The 13th edition of DISCOVERIES returns to Hugh’s Room (2261 Dundas Street West) on Tuesday, February 7 for another year of great Canadian showcases by up and coming artists. The goal of the event is to bring together four talents, each of which will perform a 30 minute set and invite family, friends and music fans out to discover new music.
This year’s lineup features Ezra Jordan, Tyler Simmons, Lilly Mason and Mikalyn Hay.
The cost of entry is 15$ in advance and $17 at the door.
Learn more about the four artists:
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.
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.”
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.
Born and raised in MTL, I spent most of my teens and early 20’s working in the music industry. I made the permanent move to Toronto in 2013 where I joined the team at the Canadian Independent Music Association as the Music Export Assistant. I spend my days working with and promoting incredible indie Canadian artists and companies across the world.
Music journalism and photography have been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember, as I jumped on board Confront Magazine a few years after it formed and ran it as the Editor-in-Chief for 7 years, right up until its recent closure.
I love to spend my spare time running to and from concerts, cheering on my hockey team (Go Habs!) and getting lost in nature whenever I can.