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Live & Local

November 12, 2023 @ 4:00 pm


BPAC’s ‘Live & Local’ Artist Development Initiative supports the development of local artists by providing them with professional support and performance opportunities in our world-class venue, while also offering mentorship by connecting them with established industry professionals.

No matter the genre, Emma knows how to make a song stand out. With her sweet-as-candy vocals up front, she’ll tell you sad stories with a tinge of hope. While her lyrics reflect her life, she’ll morph her sound to match her mood, resulting in a unique experience for every release.

Emma became a multi-instrumentalist at a young age, starting with singing, then picking up piano and guitar not long afterwards. After high school, she earned her Bachelor of Musical Arts degree from Western University, and her Music Industry Arts diploma from Fanshawe College. Emma currently works as an engineer and producer at Catherine North Studios in Hamilton.

Life can be bittersweet. Jesse’s music captures that elusive state somewhere between defeat and resolve, misery and joy. After experiencing disparate moments of bliss and devastation, Jesse reached back into her childhood diary of songs, yanked them from their resting place, and revisited each from a more mature perspective. Now 24, Jesse has released an EP called “Shades of Gold,” and most recently, her debut album “Gravity.” She is excited for more music to come.

Special Guest:

Sarah Slean is a 4-time JUNO, 2-time GEMINI nominated performer and a Canadian Screen Award-winning composer with 25 years of broad experience in music. Signed to Atlantic/Warner Records at the tender age of 19, this modern-day Renaissance woman has released 11 albums in over 10 countries worldwide. Her music borrows from pop, cabaret and orchestral, and her influences range from Joni Mitchell and Kate Bush to Bach. This year, Sarah will be composing the music for her musical stage adaptation of the award-winning film Maudie, as well as completing her Master’s Degree in Composition.

BPAC’s ‘Live & Local’ series is generously sponsored by Daniel Durst of Desjardins Insurance.


November 12, 2023
4:00 pm


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Burlington Performing Arts Centre
440 Locust Street
Burlington, Ontario Canada
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