ELECTRONIC press kit
“Nicola delivers warm, familiar, folksy Canadiana — but her powerhouse vocals make for a listening experience that's entirely refreshing.”
Grants, Awards, & Showcasing
2018 Singer/Songwriter Residency - Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity (attending March 2018)
2018 Private Showcasing at Folk Alliance International Conference
2017 Private Showcasing at Folk Music Ontario Conference
2017 Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award - Ontario Arts Council/Folk Music Ontario (Nominated)
2016 Private Showcasing at Folk Music Ontario Conference
2015 FACTOR Demo Recording (Awarded)
2014 Toronto Independent Music Awards - Best Folk (Nomianted)
- 2013 Hamilton Music Awards - Best New Artist/Group, Alt-Country Recording of the Year (Nominated)
The first thing that strikes listeners about Hamilton’s Gillian Nicola is the strength of her vocals. This rising singer/songwriter ranges from acoustic folk singer-songwriter to textured and electric Americana, and reflects a layering of influences and sounds. Her songwriting captures both autobiographical and outwardly inspired stories surrounded by a rich, folk-Americana musical landscape that is anchored on authenticity and honesty. After multiple tours supporting her 2016 EP, “No Place to Call,” Nicola will spend early 2018 at the Alberta’s Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity composing her full-length debut, set for release later this year.
A classically trained vocalist, Nicola’s 2013 EP “Chasing the Wind” was nominated for two Hamilton Music Awards and a Toronto Independent Music Award. In 2017, her single “Oh Marie” was nominated for the Ontario Arts Council’s Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award. Nicola is also a community organizer, hosting Open Mic Nights and Songwriters Circles, and lends her talents to various non-profit organizations, such as Girls Rock Camp Toronto.
“[No Place to Call] easily shows the talent and versatility that surrounds Gillian Nicola, and has left me wanting to hear much more from her.”