Sydney Riley with blue hair singing.

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Sydney Riley is a singer-songwriter from Wasaga Beach, Ontario, currently residing in Midland, Ontario. Compared to both P!nk and Adele, with the musicality of Florence + the Machine, her thundering vocals, combined with heartfelt and emotionally-charged lyrics, pull from Folk, Rock, and Alternative music. Her introspective thought process, coupled with captivating visual imagery, is captured in Sydney’s latest single “In The Weeds”. Exploring the mixed feelings of medication, Sydney creates a space that acknowledges moments of confusion and reflection. Now focusing on her songwriting and virtual collaborations with others, she is gearing up to hit the ground running once COVID-19 resolves and live performance is safe to resume.

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Sydney Riley is a singer-songwriter from Wasaga Beach, Ontario, currently residing in Midland, Ontario. Compared to both P!nk and Adele, with the musicality of Florence + the Machine, her thundering vocals, combined with heartfelt and emotionally-charged lyrics, pull from Folk, Rock, and Alternative music.

 

Her introspective thought process, coupled with captivating visual imagery, is captured in Sydney’s recent single “In The Weeds" (July 2021). Exploring the complicated relationship many people have with medication, Sydney creates a space that acknowledges moments of confusion and reflection: “When writing this song I was thinking about the catch-22 of my experience with mental illness - I didn't want to feel so horrible anymore, but the medication I was prescribed pretty much turned me into a robot. I was so desperate to not hurt anymore that I forgot how to experience joy as well.“

 

Pre-dating COVID-19, Sydney has travelled across central Ontario, performing at events such as Georgian Triangle Music Fest, Kempenfest, the Collingwood Art Crawl. Through the Emerging Artist program with the Ontario Musicians Co-operative Inc., including a Program Coordinator position in Summer 2020, Sydney has performed 50+ shows in downtown communities each year, engaging with local patrons and residents, as well as having original music highlighted in the county-wide Emerging Artists Showcase Tour.

 

Using Tiktok, Sydney is building a buzz on social media with her 15,000+ followers, and remains active on Instagram and Facebook. Now focusing on her songwriting and virtual collaborations with others, she is gearing up to hit the ground running once COVID-19 resolves and live performance is safe to resume.

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“Sydney’s energy on stage sets her apart, and her unwavering work ethic and desire to learn drives her passion and commitment to her craft.”

Tori Hathaway, Artistic Director, Ontario Musicians Co-operative Inc.

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Great local artist, very professional, also very accommodating when booking and scheduling. A pleasure to work with!

Shawn Crozier, Organizer, Georgian Triangle Music Festival

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