Fri June 02
RYLAND JAMES - (Tyendinaga, ON):
Set time: 9:10pm - 10:00pm
Ryland James knows exactly where he should be. On the edge of the stage, under the spotlight, and behind a microphone, the Ontario-born (Deseronto, ON) singer and songwriter thrives. In this space, the artist’s voice rings out with a bold balance of passion, panache, and power, coursing through everything from the verses to the vibrato. His fusion of gospel roots, gritty soul, and anthemic pop resounds straight from the heart in the most direct manner imaginable. With grandma playing gospel piano, Ryland started singing almost as soon as he could talk. Inspired by everyone from vocal powerhouses a la Michael Bublé and Josh Groban to pop titans such as Justin Bieber and Michael Jackson to soul favorites Whitney Houston and Aretha Franklin, he consumed music voraciously and honed his voice in the process.
NOELLE - (Tyendinaga, ON):
Set time: 8:20pm - 8:50pm
Canadian artist, noelle, is a 21-year-old emerging pop talent with a modern R&B edge. noelle has been singing since she was barely old enough to walk. Initially finding her footing through YouTube, noelle amassed a following of 94.2K subscribers resulting from her viral covers of timeless classics and today’s biggest acts, most notably Post Malone and Sabrina Claudio. noelle was raised on the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory in Ontario, in a family and community that surrounded her with music. Her upbringing exposed her to a vast range of musical genres, from Nat King Cole and Sarah Vaughan, to the pow wow drum and native wind flute from her Indigenous roots.
VIKKI MINOR - (Saskatoon, SK):
Set time: 7:30pm - 8:00pm
With features on CBC, Vikki Minor has also been selected for a SaskMusic Songwriting Challenge, a semi-finalist for the Unsigned Only Music Competition, and has performed at the TSAR Showcase, the SaskMusic International Women’s Day concert (2020 and 2021), the SaskMusic Open House Livestream, and Telemiracle 2021. On the radio, Identity has been added to numerous stations across North America, including CBC Radio 3, hitting #2 on the charts of Core station WRSU in New Brunswick, NJ, as well as #11 on KMSC’s Top 30 chart in Moorhead, MN.