New YGK Music playlists featuring 30 local musicians now live

July 16, 2021

The City of Kingston’s 2021 YGK Music playlists --featuring 30 tracks created by local musicians – are now live for listening at, the City’s call waiting system, and on SoundCloud. The playlists have also been produced for streaming in City facilities and public spaces, including Springer Market Square. The two playlists include Kingston Sounds, which showcases the strength and diversity of the local music scene, and Music on Hold, which promotes instrumental music to those calling the City of Kingston.  

The featured musicians include:  

Kingston Sounds  

Abby Stewart Kris + Dee 

Alex Mundy Lauren Carson  

Anthea Feaver Les Soliloques 

Bon Evans Your Paris  

Jazuzzisuit Kakaow 

Scraggy Sam Kaiser 

Dave Barton Sarah Howard 

Erika Lamon Needless Love 

Gisèle Dalbec and Michel Szczesniak The Backsteps  

The Gertrudes Almond Milk 

Ian Wong Stephanie Braganza  

Jay Smith Tim Aylesworth  

John Robertson 

Music on Hold  

Slow Man Tofu  


The Downtown Trio  

Jay Cliffen  

John Robertson  

Full bios can be found through the playlists on SoundCloud. 

YGK Music 2021 received 106 submissions through an open call for submissions. Submissions were reviewed by a Local Music Working Group, made up of musicians and industry professionals from Kingston. Submissions were assessed based on evaluation criteria of artistic merit, artistic practice, diversity and content.   

About YGK Music (

YGK Music is an annual music program designed to promote local music and musicians through curated playlists. YGK Music was first launched in 2019 as a pilot project and the inaugural playlists attracted over 3,500 plays through SoundCloud and it is estimated that close to 150,000 people experienced an initial exposure to YGK Music through the City of Kingston’s call waiting system. YGK Music was also featured as part of the Love Kingston Marketplace in 2020. It broadcast the work of local musicians in Springer Market Square. YGK Music artists were also featured as part of live performances in the Square.