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Sydney Riley is a Josie-nominated performing songwriter from Wasaga Beach, Ontario, well-known for her heartfelt originals and toe-tapping covers. Her debut EP "Water" released on September 14th, 2021.

Performance at BitchFest

Sydney and The Bog Bodies will be performing at their second Toronto-based festival, BitchFest!

Catch Sydney on BitchFest's instagram livestream February 8th to chat about upcoming performances and releases!

More details to come.

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"Water" EP Released September 14th

"Growing up by the beach has greatly influenced my writing in so many different ways. I wanted this collection of songs to feel like one big wave crashing over you - the buildup, the peak, and the calm after."
"Water" will include tales of loss and relationships with family, love, and oneself. It is now available across all streaming platforms and physical copies now available.

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BEHIND THE MUSIC

In every songwriter, there is a history of reasons to why they write the way they write. There is a thought process created from all our ups and downs and all our experiences.

 I grew up in a beach town. Ever since I can remember I’ve been swimming. Our neighborhood was surrounded by forest until someone decided we needed to clear it out to make room for more people. I picked up the guitar and started singing and playing between the ages of 13 and 14. I spent most of my high school experience in the music room. I had my heart broken at 16, then I broke someone else’s at 20.

My fears often drive my songwriting. I get anxious about the environment, about getting older, about getting sick, and about talking too much. I indulge in my own pain too often. I hang onto my emotions like I’m hanging off a cliff.

In 2021 I released my first collection of songs, a 6-song EP with themes of self-doubt, mental illness, and the overall struggle of being human.

I hope you've enjoyed my works as much as I enjoyed making them.

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