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    Suuns

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    Montreal, QC

    Suuns

    From the beginning, Suuns (pronounced “soons”, and translates as “zeroes” in Thai) have sought to do things differently. They formed in Montreal 2007, when singer/guitarist Ben Shemie and guitarist Joe Yarmush got together to work on some demos, soon to be joined by Liam, Ben’s old schoolfriend, on drums and Max Henry on synth. Their first two records, 2010’s Zeroes QC and 2012’s Polaris Prize-nominated Images Du Futur–both released on Secretly Canadian –were immediate critical hits, and Suuns soon found themselves part of a late ‘00s musical renaissance in the city, alongside fellow groups like The Besnard Lakes, Islands and Land Of Talk. Still, at the same time, Suuns feel remote from the big, baroque ensembles and apocalyptic orchestras that typify the Montreal scene. “We write quite minimal music,” thinks Ben. “They’re not traditional song forms, sometimes they don’t really go anywhere –but they have their own kind of logic.” Or as Joe puts it: “It’s pop music, but sitting in this evil space.”

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    The Pack AD

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    Vancouver, BC

    The Pack AD

    Destruction and melody, acid wit and bruising vocals—this is the Pack A.D. Singer/guitarist Becky Black and drummer Maya Miller have made a sound so gigantic and empowering, that it’s easy to forget it's just two people behind this brilliant and carefully constructed havoc. Shredding and pounding their way through every song, the Pack A.D. swallows you whole inside their blend of heavy psych-pop/garage-rock. Their lyrics are entirely human and complex, tackling real issues with darkly humor or raving about sly crusades against stupidity. Becky and Maya are relentless and riveting, playing with the kind of freedom that makes everybody in the room vicarious rock stars, even if it’s just for the night.

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    Buffy Sainte-Marie

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    Qu'appelle Valley, Sk

    Buffy Sainte-Marie

    Perhaps you know Sainte-Marie from her 1960s protest anthems, open-hearted love songs, incendiary powwow rock, or the juggernaut pop hit “Up Where We Belong." Whatever the case, every song and every era has revealed new and distinctive shades of an artist revered for her pioneering and chameleon ways. There was no mold from which Buffy Sainte-Marie emerged; she created her own, ripened from experiences in both her head and her heart.

    Her latest record, Power in the Blood, is an honest reflection of Sainte-Marie. The hallmarks of her catalog – the eclecticism and compassion she brings to each album, oblivious to genre boundaries and production trends – are in glorious bloom here. It’s the Buffy you know and love, and it’s geared for contemporary audiences.

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    Lisa Charleyboy

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    Co-Founder and Editor-In-Chief

    Urban Native Magazine

    Lisa Charleyboy

    Urban Native Magazine

    Toronto

    Lisa Charleyboy (Tsilhqot’in – Raven Clan) is a First Nations writer and social entrepreneur. She is the Editor-In-Chief of Urban Native Magazine, which focuses on pop culture with an Indigenous twist. Named by Huffington Post as one of three Aboriginal Millennials to watch. Published in The Guardian, CBC Arts, and THIS Magazine and more.

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    Close Talker

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    Saskatoon, SK

    Close Talker

    Close Talker is the exalted indie rock trio from Saskatoon, Canada. Formed in 2012, the band has made great strides in a short period of time: two full-length releases, numerous tours throughout North America, Europe, and the UK, and international attention garnered from critically acclaimed blogs and publications. Spin Magazine writes, “Close Talker pair their rigid yet sanguine melodies with achingly euphoric lyricism," while Q Magazine calls the band “one of their country’s most zesty exports.” Exclaim! described the live show as magnetic; “a nice balance of anthemic rock with soaring harmonies and spacey, melodic breakdowns.” In 2015 Close Talker received nominations for Sirius XM’s Emerging Artist of the Year, as well as Western Canadian Music Award’s Video of the Year, Independent Album of the Year, and Radio Starmaker’s Rock Recording of the year.

    Close Talker is Will Quiring, Matthew Kopperud, and Chris Morien.

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    Jessica Walsh

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    Designer and Art Director

    Sagmeister & Walsh

    Jessica Walsh

    Sagmeister & Walsh

    New York

    Jessica Walsh is a designer & art director working in NYC. Her work has won awards from the Type Director’s Club, Art Director’s Club, SPD, Print, and Graphis. She has received various distinctions such as Computer Art’s “Top Rising Star in Design,” and an ADC “Young Gun”.

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    Terry O'Reilly

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    Radio Host and Author

    CBC Under the Influence

    Terry O'Reilly

    CBC Under the Influence

    Toronto

    Terry O’Reilly is the familiar voice behind the hit CBC radio shows O’Reilly on Advertising, The Age of Persuasion, and his current program, Under the Influence, where he explores the business, the craft, and the promise of promotion. O’Reilly explores how our culture is shaped by marketing, as well as providing his expertise on branding, campaigns, spin, and more.

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    Saadia Muzaffar

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    Founder and Tech-Entrepreneur

    TechGirls Canada

    Saadia Muzaffar

    TechGirls Canada

    Toronto

    Saadia Muzaffar is a tech entrepreneur, investor, and an internationally prolific media advocate for diversity and equity in the science and technology sectors. Founder of ‪TechGirls Canada, the hub for Canadian women in STEM. Senior Director of Marketing at ‪AudienceView. Featured on CNN Money, Canadian Business, Vice and more. She is a proud feminist who sees colour.

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