Music is good for the soul

Are you bored of listening to the same music artists while travelling on the TTC buses? One of the best ways to make your commute time a bit more exciting is by listening to some new music. Granted, you might have your preferred genre, rock, R&B or pop. But it doesn’t hurt to explore new music.

Here are four Canadian artists you should consider adding to your playlist. And we promise, our suggestions are worth it.

Roy Woods

Roy Woods is dressed in a multi-coloured denim jacket.

Image via Complex

Roy is an uprising rapper from Brampton, Ontario and is currently signed to OVO Sound, a record label owned by Drake. Not only is Roy Woods one of the top breakthrough artists in the GTA, but most of you got the chance to vibe with him at IGNITE’S Frosh event.

So what are you waiting for? Add his latest single, “Bad Bad,” to your playlist.


Canadian rapper Drake is dressed in a grey suit and chain.

Image via Hypebeast

“You used to call me on my cellphone.” Of course, who doesn’t know Drake’s famous “Hotline Bling” single? Over the past decade, he has continued dominating the Hip Hop and R&B industry with his unique sound and collaborations with rappers like Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne.

And if you haven’t listened to his latest album, Honestly Nevermind, now is your chance.

Justin Bieber

Famous singer, Justin Bieber is one of the Canadian artists

Image via Wall Street Journal

Justin is a Canadian singer and songwriter known for his famous singles “Peaches” and “Baby.” But before he got discovered, he started posting covers on YouTube. I’m sure you have heard many of his singles by now.

And nothing is wrong with blasting “Intentions” through your AirPods.

Jessie Reyez

Jessie Reyez one of the Canadian artists dressed in a floral two-piece outfit.

Image via Stereogum

Born and raised in Canada, Jessie is a Hip-Hop and R&B artist with Colombian roots. She rose to stardom after releasing her hit song “Figures” in 2017. But her success story didn’t start there.

Influenced by the late singer Amy Winehouse, she started writing songs as a teenager. In 2014, she got her big break after enrolling in The Remix Project, a Toronto program. From there onwards, she has released EP’s and studio albums to showcase her versatility and raw talent. And guess what? She even won a Juno award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year in 2018.

There you have it; some Canadian artists you should consider adding to your new Spotify playlist.

Excited to explore new music and artists? We sure are!

Jessie Reyez will be joining us on Thursday, Nov. 24, at 8 p.m. for IGNITE Real Talks!

You will get to hear from Jessie about her breakthrough in the music industry, career success and the importance of remaining authentic in every aspect of your life.

Plus, who doesn’t love a giveaway? You’ll have the chance to win free concert tickets to Jessie’s tour in Toronto. Tickets for IGNITE Real Talks are only $15 and go on sale Wednesday, November 9, at 12 p.m.

In addition to a chance to win concert tickets, you’ll also receive free refreshments and free transportation to and from campus!

Register for IGNITE Real Talks featuring Jessie Reyez, and get ready for an evening filled with melodies and music lessons.

If you can’t attend the event in person, no worries because we’ll also be live streaming it to our website where you can watch for free!

And it’s okay to switch up your playlist. You may never know how an artist might fuel a passion of yours.

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