As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, TD Uptown Live 2020 had to be cancelled. In its place, we were proud to present TD Uptown Live Virtual Edition, a live concert production featuring seven brilliant BC-based artists. Their performances were captured live and can be viewed on this website. You can catch the full show or watch any of the individual performances in their entirety. We hope you enjoy the music and the intimate setting at New Westminster’s venerable Massey Theatre.
Each individual performance can be viewed in its entirety by simply clicking on the Watch button below. Scroll down for a brief bio on each artist/band.
Krystle Dos Santos is an extraordinary blues, jazz and soul singer from New Westminster, B.C. With a voice that is commanding, powerful and rich with talent, her music, inspired by blues, classic and neo-soul, combined with contemporary R&B elements is executed brilliantly. It’s simultaneously elegant, bold and sensual similar to modern legends Etta James and Brittany Howard. Her performances are mesmerizing. She sings with sheer heart wrenching dominion about falling in love, heartbreak and struggle.
Krystle is a 2020 Western Canadian Music Award Nominee in the category R&B Artist of the Year.
MAZACOTE is a hard-hitting six piece World/Latin band with deep roots in the music of Nicaragua, Mozambique and Colombia. Inspired by Afro-Caribbean percussion and tropical party sounds, they play brass-heavy Latin dance beats with a socially conscious message.
Their new politically-charged album PATRIA, on Justin Time Records, draws upon themes of identity, immigration and resistance, reflecting on the plight of those escaping violence and corruption in Nicaragua and around the world.
Mazacote are proud to be a 2020 Western Canadian Music Awards nominee in the category of Global Music Artist of the Year.
Colleen Rennison, appeals to anyone who loves a strong voice with a good story to tell. Her powerful and distinctive voice is undeniable. Colleen’s stellar band No Sinner made a huge impression on the local Vancouver music scene much as it made on her. Now she is back with a vibrant solo sound after taking a break to focus on her motorcycle and misgivings. Think flavours of Townes, Kristofferson, Franklin, Foley, Gentry and Prine all whistling at you through the wind of familiar Americana sounds, with lyrics that cut close to the bone and a voice that sticks to your ribs.
Fionn are young women with old souls. They’re feminine and fashionable but prefer to hang with the boys. Their sound is rooted in classic golf but on Everyone’s a Critic, their latest EP via 604 Records, it boasts a modern alt-pop sheen that’s uniquely theirs.
Born into a very musical family, the B.C.-based pair has been performing together since the age of 12, when they would busk on Vancouver’s Granville Island. By 14, they were playing nearly 100 shows a year, and they’ve been soaring on a steep upward trajectory ever since.
With Everyone’s a Critic, they’ve evolved from their stripped-down acoustic stylings to their newfound hybridity. Simply put, the results speak for themselves, combining folk roots and a 70’s swagger with a boisterous and jubilant indie-pop aesthetic.
In an era of instant gratification, of one-dimensional singles and disposable artists, Fionn have put in the requisite work and are turning heads the world over.
The roots of Brass Camel lead back to rock giants like Yes and Led Zeppelin. The one-of-a-kind Vancouver quintet blends 70’s prog rock, funk, and blues into a fresh and original sound. Born in early 2018, the group is the brainchild of Daniel James. Daniel has been a guitar prodigy since the age of 11, performing with legendary guitarist Les Paul at New York’s Apollo Theatre.
Brass Camel continues to perform before packed houses and has shared the stage with groups such as Big Sugar, Songhoy Blues and Hey Ocean in venues like the Commodore Ballroom and Rickshaw Theatre. Technical junkies, blues lovers, and funk groovers can all find common ground as they ride the rocking sounds of the Camel.
Ezra Kwizera is an international artist, music producer and community leader. Ezra’s music style is richly multi‐cultural – a zesty yet soulful mix of Reggae, Soca, East African Bongo, and Pop. With linguistic agility, Ezra fluidly sings and raps in English, Kinyarwanda, Luganda, Zulu and Swahili.
Growing up as a refugee in Uganda before moving back to his home country Rwanda after the 1994 genocide. Through his music, Ezra has a powerful motivation to support Rwandans and help rebuild their country.
His music conveys the spark of an overcomer and the passion of a community leader with a vision to inspire change in his generation. He currently lives in South Surrey, British Columbia.
Two-time JUNO nominated and eight-time GMA award winning recording artist, Warren Dean Flandez describes his music simply as “songs with purpose”.
His latest album, Speak, debuted at #1 on the iTunes Inspirational Charts, and #20 on the iTunes Overall Charts Top 100. Soulfully infused, his first single ‘Born For Greatness’ features KJ Apa, star of the hit television show, ‘Riverdale.’ Warren is the founder of talent development company Studio Cloud 30 and Top Line Vocal Collective, which is dedicated to raising funds and awareness for various charities. We are delighted to have this New Westminster native as part of TD Uptown Live Virtual Edition 2020.
TD Uptown Live Virtual Edition 2020 is a presentation of the Uptown Business Association of New Westminster and is made possible through the support of
TD Bank Group, Creative BC, and the City of New Westminster.