which she has created seven different pieces.

Website: www.elizabethzvonar.com

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Elizabeth Zvonar, Join the Resistance. Collage printed on photorag, 28″ x 50″
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Elizabeth Zvonar, Big Lips. Hand cut collage printer on photo stock, mounted on dibond, 27.5″ x 20″

 

Hot List Profile: JessGo

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Image Courtesy of JessGo.com

JessGo is a Toronto-based pop artist and performer whose work falls slightly outside of pop culture’s gravitational pull. And she’s always conscious of that fact.

She’s toured with Cirque du Soleil and collaborated with Google, Coca Cola and a handful of other corporations — all significant players within today’s pop cultural climate. And although her work spans across a variety of different styles and mediums, her eccentric personality shines through. Brightly.

Her work is inspired by vivid colour and motion. And since she’s as comfortable painting live as in the studio, process is an integral component of her art. Pop cultural references collide and intermingle with brash colours and abrasive brush strokes: stars, rainbows and some xoxo’s for good measure.

We had the pleasure of asking JessGo a few questions about artistic process, future aspirations and what it means to be a pop artist in 2016.

Q: Where do you see the line of connectivity between your static, visual works and your performance based art?

A: All of my performances and artwork done in the studio are connected because everything comes from the same creative outlet. My gift is working from raw imagination and basic instinct through colour, time and space.

Q: How does your process differ between mediums?

A: For me, every painting is a performance — it is a dance from the body, brain and soul to the physical world. I think my artwork stems from inner passion and wanting to be visually stimulated.

31" x 37" Mixed Media on Canvas 2015, Courtesy of JessGo.com
31″ x 37″ Mixed Media on Canvas 2015, Courtesy of JessGo.com

Q: The Vague series is particularly interesting. What is it about the format of magazine covers that interests you?

A: The super close details of a portrait have peaked my curiosity and interest. Portraits have always captivated and enticed me to look deeper into human features in order to understand origin and culture. Living in North America has been a great experience because there are so many different walks of life to get to know and learn about.

Q: You seem drawn to pop culture in general. Why is that?

A: As much as I don’t like to follow trends – or consider myself to be a trend setter – I am interested in what is “popular”, but I like to add my own spin to it. I have a deep appreciation for all things artistic, especially nostalgic things I’ve grown up with. Examples of that would be elements that I pull from the 60s, 70s and 80s.

Q: How do you see your work evolving in the future? Are there new mediums you’d like to explore?

A: I’ve been exploring digital and graphic design and I’m having a really good time doing it. It’s changing my own work and the way that I see artwork as a whole. I think I will continue to grow in this direction, as I have so much more to learn in this area.

Image courtesy of Duet Public Relations
Image courtesy of Duet Public Relations

JessGo’s gallery is opening up here in Toronto this Friday, May 13th. For more information on the gallery and her work, visit JessGo’s website or follow her on twitter and instagram via @jessgo333.