I did, however, pay close attention to this year's CBC Searchlight contest, the search for Canada's best new artist. One of the groups, Devan & Khalid, really took off and I really enjoyed their music so I voted for them exclusively. They were named the Top Toronto Artist and were in the Top 10 for the whole country.
Now, full disclosure, Khalid is my cousin. His mother and my mother are cousins. But I really do like their music. They got a lot of exposure from the Searchlight contest and now they are booking shows in Toronto and beyond. You can download their EP for free on their website. They have original songs, Khalid plays guitar, they both sing.
We went to their show at the Horseshoe Tavern on Monday night. They had a big supportive crowd there and it was great to see some live music. It took me back to my university days when we would go out to see live music like Steve Bowers and Big Fish. I had to keep reminding myself that I'm not actually 23 like I still think that I am.
If you like good music, I'd encourage you to check them out. You can like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter and Instagram. Just search for "Devan and Khalid" on any of these sites and you'll find them. You can keep your eye out for their next show.
I'm going to try and expand my musical selections beyond Taylor Swift and Pitbull (not that I don't love both), but there is so much good music out there, especially local music that I would actually have the opportunity to hear live, so I'd like to see what else is out there.
Do you have any suggestions for me?