6:15 – 7:00 pm | Aug 28th
Stage In The Park | Harbourfront Centre
biosphere will be DJing for Jen Moon and Koven Wei, including a piano ballad duet with Jen Moon, and nujabes live cover performance with Koven Wei. A set list of Koven’s hit singles in the Rap/Korean Hip-Hop genre along with new unreleased singles/demos fusing punk and rock with hip-hop undertones.
10:00 pm – 11:15 pm | Aug 27th
Studio Theatre | Harbourfront Centre
Local Toronto-based musicians Koven and Henry are creating music that calls to today’s generation and expresses their most authentic selves. As Asian-Canadians, they are more than aware of the stigmas they face in the mainstream music industry, and more than ready to face the challenges. This is a no holds barred, honest, and hopeful Artist Talk that takes a deep dive into the world of Asian creatives in today’s industries and a beacon for future Asian artists in any field.
About the Artists
Composer / Producer
biosphere (Henry Ho) is a Taiwanese-Canadian, 20-year-old composer and producer based in Toronto. He initially experimented with the lo-fi/hip hop sound but has recently ventured into R&B, soul, and orchestral styles. Classically trained in piano and a saxophone player from a young age, he gradually became inspired to compose music of his own. His music is strongly influenced by his classical roots and his many years playing in a jazz environment.
biosphere has released two full-length instrumental albums, Rekindle the Past (2018) and Snapshot (2019), along with multiple beat tapes since 2017. He also released an orchestral EP called Tales of the Flowers in 2020. biosphere has also been commissioned by The Bentway Conservancy & Waterfront BIA and has a soundtrack featured on a short film published through Reel Asian International Film Festival.
“strangers,” his most notable single featuring Korean singer CIKI and two Texas-based rappers (love-sadKID and Chris Wright), charted internationally in Korea and currently has over 23 million streams on Spotify. To date, biosphere has over 100 million streams combined across DSPs.
For Koven, music has been the most consistent and intimate way to unpack his innermost thoughts, describe his authentic self, and share it with the world. Koven is an open book through his music—telling a down-to-earth account of lived experiences, exploring sensitive emotions and the struggles of the creative mind. To him, there is no time for inauthenticity. He wants to be raw and honest — to share directly from the heart.
Koven specializes in Korean hip-hop & lo-fi, however he continues to branch out into other genres—including rock, punk, hyper-pop—while keeping his hip-hop roots. Koven’s sound is radical and often creates a “tug and pull” effect between his vocals and the beat. He sings and raps over beats that typically carry themselves, but are levelled up by his creativity. He pushes the boundaries of what we know as hip-hop, and fuses Asian influences with a grungy, westernized approach.
Based in Toronto, Jen Moon is a 21-year-old artist and storyteller who isn’t shy when it comes to expressing complex emotions and experiences through her music. Originally posting covers on YouTube and Instagram, Jen Moon went on to write her debut album MOONOLOGY with producer Drew Lee. Drawing from her own experiences and encounters, Jen Moon’s lyrics speak her truth while touching on the perspectives of others.
Although MOONOLOGY will resonate with R&B enthusiasts, Jen Moon explores different sounds through her upbeat tracks like her single “136” and “Room For Two” which she collaborated on with artist xiv. Jen Moon proves her versatility as an artist through each of her releases which both captivate and inspire listeners.
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