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Victoria Canal: Pajamafest (livestream)
May 4 @ 6:00 pm
One voice retains the power to accomplish anything. Movements spring forth from words in both art and society. As a singer, songwriter, and activist, Victoria Canal’s voice powers a growing discography of alternative pop anthems as well as myriad of social causes.
Since her emergence in 2015, the songstress has quietly impacted both culture and music, chronicled by CNN Español in a one-hour special entitled Proyecto ser Humano. She would also be tapped by Michael Franti for a marathon of touring, enlisted by Nike as a rep and model for the FlyEase Air Jordan 1 designed for adaptive athletes, and streamed more than 10 million times to date.
Most importantly though, she confidently shares this power with the world at large.
“When you listen to me, I want you to feel like you can be heard,” she explains. “That goes for music and activism. In the activist work I do, I hope more people feel empowered. Diversity and representation really matter to me across the board with everything.”
Born in Munich, Canal’s international upbringing positioned her to speak on a global platform. Her American mother and Spanish father pledged to travel the world together and raise their children around the globe. A proud “third culture kid,” she lived everywhere from Shanghai, Tokyo, Amsterdam, London, and Dubai to Atlanta, New York, and Forth Worth.
It was in Atlanta that she really recognized the power of music as “the ultimate bonding language” though. Her maternal grandmother worked as a piano teacher and musical director at the local church, and welcomed a young Victoria to accompany the choir in her home. By the time the family moved to Dubai at 13-years-old, she refined her skills on piano and started writing songs under the influence of John Mayer, Stevie Wonder, Bon Iver, Ben Howard, and Queen, to name a few. Following a year in Barcelona, she enrolled in a conservatory and online school. Her senior year consisted of a transformative five-month backpacking trip where she traveled and volunteered around Australia, Fiji, and New Zealand.
Settling back in the States near her grandparents, she developed a creative partnership with legendary vocal coach Jan Smith [Drake, Usher], who produced Canal’s Into The Pull EP in 2016. The partnership later yielded “City Shoes,” which amassed 8.5 million Spotify streams as of 2020.
In the aftermath of that release, Canal took a year-long detour as a freshman at New York University’s prestigious Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. At the end of the second semester, Michael Franti serendipitously invited her on tour via Instagram message. Building a profile, she went on to grace hallowed stages such as Red Rocks Amphitheater, the Apollo, and The Kennedy Center in addition to supporting Lawrence, Emily King, and Mac Ayres, among others.
Impressively, she managed to do all of this having been born with one arm as a result of Amniotic Band Syndrome. The LGBTQ, Spanish-American, and differently-abled songstress draws on an impassioned positivity.
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