Showtime

To Be Announced

Origin

Central African Republic via Montréal, Québec

Genres

African, Pop, R&B, Soul

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Laetitia Zonzambé

Regarded as the foremost voice of her homeland country, the Central African Republic, Laetitia relocated to Montreal in 2009. She is now regarded as “an undeniable leader of African Music in Canada” (Yves Alavo, Culture Montreal).

With sounds and rhythms from the heart of the African Bantu region, combined with jazz, blues and soul, Laetitia Zonzambé makes a unique music with its complex and diverse flavours that expresses her creativity. She uses her gifted and colourful voice to express universal human feelings. “There are no borders for those feelings,” she says. No borders for her music either, as she performed in popular venues such as the Francofolies of Montreal, The New Morning in Paris, the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago and the Vancouver Folk Festival. She is now touring nationally and internationally. Combining musical elements from the Central African vibe with jazz, blues and soul, Laetitia makes a ‘Sanza’, which is referenced in the title of her debut full-length album Sanza Soul. A “Sanza” is, in Sango (the language of the Central African Republic), a clothing made of different pieces of coloured fabrics. It symbolizes Laetitia’s artistic approach, which musical creation is inspired by assimilated elements over time. This project merges traditional accents and Bantu influences with soul, pop and rhythm n’ blues to carry the audience into an emotional universe with uniquely sweet and organic sounds.

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Aleksi Campagne

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Alvvays

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Aron d’Alesio

Hamilton, Ontario

Cécile Doo-Kingué

Montréal, Québec

Connie Kaldor

Montréal, Québec

David Cordero (Meltdown Winner)

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Edouard Landry

Sudbury, Ontario

Frank Deresti & The Lake Effect

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Guitars Alive Quartet

Sudbury, Ontario

Iskwé

Winnipeg, Manitoba via Hamilton, Ontario

Jane’s Party

Toronto, Ontario

JoPo & The RiZe

Sudbury, Ontario

Laetitia Zonzambé

Central African Republic via Montréal, Québec

Les Barricades

Montréal, Québec

Lisa LeBlanc

Rosaireville, New Brunswick

Mama’s Broke

Nova Scotia

Murder Murder

Sudbury, Ontario

Paul Elter, Photographer

Chelsea, Québec

Richard Inman

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Rodney Meilleur

Chelmsford, Ontario

Russell deCarle

Toronto, Ontario

Sheesham & Lotus & ‘Son

Canada

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TBA

The Keyframes (Meltdown winner)

Sudbury, Ontario

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