Artist Talk 2022 TAIWANfest Toronto Called by the Creative - Banner

Called by the Creative

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

Performance 2022 TAIWANfest Toronto Henry

Henry Ho

Music 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.

Performance 2022 TAIWANfest Toronto Koven

Koven Wei

Music Producer

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. 

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