James Aries

BIO

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JAMES ARIES is a classically trained pianist with show tune tendencies and a penchant for pop. An emerging singer-songwriter, James draws comparisons to fellow Canadian artists Rufus Wainwright and Sarah Slean, while possessing his own original voice: a colourful blend of baroque pop, folk, cabaret, and art song. His music champions the unconventional with sophistication and a whimsical lyricism that borders playfully on the irreverent. An alumnus of the Royal Conservatory of Music, Humber College (Music Composition), Seneca College (Music Production/Songwriting), and Canada Music Academy, James also holds a BFA in Drama. Based in Toronto, he was recently featured as one of Cashbox Radio’s TOP 10 at Indie Week 2020, and appeared on "uncensored visionary: the queer music podcast" and the "Streams & Variations" podcast earlier this year.

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JAMES ARIES is a classically trained pianist with show tune tendencies and a penchant for pop. An emerging singer-songwriter, James draws comparisons to fellow Canadian artists Rufus Wainwright and Sarah Slean, while possessing his own original voice: a colourful blend of baroque pop, folk, cabaret, and art song. 

Growing up gay in rural Saskatchewan, James learned at a young age that the advantage to not fitting in is getting to stand out! He began playing the piano at age six and later started writing comedic songs to entertain his school friends. Since then, his passions for songwriting and performance have developed in to weapons of expression. Refreshing and relatable, the singer-songwriter’s oeuvre ranges from poignant poetry and romantic ballads to upbeat anthems and satire. His music champions the unconventional with sophistication and a whimsical lyricism that borders playfully on the irreverent. 

An alumnus of the Royal Conservatory of Music, Humber College (Music Composition), Seneca College (Music Production/Songwriting), and Canada Music Academy, James also holds a BFA in Drama from the University of Saskatchewan and is no stranger to the stage. Based in Toronto, he was recently featured as one of Cashbox Radio’s TOP 10 at Indie Week 2020, and appeared on "uncensored visionary: the queer music podcast" and the "Streams & Variations" podcast earlier this year.

 SHORT:  

JAMES ARIES is a classically trained pianist with show tune tendencies and a penchant for pop. An emerging Canadian singer-songwriter, James has created his own colourful blend of baroque pop, folk, cabaret, and art song. His music champions the unconventional with sophistication and a whimsical lyricism that borders playfully on the irreverent.

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DISCOGRAPHY

Mr. Diamond, single: released 2020
Music and lyrics by James Aries
Recorded at The Orange Lounge Recording Studio (Toronto, ON)
Featuring Gary Craig, John Switzer, Steve Briggs
Produced by James Aries, Alfio Annibalini, John Switzer 

The Shadow King, single: released 2020
Music and lyrics by James Aries
Produced by James Aries, mixed by Giuliana Mormile

The House Is Haunted, single: released 2020
Music by Basil G. Adlam, lyrics by Billy Rose
Produced and arranged by James Aries

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