#ICYMI, a roundup of noteworthy musical happenings in the city some call The 6ix.
SVDP: The Sri Lanka born, Toronto-based Shan Vincent de Paul (SVDP) is set to release his new album sometime this spring. In the meantime, the artist and director is dropping music left and right, most notably tracks “Die Iconic” and “Thank God.” Inspired by artists like Miles Davis, Bjork, and Kanye, the “eclectic in sound and look” SVDP explores themes such as his views on religion, spirituality and culture. It’s yet another example of the Toronto immigrant exprience—how cultural influences and aesthetics mix and mingle to create unique takes on genre.
Tory Lanez: Despite Tory Lanez’ strong output last year—including the underground hit single “Say It”—the artist-producer born Daystar Peterson is still a bit under the radar. In late December, he hit us with two mixtapes—The New Toronto and Chixtape 3—projects that represent his ongoing take on mid-90s R&B and hip-hop tracks, and are yet another step in his musical evolution. There’s more to the Toronto scene than Drake, and folks are watching as artists such as Lanez continue to make a mark and develop their own template for success. Case in point: newest track L.A. Confidential offers up an R&B-flavoured number that sounds a bit like Miguel, but with a more gritty feel.