Bands Spotted: August Edition

Trying to find up-and-coming artists can be time consuming, unless you are like me with not much of a life and all the time in the world to keep an eye out for new talent. With an abundance of music coming out each month, we can sometimes get lost in the mix. Who can blame you? With websites constantly posting, articles like “Top 10 Artists You Need To Keep an Eye On” almost every other week, it can be a lot. And who’s to say that their choices are worthy?

While I may seem contradictory, I have carefully selected a list of 6 artists who you will want to add to your Spotify playlist to impress your cool friend Devon at the next kickback. Or they are a great bunch of artists to listen to on your 30+ minute commute to work on the TTC. So pick up your phone or your laptop, click away, and come along for the ride.

BROCKHAMPTION

This self-proclaimed All-American Boyband managed to pull out one of the summer’s best albums in under a month. This group is made up of Kevin Abstract, Matt Champion, JOBA, Ameer Vann and Rodney Tenor and moved to LA just one year ago. On June 6th, the group dropped their second mixtape, Saturation, and set a whole new standard for a quick turnaround in lyric writing and music production.

JESSIE REYEZ

Toronto-born artist Jessie Reyez has the ultimate response to a cheating ex: write a song about him. Debuting in August of 2016, the song, Figures, has over 5,676,499 views, and is still climbing. Jessie is thankful for Toronto’s eclectic music scene, for allowing her to create the music we are so grateful that she is sharing. Jessie released her debut EP, Kiddo, this past April.

DEEM SPENCER

Deem Spencer is a 21-year-old artist hailing from Queens. Mixing influences of pop, R&B, and soul, he creates a fusion of sounds that make up a flawless soundscape. In October 2016, he released his EP, sunflowerthat weaves together emotional lyrics with a hopeful optimism. We see great things up-and-coming for this youngster, and we urge you to keep an eye out.

SABRINA CLAUDIO

This rising R&B singer is a Miami native who now calls L.A. home. In March 2017, she released her EP, Confidently Lost, written exclusively by herself, that discusses heartbreaks and revivals that any young adult can relate to. Along with the story told through her lyrics, Sabrina works hard to express a story through her expressive videos, revealing complementary aesthetics that blend in with her melodic voice.

JELANIE ARYEH

Jelani Aryeh is a 17-year old from a small town in San Diego who is inspired by the likes of Brockhampton and Frank Ocean. Released about a month ago, his debut EP, Suburban Destinesia, is inspired by his suburban upbringing and the banalities it may hold. Destinesia is described as the following sensation: “when you get to where you were intending to go, you forget why you were going there in the first place.”

DUA LIPA

Dua Lipa has gained exposure across the globe with her her self-titled debut album released earlier this year. This UK native has climbed her way up the charts producing bangers after bangers. She is the perfect addition to any summer playlist. Not only are we at Novella giving her the stamp of approval, but big artists like Lorde have tweeted out words of praise for her video, New Rules.

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Hot List: Ink & Water Tattoo Shop

Toronto’s top contemporary tattoo shop Ink & Water celebrates their one year anniversary this month. Founded by the Instagram-famous Prairie Koo (aka Mr. Koo) and Michael Pecherle, this team is doing things very differently. Located at Bloor and Lansdowne, Ink & Water excels at creating quality tattoos in a clean, safe, and welcoming environment.

Ink & Water has softened the look of the archetypal tattoo shop. Semi-jokingly, the walls boast neon signs of “even grandma approves,” but it’s true. Very much suited to their fine line masterpieces being sported by tattoo aficionados and first timers alike, Ink & Water is championing the world of salons 2.0 – ink being the new form of expression and adornment in the in the realm of beauty.

Hot List: Artist Osheen Harruthoonyan

Osheen Harruthoonyan is an experimental photography-based artist working out of Montréal, Canada. He photographs using B+W film and prints on fibre based gelatin silver paper. Drawing upon his rich experiences growing up in Iran, Greece and Canada, he employs a multi-faceted approach towards his artistic practice; investigating the complex relationships between memory, history and time. Osheen’s work has been featured on the CBC, Vice, Bravo! Arts Channel, Space Channel’s InnerSPACE, and numerous national and international exhibitions and
publications.

Hot List: Artist Nicole Moss

Lost In Reverie, Handmade collage on wooden panel
A Complimentary Life, Handmade collage – matte print mounted on omega bond with white floater frame

 

Nicole’s surreal and thought provoking collages are created through traditional cut and paste methods using vintage magazines. Within each collage a unique narrative is presented, exploring themes such as relationships, family dynamics, feminism, and Western cultural precepts. The arrangement of images is a romantic process based on what Nicole believes to be objective chance, which produces meaningful and mystical insight.  

Website: http://www.nicolemossart.com/

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