BRAMPTON – The City of Brampton is excited to bring Brampton back to the North by Northeast (NXNE) Music Festival on June 17. This year’s showcase, This is Brampton: NEXT UP, will take place at the iconic Rivoli, located at 334 Queen Street West, Toronto, and feature the best and brightest of up-and-coming Brampton talent.
In April, the City of Brampton’s Arts, Culture and Creative Industry Development Agency (ACCIDA) put out a call for a concert curator to lead the event. TC Spades, a Brampton hip-hop artist and expert who understands the importance of giving artists the platform needed to thrive, was selected from dozens of applications. Spades recently curated the Rising Vibes showcase at the Rose Brampton, and as a musician himself, performed at SXSW in 2019 alongside industry heavyweights including Megan Thee Stallion and Jack Harlow. As a champion for local artists, Spades is excited at the opportunity to not only perform, but showcase fellow local artists to the Toronto music scene and larger music industry, leading a show that will leave a lasting impression.
In addition to TC Spades, this year’s This is Brampton: NEXT UP showcase will feature performances by:
- Ashlye: An early emerging singer/songwriter from Brampton, who is striving to bring music that heals, expresses and touches upon souls other than her own. Through covers and original renditions of artists, this genuine artist connects influenced sounds of R&B and soul with a history of classical by the warmth and passion of her voice.
- Keziaa: A singer/songwriter born and raised in Brampton Ontario, Keziaa has been an artist since age eight, working hard to develop her own style, range and vocal abilities in hip hop, R&B, soul, and afroswing.
- Mixtapper: Jordan Francis, aka “MixTapper”, is a recording artist from Brampton, Ontario. Affiliated with the Brampton-native collective “MADE2EAT”, Francis has been releasing music professionally since 2018 while also filming and editing his music videos. Francis’s sound can be described as a blend of modern trap production with elements of both old and new rhyming aesthetics.
- Osé: Known for her soulful voice and profound lyricism, this 18-year-old is making waves in the music community. Born in Nigeria and raised in Brampton, to parents of Nigerian descent, Osé has been singing in church since the age of four and has since refined her talents into a raw and arresting vocal prowess that leaves the audience wanting more.
NXNE is a discovery music festival focused on promoting emerging musicians, supporting Toronto’s amazing live music venues and connecting audiences with new acts they need to hear.