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Just 19, Toronto-based Sydney Delong is already a veteran of big name festivals including Canadian Music Week, NXNE, Summerfolk, Indie Week Canada and the International Folk Alliance in the US. She’s released 2 EPs of original music, been nominated as CFMA Young Performer of the Year, and had a single in rotation on Sirius XM’s CBC Sonica Channel.
Despite the fact that Sydney is just now legal for 19+ shows, while underage she still managed to perform and showcase at great Toronto venues including The Horseshoe Tavern, The Rivoli, Supermarket, C’est What?, The Central and Free Times Café.
Sydney has been compared to such strong, unique vocalists as Joni Mitchell, Alanis Morissette and Joanna Newsom – but she’s most proud of nominations and awards for song writing, including a recent Toronto Independent Music Awards (TIMA) nomination for best songwriting in the folk category with older, more established artists.
After gaining national TV exposure as a finalist on a teen talent search reality show (out of 6000 teens who tried out!), Sydney was motivated to start building a fan base for her unique sound by doing shows anywhere she could -- from Burlington and Barrie to Owen Sound and Sudbudy. Sydney released a demo EP, Rose Red, Black Stone, while just 16 and two years later released her second EP, My Vow to You, as she turned 18. In a review in newcanadianmusic.ca, Kerry Doole wrote: "Hard to believe Sydney (Delong) has just turned 18, as she shows real vocal and musical maturity on her second EP, My Vow To You. "Widowed Danger" and the title track hint at Alanis, and all five original tunes are convincing. Clearly one to watch closely, as we predict a (de)long career."
The genre that defined Sydney’s earlier days was folk. “I’m too young to sing the blues,” she would joke with audiences at 16 and 17. But today Sydney considers herself more of an alternative artist – the folk sound is still there, but combined with a rock edge, hip-hop pacing and old-world chanteuse elegance.
Sydney is proud to perform in support of non-profit organizations for fundraising and awareness building. She has raised her voice to help stop sex trafficking and rehabilitate victims in Cambodia with Voices of the Broken. She has also performed to help raise funds for breast cancer research, and support local food banks as well as aids charities overseas.