I wrote about Toronto's "exploding Indie R&B scene" for The Grid. It was a chance for me to finally address, from the inside - to the inside - that people in this city are doing things that are being noticed internationally. Perhaps, I posit, it's due to the fact that there are now dedicated series of events and parties that showcase the weirder, untethered side of R&B/soul/reggae/rap/etc., etc.
But yeah, duh. There have always been weird brown folks, but there's a new individualism to the R&B-inspired sounds young people are making. (As derivative as some of these songs may sound to an old head). Anyway, as an addendum to the piece, here are just a few more Canadian artists to check: