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 www.CityofKingston.ca/YGKMusic, 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:
Abby Stewart Kris + Dee
Alex Mundy Lauren Carson
Anthea Feaver Les Soliloques
Bon Evans Your Paris
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
Music on Hold
Slow Man Tofu
The Downtown Trio
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 (www.CityofKingston.ca/YGKMusic)
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.