Theatre Performances - Mississauga Music Awards
Mississauga Music Awards
Showtime: Saturday, September 29, 2018
Location: RBC Theatre
Now in its second years, the prestigious Mississauga Music Awards 2018 heads to the Living Arts Centre, recognizing & awarding the best from Mississauga's music community. The annual event will showcase some of the finest talent from our city while celebrating winners from multiple categories & genres. Come for a behind the scenes experience into the soul of the city, stay for the party!
Run time: 4 hours 30 minutes without a formal intermission *subject to change
Since the release of her debut, FACTOR funded album ‘Talk To Me’ and her EP ‘Wild Eyed Wanderer’, Alessia Cohle has emerged as one of Canada’s brightest country stars. With several tours across the country, opening for Brett Kissel, being a part of the CCMA house band (2016, 2017, and 2018), and having shared the stage with artists such as Meghan Patrick, Jason Blaine, George Canyon, and more, Cohle has seen her audience grow significantly. Alessia has won numerous songwriting awards, received the 2018 Marty Award in the Established Vocal Artist of the Year category, and was the recipient of the 2017 Ron Lenyk Inspiring Youth Arts Award. Her love for all styles of music has helped Alessia define and create her own unique sound, joining the next wave of artists who continue to push the future of country music.
At Dawn's Edge
It all started with a vision... Mixing the beautiful and the heavy. Enamoured by the grandiose sound of orchestral arrangements and cultural motifs, yet unwilling to part with the aggressive and electronic qualities of metal, At Dawn's Edge relentlessly pushes the bounds of groove and symphony. After the release of their first EP in May, 2015, titled First Contact, At Dawn’s Edge promoted it throughout Eastern Ontario and Quebec, Canada. They've played in Montreal with local big acts such as Karkaos, a show organized in part by Maple Metal Records, as well as having the opportunity to open for The Agonist, and Sonata Arctica in Toronto. 2017 brought forth a new look, and a new sound to their upcoming debut album, Through Glass Eyes, and now the band is preparing to extend their sonic reach to an international audience.
From Far and Wide
From Far & Wide (FFAW) was formed in 2017 by award-winning singer-songwriters from Mississauga. FFAW consists of Heather Christine, Arlene Paculan, Matt Zaddy, and THE iDENTiTY CRiSiS who are all active individually and as a band in the music scene around the GTA. With their powerful collaboration, they aim to celebrate a community of acceptance, open-mindedness and respect for equality. Their song "We Are the North" was named the official Canada 150 Summer song for Mississauga in 2017.
MAYBE MAY might have a name that suggests neither here nor there in the springtime, but rest assured, this Mississauga trio are very much affirmed in their sound and style no matter the season. Fronted by Demetrius (vocals/guitar), Rian (bass) and Vitaly (drums), MAYBE MAY’s debut 5-song Eden Project EP (Oct '14) draws listeners in by seamlessly blending heavy instrumentation with graceful melodies which provide a rich tapestry for delivering messages of human conditions we can all relate to: love, loss and betrayal.
Since its release, the band has independently released music videos for each track, garnering thousands of views from fans. Each video is crafted with great creativity and storytelling while painting scenes with beautiful color treatments, enveloping viewers in a journey of dark, twisted, sometimes hallucinogenic tailspins like in ‘Strike-Slip’. The video for ‘Will Our Mechanics Synchronize?’ showcases dry humor and the band's penchant for having a laugh - if even at themselves. Debuting their live show at Canadian Music Week, the band has gone onto play other festivals like Indie Week and also picked up a nod from Toronto Independent Music Awards (TIMA) for Best Alternative/Indie in 2015 as well as Mississauga Music Awards for Best Rock in 2017.
Information to come!
No Big Deal
Five guys with instruments and nothing to lose: this carefree spirit defines NO BIG DEAL, a band that answers the desperate call for a fiery, anthemic brand of punk rock.
In their five years as a band, NO BIG DEAL have challenged themselves to play as much as possible, wherever possible, and you'd be hard-pressed to ignore their uncontainable energy onstage. From festival stages to club shows, from the first guitar note to the last crash of a cymbal, the band's all-or-nothing attitude is as irresistible as their songs. Notably, the band has performed at the Toronto leg of Riot Fest, and placed three times in 97.7 HTZ-FM's Rock Search (once as finalists in the Top 4), all while opening for steady touring acts such as CKY, SWMRS, Sumo Cyco and Violent Soho.
What can sometimes take bands 10 or more years to build in momentum, NO BIG DEAL have accomplished in a short amount of time, making an impact on a music scene starving for something new, fresh and honest. Despite this, what matters to the band are the songs, shows, and friendships made along the way.
Saugasson is a young and upcoming artist from Mississauga, Ontario. His talents consist of singing, rapping, song-writing, dancing and producing. Saugasson strives to be more than just successful in music, but also to be known as a talented artist who cares about his craft. He is influenced by many artists including but not limited to, Xxxtentacion, Drake, PartyNextDoor, Croosh and many more. As Saugasson releases more music he shows growth and passion in his music for both the music itself and the story the music may tell.
What began as a solo project for Michael Ursini (Singer/Songwriter/Rhythm Guitar) has morphed into Uforia, a talented four-piece hard rock band that has released three EPs since 2012. Based in Toronto and influenced by Billy Talent, Incubus, Finger Eleven and Royal Blood, among others, the group also consists of Adam Brik (Lead Guitar), Daniel Salij (Bass) and Dylan Piercey (Drums).
Uforia’s latest single “What It Means to You” is quickly becoming an iconic appreciation song. The song is produced and co-written by the talented Steve Molella (Finger Eleven). Within ten days of its release, (May 4th 2018) the music video accumulated over 100,000 views & over 1000 shares on Facebook. The song has been added to over 30 independent radio stations and has already charted at #3 on an Australian FM station and #13 on the 365 Radio Network.
“What It Means to You” is about a child’s appreciation for their parent. Michael wrote the song for his mother as a Mother’s Day gift. “It was supposed to be a cheesy present that I thought only my mom would really appreciate.” says Ursini. “I ended up playing it at a family gathering and it brought the entire table to tears. I then started playing it at public events and every time it made people cry happy tears. I knew I had something powerful, so I brought it to Steve and invested in a world class production.”
Uforia’s previous releases include the debut EP Imagining (2012), the fan-funded follow-up Transmutation (2015) and their most recent EP Fight or Flight (2016). The band has won a number of contests including the Hard Rock Rising Canada contest (2013), the opportunity to open for hometown heroes Billy Talent (2014) and the Jack Daniel’s Supporting Act contest (2016). “Fight or Flight” is played regularly at Rogers Centre during the Blue Jays games, at the Air Canada Centre during the Toronto Raptors & Toronto Maple Leafs games and at the Canadian Tire Centre during the Ottawa Senators games. It has also made its way into the NFL being played at New Era Field on the Buffalo Bills pre-game playlist.