Can you remember a time before Apple Music and Songza and Spotify (oh my!)? Neither can we. FLARE got the lowdown from Spotify CEO Daniel Ek on Canadian music acts hogging their streaming airwaves in the great white north. (Psst: if you don’t have Spotify yet, you weirdo, the new Rogers Share Everything + mobile plan gives you Spotify Premium, i.e. no annoying ads, for freesies!) Trust us, if you haven’t already, this homegrown talent is worth checking out. Call it sound advice.
This Toronto-based producer/DJ/songwriter—and one half of Team Canada DJs—has been a fixture of Canada’s club scene for years. Recently, he’s exploded internationally, headlining tours, slaying at festivals (including our very own Bestival) and making a solid name for himself with the bangin’ remixes he’s crafted for artists like Rihanna, Katy Perry, Calvin Harris and Iggy Azalea. Fresh off the heels of an MMVA win, he’s got a brand new single “Hold On” out now and a seven-track album dropping this fall.
Coeur de pirate
The Montreal-based chanteuse (née Béatrice Martin) gives us all the Parisienne feels with her seductive vocals and perfectly undone style. With a sound that’s one part Lana Del Rey, one part Lykke Li and one part Jane Birkin, Coeur de pirate’s songs are dreamy, romantic and just the right amount of poppy. Now she’s carving out a fan base in the Anglo market with her new, largely-in-English album Roses (available now). The wife of a tattoo artist (girl rocks almost full sleeves of ink herself) and newish mom (to toddler-aged daughter Romy) also just kicked off a major tour with stops in Canada, the US and Europe.
This Toronto-born dreamboat is a Drake-meets-The-Weeknd-meets-Frank-Ocean mashup, combining sophisticated beats with an oft-sensual flow—and he’s cute enough to make the fangirls go wild. The rapper/singer/producer has around 100K followers on each of the big three social platforms and hasn’t even dropped a full studio album yet. (Rumour has it one’s due in 2016.) His new single “Say It” cleverly uses a sample from ’90s R&B trio Brownstone and showcases Lanez’s mad singing chops. Is the 6ix ready for another hip-hop heartthrob? Yes, please.