2024

Featured Program
¡Sinophone! - Refuge

2024

Featured Program
¡Sinophone! - Refuge
Aug 24
Concert Stage
9:00 PM - 10:00 PM

About the Program

As a Taiwanese immigrant who has made her home in Toronto, Chynna Lewis has navigated the complexities of a culturally in-between identity, finding her unique voice in the arts. Her upcoming album delves into stories of belonging, generational trauma, family, and love, offering a deeply personal reflection of her journey. Lewis is thrilled to be showcasing a full-band adaptation of her brand new body of work. Her genre-blurring music will blend together Pop and RnB song forms, catchy choruses, folk lyrical writing, acoustic instrumentation, soulful vocals, and lush vocal harmonies.

Chynna’s band, featuring five of her dear friends and talented local musicians—including Tom Hanley on Backup Vocals and guitar, Jill Harris on Backup vocals and auxiliary instruments, Stacey Shopsowitz on bass, and Mackenzie Longpre on Drums—will take the stage at Toronto Harbourfront’s Concert Stage on August 24 of this year.

Chynna Lewis
Artist

Chynna Lewis is a Pop/R&B singer-songwriter based in Toronto. Her music deftly weaves R&B, soulful vocals, and folk into classic pop songwriting, creating a dreamy, modern, and genre-blurring sound. Her unique style can be found in her most recent self-produced EP “What Are Friends For”. As of late, the EP was spotlighted on CBC Radio One, Exclaim!, as well as a number of major International Spotify Playlists.  

As a vocalist, Lewis has supported international and local artists such as Ed Sheeran, Jessie Reyez, Charlotte Day Wilson and Jully Black, and has appeared on world-renowned stages such as the Late Late Show with James Corden, The Budweiser Stage, Scotia Bank Arena, and Toronto Jazz Festival. Recently she opened the Toronto Raptors’ NBA Game by leading both the Canadian and American National Anthems on home court.

Since moving to Canada from Taiwan at the age of eleven, her journey as a young immigrant navigating a culturally in-between identity and finding an unlikely place in the arts is what inspired her to begin writing her own songs on the family piano. These creative instincts eventually led her to her career in music.

Lewis is an alumnus of the Humber College Contemporary Jazz Vocal program, where she studied with Canadian music icons Larnell Lewis and Rik Emmett. 

Striving to be a contributor to the representation of Asian artists in the music industry, Lewis is overjoyed to be sharing her first EP with the world. Currently, she is working on her sophomore full-length album, which is set to be released in the Winter of 2024/2025.

¡Sinophone!

“Sinophone” refers to anyone who is Chinese-speaking, across the broad spectrum of the Sinitic languages. This series of programs is co-presented by Jade Music Fest and TAIWANfest. ¡Sinophone! aims to promote the diversity of Chinese-language music and showcase artists from different countries, music genres, dialects, as well as encourage the long-term cultural and music exchange between the East and the West.

From the Curating Team

Through the universal languages of dance and music, TAIWANfest explores intercultural connections in flamenco dance, Chinese-language music, and more.

About the Program

As a Taiwanese immigrant who has made her home in Toronto, Chynna Lewis has navigated the complexities of a culturally in-between identity, finding her unique voice in the arts. Her upcoming album delves into stories of belonging, generational trauma, family, and love, offering a deeply personal reflection of her journey. Lewis is thrilled to be showcasing a full-band adaptation of her brand new body of work. Her genre-blurring music will blend together Pop and RnB song forms, catchy choruses, folk lyrical writing, acoustic instrumentation, soulful vocals, and lush vocal harmonies.

Chynna’s band, featuring five of her dear friends and talented local musicians—including Tom Hanley on Backup Vocals and guitar, Jill Harris on Backup vocals and auxiliary instruments, Stacey Shopsowitz on bass, and Mackenzie Longpre on Drums—will take the stage at Toronto Harbourfront’s Concert Stage on August 24 of this year.

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Chynna Lewis
Artist

Chynna Lewis is a Pop/R&B singer-songwriter based in Toronto. Her music deftly weaves R&B, soulful vocals, and folk into classic pop songwriting, creating a dreamy, modern, and genre-blurring sound. Her unique style can be found in her most recent self-produced EP “What Are Friends For”. As of late, the EP was spotlighted on CBC Radio One, Exclaim!, as well as a number of major International Spotify Playlists.  

As a vocalist, Lewis has supported international and local artists such as Ed Sheeran, Jessie Reyez, Charlotte Day Wilson and Jully Black, and has appeared on world-renowned stages such as the Late Late Show with James Corden, The Budweiser Stage, Scotia Bank Arena, and Toronto Jazz Festival. Recently she opened the Toronto Raptors’ NBA Game by leading both the Canadian and American National Anthems on home court.

Since moving to Canada from Taiwan at the age of eleven, her journey as a young immigrant navigating a culturally in-between identity and finding an unlikely place in the arts is what inspired her to begin writing her own songs on the family piano. These creative instincts eventually led her to her career in music.

Lewis is an alumnus of the Humber College Contemporary Jazz Vocal program, where she studied with Canadian music icons Larnell Lewis and Rik Emmett. 

Striving to be a contributor to the representation of Asian artists in the music industry, Lewis is overjoyed to be sharing her first EP with the world. Currently, she is working on her sophomore full-length album, which is set to be released in the Winter of 2024/2025.

¡Sinophone!

“Sinophone” refers to anyone who is Chinese-speaking, across the broad spectrum of the Sinitic languages. This series of programs is co-presented by Jade Music Fest and TAIWANfest. ¡Sinophone! aims to promote the diversity of Chinese-language music and showcase artists from different countries, music genres, dialects, as well as encourage the long-term cultural and music exchange between the East and the West.

From the Curating Team

Through the universal languages of dance and music, TAIWANfest explores intercultural connections in flamenco dance, Chinese-language music, and more.

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