Every day, music columns, magazines, websites, etc. are filled with news about the usual names. Today, that list of names include Justin Bieber, Drake, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, and more. Even the indie scene has its usual suspects. How about those solo artists and bands in our areas who possess so much potential and talent but remain as hidden gems? I’ve decided that every week I’ll go on a little treasure hunt for some great local (Greater Toronto Area) music and share those discoveries with you. This week, we’ll be kicking it off with female Hip-Hop and R&B artist PG (born Peta-Gaye Duff) who hails from Toronto.
The Billboard charts are filled with notable Canadian talent (Justin Bieber and Carly Rae Jepsen). But not long ago, Canadian music to those outside of Canada largely belonged to the alternative, indie, folk rock music scene (Nickelback, Broken Social Scene, Feist). Needless to say, Drake aside, many forgot that rich urban music scene exists in Canada and that it’s highly active in Toronto. What PG, a Jamaican born Torontonian, is aiming for, is to remind Canada and to show the rest of the world, what it has been missing. How will she do that, you ask?
With her pure, undeniable talent. In simple terms, PG is Lauryn Hill and Missy Elliot reincarnated as one hugely talented individual. She writes her own music, she raps, and she sings. She is also highly aware that she has a voice that she uses to speak/rap/sing about topics such as gun violence and female empowerment, on top of personal experiences. What PG essentially has is a story that she uses in her music effectively.
This multi-talented artist has been active for a few years now and has come along way. From her days as part of The Remix Project (Toronto‘s own arts, cultural, and life skills incubator). She has worked with and opened for artists such as Eric Flow Child, Rich Kid, and Choclair. In May 2011, she released her 16-track EP titled The Elements of PG, of which she has sold approximately 1000 copies from complete individual effort alone. She is currently working on an upcoming music project. She has also recently released her music video for the track “Place For You” from her EP, which she can check out below along with several related links you should definitely check out.