The province of Québec is home to some of the biggest talents in Canadian music. *Cough Céline Dion Cough* With artists, musicians, producers, and song writers hailing from all corners of the province, it comes as no major surprise to find such a vast amount of talent contained within the borders of Canada’s belle province. Here at Canadian Beats we recognize great music and the artists that create it. We would like to introduce you to 25 Québec artists we are certain you should get to know and listen to regardless of musical language. We have rounded up some of the province’s brightest stars to share with the rest of Canada. There is a little bit of something on this list for everyone. From multilingual lyricists to iconic pop sounds and everything in between. In no particular order or ranking, we have carefully selected 25 emerging or established artists of 2017 to share with our Canadian Beats readers.
We give you Have you heard? 25 Québécois artists to check out! Part Five:
Jason McNally : McNally released his EP Les vinyles de mon père, earlier this year on March 10, 2017. McNally has worked extensively on the hit Québec TV show En direct de l’univers where he built his style as part of the house band and chorus. Making his leap into a solo musician, McNally was able to find focus and direction with his strong talent from all of his experience. McNally has strong vocals with a unique style that is clearly his own. With influences of everything between jazz, pop, rock, and folk, McNally carves his own mark in music with his debut EP, and we expect more from this young artist as he continues to grow and create music. Check out McNally’s EP Les vinyles de mon père and listen for yourself.
Nicolas Patterson : Patterson is a young pop/folk artist from Montreal who released his independent EP Everything Is Changing, on February 10, 2017. Since the release of the EP, Patterson has been busy promoting the album throughout 2017 and will continue to bring his music direct to the stage. With only four songs on the EP, you can get an instant glance into Patterson’s world and be captivated by his sound. Earning his musical stripes in various bands prior to going solo, Patterson has spent many hours on stage and in front of an audience where he belongs. With festivals and spotlight performances coming up this summer season, Patterson will be performing around Québec prior to heading to Germany and Belgium for two weeks of touring this September.
Juliana & Jesse : Between Montreal and Mexico, Juliana & Jesse call Montreal home. The duo is a creation of Canadian-Brazilian sister and brother Juliana and Jesse James Just Costa. Prior to becoming a dynamic and popular duo Juliana and Jesse both sought out solo careers. Deciding that they were better as two, the duo became popular from 2016’s season four of La Voixwhen they auditioned to be contestants for the show. However, the duo was not successful but continued to work hard towards their musical goals. The duo released the EP In Time, in October 2016 and has since found themselves frequenting radio stations and the stage to share their music. Checking out their EP, you are hooked from the first note as the duo has created some great music. From “Indigo Blue” to “Ain’t Got Time” Juliana & Jesse seamlessly work together in harmony.
Final State : Final State is comprised of Rick Pagano, Mathieu Lortie, Vinc Blackburn, and Olivier Bibeau. The successful indie/rock band calls Québec home, and has developed a very strong and loyal following. The band re-released their five song EP entitled Still I Believe It’s True, in 2013 and has been going strong ever since. With thousands of streams, downloads, and views on major music platforms such as Spotify and YouTube, the band has cultivated their own spot as one of Canadian music’s premier up and coming rock bands. Final State have played to thousands with hundreds of dates under their belt, even opening for acts such as Owl City, Simple Plan, Marianas Trench, and Down with Webster they are not slowing down anytime soon.
Jonathan Savage : Savage released his third album Appalaches et Hochelagaback in May 2017. The album focuses on Savage’s roots and draws inspiration from his upbringing in the Renard à la Rivière area of Québec to his move and transition to Montréal as a young man and artist. Savage’s sound is heavily influenced by the artists of his youth, including Johnny Cash. With his rustic sound and storytelling abilities, Savage takes you into his world with just his voice and his guitar. The route to the album was not an easy one. Savage created the songs and worked endlessly to continue to bring music to his fans. Savage has select performances schedule throughout July and August to bring his latest creation Appalaches et Hochelaga around Québec.
Music has touched my soul since day one. Whether it is performing or sitting down with some of the biggest names in music, I can always be found sharing my profoundly tender affection of music with anyone who will listen. Being a music journalist has allowed me to expand my knowledge of music and interact with some of my biggest childhood heroes. From days of radio broadcasting to sitting back, kicking off my cowboy boots and sharing my adventures with likeminded music fans online has been nothing short of amazing. Canada is full of true musical talent and I look forward to continuing to share my adventures in music with you.