At Fresh Collective we are all about supporting local talent… as such, we LOVE getting involved with Toronto artists of all genres! Canadian Music Fest (aka Canadian Music Week) is happening next week from March 19th-24th all over the city and we have partnered with three fabulous female artists to dress and support!
Meet the first one today:
“Whatever Angela Saini is doing, she’s doing it right. Her attitude, style, body language and voice are so classy and feminine, yet so rock star at the same time.”
Angela picked up the guitar at 14 and started writing songs in between teaching herself Nirvana covers. In the backdrop of Calgary, AB, her Austrian mother and Indian father drove her to gigs as she began strumming her brand of pop-folk at local clubs, breaking into the local music scene before she had finished her first year of high school. Playing in pop/rock outfit Supernal took her across the continent a few times, performing at festivals alongside bands like Evanescence and Sum 41, and she garnered enough experience and road cred to move to Canada’s biggest city. Her recent band Drive Faster appeared in “Master Tracks” on AUX TV with Moe Berg and Laurence Currie at Metalworks Studio. Berg described the process as a “homerun” and during the episode says, “The vocalist is just so outstanding. You almost get a rush when you are recording someone like that.”
With a notebook full of songs and frequent gigging as an acoustic solo artist, Angela decided to take her songs electric and got the attention of Johnny Fay, drummer for The Tragically Hip. Demo sessions together resulted in pre-production for a solo record. Nominated for “Best Female Artist” in the 2010 International Acoustic Music Awards for her song Nurse Me Back to Health (Dear Diary), the debut EP Cake and Callouses was released April 2012. Two cross-Canada tours later, she is poised to release her follow-up EP Leap, featuring songs about love, empowerment, and self-renewal.
Location: Toronto, ON Canada Genre: Pop,Rock,Singer-Songwriter
Angela had a blast with us at our Queen St store last week, trying on dresses for her upcoming showcases. She pretty much looked great in everything she tried on so we had a hard time choosing our favourites…
1. Brenda Beddome, 2. Address Apparel, 3. Kollontai – Which look do you love? Let us know in the comments below!
Getting to know Angela Saini: A Fresh Collective Q&A:
When did you start pursuing music as a passion? What sparked it?
When I was 14, I had an epiphany at an Amanda Marshall concert. I realized that I wanted to make people feel the way I did that day. I had always been singing but it wasn’t until that day that I became obsessed with the idea of performing as my life. That same summer I taught myself how to play guitar.
What is your favourite song you’ve written? What is it about? How did it come to be?
Favourites change for me with each record and era of my career. Right now it is “Something Like I’m Beautiful” which will be on my new EP. It is the most honest, stripped-down lyric I have written in a long time. I feel like even the most confident woman can relate to it in some way.
What is your relationship to fashion? What does it mean to you?
Fashion is a way to express yourself and who you are. While clothes never define someone, I think fashion is a tool to a deeper expression of the inner beauty of an individual.
As a local artist, what do you love most about Toronto? What about Canada?
I moved to this city with my band at the time. It was a huge chance that I took, leaving my whole family out west. Even though I was homesick at first, I am so grateful that I did because this city is amazing. It is vibrant, alive, colourful and full of opportunity. Canada is an amazing country and I feel so proud and grateful for this land every time I hit the road. It is also gigantic!
Is there a woman in your life that really moves and inspires you? Who is she and why?
It’s a little cliche but my mom. I am grateful to her for teaching me the meaning of hard work and never giving up. Growing up with entrepreneurial parents and starting to work at a young age in the family business will always be a part of who I am. I learned really early how to go for what you want and to not be afraid to get my hands dirty.
Anything else you’d like to share?
I played in a rock band for a long time with a bunch of dudes, I was a bit of a musical “tomboy”. I started wearing heels 2 years ago and have never looked back! Thanks for the opportunity to wear these beautiful clothes. All the dresses I have found in the store make me feel pretty! 😉