Alpha Kayondo is a native of Guelph and University of Guelph music Alumni. This young artist commenced his music career in a guitar studio at the tender age of five. Hooked, he wrote his first song in the same year, began vocal lessons at age six and took up piano a year later. From 2002 to 2008, Kayondo was a chorister in Guelph Youth Singers (GYS). Through this opportunity, he would go on to record background vocals for 2008’s The Love Guru soundtrack, as well as become a guest singer for the Guelph Symphony Orchestra on two occasions. Through teen-hood, Kayondo continued to pursue music, landing a spot as singer-songwriter and keyboardist in The Challenger, a local band out of the Octave Music Centre tutored by Kevin Saltarelli. With the help of Kevin and the other band participants, the young MC continued to find his voice and solidify his composition style by creating music that would interweave his love for lyrical Hip-Hop and melodic Film Score. While writing his music, he would rigorously train vocals with Marion Samuel-Stevens, a guide who encouraged Kayondo to enter serious vocal competitions; winning first and second place prizes became a familiar sound. In the 2018 Kiwanis Music Festival Singer-Songwriter class, Kayondo became the first to receive the only mark of 100 in adjudicator John Avey’s history at the festival. A year later, Kayondo graduated from the University of Guelph’s music program, having been a proud tenor in the Marta McCarthy conducted Gryphon Singers for two seasons. Currently, Kayondo teaches voice and piano lessons at Jam School in the royal city. This past year he has scored a number of short-films for Humber College students, The Revolutionary, a short film from a Toronto Film School graduate -- who also cast the up-and-coming artist in a lead role -- and continues to collaborate with the University of Guelph and other underground filmmakers, music producers, and fellow recording artists. His dream? To be the first widely recognized African-Canadian film score composer.
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Listen on: Soundcloud.com/the_107
Enshrined within Nefe’s rock & soul sensibilities you find an artist who is equal parts songwriting oracle and vocal magician. Masterfully in control
of her vocal undulations, combined with the rawness of her lyrics, Nefe’s songs lure listeners into a journey through a rich musical tapestry built upon the bedrock of funk and R&B.
Jamaican-Canadian artist Joni NehRita writes songs about unity, hope and equity for all. Her jazz-tinged brand of soul is infused with rhythms & sounds from her Afro-Caribbean background. The Toronto Canada native studied jazz vocals & arranging at Humber College. A multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer and arranger, she has a gift for writing infectious, well-crafted songs that are deeply personal. Her new album, "Love & Protest" is a concept album about social justice, equality, race and exploring the juxtaposition between love being “the answer” and anger being the fuel. Love & Protest was supported by the O.A.C & Region of Waterloo Arts Fund and will be released this fall.
Vibrant, energetic and dynamic are words that have been used to describe Paige Rutledge. Growing up in Oakville, Ontario, Paige was raised on country music. As a young child, Paige grew up listening to female powerhouses Shania Twain, Dolly Parton, and Carrie Underwood whom she cites as her musical influences. When Paige was 9, her grandfather who was her biggest influence, passed away and Paige sang at the funeral. It was in that moment Paige recognized that music can connect people and knew she wanted to make music for the rest of her life.
Paige began playing at local restaurants and any venue that would take her. “I remember my parents would have to come with me to all of the bar gigs because I was way too young to be in a bar by myself on the nights I would play” recalls Paige. Some of Paige’s performance highlights include main stage at Toronto Ribfest and Muskoka Ribfest, emerging artist showcase winner at Canada’s Largest Ribfest in Burlington, top 20 at Magna’s Hoedown Showdown, showcases in collaboration with the CMAO, Winterfolk Music Festival, Hillside Inside Festival, and the preliminary winner at The Next Country Music Star in partnership with The Havelock Country Jamboree (semi-finals postponed due to pandemic).
As a songwriter, Paige values the authenticity in country music and writes music that everyone can find a version of their truth in. “I want my songs to be relatable to my listeners and have everyone find a piece of them in it” says Paige. Releasing her first single at 16, Paige has learnt a lot along the way and has used this past year to really solidify her artistry. “Now that I am in my 20’s and know what I want out of life, I feel much more confident as a person and artists and know what my songs need to say” says Paige. Check out Paige’s most recent releases: Take Me Back to Tiki (October 2020), Broken Record (May 2021), Sunshine Sunday (August 2021).
For more information: www.paigerutledge.com
Graham Steinman is a multi-instrumentalist who weaves lush harmony, soft spoken lyrics and gentle groove into the folk and jazz traditions. Inspired by musical contrast, he marries the old and the new, the consonant and dissonant, the acoustic and the electric. Through rich arrangements and texture, he gives life to the thoughts of the musing mind.
Experimenting, innovating, and composing for years, Graham cultivates an ever-evolving sound and experience for his audiences. His 2017 EP release Glass Orchards is an introspective folk-influenced journey through impressions of loss, beauty, and chaos. Following his work as a solo artist, Graham also composes and performs with his group Cedar Symphony, a five-piece ensemble which invites listeners to enter into a gentle, tonal landscape, filled with instrumental harmonies and jazz-influenced interplay.
Marion Samuel-Stevens is a singer, conductor and voice teacher. She has performed on many stages usually as a soloist with orchestras and choirs, in operas or contemporary works. She loves working with current composers, bringing their visions to life and also loves art song because each song is a miniature story that can take the audience on an emotional journey. Marion has a very busy studio where she shares her nerdy love of all things pedagogical about the voice and pushes students to excel in whichever genre of music they are striving to perform. During the time of Covid-19, Marion has tried to focus her creative energy on her garden!
Bonnie Trash (Guelph, ON) is the grungy, psych-goth project of twin sisters Emmalia and Sarafina Bortolon-Vettor. They mix communication theory, social commentary, horror, and their ancestral Italian folklore into their heavy yet pop-laden music. Since the release of Ezzelini’s Dead in 2017, Bonnie Trash has taken this project to many festivals in Ontario, Quebec, and East Coast Canada. Bonnie Trash are ready to record their first full length, Malocchio.
Video Edited by Dustin Seabrook
Dustin Seabrook is a filmmaker (STILL Creates), musician (Minotaurs, Odd Years, Tin Tongues) and music producer/composer (STILL). Dustin has collaborated with many artists in the SW Ontario community as a performer, composer, mixer, videographer, video/audio editor, filmmaker, and web designer. He also works with grassroots community organisations, festivals, and small businesses to support and promote their message through film, music, and photography. He recently created a community based mini docuseries called “Project Isolation”, which explores the day to day changes in the lives of contributors during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Audio Editing and Mastering by Andrew McPherson