On Christmas Eve Available Online

On Christmas Eve is now available on all major music platforms for stream and download with 50% of bandcamp proceeds going towards Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières. Listen NOW. You can also hear it performed live in Toronto on November 25th as part of Bloor Yorkville Holiday Magic with host Keshia Chanté (Details HERE) on in Waterloo at the Jazz Room on December 15th (Tickets HERE).


Imagine being so excited for Christmas morning that every year, you convince your entire family to celebrate a day early…That’s Barbra Lica in a chestnut shell. Now, after years of celebrating Christmas on Christmas Eve, Barbra presents a brand new song capturing all the childhood magic and excitement of December 24th. Recorded and produced in collaboration with rising star producer/guitarist Nicolas Tateishi (Aysanabee, Sam Drysdale, Joanna Majoko), On Christmas Eve offers a heart-pumping, cinematic experience for the best night of the year, when every kid and kid-at-heart  innocently begs the question: “Should I even bother going to bed?”

In other news, Imposter Syndrome has officially won the CMRRA Song of the Year Award (The Ghost of Me) at the 2023 Ontario Folk Music Awards as well as being nominated for TWO Canadian Folk Music Awards (Song of the Year for In 40 Years and Solo Artist of the Year). So exciting!! PLUS, we’re touring the new album in ALASKA this coming spring. Detailed listings HERE.


In a world where almost everyone appears to have their public image and hashtags in order, Imposter Syndrome explores instead an identity still in flux. Equal parts playful and sombre, these songs flip unapologetically between genres, tempos, and production styles in search of what it means to be a flawed human with big dreams, bigger feelings, and a verifiably awkward social presence…

With this newest EP, JUNO-nominated singer-songwriter-producer Barbra Lica presents her most brutally honest music to date, combining elements of Folk, RnB, Indie Pop, Jazz, and Existential Synth (not a real genre). Recorded almost entirely in home studios and cobbled together instrument by instrument, “Imposter Syndrome” represents a two-year production collaboration with some of Toronto’s most accomplished artists including James Bryan (Prozzäk, Philosopher Kings), Nicolas Tateishi (Sam Drysdale, Joanna Majoko), Christine Bougie (Bahamas, Lydia Persaud), Drew Jurecka (Dua Lipa, Jully Black), and Joel Visentin (“This American Life”). With her light-hearted dance number dedicated to girl nerdom (Girls Like Me), her reverie to utter defeat (The Ghost of Me), her gentle musings on empathy (Take Care of You), and her Randy Newman-esque ode to aging women (Sour Women), Barbra takes listeners on a rollercoaster ride of emotions and soundscapes.

Imposter Syndrome is available everywhere that music is streamed – Listen Now

This project is funded in part by FACTOR, the Government of Canada and Canada’s private radio broadcasters.

Ce projet est financé en partie par FACTOR, le gouvernement du Canada et les radiodiffuseurs privés du Canada

Meanwhile… The Ghost of Me is celebrating the spookiest season with an all new live performance video! Hear it performed live off the floor with myself on voice and keys, Joel Visentin on synth keys and support vocals, Mark Godfrey on bass, Tom Fleming on guitar, Will Fisher on drums, and special legendary guests, Sammy Jackson and APHROSE on additional vocals. Thanks to FACTOR once more for funding this project and to all the crew led by two of my favourite people,  Matthew Barnett (director/editor), and Dale Sood (Cinematography). Watch the full performance HERE.

If you haven’t seen it yet, also make sure to dance along to the new music video for Girls Like Me

“It starts and ends with Lica’s voice. It’s a bright, vibrant contralto one minute, laconic and syrupy the next when she lets a phrase die on the vine and trail off”

– Frank De Blase, Journalist, City Newspaper

JUNO-nominated singer-songwriter-producer Barbra Lica is a seasoned act on the North American club and festival circuits. She has performed everywhere, from New York City’s legendary Birdland to Toronto’s prestigious Koerner Hall. She has also headlined at festivals around the world including Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, Tokyo International Jazz Festival, Port-au-Prince International Jazz Festival, and Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, and opened for the likes of Christian McBride, Pat Metheny, Bob Dorough, and Terence Blanchard. Her 2018 album, You’re Fine, marked the first introduction of Folk and Americana elements to her repertoire and amassed over 6 million streams to date on Spotify. More recently, Imposter Syndrome garnered her two 2024 Canadian Folk Music Awards nominations in the categories of Single of the Year (In 40 Years) and Solo Artist of the Year. The album single, The Ghost of Me, took home the 2023 Ontario Folk Music Awards CMRRA Song of the Year prize. In addition to writing for herself, Barbra has written cuts for such artists as jazz crooner Matt Dusk (Entertainment One/Universal), rising J-Pop singer Harumi (Sony Music Japan), and Taiwanese pop recording artist, Morrison Ma (Universal Music Group/X Entertainment). She is also the co-founder/arranger (with Anders Azzopardi), and lead vocalist for the Toronto Chamber-Pop Orchestra, an all new folk-jazz-classical crossover project featuring all-original music cinematically arranged for 14 instruments plus voice.



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Barbra Lica
Barbra Lica3 weeks ago
It's finally out! Please stream and share with wild joyous abandon, keeping in mind that if you choose bandcamp, 50% of those proceeds will go directly to Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières:

Special thanks to Danielle Knibbe for writing this with me, Nick Tateishi for producing/mixing/engineering/playing guitar and bass, and Immersive Mastering for the lovely mastering job that Justin Gray did. Also a big thanks to Megan Cheng for the original artwork and the folks at What's The Story and CYMBA Music Publishing for helping to get the word out.
Barbra Lica
Barbra Lica3 weeks ago
Three more sleeps 'till "On Christmas Eve" is released worldwide. In the meantime, here's a few ways you can celebrate Christmas with me:

1) Pre-order your copy of "On Christmas Eve" on bandcamp where 50% of all proceeds will go directly to Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières:

2) If you're in Toronto, mark November 25th in your calendar 'cause I'll be singing this new tune and a few others, both with my trio (Ft. Will Fisher - Musician and Tom Fleming) and with Matt Dusk as part of Bloor-Yorkville Business Improvement Area's Holiday Magic Tree-lighting ceremony (with Host Keshia Chante. More details here:

3) If you're in the Kitchener-Waterloo region, you can now purchase tickets to my upcoming Christmas show on December 15th featuring the full quintet. It's already over 50% sold so get your tickets asap:

Hope to see you/hear from you soon!! Happy holidays, everyone.
Barbra Lica
Barbra Lica1 month ago
Hi Everybody,

I know we still have Halloween tomorrow (which nobody celebrates harder than me), but I wanted to take a minute to let you know that my new Christmas tune, "On Christmas Eve", is officially available for pre-order exclusively on Bandcamp. 50% of all proceeds will be going directly to Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières. Thanks so much for all your support and I hope you enjoy this one when it's out on November 10th:

Shout out to the brilliant Meghan Cheng who transformed an old picture of me as a kid at Christmas into this beautiful piece of artwork.