Women in the Studio National Accelerator: Meet our Alumni!
Breagh Isabel is a Canadian recording artist, songwriter, and producer based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Breagh is a jazz-trained pianist and versatile writer, who has had guest appearances and cuts with artists including BANNERS, Donovan Woods, Ria Mae, and Classified.
Under the alias KROY, Camille Poliquin has made a name for herself on the North American music scene, owing to her crystal-clear voice and her mysterious, electro-pop compositions. In 2016, she released SCAVENGER, a solo debut which has generated over 2 million streams. She’s also gained recognition for her work as a score composer, having worked on feature films and with Cirque du Soleil, both individually and as part of electro-pop duo Milk & Bone.
Carmen Elle is a musician/songwriter from Toronto. They began writing music, playing shows and recording albums in her teens and for the past decade has played in several bands, most notably: DIANA, Army Girls and Austra. Carmen now owns a studio in Toronto where they produce music for sync and provides affordable space for queer and non binary artists.
iaamSaam is a multidisciplinary musician, singer-songwriter and producer. Her debut EP ‘PsychEval’(2017) landed her a spot on Red Bull Music Academy’s 2017 Bass Camp roster and led to the wave of collaborations and placements that followed. With her debut album scheduled to release in 2021, iaamSaam is looking to cement her place as a multifaceted creator and provide an oasis for people who walk through the world in shoes similar to her own.
Isabelle Banos is a Montreal-based musician, songwriter, producer and a founding member of Caveboy. She produces music in many genres, but most enjoys working on genre bending music that blends her influences from previous decades. Her music has appeared in tv shows and movies, most notably Caveboy’s “Color War” in “Orange is the New Black”. Most recently, she produced the theme and underscore for Season 2 of CBC Podcast “Mic Drop”.
Sioux Lookout, ON
An Anishinaabe violist and composer, Melody McKiver is “changing the way we think about the viola” (CBC). Praised for their “unique and captivating world of sound” (Exclaim!), Melody is a compelling solo performer based in Sioux Lookout (Northwestern Ontario) within their homelands of Obishikokaang Lac Seul First Nation. Their work integrates electronics with Western classical music to shape a new genre of Anishinaabe compositions. Their debut EP “Reckoning” was nominated for an Indigenous Music Award.
North Preston, NS
Since releasing her first in EP in 2015, “I Am Reeny,” Reeny Smith’s powerful voice and vibrant, emotional rollercoaster of a stage show have solidified her as one of the most enthralling artists in Canada. Signing with Cymba Music Publishing in 2016, she released her breakout single, “Good Girl Swag”, a song with an unrelenting positivity in an increasingly harsh world. Smith went on to win Music Nova Scotia’s African Canadian Artist of the Year award in 2016, 2017 and 2018, as well as Best RnB Artist award in The Coast’s Best of Halifax awards in 2017 and 2018.
Born and raised in Vancouver B.C., Teddi Jones started taking interest in music at an early age. She is a songwriter and producer, writing some of her first songs as a young teenager. Some of her most notable work includes credits with artists including, Summer Walker (Over It), Buddy (She Think), $not (Fall In Love), Russ (STATUS), and G-Eazy and Rick Ross. Teddi continues recording and writing in the music hubs of Vancouver, Toronto and Los Angeles. Recently, she scored her first feature film (Subjects of Desire)
Denise De’ion is a producer, artist, and songwriter from Toronto. Her music is a mix of R&B/Soul, Pop, Caribbean, and hip hop but in actuality it’s a vibe all on its own.
Some of her most recent accomplishments include song placements on Netflix’s Ginny and Georgia, winning the Canadian Beatmakers League in 2020, IStandard beat battle at the 2019 Ascap Music Expo in LA, and being in the top four, chosen out of thousands of producer entries, in the Remy Martin Producer challenge in New York.
Called “a haunting artist to watch” by Rolling Stone, Alexandra Petkovski is an accomplished composer, producer, artist, and songwriter from Toronto, ON, Canada. After graduating from Queen’s University with her Bachelor of Music degree, she obtained her Master of Music in Composition from Belmont University.
While beginning her post-graduate studies at New York University (emphasis film scoring), Alex entered the world of music sync and solo artistry, deciding to pursue this work full-time. She has had works heard across multiple platforms such as Billboard, Playstation, Disney, Blumhouse Productions, Amazon Prime, Netflix, CBS, Freeform, and HBO. Alex has had songs released on major labels such as Enhanced Music, Trap Nation, Universal Music, Thrive, and has collaborated with a wide array of established artists and producers, like Hidden Citizens, Zayde Wolf and Tommee Profitt.
She was recently awarded Best Musician at the New York Independent Cinema Awards for her work on “What’s Up?” Most recently, Alex was selected for the Canadian Film Centre’s 2021 Composer in Residency, “The Slaight Family Music Lab”, chaired by Juno award-
winning songwriter Marc Jordan and internationally acclaimed composer Lesley Barber.
An endorsee of YSL Pro Lisa is a producer-engineer, songwriter-musician, inclusion advocate and industry speaker. Specializing in acoustic genres, she’s produced albums, EPs & singles for contemporary roots/pop and culturally diverse artists including Haitian-Canadian Melissa Laveaux’s breakthrough debut album for No Format / Universal ‘Camphor and Copper’ and Indigenous artist Brenda MacIntyre’s #1 charting Reverb Nation album ‘Medicine Song’. Collaboration highlights include with award-winning producers Adam Messinger (Magic!, Iggy Azalea); Michael Lantz (Jazz Cartier, Charmaine); and Michael Phillip Wojewoda (Buffy Sainte- Marie, Bare Naked Ladies). Her original songs have garnered AAA Top Ten charting, Rough Trade distribution, sync placement in short films & documentaries and been performed on stages in Canada, Europe, India and Mexico. Lisa’s trademark is creating a studio environment for gender diverse and IBPOC to create fearlessly (Alysha Brilla, Lido Pimienta, Calypso Rose) and unique youth artist development mentorships (Warner Records’ Alex Frew). Inclusion advocacy successes: first CMW gender parity producer panel 2018; S.A.C. inaugural gender inclusive National Pro Song Camp 2021; H.E.R. studio series for women & non-binary producers; producer panel for International Babes of Glory / Six Shooter Records 2017.
MYYA is a DJ, producer, and singer-songwriter born and raised in Mississauga, Ontario (Canada). Growing up she showed a huge interest in music. She took up guitar at the age of 7 and started writing songs at a young age.
She is now known in Toronto for competing in “Battle of the Beat Makers” 2017 and 2018 which is a world beat battle held to showcase talent around the world. She was also enrolled in a program called “The Remix Project” as a round 14.0 participant in Toronto which has launched stars such as Drake, Jessie Reyez, Boi 1da, and Wondagurl among others. She has landed sync placements with brands such as “Samsung” and “Adidas”.
Francesca Nocera, aka Sun Sun, is a Toronto/Caledon based DJ, producer, member of rap-electro, dub hop group Above Top Secret and Witch Prophet, as well as the Co-Founder of Toronto based collective 88 Days Of Fortune/Heart Lake Records. Her band has opened for and shared the stage with amazing acts like Shabazz Palaces, A Tribe Called Red, Lido Pimienta, JPEG MAFIA and many more. She has performed at festivals and events such as the Montreal Jazz Festival, Soul Of Brooklyn, NXNE, Canadian Music Week (CMW), Manifesto, Wavelength, Music Gallery, Venus Fest, and Pride Toronto.