Get To Know Your Best New Canadian Artist Nominees
Nominations for the 2018 iHeartRadio MMVAs have been revealed and they include the biggest artists in the world, in addition to some of the most exciting up-and-coming acts to debut this year. The nominations span over 17 categories including Artist of the Year, Best Collaboration, and Video of the Year, plus six Fan Fave categories.
While the iHeartRadio MMVAs shine a spotlight on some of the hottest international acts, the annual awards show is all about supporting its trailblazing Canadian stars. We’re taking a closer look at the nominees for Best New Canadian Artist and where you might have heard them before.
Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine
While the “x” in their name is pronounced “and,” it could also be said to represent the multiplying effect Elijah Woods and Jamie Fine have on one another. Their partnership started when Woods heard Fine’s soulful vocals on a track recorded by a friend then four days later, the two were together in his studio making music. Most recently, the Ottawa pop duo won CTV’s The Launch with their edgy, electro-pop sound and a song co-written by OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder and pop star Camila Cabello that’s since been propelling the Canadian duo to stardom.
Even if you didn’t know it at the time, you’ve probably heard The Beaches before. The Canadian alt-rock girl band has been taking over the music scene with their stomping drums and brash confidence that’s earned them international attention. Formed in the ’00s, born in the’ 90s, and inspired by the ’70s, The Beaches consist of sisters Jordan and Kylie Miller, Leandra Earl, and Eliza Enman-McDaniel. The quartet won Breakthrough Group of the Year at the 2018 Juno Awards for their debut album The Late Show, as well as a SOCAN Songwriting Prize nomination.
Toronto-based electro-pop trio NEW CITY formed in 2017 and is made up of lead vocalist Adrian Mitchell, guitarist Jed Webster, and drummer Nathan Brown. The band’s first-ever song “Coachella”—a summertime jam about the Indio, California music festival—amassed over 1.5 million streams on Spotify while their newest single “Getting Closer” currently has over 7 million. With only three singles under their belt, the trio is due out for a full-length album anytime now and if these tracks are any indication of what’s to come, their debut LP will be worth the wait.
Megan Bülow—or better known as bülow—seems like your average 18-year-old. Having just graduated high school, she enjoys hanging out with friends and posting girly photos on Instagram, but the German-Canadian artist is also busy taking over pop music. bülow (pronounced boo-low) dropped her debut EP Damaged Vol. 1 during her senior year and it’s since been taking the internet by storm. Having now released two EP’s, bülow’s music repertoire is filled with impressively catchy hooks and powerful pop production, like that of her mega-hit “Not A Love Song,” that make her songs playlist staples.
If you paid attention to the new sounds of 2017, you’ll know that Ralph has become one of Canadian music’s fastest rising pop players—featured prominently on major streaming services, the pages of fashion magazines and even a jumbo billboard in Toronto’s busy Yonge-Dundas Square. The Toronto-based artist—real name Raffa Weyman—released her debut self-titled EP last March to wide acclaim, with the retro-kissed six-song collection quickly gaining traction. Similar to the likes of MØ, Shura, and Mabel, RALPH’s dreamy synth-pop sound perfectly taps into the various feelings that come with navigating relationships that everyone can get behind.
Coming in at just 15 years old, Ontario’s Johnny Orlando is one of the youngest iHeartRadio MMVAs nominees ever. The young artist expressed his passion for music at an early age, posting covers of famous singers like Rihanna, Taylor Swift, and Justin Bieber on his YouTube channel with the help of his older sister. Since then, Orlando has garnered more than 200 million views which has helped him move away from making covers to producing his own original material. His most recent singles—“Missing You” and “What If—have gained Orlando mainstream attention not just in Canada, but internationally as well.
So who could be going home with some hardware? Find out who will win the Best New Canadian Artist award at the 2018 iHeartRadio MMVAs on Sunday, August 26 at 9/7MT on CTV and Much.