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Jim Levatte

October 27, 2016
Jim Levatte

Born and raised in the railroad and manufacturing town of Smith Falls, Ontario, Jim Levatte was drawn to music at a young age. While all of his friends played hockey, Levatte gravitated towards the guitar, and he wrote his first song at the age of nine.

As he got older, Levatte and his band honed their country music sound performing on the local club scene, releasing six studio albums along the way. After a car accident in 2013 forced him to leave behind his successful construction business, Levatte decided to focus all of his attention on his music career, and the result has been a creative surge that has led to over 50 hours of demo tape and thousands of song ideas. Among them is Levatte’s newest single, “This Ain’t My Day,” which debuted at #68 on the New Music Weekly country charts. Featuring Levatte’s gravelly vocals atop a honky-tonk piano and some bar-room guitars, the song will be featured on Levatte’s upcoming self-titled album.

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Olivia Penalva

October 13, 2016
Olivia Penalva

At the age of 11, Canadian singer/songwriter Olivia got her start with a captivating appearance on Our Kids Have Talent, which paved the way to writing and recording her debut album two years later. Since that time, her song “Christmas for Two” cracked the Top 30 on Canadian radio, she was a finalist in the International Song Writing Competition, and on her 2014 song “Ferris Wheel,” she worked with acclaimed producer Brian West, who has previously collaborated with artists such as Nelly Furtado and Maroon 5.

Still only 16 years of age, Olivia recently released a new EP, Weightless, a collection of songs about self-love and the power of positivity that allow the rising star’s sultry, soulful vocal stylings to shine.

To learn more about Olivia, visit oliviamusiclive.com and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

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Maggie Szabo

April 12, 2016
Maggie Szabo

Raised up in the small town of Dundas, Ontario, about 50 miles west of Niagara Falls, singer/songwriter Maggie Szabo began practicing her craft at a young age. Following her high school graduation, she moved to Nashville, where she worked diligently to hone her writing and performing abilities, and in 2011, she became a YouTube sensation when her performance of LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” with Walk Off The Earth went viral. Maggie released her debut album, Now Hear Me Out, in November of 2012, and the single “Lovesick” garnered heavy rotation on Canadian airwaves. After being selected as Bell Media’s Emerging Artist and beating out thousands of competitors to win pop culture blogger Perez Hilton’s “Can YOU Sing?” contest, Maggie was hailed as a budding superstar.

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Billy Grima

February 17, 2016
Billy Grima

In October of 2015, at the 3rd Annual International Music and Entertainment Association Awards, Canadian singer/songwriter Billy Grima was the proud recipient of the Best Adult Contemporary Artist Award. For Grima, 2015 was a year of remarkable achievements, as his album Sugar & Cream received critical acclaim and radio airplay on more than 100 stations across North America and over 500 around the world.

Born in Australia, Grima started writing at a young age and was singing in the church choir by the age of eight, and when he was 15, Grima and his family moved to Toronto. His first album, I’m Just Standing, is a rock-pop blend influenced by the sounds of the 1980s. He followed this up with A Little Piece of Heaven, which was dedicated to the underprivileged, with all of the proceeds from the album’s sales going towards helping the homeless and children in need. In September of 2014, Grima released Sugar & Cream — produced and engineered by Pete Swann (Glass Tiger’s Alan Connely, Adrian and Justin Lifeson) — a collection of heartfelt songs about happiness, pain, and relationships both good and bad.

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Ed Roman

October 28, 2015
Ed Roman

Blurring the lines between pop, rock, folk and country, Ed Roman is an award-winning musician from Ontario who, thanks to his infectiously-eclectic sound, has garnered legions of fans – known as “Ed Heads” – across North America.

With his first album, 2000’s Special Ed and The Musically Challenged, Ed and his bandmates crafted an inventive, mesmerizing musical experience that they continued to refine on three follow-up albums. In 2011, Ed released his first solo venture, Oracles and Ice Cream, consisting of 22 tracks of hypnotic songwriting across a vast musical spectrum. Featuring poignant lyrics atop tantalizing melodies, Oracles and Ice Cream offered an exhilarating glimpse into the mind of a supremely gifted artist. Ed’s most recent solo album, Letters from High Latitudes, was released in 2014 to critical acclaim, receiving airplay on more than 100 radio stations across Canada and the United States and earning Roman recognition on the Hit Tracks Top 100 and CMG Radio charts, along with award nominations from both Artists in Music and the Artists Music Guild.

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