A two-time Niagara Music Award winner and Hamilton Music Award nominee, Paul Federici a singer/songwriter whose story of overcoming depression through music has been captivating listeners since he became a full-time musician in 2011. His two independently released albums Relative Importance (2012) and Now and Then (2013) have won over fans and critics from a variety of genres and drawn comparisons to artists like City and Colour and Ed Sheeran, while garnering positive attention from national media outlets like Exclaim Magazine. Federici’s songs have been played on CBC radio, as well as college and university radio stations across the country, reaching #1 on CFBU 103.7 FM.
Roxie Lenton is one of many exciting new emerging singer/songwriters who are enriching the ever-expanding cultural landscape in Regina. Like most inspiring artists of her generation, the forces influencing her music reflect an eclectic taste that crosses over the increasingly blurred boundaries of music’s genres and styles. Drag her away from the classical piano of her training, throw a slide-guitar into her hand, and much of her music easily segues from pop to country, particularly the intimate ballads from her three-month sojourn in Toulouse a few years ago. Travelling abroad to study French language and culture at university, the distance from home revealed a deeper understanding of love, separation and loss that is heart-wrenching in the raw honesty of the lyrics from that period of her life. “The loneliness really kick started my writing,” she says, “and in the end it was a great learning experience. Every song has to take the listener on a journey, one that tells a truly personal story, happy or sad.” And ever since returning from her journey to France, having decided to leave university and devote herself full time to creating music, the hallmark of that music continues to be the poignancy and power of the lyrics in telling the story.