Get Familiar with 8 Canadian Female Artists You Need on Your Playlist

From Jessie Reyez to Charlotte Day Wilson, meet our favorite rising stars.

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Step into the summer season with tunes from some of our favorite Canadian musicians hailing all the way from Vancouver to Toronto and Montréal. From “Body Count“ singer Jessie Reyez to soul songstress Charlotte Day Wilson, each of these artists have released new work since the beginning of 2018. So, if you haven’t already been listening to their tracks, now is the time to get familiar.

In the spirit of Canada Day, read on to learn more about the emerging stars and their latest releases. Be sure to let us know what you think in the comments section below.

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Charlotte Day Wilson

Jessie Reyez Canadian Music Female Artist Toronto

Norman Wong

Multi-hyphenate Charlotte Day Wilson plays the role of singer, songwriter and producer. Her upbringing in Toronto and music studies in Nova Scotia have helped shape her stunning sound, which seamlessly blends R&B, folk and jazz. After going solo in 2016, she has collaborated with BADBADNOTGOOD as well as being featured in Daniel Caesar’s single “Transform.” Do yourself a favor by immersing yourself in her latest EP, Stone Woman — it’s an exquisite, smoky neo-soul creation that’ll get you instantly hooked.

KALLITECHNIS

Jessie Reyez Canadian Music Female Artist Toronto

Spencer Edwards

Montréal-born artist KALLITECHNIS is emerging fast while staying grounded in her desire to have an impact on people through her music. She fuses her authentic, self-reflective lyrics with dynamic vocals and effortlessly draws her listeners into her life beyond the music. Check out her latest single “Body & Soul” that speaks about living unapologetically in a time when we too often feel the need to justify our emotions.

Lia Liza

Jessie Reyez Canadian Music Female Artist Toronto

Conor Cunningham/Nice Girl

Native to Vancouver, Lia Liza has recently dropped her first EP Just What I Needed just in time for the summer. This multifaceted artist delivers a sparkly R&B/Soul sound that is paired with silky undertones essentially made for easy holiday listening. Dive into her latest record for a glimpse into her journey of discovery and creating.

Adria Kain

Jessie Reyez Canadian Music Female Artist Toronto

Elliott Muscat

Toronto rapper-slash-singer Adria Kain is a force to be reckoned with. She courageously stepped back into the music industry in 2017 with her EP DE{COM}PRESSED that outlined her story of depression, fatigue and resilience. Since then she’s released a series of singles that showcase her powerful personality and her voice that floats.

Hayley Law

Jessie Reyez Canadian Music Female Artist Toronto

@n.d.t.sound

Not only does she act as the keyboard player of Josie and the Pussycats in the popular TV show Riverdale, Hayley Law has also blessed us with her groovy, R&B-pop tunes. There’s never a dull moment in the life of Law as she works on her sophomore release in between filming for the CW series. Check out her self-titled EP Hayleau and latest single “C-Side” on SoundCloud.

Shay Lia

Jessie Reyez Canadian Music Female Artist Toronto

@banrocky

Montréal’s Shay Lia, who previously worked with DJ and producer Kaytranada, has recently paired up with the disco-funk inspired artist again to create “Cherish.” What moved these two to produce such an impactful single is the suffering of the Syrian people in the Middle East. This piece of art confronts what’s really going on around us, and calls us to action through its raw lyrics and melancholic notes.

RALPH

Jessie Reyez Canadian Music Female Artist Toronto

Gemma D Warren

RALPH has recently swung into the hip-hop genre with her latest tantalizing single, “Girl Next Door.” This preview into her forthcoming album scheduled to release this fall is something for fans to get excited about. Without a doubt, her stunningly crafted music has always been and will continue to be our ultimate dance party selection.

Jessie Reyez

Jessie Reyez Canadian Music Female Artist Toronto

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Jessie Reyez’s music encapsulates bold, straightforward lyrics with unforgettable hooks. Known for her emotional vulnerability and ability to be honest in what she writes, the striking 28-year-old has a bright future ahead as she continues her hustle in Toronto and proudly displays her unique take on pop. Check out her latest single “Body Count” by watching the music video below.

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