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Discoveries will be held at the TRANZAC, 292 Brunswick Avenue, on February 7.
Heading into its 14th year DISCOVERIES owes a great deal to Hugh’s Room which continues to partner with us as we showcase yet another very eclectic group of artists, most of whom are just beginning their creative journeys. The concept is a simple one, (none of these artists is yet able to fill the room on their own, although we have confidence that each one will get to that point) bring four talents together, give each 30 minutes on stage and have each one bring out their fans, family and friends. Suddenly you have a full room and everyone present cheers on their artist and in the process discovers new talent to support in the future.
This particular line up promises to be filled with great musical diversity.
Ezra Jordan started piano lessons at five, and drums at nine. He shifted focus to singing and writing songs while studying music at the University of Guelph, and while playing keyboards in Warner Bros. artist Scott Helman’s band.
He continued his studies at the Musician’s Institute in Los Angeles, where he graduated from the Independent Artist Program. He is now working on writing and recording his first solo project, which is a blend of Alt. Pop and R&B. Ezra can currently be seen playing with his band in clubs around Toronto.
Tyler Simmons is a young Toronto born singer/songwriter. He has a rich, warm tone mixed with a gentle rasp that gives him a unique and inspiring sound. At home on guitar and keys, Tyler spends much of his time writing independently or collaborating with others to create songs that connect with his young and growing audience. This past summer, Tyler was the only male vocalist to receive a full paid Rock Scholarship to Berklee’s 5 week program. Tyler has had the good fortune of performing a Sebastian Kole original with JRDN, opening for Tyler Shaw (2015) and Andy Grammar (2014) and performing at other incredible events & venues.
Mikalyn Hay’s smooth vocals, flowing melodies and harmonies are instinctive and she operates at a speed and capacity at a level much beyond her years. Mikalyn combines this natural ability with relentless learning and is constantly seeking to collaborate and study from the best. Already a seasoned performer, she spends weekend jamming at open-mics, festivals, and gigs, accompanying herself on the keys doing originals and covers ranging from Radiohead to Cohen. Her 5 songs released over the past year have been earning accolades and awards and inspires her to continue writing and performing, in order to connect artistically with her growing audience.
Lilly Mason is a fixture on the Toronto music scene, as a singer, songwriter and freelance musician. Starting out fronting the local soul/funk band The BreakDown, she branched out to explore her own sound with the release of debut EP “Follow the Sound” in 2013. Lilly’s work is influenced by the bright, surreal nature of visual artists like Dali; the raw soul and vocal power of Etta James and Amy Winehouse; and the experimental dance and pop structures of artists like Grimes. Relationships are a focus of Lilly’s songwriting. She approaches dark themes and painful truths, with a heart full of enthusiastic hope for change and growth.”