Yvon Leroux is a musician, singer-songwriter and Canadian recording artist with roots in rural eastern Ontario.
Playing and singing from a young age and growing up in a musical family, Yvon was introduced to a vast array of music spanning from country western to classic rock and everything in between.
Whether it’s laying down guitar tracks in the studio or performing live on stage, Yvon’s take on old school influences land somewhere between rock, country and blues. The blend of these genres is sure to get your attention.
With the release of his album New Ground in March of 2018, recorded in Vankleek Hill ON. at B-Hive Studio by producer/engineer Mike Seguin Lavigne and mastered at Ventura Digital Audio in Montreal QC. by Bill Szawlowski. Yvon is set to make a mark in the music industry and more and more people will surely acknowledge that he is an undeniably great upcoming artist.
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Born on Vancouver Island, North Easton is an accomplished performer and international award-winning songwriter. As lead singer, guitarist and primary songwriter for bands "Garrity" and "My Favourite Tragedy" North has 5 albums to his credit - "Carve A Hole in the Mud"; "A Day Away"; "Christopher Chringle"; "A World of Quite Talk"; and "Christmas Lights", also included his most recent 2016 solo album "One Of The Lucky Ones". North was winner of 106.9 The Bear's Rock Search; $100,000 in NEWCAP Radio's Big Money Shot; Indie Pop Album of The Year with his band Garrity; Winner of Song of the Year.com (Stuck On The Stairs); 2014 International Songwriting Competition (ISC) Semi-finalist (Turn); 2015 International Songwriting Competition (ISC) Finalist (Love Like That); 2016 UK Songwriting Contest (What Are We Fighting For); 2016 UK Songwriting Contest Finalist (Love Like That); 2016 UK Songwriting Contest (Anyway); 2016 UK Songwriting Contest (Turn); 2016 International Songwriting Contest (ISC) Semi Finalist (Living Out Loud; Didn't I; In Over My Head; Anyway); 2016 Indie International Songwriting Competition Winner (Anyway); 2016 The Great America Song Contest (What Are We Fighting For); 2017 IMSTA FEST Canada, Finalist (Didn't I); 2017 UK Songwriting Finalist (Back Again); 2017 UK Songwriting Competition Winner (Me Without You) ; 2017 UK Songwriting Finalist (Falling); 2018 Canadian Songwriting Competition Semi Finalist (Now That It's Over; Amelia; Me Without You); 2018 Imsta Fest Los Angeles Finalist (Tell Me). North's songs have also been featured in independent films and placed in US syndicated television.
Father to 6 children, North is a music teacher and a man who looks at the world through a songwriters eyes. With a desire to impact songwriters and people from all walks of life, he continues his journey into the creative space ever chance he gets.
Canadian award winning artist and songwriter, Tara Shannon, is heading into her busiest year yet. Her latest project, “SAY”, in partnership with Advance Care Planning in support of Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association showcases her work as a sought-after songwriter with a talent to capture the essence of a message. Previous campaigns such as The Butterfly Child, in partnership with DEBRA Canada for her dear friend Jonathan Pitre and Be You Girl, in partnership with Morguard Investments and Big Brother Big Sisters, have showcased Shannon’s gift as a songwriter and reveal a philanthropist's heart.
As an artist, Shannon’s music has been described as soft rock/inspirational with plenty of soul “I believe to write and sing from your soul, you must be in touch with your soul as well as the souls of others. Tara is that, hence she is this." ~ Doug Johnson, Songwriter (ACM & CMA Song of the Year - Three Wooden Crosses) with a voice to be heard "Tara Shannon is definitely a voice that matters and she is a voice that deserves to be and must be heard." ~ Alan & Georgia Morissette.
Her previous single “Mutha”, a song Shannon co-wrote with Roxie Dean (Reba McEntire, Faith Hill, Jamie O’Neal) about her eventful life as a mother of seven children, garnered more than 1 million video views, debuted at #2 on most active indie downloads and reached Top 50 on the Music Row Country Breakout chart in the US.
“I think anyone in a nurturing role sees and hears themselves in this song,” says Shannon in a candid interview about the inspiration for the song.
“Where The Light Comes In”, Shannon’s latest EP, was released in November, 2019 with a performance at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. The first single, “Freedom” released to US radio in April, 2020 made the PlayMPE Top 20 Streams first week out and features the band WesternBoy from Nashville, TN.
As a celebrated entrepreneur and co-founder of the TIF Group of Companies, Shannon has been a guest speaker at notable events such as the G20 Summit and won awards such as the BMO for Woman Community and Charitable Giving. Shannon seeks to encourage and empower the artists on the label she founded, Willow Sound Records, and the writers at the publishing company she co-founded with Nashville’s Debbie Zavitson, Syndicut Music Publishing, with the same entrepreneurial mindset.
Shannon recently completed “The BIG Tour” in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ontario where she raised awareness and funds for the agencies, promoting the importance of mentorship in the growth and development of young people.
Notable performances include Ottawa Bluesfest (main stage), National Arts Centre, Canadian Tire Centre (Tim Horton’s Roar of the Rings), Inspire Awards (Saint-John), Amazing People Gala (Ottawa), CMA Fest (Nashville), United Way National Conference (Hamilton), Canada Without Poverty National Conference (Ottawa), Russell Arena (with Andre Philippe Gagnon), City Folk (Ottawa), Saying Goodbye (John McDermott, Alan Doyle).
For both her musical and charitable endeavours, Shannon has been featured in media across North America including Etalk, Global’s The Morning Show, CBC’s All in Day, CP24 Breakfast, Sirius XM’s Ward and Al, and many more. Shannon also had the opportunity to host American hit TV show Country Fix in 2017, a CJM Production that airs in more than 100 million households worldwide on networks including Heartland, The Family Channel and more.
Shannon divides her time between Ottawa and Nashville and lives with her family in the village of Russell.