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Host and Artists

A lineup of top Canadian musicians

Thank you to the incredible talent who joined us!

With his inimitable swagger and energy, Kardinal Offishall took the stage as host of The Rescue Party. Plus, a performance by Canadian music-icon Sam Roberts and Serena Ryder!


Artists

Sam Roberts

Sam Roberts

Sam Roberts is a multiple-award winning singer-songwriter. In 2002, his debut, The Inhuman Condition, became the bestselling independent EP in Canadian history. His first full-length album, We Were Born in a Flame (2003), was a Double-Platinum selling album, winning the Juno Awards for Album of the Year, Rock Album of the Year, and Artist of the Year. Platinum-certified Chemical City and Gold-certified Love at the End of the World won the Juno for Rock Album of the Year in 2006 and 2008 respectively. 

In 2011, Roberts' album Collider was released under the name Sam Roberts Band. The band has performed all around the world and been to festivals such as Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, Lollapalooza and Bumbershoot, alongside giants like the Rolling Stones and AC/DC.

Serena Ryder

Toronto-based vocal powerhouse Serena Ryder is a platinum-selling artist known for her raw and earnest songwriting, and beautifully electric live performances. She has won seven JUNO Awards, including the 2022 Adult Contemporary Album of the Year for her recent record: The Art of Falling Apart. Serena has received several further accolades, including Canada’s Walk of Fame Allan Slaight Music Impact Honour, the Margaret Trudeau Mental Health Advocacy Award and a Canadian Screen Award for Achievement in Music–Original Song. 

With “The Art of Falling Apart”, Serena invites listeners to join her mental wellness journey and helps us understand the importance of sitting with the uncomfortable moments and the wisdom in their messages. 

Host

Kardinal Official

Kardinal Offishall

After years of earning global respect as one of Canada’s most energetic and innovative emcees, Kardinal Offishall has been a staple in the global music scene. He has collaborated on hit records such as “Beautiful” with Akon, “Just Dance” with Lady Gaga, Numba 1 with Rihanna. His classic “Dangerous” scorched to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 charts, making him the first rapper from Canada to do so.  He’s currently a judge on Canada’s Got Talent, alongside Howie Mandel, Lilly Singh and Trish Stratus. 

Kardinal has worked with Drake, K’naan, Daniel Caesar, Boi 1da, and Glenn Lewis, as well as participated early on in the careers of Rihanna, Alex Da Kid, T-Pain, Vybz Kartel, Estelle, and Sean Paul. He continues to be a cultural and musical ambassador for a new wave of Canadian superstars as he signs and mentors emerging artists. 

DJ

Dj Starting From Scratch

DJ Starting From Scratch

Starting From Scratch is one of Canada’s most celebrated DJs. In a career spanning over 30 years, he has been on tour with top performers such as Russell Peters and George Lopez and worked with many big names in the music industry, including Usher, John Legend and Lauryn Hill. Currently, Scratch hosts “The Hit Mix with DJ Starting From Scratch” on iHeart Radio and is the Official International Tour DJ for Russell Peters.  

Named one of the most influential people in the music industry by VIBE Magazine, Scratch gives back to the community by mentoring up-and-coming artists and has spoken openly about his struggle, both professional and personal. He is the founder of The Show Must Go On, a mental health initiative that helps creatives, artists and entertainers overcome social and performance anxiety.