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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Barbra Lica3 months ago
Hey friends!

Just popping in to say that if you were looking for last minute tickets to this weekend's Spring Fling at Beach United Church, there's a discount code. Type in FRIENDS25 at checkout for 25% off your tickets! Hope to see you there. It's gonna be the sophomore appearance of my trio with Tom Fleming on guitar, Will Fisher - Musician on drums, and myself on keys. Any song requests?

Barbra Lica
Barbra Lica3 months ago
Oh man!! From the Pacific to the Atlantic and finally back home. Thanks to everyone in Alaska and Newfoundland who came out to see us play!! If you're in Toronto and feeling left out, here's what I'm up to in April:

April 11: I'll be one of over 100 artists raising money for The Unison Fund at The Old Mill as part of Jaymz Bee's Caravan of Music. It's only $40 for a seriously crazy lineup that plays from 8 pm to midnight. I'll be in the Kingsbrook Room with Sammy Jackson where we'll each do a set, myself with the full quintet (Joel Visentin- keys, Will Fisher - Musician- drums, Tom Fleming - guitar, Mark Godfrey - bass) at 9 pm, and Sammy with a trio (Tom Fleming - guitar, Ian Wright - drums) at 10:30 pm. This is a wacky event for a very good cause so do come out if you can make it:

April 16: I'll be playing a few songs solo as part of Ian Fisher's "Acoustic Tuesdays" in the round event. Join Ian Fisher, Rebekah Hawker, Hilary Watson, and me for a very intimate evening of songs and stories at Toronto's legendary Cameron House. I've always wanted to play this place and now I finally will...maybe I'll finally perform that vulgar song I wrote about that super mean arts presenter...but I'll probably chicken out.

April 27: Dear East Enders, I'll be at Beach United Church with my trio (Tom Fleming - guitar, Will Fisher - drums) as a guest artist for their Spring Fling event. You can hear us AND a set from the Beach United Church Choir for $40 ($15 for children). It's gonna be soooo nice!
Barbra Lica
Barbra Lica4 months ago
Looking back at a beautiful experience with the Developing Artist Program (aka. The "Dappers") at Folk Music Ontario this past fall. It really was a good place to be.
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"I Must Be in a Good Place Now" written by Bobby CharlesBarbra Lica (Vocals, Piano)