The City’s 3-1-1 customer service agents strive to answer calls as quickly as possible however, during peak times, customers may be required to hold for the next available agent. Callers to Mississauga’s 3-1-1 Citizen Contact Centre can enjoy an enhanced customer experience featuring a selection of music by local Mississauga artists.
Michelle Hopkins is a twenty-one-year-old singer-songwriter who reads, writes and speaks both English and Kiswahili. She uses both languages in her music to connect to her community and highlight her culture. In 2019, Michelle won the RBC Bluesfest “She’s The One” Competition. Michelle easily slips in and out of R&B, pop, soul, rap and alternative genres. She uses music as a tool to process her feelings of anxiety and to categorize her emotions when there’s too much going on around her. Michelle’s music represents her exploring the lessons of life, love and loss. Her music is for those who find the feeling of fumbling familiar, those stumbling through life and making it work.
“’Honest’ was a labour of love and the song has transformed the meaning for me over time. You learn how powerful your choices are when you love someone. Heartbreak and love are both honest. Both force you to reassess yourself. Both expose your insecurities. Both thrust you towards growth. Heartbreak can trigger feelings of failure and make you question your character. Love pushes you to challenge your trauma and to prioritize the presence of someone else. Love creates compromise. Heartbreak is temporary but love is not. If you’ve truly loved somebody, you’ll always carry a piece of them with you. Cherish your choices and learn from them. ‘Honest’ from my heart to yours.”
Learn more: https://www.instagram.com/hopkiiins/
Gyles is an award-winning musical siren. She has made a name for herself in the industry as an acclaimed singer/songwriter. Many may know her as the lead vocalist for Toronto Neo-soul band Jamesking. Opening for musical royalty such as Morgan Heritage, Beres Hammond, Sean Paul, Tarrus Riley and Ivana Santilli, Gyles has piqued the attention of artists and music lovers alike. She has lent her buttery voice to background vocals for notable Canadian artists Jully Black, Camille Douglas and Carlos Morgan. Gyles’ successes also include an Independent Music Award, Radio Star Songwriter’s Competition two-time runner-up, headlining the Montreal Funk Festival, and a song featured in major motion picture: Shark City.
“This song was written and recorded as a cheeky song I was singing to a boy of interest. Telling him all the things that he did was just what I was looking for in someone like him. With a Motown feel of the beat, I loved the juxtaposition of a woman being so forward. As in the 60’s a forward woman would not have been the accepted normative behaviour of the time, not like today. I wanted this song to show that women can tell their love interest what was on their mind… no time for guessing games.”
Learn more: https://gylesmusic.com
“I started writing this song when I got back from tour back in March 2020. That tour was intense as I had toured in Hong Kong during democratic protests, then went to Australia to tour during some of their biggest fires in history, then went into Vietnam for shows just as COVID was becoming prevalent in Asia. It was overwhelming, the amount of hate, blame and fear that was existing. In order for me to process everything, I had to slow things, take a step back, and really just take the time to understand everything that was happening. I think in general we need to slow down our pace in life and really appreciate the moments, which is exactly what this song is about.”
Learn more: https://tennysonking.com
“Dancing On My Heart is a dance anthem inspired by the universally relatable struggle of moving on after a breakup when your ex-lover finds any opportunity to let themselves back into your life. I wanted to write something upbeat that would inspire energy and confidence into my listeners, especially during these challenging times. The track is filled with lots of feel-good vibes, emotional lyrics, and sugar-coated gooeyness that will surely get your heart dancing. Created during the pandemic quarantine, the songwriting process for this track was unlike any of my previous releases. It is one of my favorites and showcases my artistic evolution. From #dancingonmyheart as the #1 trending hashtag on twitter on the day of its release to receiving over 10 million views on tiktok, I am grateful for the incredible response the track has received! It has been absolutely heartwarming to see how people from all over the world, across all ages, are relating to my song and creating their own videos to it! Additionally, the track has surpassed 300k streams across platforms globally, and has received international media features from outlets like Rolling Stone, Wonderland, and Billboard.”
Learn more: https://www.cmagic5.com/
Oleyada is an indie-pop artist and songwriter. She released her first single “Pick Up the Phone”, a poppy diss track based on toxic friendship, a few months into the pandemic. The single was a semi-finalist in Unsigned Only, 2020 Canadian Songwriter Challenge, and has been featured in CBC’s television program “Strays”. Holed up with producer and partner, Mathew Fantini, throughout the pandemic Oleyada continued to develop her sound and quirky lyrical style. Oleyada participated in the 2021 RBC Launchpad Entrepreneurship program where she met Vince DeGiorgio of Cymba Music Publishing. Oleyada later signed with Cymba with the goal of fostering a songwriting career and establishing an international catalogue. Oleyada has since written with artists such as Kinley Dowling (Hey Rosetta!), Steph Copeland, Grammy-nominated songwriter Anwar McDonald, South-African producer Sketchy Bongos and more. Oleyada is currently putting the final touches on her upcoming EP and has just released the first single “Dig Yourself” on all digital platforms.
“’Dig Yourself’ was musically inspired by my millionth rewatch of the OC. At its core though it’s a song about the amount of self-love and bravery it takes to be one’s truest self.”
STORRY writes and produces her own music, and is involved in all aspects of her career from designing album covers to directing award-winning music videos. Her debut concept album ‘CH III: The Come Up’ was produced and released independently, and was nominated for a 2021 JUNO award for Adult Contemporary Album alongside Celine Dion and Alanis Morrissette. Though rooted in R&B Soul, STORRY sings in many genres from opera to reggae. Her single ‘Another Man’ was produced by reggae royalty Sly & Robbie, and also nominated for a 2020 JUNO award. Her second release, ‘INTERLUDE-19’ is a conceptual EP of virtual collaborations in an array of emotions and genres, completed while in isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Born in Toronto to Lebanese and Greek parents, STORRY is a sex-positive, queer, feminist, left-brained artist who is pushing culture forward. Her art is raw and honest to the max. If it doesn’t touch you, it’ll hit you in the face.
“This song was the first single I ever released to the world. It’s part of my concept album titled ‘Chapter 3: The Come Up’. ‘Leave My Heart Behind’ is about an exhausted woman, owning her intricate inconsistencies. Okay with finding an unhealthy lover for just one more sensual night. She pleads to her lover, not to convince her it’s anything more.”
Learn more: https://www.storrymusic.com
Alan Kulka is an award winning guitarist, songwriter, and arranger. His work is informed by a wide range of influences, including classical music, 80s rock music, 90s pop music, contemporary hip-hop, and other forms of modern music. He is passionate about the creative process and collaborating with artists, both on stage and in the studio.
“The idea for Special came out of a collaborative songwriting session in Toronto a few years ago. It was originally written for a female artist and didn’t end up getting recorded. The melody kept coming back to me, and I felt compelled to record my own version as a duet. Fun fact: Cat Bernardi and I had the great fortune of going to the same arts high school in Mississauga!”
Learn more: https://www.alankulka.com/
Paige is an 18 year old singer songwriter and actor. You can often find her in Port Credit busking along with her keyboard during SaugaBusks. She really enjoys belting out the National anthem and can be seen on occasion at a Raptors 905 game doing just that! She is excited about her music career having recently graduated from high school and hopes to see you in and around the city sometime. Advocating for positive mental health and anti bullying are near and dear to this young performer’s mission and she can’t wait to share some new songs with you all really soon!
“The inspiration came from a break up… it’s a song to remind us to be grateful for and appreciate even the smallest things that make us happy, because when you’re feeling down it’s easy to remember this but often too late. Writing Bittersweet got me out of bed and back on my feet again… it was the first song I wrote on my debut EP Vincent but not the first song I released… that was Van Gogh.”
Learn more: https://paigeblossom.com/
Borelson is a multi-disciplinary artist and creative entrepreneur. After formative years spent between Gabon, Congo and France, he took a leap of faith and relocated to Canada by himself. His particular music is mostly hip-hop infused, mixed with other music influences (afrofusion/afrobeats, jazz, classical music, etc.). In May 2020, Borelson released his debut album entitled ‘As Far As Eye Can See’, to show the continuous expansion of his universe and vision while giving hope and empowering people. He also directed a docuseries featuring the success stories of immigrants and first-generation Canadians, titled ‘This FAR’. In Fall 2021 he released his sophomore project titled ‘Building Bridges’. Borelson has performed in Paris, London, Miami, Austin (SXSW 2018), Ghana (Year Of Return), as well as Montreal and Toronto (Afrofest, Nuit Blanche, Toronto Biennale, RBC Music virtual showcases, Fashion Art Toronto. His shows, whether solo or with a live band, always bring high vibrational energy and are definitely worth attending.
“There is no better time than now to be Fearless!”
Learn more: https://www.borelson.com/
Fronted by Demetrius (vocals/guitar), Rian (bass) and Vitaly (drums), MAYBE MAY’s sound draws listeners in by blending heavy instrumentation with melodies which provide a rich tapestry for delivering messages of love, loss and betrayal. With most bands’ resolve tested during the 2020 pandemic, MAYBE MAY released “Through Your Eyes” – a fundraiser for their home town food bank, featuring 8 local artists. JUNO winning Kevin Dietz helped produce/engineer the song at Metalworks Studios, which went on to raise thousands in donations. No stranger to philanthropic efforts, the band previously raised money for Compassion Canada as well as participated in Glimpsepalooza, a platform for kids to reflect & express themselves. In 2021, the band won a MARTY/Mississauga Arts Award for “Established Music Group” presented by Mississauga Arts Council, as their song “Survive, Satellite” spun on radio stations such as X 92.9 (Calgary) & CBC while the accompanying DIY puppet video premiered on 102.1 The Edge (Toronto), with coverage from outlets such as Buzz Music LA & FYI Music News.
‘Y E A R S’ has been MAYBE MAY’s most popular song yet, with a full band & an acoustic version of the tune garnering thousands of views & streams online. A nostalgic song about past, the lyrics reflect on people, places, relationships, fears & the journey of becoming who we are today. The single also features internet sensation & powerhouse vocalist Lauren Babic.
Learn more: http://www.maybemay.com/
The Canadian Arabic Orchestra is a not for profit organization with the objective of promoting multicultural dialogue through the universal language of music. The mission of the CAO is to connect, enrich and inspire through music. We connect people from diverse cultures and reconnect people from Arab origins with their roots. We enrich lives by sharing the Arabic cultural and musical heritage and inspire more musical creativity and collaboration among musicians from different backgrounds through musical fusions. Our core programming includes the Canada Tour, the Local Concert Series, the Festival of Arabic Music and its Arts, The Canadian Arabic Youth Orchestra, and the Multicultural Folk Celebration. We pride ourselves in providing paid opportunities and exposure for more than 35 Mississauga based musicians. Approximately 23% of the 1 million Canadians from Arab origin reside in Mississauga and the GTA. With lack of quality artistic and musical events with an Arabic focus, the Orchestra provides music services and entertainment for an important group of the Mississauga community.
“Witmayali ‘Sway” is a song written, composed and arranged by Nadim Mohsen who is a Lebanese artist.”
Learn more: https://canadianarabicorchestra.ca/
Vivek utilizes musical expression as a way of healing. When faced with a life changing ailment, he was forced to examine the darkest and most challenging parts of life and transmute them with his art. It became a much-needed cathartic outlet to cope with the hardship and transition he faced. Through this process, he began composing the most inspired tracks he has ever created. Vivek’s debut album Right as Rain, includes a collection of personal tracks inspired by his life and the challenges he faced. Vivek has performed his work at Northern Touch Music Festival and Conference in Winnipeg, Toronto’s $5 Dollar Rap Show, The Living Arts Centre, Celebration Square’s Amphitheatre, as well as various places in the local community. His work has been supported by SOCAN Foundation, Mississauga Business Enterprise Centre and Mississauga Arts Council. In 2021 Vivek won The People’s Choice Award at the Mississauga Arts Council’s Music Spotlight for his video Rubik’s Cube. His latest collaboration was placed on the Japanese TV show soundtrack, Promise Cinderella. Vivek gives back to other indie artists through an artist collective entitled Humble & Hungry. Under this banner, he and his team provide a platform for up and coming artists to showcase their talents.
“Save Me was my first official release after going through my health challenges, and marked a new beginning for me. The song reminds me of the importance of community, collaboration and healing, we had an amazing team of Music Producers, Videographers and Production crew.”
Learn more: www.vivekmehmi.com
After 25 years of working in a printing company, Walter decided to go back to school and follow his passion for music. Only after Graduating in Audio Production Engineering from Metalworks did he really take his sound seriously. He began recording in his home studio learning with each composition. The Beatles music still inspires me. I think they are essential to get to know if you’re creative and want to write music. No matter what genre.
“The song was inspired by the loss of one of the four legged critter’s I regularly feed in my back yard. It came for shelter and for leisure and for its final resting place. Many parallels to our lives. It just got me thinking. Thinking about life. Our interaction and how one day this too will change as we move forward in age and time.”
Kevin Bresser is an artist coach, recording artist and freelance musician. With experience as both a solo artist and bandleader, Bresser was featured in Canadian Music Week and has held contracts with Global TV, Kraft Foods Canada, Toronto Pearson International Airport, and has performed in Centrepointe Theatre in Ottawa. Not limited to the stage, Bresser studied production and recording with JUNO winning producer John Switzer and Canadian master engineer Alfio Annibalini. Bresser seeks to impart what he has learned under Canadian music artists Micah Barnes, Paula Griffith, and Orville Heyn. Bresser has held roles as bandleader for Impress Productions and band coach for the Markham School of Rock House Performance Programs. Additionally, Bresser was accountable for performance and group development in York University’s WIBI A Cappella group and has privately hosted artistic development workshops in the Kitchener-Waterloo Region and the Greater Toronto Area.
“I prefer to let people create their own interpretations of my songs but I wrote it to capture the experience of becoming untethered and reaching for something or someone to hold on to. I wrote this song while I was in school for music production and it is the single off my debut EP.”
Learn more: https://kevinbresser.com/
Sarah Catharine is an independent singer-songwriter and producer who records all of her music in her car! She recently began songwriting and released her first single ‘That’s a Lie’ in 2021, later followed by single ‘I’d Be Dead Too’, an emotional pop ballad that was originally teased on Tik Tok reaching over 40,000 views. Sarah Catharine independently wrote and produced her debut EP ‘Thank You for the Content’. Often compared to Olivia Rodrigo and Taylor Swift, ‘Thank You for the Content’ is all about celebrating heartbreak and taking bad situations and turning them into good songs.
“One of my favourite things about songwriting is the aspect of storytelling through music and lyrics. ‘Dancing With You in Another Life’ tells the story of a young couple who meet while cleaning up after a party. After dating for several years, they break up and are now both going out to party with their friends and try to get over the breakup – but in another life, they would be out dancing with each other instead. The melodramatic lyrics paired with the ‘night-club-like’ atmosphere in the music production (such as the heavy beat and fog machine sounds) further reflects someone who is miserable but hiding in a fun and exciting setting. It’s one of my favourite and most complex songs I’ve ever written and produced, and I’m so excited for it to be part of Music 311!”
Learn more: https://beacons.ai/sarahcatharine
Los Variants is the brain child of Vince Maccarone; this 7 piece super multicultural collective combines elements of Blues, Reggae, Funk and Jazz music to create a seamless mosaic of international groove. Los Variants’ personnel is made up of some of Canada’s top musicians and collectively the members of Vince Maccarone’s Los Variants have won and been nominated for many JUNOS, DORAs and other awards and will be bringing all of their rich musical history to Festivals in 2022.
“The song Khufu’s Last Dance was inspired by two things: 1./ as an homage to Led Zeppelin and their song ‘Achilles Last Stand’ and 2./ as a vehicle to explore the mythology of one of Egypt’s great Pharaohs. Even though the song has no actual lyrics, it creates an imagined audio landscape for Pharaoh’s last night out before entering the afterlife. The great Egyptian singer Maryem Hassan Toller is featured on this track.”
Learn more: https://losvariants.com/
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