Ria Mae – The Garrison, Toronto – Canadian Music Week 2016 – May 5th

Lithium Magazine

By Kat Harlton
Photos Tiffany Shum


I’ll be honest, I’d hadn’t heard of Ria Mae (a pop singer-songwriter out of Halifax, Nova Scotia) until Lithium photographer Tyf Shum mentioned her to me. I checked out her work briefly and was interested in seeing what she would bring to the CMW Spotify Spotlight showcase at The Garrison.

From the start, she was she real, fun, and vulnerable, which created a welcoming space and allowed for the audience to enjoy her without inhibitions. One of the most confident and collected performers I’ve seen, she was a natural and commanded the stage as if she’d been on it throughout her entire life.

Giving an emotional and strong performance with a bluesy/rock edginess that I wasn’t expecting, she took a different approach to many of her songs and didn’t try to replicate the recorded version, which I think takes guts and many of…

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