6 Vancouver Artists You Should Be Listening To

Posted on June 15, 2017

It’s time to update your year-round playlist. We would never ask you to give up The Weeknd’s Starboy, Beyoncé’s Lemonade, or Chance The Rapper’s Coloring Book because we don’t want no problem with you.

But pause “bad and boujee,” and take a seat at the table (hi, Solange) for a second while we present you with the artists that you’re going to be thankful for this year. 

Say goodbye to The Chainsmokers’ “Closer” and hello to new music!

Tonye Aganaba

Tonye Aganaba’s music is reminiscent of jazz, blues, R&B, and funk. Her soulful vocals are so bold that they could almost envelop you in a warm embrace. Her newest single, Villain, is smooth, melodic, and does justice to funk music. If you like feel-good songs, Tonye Aganaba is about to become your new obsession.

For fans of: Andra Day, Elle King, Janelle Monáe, Jill Scott, and Lily Allen.


Kimmortal is a rapper and spoken word poet with a sound that’s evocative of the current renaissance of rap culture. Her storytelling is masterful, poignant, and personal. On songs like “Blue & Orange” she is raw and intimate, and on “Ancestral Clock (Boom Bop)” she is strong and empowered. Kimmortal is one of those artists whose works will remain immortal (we’re funny, okay?).

For fans of: Lauryn Hill, Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar, and Kehlani.

The Katherines

This is the girl group of your 13 year old dreams. But guys, there’s bad news and good news today. The good news is that The Katherines have mastered the art of alternative pop music. Songs like Cherry Lips and Primitive have the kind of infectious choruses that make you want to sing in the shower, and recreate the Risky Business dance scene. The bad news is that they aren’t all named Katherine.

For fans of: Haim, Little Mix, Ariana Grande, and Zara Larsson.

Jojo Mason

Here comes a sentence that has definitely never been typed elsewhere: Country music is actually so hip. Jojo Mason has the kind of rich vocals that will remind you of Johnny Cash or a male Reba McEntire. Made For You is everything you’ll ever want in a destined-to-be-soulmates type of song. Dare we say he is poised to become a country music superstar?

For fans of: Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt, Brad Paisley, and Florida Georgia Line.

Mud Funk

Mud Funk embodies a sound that fuses motown with neo-soul and funk. They sing songs that perfectly blend old school music with a touch of modernity. If you’re looking for music to groove to, look no further than the musical stylings of this nine-person (yes, nine!) band. Listen to Holy Stage and have yourself an impromptu dance party.

For fans of: Erykah Badu, Aretha Franklin, and Amy Winehouse.

Luca Fogale

Luca Fogale should be crowned the new king of deeply emotional ballads. His songs are stripped down, ethereal, and will give you feelings you don’t already have. On “Hannah” he sings about a lost love and it is so simple, so sad, and so real. With a voice that is as light as a feather but still so powerful, his talent is inimitable and almost too good to be true.

For fans of: Passenger, Birdy, Ed Sheeran, and James Bay.

Which one of these artists are you going to listen to first? Tell us in the comments.

In case you are wondering what kind of person I am, I once googled, "How to Apologize." More articles by Adesuwa Okoyomon
  • No, I should NOT be listening to these artists! How do you know who or what I “should” be listening to? I visit Vancouver about 10 times a year for at least a week each time. I will listen to the Vancouver musicians who I think are great and I will never say to other people that they “should” be listening to whoever I listen to.”

    • Robert Katerwol

      It is a title suggesting artists you should listen to according to the writer. That is how writing an article works. Many people on the internet are looking for suggestions on whom they should listen to. It’s nothing to get upset about, it wasn’t targeted towards you. There are many things that are demanded from us, this is not one. Though, Kimmortal is amazing in many different ways, I would personally suggest her as well.

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