If we were to point to a city that could be described as leading the way in the ongoing R&B / Soul music renaissance, it would be Toronto. Drake’s rise to the elite league of rappers put Toronto and the rest of Canada on the international music map in a way never before seen (or expected). By publicly endorsing and even signing artists such as PartyNextDoor and The Weeknd that have seen rising popularity and success in mainstream / international circles, Drake helped shine a lite on a musical scene that has long bubbled ‘underground’ with raw talent and boundary-pushing creativity.
The Future: Toronto R&B / Soul Singers to Watch
But the Toronto R&B scene is so much more than those two aforementioned singers. As this week’s ‘Mood’ playlist shows, Toronto R&B singers represent the full spectrum of today’s R&B music. We’ve put together a playlist of the Toronto R&B / Soul singers to watch. From singers such as the OVO-signed DVSN and Jahkoy with more alternative stylings. To the more experimental, electronic-infused sounds of River Tiber and Allie. Tory Lanez and PartyNextDoor lead the way for more trappy R&B, while Charlotte Day Wilson and Daniel Caesar present powerful modern day Soul music like you’ve never heard before. We’re huge fans of Tanika Charles, the talented Edmonton-born singer whose latest album, Soul Run, gives that Motown upbeat Soulful vibe.
This is the new school of Canadian R&B, the Toronto R&B / Soul singers to watch as they take on the international stage one album at a time. We’re confident you’ll be hearing several of these names in the next few years. Listen to the music we’re raving about below. We think this is one of our best playlists to date (even if we do say so ourselves).