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Alysha Brilla recording at SAE in Australia

ALYSHA BRILLA

2024 Canadian Screen Award Nominee and 3X JUNO Award nominated composer, music producer, multi-instrumentalist, audio engineer and artist Alysha Brilla is weaving together global roots sounds into healing music. 

As a songwriter and musician, Alysha has collaborated with The Black Eyed Peas, Bedouin Soundclash, Digging Roots, No Doubt, Paula Sofia and 3X Grammy Award Winning mastering engineer Emily Lazar. In 2013, Alysha became one of the first self-produced female artists to receive a JUNO Award nomination. Since then, she has won Producer of The Year at the 2018 Independent Music Awards for her album "Rooted" with her music being featured in film, television and Spotify Editorial Playlists. In 2023, Alysha composed the original score for the TIFF Premiered feature film 'The Queen Of My Dreams'. 

With her original music, Brilla has toured the world performing at WOMAD in South America, Australia, Asia, Europe and across North America. Official European Commission 2022 Keychange Artist, Brilla's unique gift of articulating where technology, music and community intersect has taken her around the world; as resident artist and guest lecturer in Schools and Universities internationally including the School of Audio Engineering in Australia, University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University. 

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Awards & Nominations:
 

- 2024 Canadian Screen Awards Achievement In Music - Original Score

- 2022 European Commission Keychange Artist representing Canada

- 2021 “Best Local Artist/Band” Best of Waterloo Region Awards

- 2020 Waterloo Region Arts Award, General Arts

- 2018 Producer of The Year, Pop category, Independent Music Awards
- 2018 Juno Music Award Nominee Adult Contemporary Album of The Year, “Rooted”
- 2016 “Best local artist/band” Best of Waterloo Region

- 2015 Anokhi South Asian Media Award Music Artist Of The Year

- 2015 “Women of The Year; 30 Canadians who rocked 2015”, Chatelaine Magazine

- 2015 Juno Music Award Nominee Adult Contemporary Album of The Year, “Womyn”

- 2015 International Songwriting Contest Lyrical Finalist “Immigrant”

- 2014 CBC Music Awards Rising Star Shortlisted

- 2014 Winner Oktoberfest Woman Of The Year Award Arts and Culture

- 2014 Juno Music Award Nominee Adult Contemporary Album, “In My Head”

Panels & Speaking:
 

-2024 CTV National News Canada, Women In The Studio Program 2024

​-2024 SXSW Music In Film Roundtable, Austin Texas

-2024 Music Publishers Canada "The Music of The Queen Of My Dreams", Los Angeles

-2023 St. John's International Women's Film Festival “Lunch with Queen Of My Dreams”, Newfoundland

-2022 Folk Alliance International “Healing Through The Power of Sound”

-2022 Iceland Airwaves Gender Equity in The Music Industry, Reykjavik Iceland

-2022 Femme Folk Festival Keynote Music Technology X Spirituality, Kitchener

-2022 Breakout West Healing Through Sound, Calgary
-2022 M for Montreal Panel, Independent Artist Distribution Tips

-2021 Guelph Black Heritage Anti-Racism Summit “Queer BIPOC Representation in the Arts”

-2021 Wilfrid Laurier University “Women, Art and Activism”

-2021 Northern Power Summit “Music Gone Global”

-2021 Folk Music Ontario “BIPOC Artists and Music Festival Bookings”

-2021 Multicultural Artist Panel, Good Co Productions Kitchener

-2021 London City Music Awards  “Music Producer’s Secret Sauce”

-2020 Manitoba Music w/Zaki Ibrahim “Cultivating Community + Healing Through Artistry”

-2020 Folk Alliance International Panel “Women In Music: A Continued Call for Change”

-2020 Folk Alliance International Panel “The (Music Industry) Future Is Green”

-2019 Wilfrid Laurier University “Encounters In Music & Community; A Racial Justice Perspective”

-2019 Cape Breton Regional Municipality Arts, Culture & Events “Women In Music” 

-2019 Canadian Music Week “Women In The Studio” Panelist Toronto

-2018 Women In Music Canada “Play Your Gender” Documentary Screening & Discussion

-2018 Canadian Music Week “The Producers; Spring Time for Hit Lists” Panelist Toronto
-2018 YWCA She Talks Speaker Cambridge
-2018 If I Ruled T.O. Youth Conference Speaker Toronto May

-2017 Folk Alliance International Panel “Global Roots Music & Folk”
-2016 Diversity in Folk Music Panel, Kansas City 

-2015 Mundial Montreal World Music “Contemporizing Tradition”

Select Reviews & Publications: 


New Feeling “Demystifying Sound Healing: Alysha Brilla on Her Album Circle”

CBC Arts “Why Alysha Brilla Aims to Heal with Music”

The Community Edition “Alysha Brilla’s Musical Path to Healing”

SOCAN Magazine “Music as Medicine”

Select Public Performances of Original Music:

 

Zanzibar, Tanzania -  Mercury’s Jazz Bar

London, England - Amazing Grace

Reykjavík, Iceland - Iceland Airwaves Festival

Cannes, France - MIDEM Music Festival

Rishikesh, India - Rishikesh Yog Peeth

Santiago, Chile - WOMAD Music Festival

Singapore - Singapore GP Festival

Yellowknife, NWT - Yellowknife Pride Festival

Queensland, Australia - Woodford Folk Festival

Montreal, Canada -  Montreal Jazz Festival

Los Angeles, U.S - Legacy Blues & Jazz Festival

Hamburg, Germany - Reeperbahn Festival

Halifax, NS Canada - Dalhousie Pride

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