Curated by the City of Toronto in partnership with us, artists have traditionally performed all types of music in our terminals as a way of bringing a taste of Toronto to passengers and public. Given the unprecedented situation of COVID-19 and its impacts, this edition will be hosted as a livestream, with artists performing one 30-minute set each Friday starting May 1, 2020 at 7:30 pm.
All performances will be live streamed here.
For future performance times, have a look at the schedule below. Follow #YYZlive on Twitter for schedule updates and to share your highlights. Enjoy the show!
Performers and Schedule
Métis siblings Alyssa and Conlin were born in Winnipeg, Manitoba where they nurtured a passion for music from an early age. Building on their foundations in classical music studies, they mentored with Indigenous elders from across Canada to develop their repertoire. Together with their two younger siblings they form Métis Fiddler Quartet. The group’s debut album North West Voyage Nord Ouest won best traditional album at the 2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards.
The group performs for audiences across Canada, including recent performances at the 2015 Parapan Am games opening ceremony, as well as La Grande Gigue, a collaboration with the Caprice Baroque Ensemble for the 2016 Montreal Baroque Festival, at the opening ceremonies for the 2017 North American Indigenous Games, and most recently with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra.
Having completed her doctorate of music, Alyssa was selected as the Indigenous representative of Kuné, Canada’s Global Orchestra – a project supported by the Royal Conservatory of Music.
Conlin is currently a second year law student at U of T where he is heavily involved with the Indigenous Law Students' Association.
Blending her soulful vocals with razor-sharp rock tonalities and pop sensibilities, singer-songwriter Kyla Charter has lent her voice, and rhythm guitar playing to a number of both local and international artists, including Alessia Cara, July Talk, Zaki Ibrahim, Rich Aucoin and Melbourne-based rock band Kingswood. Hot off the heels of a European tour opening for Patrick Watson, Kyla is currently crafting her debut record with the support of FACTOR Canada and the Ontario Arts Council.
The Humber College, Jazz and Contemporary Vocal Performance alumnus, has appeared on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Ellen Degeneres Show, Late Night with Seth Meyers, On Air with Ryan Seacrest, BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge, The Bambi Awards, Made in America Festival, The European Music Awards, The iHeart Radio MMVA’s, France Inter, CBC Festival at Echo Beach, Massey Hall, Budweiser Stage, Scotiabank Arena, The Barbican Center, and Madison Square Gardens.
Kyla’s musical approach weaves her remarkable gift as a storyteller, with A Capella vocal percussion, and dynamic rock, R&B and folk melodic aesthetics. Borrowing widely from an eclectic musical spectrum, in large part the result of a truly multicultural upbringing in the metropolis of Toronto, her sound is whole world, all heart.
Jazz informed, Folk inspired, Brazilian influenced, Rose Quartz is the solo project of bassist, vocalist and percussionist Carlie Howell. Performing a catalogue of original songs almost two decades in the making, Howell reveals a life of loving & losing, backpacking & jetsetting, parenting, praying, meditating, losing, searching, seeking, finding... Losing, searching, seeking, finding. Losing. Searching. Seeking. Finding.
As Rose Quartz, Carlie plays duets with herself and others, delivering carefully crafted poetry in conversation with double & electric bass, ukulele, gu and percussion creating counterparts as intimate as they are expansive. The collection is curated into small suites, highlighting lyrical patterns, thematic through-lines, and a songwriting voice that is constantly evolving yet consistently recognizable. To listen to Rose Quartz is to read the book rather than watch the movie.
Victor Xu (Vixu) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist, known for an aesthetically languid style that shifts between alternative R&B, Hip-Hop, and Indie.
Since his early instrumental releases (2014), Victor has been active as both a solo artist and a collaborator. Working with Canadian vocalists such as Chris Larocca, Andi, and Calm, Vixu has established an eccentric yet deep-rooted sound in his approach to pop music. He is also known for his bands: Nigel Nigel, a sultry indie rock band; and Sly Why, a warped mingling of experimental Hip-Hop and Jazz Fusion. Vixu is most recognized for his two vocally immersed EP's: 'naive' (2015) and husht (2019).
From a Chinese-Canadian upbringing in Ajax, Ontario, Victor took an active interest in music production, composition, and poetry from a young age. His classical training and active interest in songwriting carried him through a post-secondary education in jazz piano. During this time, he formed the music that would eventually create Vixu.
His latest release, an EP called ""husht"", is a layering of irregularly swung percussion, vibrating synthesizers, and lurching vocal lines- in a tone both amorous and ruminative.
In the next couple of months, Vixu will be revealing new music from a possible upcoming album.
Aline Morales’ days of being Toronto’s best kept secret are over. Since her arrival to Canada in 2003, Brazilian-born Morales has become well known locally as a dynamic singer, percussionist and bandleader. However, it was her debut solo album that brought national attention to this unique artist.
Released in 2011, ""Flores, Tambores e Amores"" was met with widespread critical acclaim and reached #1 on Canada’s Folk/World charts. It appeared on several Best of 2011 lists and earned a Juno nomination for Best Album. An ambitious and eclectic record, Flores showcases Aline's unique interpretation of retro Brazilian song styles (samba, forro, tropicalia) combined with and indie sensibility, lo-fi textures and warm vintage production. In addition to her solo work, Aline has had a major impact on the Canadian world music scene through her various group projects. Her 30-member percussion troupe, Baque de Bamba, has played at countless outdoor festivals, led parades through Toronto's Kensington Market and starred in Ontario Tourism’s “There’s No Place Like This” commercials. She is a member of the Canadian 12-piece ensemble Kune, comprised of musicians from all over the world. In 2019, Aline launched the all-female percussive multi-disciplinary ensemble VULVA BEAT.
Born and raised in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Aline began her performing career as a child trained in capoeira. By the time she reached her 20′s, she had performed in a variety of traditional and modern bands including one of Brazil’s most well-known maracatu groups, Nacao Estrela Brilhante do Recife led by Mestre Walter de Franca. Since her arrival to Toronto, she has been a tireless promoter of the traditional maracatu rhythms of Northeastern Brazil. Aline is currently at work on her second full-length solo album.
IAMREBELWILL is a Pop-R&B artist originally from Montreal -- now located in Toronto, Ontario. (Think 'Prince' and Michael Jackson!)
With a South American and Jamaican descent, IAMREBELWILL discovered his artistic intuition as a child when he first struck the keys of his grandparents' piano.
Taking to the streets, he observed the urban culture and local youth, which ignited his desire to dance and perform. Enjoying their fashion and ability to entertain, soon Rebel would embark on his own journey to stamp his name on the world of Pop-R&B. IAMREBELWILL uses his voice to challenge the stereotypical perspective in mainstream music and helps empower others to be their true authentic selves.
Honing his skills, IAMREBELWILL has opened for musical acts such as 112, Azealia Banks, Bobby Valentino, Ciara, Kranium, Tinashe and more. Capitalizing on his showmanship, IAMREBELWILL has performed on and appeared in commercials for BET, Disney, Much Music, and MTV Canada.