Merival (Anna Horvath) is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Toronto, ON. She writes thoughtful songs shaped by relationships and reflection, finding beauty and transformation in heartache. Her ear for harmony and spare instrumentation informs her exploration of what it means to process complicated emotions, whether during an ongoing situation or through the lens of nostalgia after the fact. In this way, she affords the listener a quiet moment to sit with their own experiences and perhaps find a deeper understanding. Her past projects include First Rate People and beau, and a handful of collaborations with such artists as Swim Good, Izzard of Soda Island, and LUM. http://merival.bandcamp.com/
Rob Dickson Based in Whitehorse, nestled in the sprawling landscape of the Yukon, Rob Dickson is a songwriter and singer. His songs emerge from a place of discovery, of seeking solidity and forming identity. At the center of Dickson’s world is his family, and his writing is profoundly linked to the emotional expanse of these relationships. Through an autobiographical lens, Dickson reveals himself with a sound that is both raw and modest, inviting reflection, inviting us to consider the people we become as we grow up.
Chronicling the unique beauty and uncertainty of moving into adulthood, Dickson’s debut album, Proof of Our Years (2016), is an ode to growth. Produced by Toronto’s James Bunton (Donovan Woods, Evening Hymns), Proof of Our Years is spacious and magnetic, revelatory in its unaffected account of finding oneself on the other side of youth, and resonant in its embrace of the exquisite imperfection of love. http://www.robdicksonmusic.com/