Listen to the Album Available Online

Imposter Syndrome is now available on all major music platforms for stream and download including 2023 CMRRA Song of the Year Winner, The Ghost of Me. Listen NOW. You can also hear it performed live in Markham, Ontario between March 5th and 9th as part of  Markham Jazzlicious Winterfest, with special co-star,  Chef Diakhia Lezama (Details 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, 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 gentle musings on empathy (Take Care of You), her Randy Newman-esque ode to aging women (Sour Women), and her reverie to utter defeat (The Ghost of Me), Barbra takes listeners on a rollercoaster ride of emotions and soundscapes. 

In other news, Imposter Syndrome has officially been 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.

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 has been re-cut as a performance video! Hear and see it played 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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Hey everyone!

We're officially 10 days away from the next edition of JS Presents at Tranzac Club in the Annex with yours truly as the guest of the day, so here's a reminder that if you're so inclined, please do add it to your calendar (January 20th from 5 to 7 pm). I'm going to be playing a few tunes by myself at the piano, and a few with support from the legendary Tom Fleming on guitar. It's gonna be a super casual and intimate event and an opportunity for me to try out a few newer things with less pressure than I'm used to, including at least one tune (and these are Jessica's rules of engagement) that no public audience has ever heard before. After me, you get to hear the brilliant JESSA aka Jessica Stuart Music also play a set and you're in for a serious treat. This very brave lady is debuting a brand new song EVERY MONTH as part of this series. I legitimately can't wait to hear what she comes up with, especially since word on the street is, she hasn't started writing her January feature yet...hehe..
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Barbra Lica2 months ago
Hello everybody! Happy new year! Just in case your 2024 resolutions included seeing more of ME..haha...I thought I'd update you on some upcoming performances.

January 7: Catch me live on JAZZ.FM91 at 1 pm with Heather Bambrick, Molly Johnson, and Mike Murley for an on-air performance as part of Heather's New Year's Kitchen Party.

January 20: I'll be trying out some stuff very informally, both solo and duo with the incredible Tom Fleming for anybody in the Toronto Annex area as part of JESSA aka Jessica Stuart Music's monthly series, "JS Presents!". As part of this event, Jessa has asked me to perform something I've never performed before in my set...I'm considering doing a diss track but also wonder if people should know how much I actually swear in my private life...

Feb 21-25: For anybody attending Folk Alliance International in Kansas City, I'll be performing a million times including an official showcase on the 22nd. I really think more of the general public should attend FAI. It's truly wild. Some of my performances start at 1:30 am!!

March 5-9: I'm SOOOo excited to announce this one because I totally wanted to do this last year and now I actually am. The thoughtful people at Markham FLATO have decided to team up with Destination Markham and some of Markham's best chefs yet again to pair food! I've been paired with Chef Diakhia Lezama for five nights at her highly acclaimed Caribbean restaurant, Laz Authentic Cuisine. You can pickup tickets here and advanced warning, they're selling quickly:

And then I'm off to Alaska from March 15-30 for our Alaskan tour immediately followed by an April showcase in Newfoundland for the Canadian Folk Music Awards. I really do hope to see some of you out at shows, and as always, if there's something you're dying to hear live, always do drop me a note.