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January 17-20, 2019 Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
IDS19 programming to be announced. See below for information about IDS18.
In a few short years, Harrison, the prodigious Toronto producer has gone from teenage bedroom beatmaker showcasing his homemade, sample-savvy wares on Soundcloud to hotly tipped studio savant position at the frontlines of the city’s R&B renaissance. His aesthetic has proven malleable enough to make him feel right at home on bills alongside everyone from hip-hop reconstructionists Cashmere Cat and Ryan Hemsworth to synth-funk technician Com Truise to digi-pop maximalist Wave Racer to avant-garde innovator Jon Hopkins to indie upstarts Purity Ring. Still only 22, Harrison is set to make the leap from word-of-mouse phenom to marquee recording artist with the 2018 release on Last Gang Records, which will showcase the producers signature style of songwriting while seamlessly hopping between musical genres with disarming ease.
RALPH (aka Raffa Weyman) spent much of her childhood covered in facial glitter and feather boas, singing along to Fleetwood Mac, David Bowie, Prince, and the Temptations, and developing an early appreciation for the sounds and styles of the past. Striving to create a unique sound that blends disco, pop, synth, and smooth soul (think Sade meets Donna Summer meets Stevie Nicks), RALPH blends funky 1970s bass with 1980s style pop keys, while staying contemporary through vocal melodies and fresh synth sounds. Most importantly, RALPH’s catchy dance tunes stay true to her narrative songwriting style, containing strong lyrical content that tells stories of jealousy, lust, deception, and strength.