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).
ABOUT THE SONG:
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.
MORE ABOUT THE ALBUM:
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