MusiCounts is thrilled to welcome the six 2019 MusiCounts Scholarship recipients from across Canada to Toronto for an intensive mentoring and networking experience next week. The MusiCounts Scholarship recognizes post-secondary students who demonstrate excellence, display a commitment to music in their community and show a consistently high level of achievement in their careers to date. Each student was nominated by their post-secondary institution and intend to pursue a career in one of the following streams: performing artist, music production/recording arts, or music business. Get to know the six recipient students:
JOASH ALMEDA (BABYLUNG)
School: Harris Institute for the Arts (Toronto)
Hometown: Surrey, BC
B A B Y L U N G is an artist-entrepreneur who is dedicated to capturing the authentic struggles of love and life of Gen-Z. Accompanied by the production sonics nostalgic of the 90’s Neo-soul/R&B movement, and the dynamics of urban contemporary, the 20 year old Vancouverite aims to connect to culture at large through his thought evoking lyrics and tender voice. The artist has already seemingly struck cultural chords amassing over half a million streams with the release of his mixtape “Look What You Did”; a body of work outlining addiction, love unrequited, ambition, and hope. Coming 2019, B A B Y L U N G plans on re-introducing his familiar voice & nostalgic sonics with his upcoming EP “Theia Mania”.
KELLY D ERMINE
School: Recording Arts Canada (Toronto), Indspire Recipient
Hometown: Sturgeon Lake, SK
Kelly was born & raised in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan (also from the community of Sturgeon Lake, SK) and has 10 years experience as a DJ in Bars/Clubs, Grads/Weddings, etc. He recently moved to Toronto to gain professional experience on running a successful production company. Kelly creates albums annually which consist of local talent in his home province. After years of establishing a good customer clientele, he plans to return to Saskatchewan after developing a strong professional portfolio to run a company that produces, promotes live events & recording platform.
School: Metalworks Institute of Sound & Music Production (Mississauga)
Hometown: Haliburton, ON
Raised in the small town of Haliburton, nineteen-year-old Cassidy always showed a keen interest in music growing up, singing and writing from a young age, she picked up the guitar at 12. She enrolled at Metalworks Institute in Mississauga, ON in September 2017, honing pivotal skills to continue developing her soulful folk-pop style—the result of musical influences ranging from Taylor Swift to John Mayer. After cementing a partnership with Cadence Music Group in Toronto, she released her debut single “Lucky,” co-written by Zoe Sky Jordan. Cassidy is currently working on album and booking upcoming shows in the GTA area.
School: Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo), Indspire Recipient
Hometown: Woodstock, ON
Liam Gordon is a Mohawk and Ojibwa Indigenous person with family from Kahnawake and Walpole Island. Though his family was very musical, it was not until grade 9 when Liam decided to begin learning to play the piano. His newfound passion for music pushed him to prepare for the piano entrance exam to Wilfrid Laurier within 4 years of starting and was accepted into the Performance program after his first year. Having graduated with his BMus last June, Liam is now working on another degree in Computer Science. He uses both skills to create tools for musicians to enhance their practicing and performances.
School: MacEwan University (Edmonton)
Hometown: Prince Albert, SK
As a music producer and studio engineer, Nathalie Parent’s passion lies in turning a musician’s vision into reality. Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Nathalie began her creative journey early through piano lessons, theatre arts, and poetry. In 2016 she made the move to Edmonton to pursue a performance degree in voice at MacEwan University. Now majoring in Recording and Production, Nathalie is also the singer and songwriter of her band, National Hotel. She is always eager to seek out and work with diverse local talent, and strives to give them a recorded product tailored to their unique style.
School: University of Lethbridge (Lethbridge, AB)
Hometown: Winnipeg, MB
Kierian wants to be an artist developer and manager, and has been studying a Bachelor of Music at the University of Lethbridge since 2015. He is passionate about hip-hop music and event planning. Kierian intends to use his production and engineering skills to benefit the artists that he will manage. He has also been composing medieval music since the age of fifteen, and has been involved with planning and coordinating several concerts and music festivals.