By Vanessa Tam
VANCOUVER – For the first time ever, New Westminister is getting its first ever large format music festival featuring an all-star Canadian lineup of contemporary R&B giants including Majid Jordan, dvsn, Jessie Reyes and special guest K-OS.
“This project has been in the works for well over a year and when we discovered Westminster Pier Park, our vision became a reality,” explains Paul Stoilen, President of Safe & Sound Entertainment. “Working with the City of New Westminster has been great and they have been working to build a new event culture which we are very proud to be a part of.”
Supported by a roster of local talent including Tonye, The Freshest DJs and David Morin, we’ve highlighted a list of 5 artists that you should definitely be checking out at the nearly sold out festival.
The seamless delivery of singer and producer Majid Al Maskati and Jordan Ullman respectively, make the listener forget that they were ever listening to a duo. Signed to Drake’s OVO Sound, the two have only been making music since 2011 and have since blown up the genre with their soothing vocals and stylish lyrics layered over minimalist beats.
Another OVO Sound signee, dvsn is an alternative R&B duo well known for their independently released hit singles “With Me” and “Too Deep.” Comprised of singer Daniel Daley and producer Nineteen85, known for producing “One Dance,” “Hotline Bling,” and “Hold On, We’re Going Home” for Drake, the Toronto based artists team up to make sexy R&B topped with a double serving of Daley’s soulful voice and syrupy falsettos.
A perfect balance between a unique sounding voice and a conscious mind, magic occurs in the form of Canadian singer-songwriter Jessie Reyez. With her debut EP Kiddo released early this year, Reyez has come to be known for her singles “Figures” and “Gatekeeper,” her beautifully textured voice and her prowess with an acoustic guitar.
A down to earth goddess, Tonye is one of the hardest working women in Vancouver’s music scene. With a new EP titled Villain out on 604 Records showcasing the talented singer-songwriters groovy and soulful voice, Tonye is ready to take on the world.
Well known for her part as Valerie from Josie and the Pussycats in the Netflix series Riverdale, the creative and very talented Hayley Law also makes sweet sounding contemporary R&B under the moniker Hayleau. With just a handful of songs inspired by pop and reggae music released on her debut self titled EP, the young artist is steady winning hearts all around the world.Contemporary R&B, DVSN, Hayleau, Jessie Reyes, Majid Jordan, New Westminster, Paul Stoilen, Safe & Sound Music Fest, SSMF, Tonye