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Brittany Bateman
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Join us for a virtual celebration in support of Youth Without Shelter and the up to 2,000 youth experiencing homelessness each night in Toronto. Learn about the realities of youth homelessness, hear success stories from lived voices, and watch performances from special guests and celebrity supporters.

Presented by Hudbay Minerals and Scotiabank and hosted by Canadian actor and comedian Ennis Esmer, Under Your Roof is the virtual embodiment of Cover Me Urban, our annual fundraiser for Youth Without Shelter.

Through a free livestream, Under Your Roof will feature incredible performances by the celebrity guests and supporters below.

Be sure to register before May 27th for free access to the Under Your Roof livestream! 

2021 Under Your Roof Performing Artists

Owen Barney

Owen Barney

Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario rising star Owen Barney has been strumming the guitar since he was just 7 years old, influenced by country heavy-hitters Eric Church, Steve Earle, and Jason Aldean. Having played shows since the age of 14, Owen has a natural ability to captivate an audience with his poignant songs, powerful vocals and charming stage presence. “Barney’s maturity and natural talent as a performer allows him to be a true storyteller so young in his career,” says Canadian tastemakers Front Porch Music, while Canadian Beats commends Owen’s ability to “fuse soulful songwriting and easy-breezy vocals.”

Owen Barney’s debut single “Letting Go” was an extraordinary first foot forward that garnered the attention of fans from around the globe and hitting #13 on the Spotify Viral Canada chart. Now with over 12 Million streams worldwide, and his first Top 20 radio single under his belt, Owen is making his mark on the country community and is poised to become one of Canada’s next big country exports. Owen’s brand new single “You Make Me Wanna (Brown Eyed Girl)” is out now!

Marshall Dane

Marshall Dane

Marshall Dane is a Canadian Singer-Songwriter-Recording Artist: Marshall Dane writes Country songs that cross genres and bridge the gap between mainstream pop, rock and new country. Born in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, the son of a preacher and middle brother to 6 incredible siblings, Marshall was initially raised to be a minister. When his faith got tested, he set out on a personal journey to discover his own path, leading him to writing, performing and recording his own songs. With his most successful song on Spotify, Motorcycle, reaching over 186K streams, Marshall Dane is all revved up and ready to take on 2021 with a fiery passion!

2021 is already lined up with new music, new videos and a fire in Marshall’s eyes that we’ve never seen before. Lighting up the stage is nothing new, this year Marshall Dane will take you on a spiritually uplifting and exciting journey that will leave you wanting even more!

Beyond the music, he’s an advanced level-3 Sign Language student and active licensed Drone Pilot, incorporating all of his creative assets into one stunning and exciting passion.  Often seen signing in ASL or having an ASL Interpreter beside him, sharing his music inclusively, especially within the Deaf community is an intense focus for Marshall Dane. He has even travelled as far north as Nunavut, CA to communicate with the only Deaf woman in a small community for hundreds of kilometres, for which she was eternally grateful for his love for the language and to share his music within the Deaf community. An extraordinary experience that he was able to document and share with the CBC.

Kayla Diamond

Kayla Diamond

Kayla Diamond feels precisely who she is when she’s behind a piano. Or playing a guitar. Or sitting at her computer talking to producers about music composition, or even teaching herself how to produce songs. After over a year of reflective consideration of who she wants to be, what music she wants to make, the pop swerve she gave us on her Dirty Laundry EP has now given way for the singer-songwriter to emerge, a moniker more authentic for Diamond to wear. Since winning the It’s Your Shot Contest in 2015 for the track “Crazy,” Diamond has gone through a winding road of sound, writing and performing pop and electronic hits. Dirty Laundry, she says, was an act of therapy, a record she needed to get out. “I was going through a breakup. I needed to get it out of the way,” she says. What comes next is a transformation that has happened with all great pop artists; understanding a moment or a feeling, and seeing it through to the next iteration of their artistry. Diamond has been on a journey of unravelling and rediscovery that’s led to immense sonic and personal growth. Diamond’s newest work, written over the past year, and produced in quarantine, still traverses traditional pop song pathways. Instead of adding electronic flourishes and elaborate production, Diamond has stripped down each track to its essential elements, letting her vulnerability shine through composition and lyrics. On “always been you,” Diamond’s love ballad, her heart is so openly and brazenly on her sleeve. Diamond captures a feeling so precisely on “always,” that yearning for love at all costs, and it is how she thrives as a writer and performer. She delicately sings about wanting to be loved only by one person and the all-consuming heat and desire of it. While thinking of the track, she said of it, “I want a song that feels this way. In my head, I thought ‘what's a good beat?’” That sonic snapshot, while so personal to her love of her fiancée, is universal in its totality.

It is a challenge to understand yourself amid the clutter of the world. Even one second of clarity feels like it can be taken away. But this, in essence, is what being a person and an artist is truly all about: growth. The resolve and refusal to remain a certain way, to be static, comes at a risk but perhaps has the best payoff possible when it comes true. Dirty Laundry is foundational to Diamond’s musical past, present and future. But what comes after Diamond hit the reset button on her own artistry is a thrilling adventure to follow.

Molly Johnson

Molly Johnson

Known as one of Canada’s greatest voices, award-winning jazz vocalist Molly Johnson is a mother, singer-songwriter, artist and philanthropist, who has just released her highly anticipated new album, “Meaning To Tell Ya”. Produced by multiple GRAMMY Award-winning Producer, Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell, Tracy Chapman, Madeleine Peyroux, Melody Gardot, Norah Jones); it is more than a jazz record. It’s funk, it’s soul, it’s groove played by some of Canada’s best musicians. Says Molly: “Working with Larry was magic. When it was finally my turn, I jumped at the opportunity. This is a record I have been wanting to make for years. I can’t wait to share it with everyone!” Says Larry: “Molly has the kind of musical gift that cannot be cultivated by musical education or assiduous practice. She has great natural musical instincts and an irresistible signature to her voice. She is a rare and wonderful talent.”

Matt McGrath

Matt McGrath

By day, Matt is known as a Sales and Marketing specialist within the transportation industry. For anyone who knows him outside of work, he has been recognized throughout his life as a passionate musician who loves to give back to all charitable initiatives within his community. With a true belief that the noblest art is that of making others happy, Matt finds joy in sharing his love for music with all those who can find enjoyment in listening.

Notifi

Notifi

Rapper, producer, engineer, mixer, crooner, Notifi is a consummate artist. Over crisp beats and dark, blitzed-out production, the Toronto auteur brings a fresh, unfiltered level of authenticity to his music; it’s the sound of the 6ix, of life itself, told with open eyes and a bravado that leaves room for self-effacing charm.

Born in Montreal, Notifi has called Toronto home since he was months old. Finding his footing in the suburb of Scarborough, the nascent artist began rapping at the age of 14. When his family moved across the city, settling in the Jane and Finch area of Driftwood, he took inspiration from Kanye West, using samples to create musical bedrock while experimenting with a smoother sound. Eventually ditching the samples, Notifi has emerged with an infectious, unique blend of rap, dark pop and R&B, equally inspired by legends Usher and Michael Jackson, as by Toronto cornerstones Drake, Tory Lanez and the Weeknd.

The 24-year-old’s EP Collateral is out now. It’d be easy to call him a maverick or even Toronto’s next supernova. For now though, he prefers you just call him Notifi.

Wali Shah

Wali Shah

As an alumni of RBC ’s Top 25 Canadian Immigrants, Wali Shah is a poet and public speaker. He’s delivered TED talks, created poetry for corporate events, narrated voice overs for commercials, and spoken at hundreds of schools and colleges across North America. Wali has toured Canada coast to coast as a WE Day performer, and closed out President Barack Obama’s keynote speech with a bespoke poetic message in Toronto. He’s impressed notable figures with his freestyle poetry and performances, including: Seth Rogen, Chris Hadfield, David Foster, and Kendrick Lamar. Wali has served his hometown, as the City of Mississauga’s official poet. He is a proud University of Toronto graduate, an ambassador for Bell Let’s Talk, and has helped in raising over one million dollars for United Way. His work inspires thousands to follow his voice, his journey, and his advocacy — Wali Shah is the people’s

Theo Tams

Theo Tams

Theo Tams is rediscovering his identity as an artist. With his upcoming EP, the Canadian singer/songwriter demonstrates a remarkable command of R&B-laced pop music, his silky tenor the unwavering guiding light. Two years since his last record, 2018’sCallthe Doctor, what is most evident is his fearlessness to cannonball right into fresh sonic waves. Songs like “Therapy,” “Fixable,” and “Jekyll Hyde Love” accentuate this cosmic personal shift. The music drowns the senses, oozing with intimate lyrics and style. Growing up in a fairly strict reformed Christian household in Coaldale, Alberta, Tams discovered a natural inclination towards music while attending church. Towards the end of the 2000s,Tams’ life changed, first through coming out to his parents and then by winning Canadian Idol. Having released his debut album in 2009, as well as several EPs in recent years, Tams struggled navigating a post-Idol image and harboured a desire to branch out in his work. Now, Tams is unapologetically himself and it would seem that he has finally found his place in the world

The Tenors

The Tenors

Clifton, Fraser, and Victor: The Tenors, have been thrilling audiences around the world with their powerful songs, outstanding harmonies, and undeniable charm.

Blending classical music and contemporary pop, the award winning and multi-platinum selling band have achieved international success, performing over 1000 live shows and hundreds of TV appearances on five continents.

Their global success has seen them perform for audiences of all ages in venues of all sizes, including hundreds of Fortune 500 companies and the last four Presidents of the United States. These appearances include the White House Christmas Tree Lighting for the Obama family, and for the world leaders at the G20 Summit. Other performances include the opening ceremonies of the XXI Olympic Winter Games, for Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, The Oprah Winfrey Show with Celine Dion, opening arena shows for Ellen DeGeneres, The Primetime Emmy Awards, and the NBC Tree Lighting Ceremony at Rockefeller Center. Most recently, The Tenors have performed in Sicily and Prague castles, Malta and for over 7000 people at Whistler’s 2019 outdoor Canada Day concert.

The Tenors have had the honour of sharing the stage with some of the biggest names in music including Sir Paul McCartney, Sarah McLachlan, Sting, Justin Bieber, Andrea Bocelli, Sir Elton John, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie, and David Foster.

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