Meet The Musicians

DJ Miami
Born and raised in the Medellin, Colombia. Moved to Miami in 2000 when I was 12 years old. Then 4 years later I moved to Canada and I been in London, Ontario since then. I love music since I was a kid, my first party as a dj was back in 2012 for aHalloween party, since then I been promoting my self and moving up by playing in night Clubs, big venues such as weddings, Quinceañeras, corporate events and birthday party’s.The best feeling of being a DJ is when you feel the rhythm of the music and you can transmit that energy and happiness to others.
Having the diversity of my nationality I have the opportunity to offer a wide range of type of music such as R&B, RAP, SALSA, MERENGUE, BACHATA, REGGAE, EDM, CUMBIA, VALLENATO, COUNTRY and many more.

DJ Purple lotus is a Toronto based edm artist and producer. She was originally born in China and moved to London,ON for her bachelor degree where she met talented DJs and music lovers  and since then she has become part of the London edm community.  

She started her DJing journey for her communication project to use edm as the medium to connect the cultures she had lived in used pop culture format to blend traditional music pieces with new ones; where she then fell in love with the freedom of music mixing and continued her passion in embracing diversity and creating positivity through art expression which has brought her a unique style of DJ mixing. You can always hear diverse cultural elements in her work. Last year she was given the opportunity to perform the same livestream with one of her favorite trance artists Ben Gold. Now during the covid-19 pandemic, she is devoted to creating more content and bringing people on a world trip with her music.  Instagram. YouTube

Chico Sanchez

What a great journey of a Man and His music. Chico Sanchez started playing professionally in the London and South Western ont area from 1992 and continues to play as a Solo Performer and with his partner Dylan Marz as ” Dealerz Choice Duo ” and of coarse His main claim to fame The Hogwild Band. Born and raised in  St Thomas Ont and One of Nine famous people on the” Wall of Fame” thanks to Dennis Kalichuk Chico Sanchez passion was always to play live music here there and everywhere. Yes a greatful sober musician Chico has been blessed to tour through out Canada and the World. The Love of supporting one another in every community and being supportive of other musicians Chico Sanchez continues to extend that helping hand by having been asked to help host Niagara Loves Home Concerts Series during this covid-19 pandemic and shut down.  As things now slowly and cautiously open up that long anticipated wait brings new venues  already for this Man of Music. Thanks to those who support live music and festivals such as “Simple Reflections for Artist” which Chico eagerly hungers for that oppertunity to join so many other great performers on such a warm festival of love and life. Thanks to Dario Novoa for His great spirit of allowing us to be part of His amazing dream . I along with fellow musicians are beyond greatful to take part of this special event ! !  See you soon. Much Respect.

Nick Gordon

Nick Gordon is a professional Performing Artiste and Entertainer from the beautiful islands of Trinidad and Tobago, currently residing in London ON.
He currently holds his Bachelor’s Of Fine Arts Degree in the Performing Arts from the University of Trinidad and Toabgo, Practitioner’s Certificate in Theatre Arts from the University of the West Indies and Performing Arts Certificate from Sheridan College.

His services include:Musician- singer/songwriter/instrumentalist-original and cover songs on guitar, steelpan and flute.Children’s Party Performer- costume characters, dance parties (including Michael Jackson dance tributes), balloonsDance fitness instructor.(Facebook- Entertainer Nicholas Gordon) (Facebook- Balloon Services and Telegrams)(IG- nickgordon_artiste) (IG-balloonservicesandtelegrams)
As a philanthropist, Nick co-founded his non-profit organization called the Grant-A-Wish Foundation Santa Claus Parade based in Trinidad and Tobago, where wishes are granted to children who suffer with life-threatening illnesses.(Facebook- Grant-A-Wish Foundation Santa Claus Parade)
Nick is excited to be performing at this event to continue to bring joy and inspiration through his music.
VIDEOS: Live Life Paradise Lion sleeps tonight-Steelpan cover Somewhere over the Rainbow Steelpan cover

Gloria Gift Nankunda


Mario Circelli

Mario Circelli, Founder & Chair 2002 – 2007, 2015 – Present
Mario is a musician, broadcast journalist, documentary filmmaker and communications expert. His music study began in elementary school. He began playing in bands in high school and continued throughout university and college before switching to behind the scenes work as an audio engineer and producer. He has produced and/or engineered over 40 records and compilation albums.
Circelli worked in radio and television for nearly 20 years before moving into the communication industry as a government and community outreach specialist.  His documentary credits include, “Stinkin’ Out The Joint” the story of London Ontario’s Punk Rock music scene, “In Our Own Words” which chronicled Italian immigration to south-western Ontario and work for the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and several student films. Mario also operates a private consultancy focused on marketing, communications, media and event management. Mario Circelli website. Forest City London Music Awards Website

DJ Chippewa Sioux (@chippewyansioux) a multiple-award-winning Juno-nominated Ojibway Artist/Producer from Wikwemikong and Bkejwanong Unceded territories.  Also a top 32 finalist in upcoming 2021 World Beat Battle  and importantly an uncredited innovator in the sampling of Pow Wow music that is heard today. In 2019 Unceded Brand was founded by Chippewa Sioux to release the album “Free Five” by Bkejwanong artist Naanan who was concurrently serving a life sentence and fighting for his innocence with little hope. This campaign proved successful as he was freed from incarceration no less than five months later. Unceded Brand is currently in development of a few upcoming artists all produced with the battle-tested, diverse sounds of Chippewa Sioux, and will be featured on his Website   Support the Artists Don’t Stream Buy Direct

Chantal Urquidi

Chantal Urquidi was born in Canada and moved to South America at the age of 2.She spent her childhood and early teenage years in Bolivia.During that time, she attended several classical music concerts and operas due to her mother’s job as a Choir Director and Professional Pianist.Though she did not pursue a career in music, her curiosity led her to exploring different forms of expression.Today, she is a Kizomba and Urbankiz dancer who has offered fun workshops in London prior to the pandemic.At the age of 13 she moved to Poland, where she graduated high school to then pursue a career in Aviation that would bring her back to her country of birth, Canada.
Chantal has been living in London for the past 2 years and has since contributed to Simple Reflections for Artists (SRA) by taking over the role of the Advertising Coordinator.She created and managed the Facebook Event page.By establishing the event on a social platform Dario Novoa, Director of SRA, was able to connect with even more artists and deliver a truly unique event to Londoners.
Chantal was also responsible for the creation and artistic concept of all posters and promotional material for SRA.She would post biographies of participating artists on a regular basis along with an interpretation of visual arts to bring the mind and heart of the artist closer to the audience.She also brought her expertise in health and safety to ensure proper communication to the public and establish COVID-19 prevention protocol during the pandemic.
Her appreciation for art, organizational and interpersonal skills have been greatly appreciated!

Anne Moniz

A singer-songwriter with twenty years’ experience as a studio vocalist and stage performer, Anne graduated from the Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology in 2015. In 2017, she produced and independently released her band Nimway’s debut EP, and in 2018 she arranged and produced London songstress Leanne Mayer’s debut EP “Bittersweet Remedy”. Anne has dabbled in community theatre, as well. Her proudest contribution was sound design for a 2016 production of “Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me”, written by Frank McGuinness, and performed at The Palace Theatre. It won “Most Outstanding Drama” at the 2016 Brickenden Awards, and was nominated for “Best Sound Design. Anne is affiliated with London musical acts Nimway, Mad Moxxis, Prism Tape Philosophy, and Tell It To Sweeney. Website

Treading Zero

Treading Zero is a Canadian acoustic heavy rock band based in Toronto. Treading Zero consists of Tony Nouragas on lead vocals, Rob Butterwick on guitar and samples, Brandon Sennema on bass, and Jesse Vallee on percussion.

Contrasting with the sound of their “plugged-in” contemporaries, the quartet creates an intimate sound that exudes raw, driving energy which draws on the band members’ individual backgrounds. Treading Zero is inspired by the inherent tension that exists in a society that is struggling to adapt to unprecedented change while still maintaining humanity.

The name Treading Zero symbolizes the paths people must traverse as they seek to become better, stronger human beings. Treading Zero represents optimism over negativity and the power of music to captivate, enlighten and unite.  Treading Zero Website

Thom Edwards

Thom grew up being a drummer in his father’s footsteps the small town of Mattawa On. Canada. He moved to London, On. in the summer of 2001 with a drum kit and has since played/toured/recorded with several bands over the years such as:

Creative Instinct 2002 
The Bumps. 2004-2006 recording in 2005
Insanity’s Horse 2005 
Violet Fuse,2007-2012 recording in 2010 and 2012 
Live/Touring drummer for Redinger 2008-2009 
Live/Touring Drummer Abandoned Souls  2009-2010 
Drop Pockets from 2010 to present recording in 2012 
Gypsy Ghosts, From 2013 to present YouTube
Tell it to Sweeney Jan 2019 to present 
Also many fill in gigs and the “Busking turned Street Parties” Downtown London!
Thom plays Pearl Custom Drums, with his go to snare drum being a 74 ludwig Black Beauty uses Attack Drunhesds and is endorsed by Solobeat Drumsticks and Sweet Spot Drum Dampeners. Thom Edwards Facebook

Frank Reynoso

Frank Reynoso has invested fifteen years in sharpening his playing and performing chops on a diverse range of hand percussion instruments. As a valued member of bands like Soulfyre, Groundzero, and Drop Pockets, Frank has gained recognition in the London area musical community. Most recently with Leanne Mayer and The Renegades – Frank has built a reputation for reliability, bringing unique and flavourful approaches to others’ songwriting, providing instrumental support and artistic recommendations in terms of rhythmic structure and arrangement.
Frank is always thrilled to hear from any potential musical collaborators seeking to complement their sound with the percussive elements that personify his musical talent. Contact him today to start the conversation to take your multi-instrumental performance or recording project to the next level. He can’t wait to hear from you!

Empress Asha

Empress Asha
Bringing the island flavour to London! Asha is a dancehall reggae artist as well as DJ that has been bringing positive vibes to London Ontario and surrounding area for many years. In 2017 she started her reggae band Soulfyre; the band started filling up and selling out venues within months of setting out on their journey.  The band was renamed to Empress Asha & the Soulfyres and has continued to perform regularly. In 2020 the band was highlighted on CTV, made several radio appearances, and performed on London’s Got Talent. Recently, Asha has also started a solo career in dancehall spinning and spitting her boss gyal riddims. Asha is currently in studio working on her newest album called Ghetto Gyal Yardie, which is set to be released in 2021. Website

Justin Maki

Justin Maki is a London, ON based Pop/Easy-Listening artist, singer, guitarist, and songwriter. Justin is a thoughtful, yet scatter-brained, silly man with a Japanese upbringing. His music organically balances approximations to Allen Stone, Bruno Mars, and John Mayer.

Since officially committing to his solo career in 2012, Justin has played over 1,000 shows, released 2 EPs (“The Acoustic Diaries: Fight” and “Long Time Coming”), and has gone on 3 Cross Canada Tours, spanning Moncton to Regina. He has also competed in several competitions and won in Western University’s Battle of the Bands in 2015, as well as the campus wide Western Voice competition in 2016. Justin has shared the (sometimes virtual) stage with industry heavy-weights like Monster Truck, The Sheepdogs, Neon Dreams, and Olivia Lunny.

          Finally, Justin has performed at such notable events and venues as Canadian Music Week (Toronto, 2010), Summer Sunset Sounds (Grand Bend, 2019), Peak To Shore (Collingwood, 2019), Ontario Contact (Saint Catherines, 2019), and Budweiser Brew Gardens (London, 2020).

Justin Maki Website Instagram

 Finally, Justin has performed at such notable events and venues as Canadian Music Week (Toronto, 2010), Summer Sunset Sounds (Grand Bend, 2019), Peak To Shore (Collingwood, 2019), Ontario Contact (Saint Catherines, 2019), and Budweiser Brew Gardens (London, 2020).

Laura Gagnon

Laura Gagnon is a Canadian musician. Born in Strathroy, she grew up in London, Ontario. An accomplished songwriter and musician, she also possesses a five-octave vocal range and is considered a mezzo-soprano. R&B pop artist. 2011-2012 London best Pop artist of the year, London Music Awards. Collaborating with artists like Dale Russell lead guitarist of the Guess Who and Nick Panaseiko of Elektro Media Group. . Laura was given the opportunity to sing the Canadian national Anthem at Maples For Vimy, tree planting commemoration in France 2017 and was invited back a year later for armistice to sing the anthem again as well as “Imagine” by John Lennon. Laura is currently working with “The Singers Company” lead by Roy “Royalty” Hamilton recording her next 4 singles set to be released this year. Facebook

Leanne Mayer

With the release of her debut EP, “Bittersweet Remedy”, Leanne Mayer has announced herself as a unique and exciting new voice in London, Ontario’s indie music scene. 
The record features Leanne’s whimsical blend of jazz, blues, old school country, and pop folk. The five songs are a carnival of styles, from the sultry “See Through Lies” to the bouncing “Renegade” and melancholy “Whatever Will Be.”
Together, they represent the work of an artist who isn’t afraid to experiment, or to explore matters of the heart. Her raw, honest lyrics and soulful voice tell stories of loss and hope, coloured by just the right amount of world-weary wisdom and determination. 
In fact, Leanne won a prestigious Forest City London Music Award in the Contemporary Singer/Songwriter category in 2019, and was nominated in 2020 for “Fan Favourite”. 
Her music has been featured nationally on CBC radio and is developing a dedicated following at her live shows (her EP release shows in London and her native Kirkland Lake, Ontario both sold out). She was a featured artist at London’s Home County Music & Art Festival in 2019, and opened for Cat Clyde on her North American Hunter’s Trance Tour. 
After releasing two live-off-the floor singles in 2020 (“The Devil You Know and See Through Lies”) Leanne is currently working on her much anticipated full-length album with projected release in 2022.
Backed by a full band, London’s “lounge pop queen” is ready to take her career as far as it can go. As Leanne Mayer’s story continues to unfold, one thing is sure: Bittersweet Remedy is just the beginning! Website

Monik Macias Website

Music and its power to bring people together has been a magnet for me from a very early age. Music, family, and community all have a special place in people’s hearts. I’m fortunate to be able to share my passions and I encourage others to bring their unique experience of music, art, and love to our greater community.” Peter Denomme

Dave Pearson has been performing and teaching around London for the past ten years. Before arriving in London, Dave lived in Philadelphia, performing at venues such as Godfrey Daniels, The Keswick Theatre, The Mann Music Centre, TLA
and the Tin Angel, shared stages with artists like Jorma Kaukonen, Earl Klugh, Chris Smither, Stanley Jordan, Tito Puente, Hugh Masekela, Peter White, Aztec Two-Step and the Moody Blues. Dave performs as a solo act, and in the duo
Black Savanna with his wife Gillian Barker.
Dave’s style is influenced by John Fahey,
Leo Kottke, and Peter Lang. He is known for the use of techniques combining percussive effects, harmonics, and “two-handed tapping.”
Dave plays fingerstyle and slide, on vintage six-string, acoustic lap steel, and harp guitars. Dave Pearson Facebook Page

Tony Nouragas

Antonio Alas


Greetings or compliments with musicians, something usual decades ago, are still relevant in London thanks to Mariachi Antonio Alas. 
Antonio Alas, arrived in Canada 30 years ago and since then began his career as a musician and singer in London doing it only with his guitar. Antonio Alas, is the leader and singer of the group, also plays the accordion, requinto, guitar, and is the composer of several of their songs. He started playing the guitar at the age of 10, and then began to master the technique for playing the requinto and lately the accordion.
Javier Palacios, is the second voice in the group, and plays the guitar and the guitarrón, he joined the group about 20 years ago.
Cristian Daboud, choir singer, plays guitar and guitarron, joined the group about 15 years ago.
Iván Hidalgo, singer of choirs and plays guitar in the group, joined the mariachi 12 years ago. Mariachi Antonio Alas Web Page

Meet Jade Bennett.
She is a multi instrumental musician playing ukulele, guitar and piano.
She also writes songs with an acoustic indie vibe that embraces her jazz and blues influenced vocal styling. She is an avid environmentalist and activist which represents itself throughout her music with a focus on how she views the world today and the changes we need to make as humans.
Jade was born and raised in Southwestern Ontario and has been living in London area, studying and performing as a vocalist since her childhood years.
Jade was ranked #1 on the ReverbNation Indie Charts in London in 2019 and won the vote for Utility Player in the Forest City London Music Awards 2019 Fantasy Band. Jade is a member of “Letters from Hawthorne”, an acoustic cover band performing beautiful, harmonic musical renditions of hit music with a strong emphasis on music from their Canadian roots. “Letters from Hawthorne” was nominated for a Forest City London Music Award for Favourite Cover Band in 2020 and 2019. Jade is currently touring Southwestern Ontario and is working on recording her debut solo EP to be released in late 2020! Website, Facebook, Instagram

Sarina Haggarty is an inspirational figure. She has performed in many venues in her hometown such as London Music Hall and Aeolian Hall. Successfully selling out in London’s top venues, her music branches out into every genre possible. She has had encounters with artists such as Sarah Smith, Kim Churchill, George Fox, Tyler Shaw, Shawn Mendes and Mark Schulman. Being involved with FCLMA (Winning Fan Favourite 2018), Bethany’s Hope Foundation, Make-A-Wish and LHSC, she uses her musical talent to raise money for various charities. Sarina frequently gets interviewed on national radio stations and has had many articles written on her journey- radio stations such as Country 104, CFPL 980, 103.1 Fresh FM, FM 96.7, Jack FM, CBC London, Easy 101 and CHYM 96.7. Her music has gained attention from many in the music industry due to her soulful songs. She is looking forward to releasing new music this year. 💿. Website

London, ON is where percussive fingerstyle guitarist Michael Trudgen calls home.  Trudgen’s smooth style easily transcends a number of genres, including folk, bluegrass, and pop-infused rock.  Where the bulk of today’s songwriters and musicians rely upon words to help paint effective pictures for the listener, crafting instrumental music that is both compelling and captivating is no small feat, yet it’s something that Trudgen has done remarkably well on his latest collection.” – Canadian Music Magazine  
Michael has two full length albums, “Michael Trudgen” and “All The Pretty Things,” available on your favourite music streaming sites. Featured in several publications, he has been showcased in Canadian Musician Magazine, Divide and Conquer Magazine, London Fuse, London Reverb, and Lifoti Arts and Music Magazine.  Michael is currently endorsed by Stonebridge/Furch Guitars for his musicianship, performances, and community involvement.  Michael is currently working on another endorsement for a travel guitar company, but things are on hold due to the ongoing pandemic situation.  Michael hopes to be able to release the detail and info in 2021 for this secret project.
Plus, Michael works with three bands: With A Fox – labelled as a new genre called “Cabin Punk,” infuses modern folk pop with some punk flare into an easy listening package.  WAF has two EPs “Songs From The Den” and “Walk Into The Fire.” WAF had won April 2017’s 98.1 Free FM Made In London competition, and has two new singles in the works for release later this 2020 year; The Bully Club – is Michael’s second band, incorporating moody vocals, strings, horns, piano, and acoustic guitar, with simple beats, that create moody landscapes, drama, and story telling.  The Bully Club has four songs released, and lots more ready for recording; Leanne Mayer and The Renegades – is a cabaret style folk jazz group, featuring strong vocals, harmonies, banjo, ukulele, saxophone, and djembe drums.  Michael join the group after Leanne released her first EP “Bitter Sweet Remedy” and later won Best Contemporary Singer-Songwriter for 2019 Forest City London Music Awards.  Leanne and The Renegades are currently writing another EP, and had released their first single “The Devil You Know,” which had great success so far on the scene

Creativity is in no short supply with Michael, and has his hands in several projects!  2020 has been a bumpy start, but this lends to giving Michael more time to write and complete a new 12 song album names “Hands.”   Looking forward to hitting the recording studio as soon as possible, he hopes to release his next masterpiece in 2021, and asks that you like his pages, stream his music, and stay in touch! Listen to All The Pretty Things | Michael Trudgen
Freddy Almarza is a Venezuelan singer-songwriter, performer and proponent of the urban trova genre.  

He began his musical studies at an early age, which later afforded him the opportunity to participate in several record productions in various groups as guitarist and bassist. 
His passion for words, rhyme and the world of writing, however, was born during his university years, when  he discovered the songs that filled the school, introducing him to the troubadour  culture.  Along with a few of his peers, Freddy tested their first compositions, creating the group Xtension.  For their first live gig, they played the Festival of New Bands in 1996, which earned them the top spot at the competition. Their songs went on to be awarded in several university and cultural festivals, being performed by various singers.
 With the help of Xtension and its Manager, Freddy achieved many successes and has had a long history on stages inside and outside of his country, thus becoming a benchmark within the trova genre, even being invited to share the stage with Pablo Milanes on his last visit to Venezuela.  He has also performed with local urban troubadours like Yordano Di Marzo and Frank Quintero among others.

 Here in London, Ontario, Freddy has been invited to participate in various festivals and stages such as Centennial Hall, Victoria Park, Aeolian Hall, London Music Club, and Wolf Performance Hall …
  Among his record productions are
  Los Hermanos Folk Group CD
  CD Xtension Rock and Trova
  CD Xtension 34410
  CD Grupo Laud