Meet the Canadian Up-and-Comers Chosen to Attend Red Bull Music Academy

Canada's next big things are heading back to school

Starting in late September, 70 international artists will descend upon Montreal for a month long music experience hosted by Red Bull. The Red Bull Music Academy brings together a range of international artists and allows them to participate in workshops, attend lectures and record new material with some of the industry’s most talented. The artists that are chosen for this experience have been noted as the next generation of world-class musicians. You can follow along with their adventures on Red Bull Music Academy’s website.

In the meantime, let’s take a look at the five Canadian artists included who have caught our attention. We recommend that you start listening now so when they blow up you can be that person.

Casey MQ – Toronto

Casey MQ whose full name is Casey Manierka-Quaile is a man of many talents. The pianist/vocalist/guitarist is classically trained and spent sometime as the musician in residence at the Canadian Film Centre. This opportunity allowed him to create music for a number of films. His solo work is evocative with its strong vocals and simple arrangements. Casey is also in the Toronto based band Unbuttoned. On his website he labels himself as a “Composer. Creator” and his bio explains that he hopes to get more into producing.

Check out Casey MQ’s track “Pink Doodle” below.


Sayge – Toronto

Toronto based multi-instrumentalist Sayge has performed and released under a number of different monikers. Do the names Astral, Sage’s Space Trio or Little Ghost ring a bell? What about his actual name Marcel Mandez? Each moniker had a different style and genre attesting to the multi-dimensionality of the artist that is Sayge. Under Astral he mixed beats and samples to create moody EDM. Under Sage’s Space Trio the music took a groovier vibe as he explored hip hop and jazz fusion. Then Little Ghost allowed him to create slow and atmospheric electronic music. He is back at it again and we can’t wait to see what Sayge brings to us.

Check out some of his earlier work below.


River Tiber – Toronto

River Tiber is gaining recognition for how he is changing hip hop and R&B production. The instrumentalist and producer uses his unique vocals to create one of a kind samples. He manipulates his vocals to completely reimagine their sound. Whether it being layering them or pitching them, River Tiber is reimagining how producers look at vocal production by expanding its possibilities. The samples he creates are so unique they have been noticed by Toronto heavy weights like Drake, Kaytranada and BADBADNOTGOOD. You can hear a sample of his unreleased song “No Talk” on Drake’s track “No Tellin'”. His debut LP Indigo (2016) came out on June 24th.

You can listen to the single “I’m a Stone” off Indigo (2016) album below.


Angus Tarnawsky – Vancouver

It is difficult to describes Angus Tarnawsky’s solo music and do it justice. Any description of the music would attempt to explain how he uses his acoustic drums to create this incredibly industrial but beautiful music. He records the drums and then goes over them with an electronic rig to produce the complex music. It is intelligent and catchy and you truly have to listen to it for yourself to understand. Prior to creating his solo music, the Australian born, Vancouver raised musician played drums for a number of bands internationally. He also produced, recorded and played for the band Flowers of Evil.

Don’t take our word for it, listen for yourself below.


Marie Davidson – Montreal

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Marie Davidson grew up studying classical violin, however, she soon fell in love with analog electronic music and dropped out of school to pursue it professionally. She has been a part of a number of bands but it is her solo work that stands out so strongly. She layers spoken word in both French and English over industrial drum tracks. They are then mixed and reverb is added, but what stand out is the light use of synth that adds an airy element to the heavy tracks.

Take a listen below.