Barbra Lica is a Juno-nominated artist singer-songwriter based in Toronto.  A seasoned act on the North American club and festival circuits, Barbra has performed everywhere from New York City’s legendary Birdland to Toronto’s prestigious Koerner Hall. She has also headlined at festivals across the continent including Festival International de Jazz de MontréalVancouver International Jazz Festival and Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, and opened for the likes of Christian McBridePat MethenyBob Dorough, and Terence Blanchard.

Barbra’s debut album That’s What I Do (Triplet / Universal Jazz Japan) was released to widespread acclaim in 2012, ranking her in Canada’s Top 5 Jazz singers on the CBC, as well Top 5 up-and-coming Toronto jazz artists on blogTO. Shortly after, her band made their Japanese debut live at the Tokyo International Jazz Festival in 2015 for over a thousand Japanese fans Her first album with Justin Time RecordsI’m Still Learning, was released September 2016 and subsequently nominated for a 2017 Juno Award in the category of “Best Vocal Jazz Album”. Her subsequent project, You’re Fine (Justin Time Records) marked the introduction of Folk an Americana elements to her repertoire and has amassed over 4.9 million streams to date on Spotify.

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 currently promoting her first self-produced EP – Imposter Syndrome  (released October 2022) – with generous support from FACTOR, as well as her new chamber orchestra project featuring all-original music arranged for 14 instruments plus voice.

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“Lica smiles when she sings. You can hear it. When you see her in concert, you’ll see it too. In a word, refreshing”

– Tim Tamashiro, Host, CBC Radio.

“Ella a tout pour réussir.”

– François Lemay, ICI Musique

“Barbra Lica’s voice is infectious.”

– Greg Wells, Music Producer

“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

“With her upbeat lilt and vocal cuteness on covers and originals, Lica offers smiles and sympathy, not blues”

– Brad Wheeler, Journalist, The Globe and Mail



Campbellford’s Westben celebrates its 23rd season with a summer festival of live performance – Jun 21, 2022,

Flato Markham Theatre gets back in the swing of things with debut of Barbra Lica: Songs for Orchestra – Apr 6, 2022,

Going Guilford: 5 things to do this weekend – Feb 14, 2020,

Celebrate this Valentine’s Day with top Canadian jazz vocalist – Feb 9, 2020, CarolinaCoastOnline

Barbra Lica Quintet to play at High Point Theatre – Feb 6 2020,

Critiques CD de Noël – Dec 13, 2019,

“You Are My Sunshine” and Its Magic in Music Therapy – Oct 22, 2019,

RE-UPLOAD FROM 2014: The Concert Series Ep04 – Barbra Lica – Aug 15, 2019, VisionTV

High Point Theatre Announces 2019-2020 “Passport to Entertainment” Lineup – Aug 13, 2019, Yes! Weekly

Barbra Lica | Before I Do: Exclusive Video Premiere – May 27, 2019, Tinnitist

Barbra Lica returns for a special Live to Air concert– May 4, 2019,

Jaymz Bee’s Caravan of Music Boosts Unison – Mar 29, 2019, FYI Music News

Barbra Lica releases fifth studio album ‘You’re Fine’ – Feb 4, 2019, Global News

Youre Fine – Barbra Lica – Jan 29, 2019, theWholeNote

Wie Nahrung die Psyche beeinflusst – Jan 28, 2019,

PapJazz 2019: la bonne ambiance toujours au rendez-vous sur la scène Barbanocurt – Jan 23, 2019, Le Nouvelliste

Deuxième Soirée du Papjazz: un moment d’apothéose – Jan 21 2019, Le Nouvelliste

Barbra Lica: Yardbird Suite Edmonton, Nov 10, 2018, Live Music Magazine   (ARCHIVED)

Music Notes: How do you pronounce Korpiklaani – Nov 7, 2018,

Five to see: Canadian Jazz Festival – Nov 6, 2018, Calgary Herald

IN PHOTOS – Barbra Lica in Toronto, ON – Nov 6, 2018, Canadian Beats

Clinton Square chillaxes with Northeast Jazz & Wine Fest – Jul 25, 2018, Syracuse New Times

Lakefield Jazz Festival returns with another season of summer music – Jun 13, 2018, The Peterborough Examiner

Songs of the City brings together musicians with people who have stories of recovery – May 30, 2018, The Standard

Saving the best for last: Barbra Lica and band put on the show of the series – Apr 18, 2018, The Dryden Observer  (ARCHIVED)

Hottest tickets in Canada: Five Things to do across the country – Jan 30, 2018, Globe and Mail

Barbra Lica shows Burlington I’m Still Learning Oct. 14 – Aug 25, 2017, Burlington Post

Barbra Lica’s Bubbly Take on Life – July 12, 2017,

Singer Barbra Lica on performing at the Jazz Festival – Jul 5, 2017, Global Morning News Montreal

Trois clubs de jazz, trois programmations – Jun 28, 2017,

JazzFest 2017, Day 1: Frank reviews Barbra Lica, Joss Stone, and St. Paul and the Broken Bones – Jun 24, 2017, City Newspaper

35 best Canadian jazz artists under 35 – June 22, 2017, CBC Music

5 must-see acts at Victoria Jazz Fest – Jun 22, 2017,

Featured Artist: Barbra Lica – Jun 14, 2017, City Newspaper

At JUNOFest Friday, Toronto jazz groups fill Live on Elgin with entrancing sounds – April 1, 2017, Ottawa Citizen

Jazz Artists Barbra Lica Talks About Her New Pop Mash-Up, 2017 JUNO Nomination, Hamilton’s Loyalty, and MORE! – Mar 29, 2017, Greater Hamilton Musician

Listen to this year’s Juno jazz nominees mash up Drake, The Weeknd, Alessia Cara and Shwn Mendes – Mar 22, 2017, Toronto Life

Juno Awards Nominees Hold Court – Feb 8, 2017, FYI Music News

Here are the 2017 Juno Nominees – Feb 7, 2017,

Drake, Weeknd, Shawn Mendes get five Juno nominations each – Feb 7, 2017, Toronto Star

Barbra Lica, jazz music’s Little Miss Sunshine – Dec 8, 2016,

Jazz singer Barbra Lica performs Friday as part of Ontario Contact in Peterborough – Nov 3, 2016, The Peterborough Examiner

Five Questions with Barbra Lica – Oct 25, 2016, Canadian Beats

Toronto jazz singer Barbra Lica offers smiles and sympathy – not blues – Sep 29, 2016, The Globe and Mail

Review: Barbra Lica – Feb 8, 2016,

Barbra Lica, young Canadian jazz diva talks about “Love Songs” album – Oct 2015, Mikiki/Intoxicate

What’s your favorite music, manga, and cake that cheers , a Canadian Diva who first appears in “Tokyo Jazz”? – Sep 3, 2015, VOGUE JAPAN

Jazz pioneer Bob James’ Japan-inspired concerto to premiere at the Tokyo Jazz Festival – Sep 3, 2015, Japan Times

Christian McBride Big Band/Barbra Lica – Jun 24, 2015,

‘A good start’: Canadian jazz singer Barbra Lica headlines CNY Jazz Central cabaret finale – May 5, 2015,

Kissing You – Barbra Lica – Feb 2, 2015, theWholeNote

5 up and coming jazz artists in Toronto – Aug 21, 2014, blogTO

Barbra Lica sings heart out on new jazz record – Jan 16, 2013,

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