VISSIA Press Kit
VISSIA [VISS-ee-yuh] Indie Pop from Alberta, Canada.
“VISSIA is a Canadian singer and evocative songwriter who swaggers between her rural roots and big city influences with unboisterous confidence that is both rare and spellbinding.”
It’s clear from the first listen to Edmonton, Alberta indie-pop artist VISSIA’s music that she doesn’t play by the rules. In fact, her career evolution illustrates she has no problem making up her own. Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, label manager, graphic designer—VISSIA has become a prominent figure in the Alberta music scene, and increasingly, the Canadian music scene overall.
VISSIA’s powerful declaration of independence came in the form of her 2017 album Place Holder—released on her own imprint, Hurry Hard Records—which confirmed the promise of years of developing a sound distinctly her own, which simultaneously manages to connect listeners to their own favourite private feelings and imagined landscapes.
Along the way, she has made many high-profile appearances including the UK’s Great Escape Festival, the Edmonton Folk Music Festival and the Canmore Folk Music Festival, along with sharing stages with the likes of Whitehorse, Jim Bryson, Matt Andersen, Lindi Ortega and others across Canada.
VISSIA is also a member of acclaimed Edmonton alt-pop collective The Hearts and her co-producer Emily Bachynski’s project Bad Buddy, along with being an increasingly in-demand session singer, including for the likes of JUNO nominee Nuela Charles.
But whether it is creating her own music, or adding her talents to the work of others, VISSIA’s choices are unfailingly natural and honest. It’s a testament to her decade-plus of engagement, perseverance, and curiosity in all areas of making music.
“[Place Holder is] an impressive, swaggering way to say hello to a new voice… with a bluesy, adventuresome vibe that makes the songs a must-listen.”
– CBC Key of A
“Place Holder [has] such a timeless quality that you wonder why you haven’t already listened to it… If Kathleen Edwards were a little less sad, or Neko Case a little bit poppier, you’d get VISSIA.”
— No Depression
“VISSIA might be a new name, but she is an old soul who bleeds blues… This is pure rock ‘n’ roll at its finest from an artist who is set to breakout at any moment.”
“Place Holder is a colourful assemblage of VISSIA’s realizations when embracing the unknown. She’s matured graciously as a musician, now uniting her talents and poetic instincts. There’s no question that we’ll be pulling these snapshots out to admire again and again.”
— Canadian Beats
Place Holder LP/CD
Released November 10th, 2017
Hurry Hard Records
3. I Wanted
4. Make Her Stay
5. Night Romancer
6. The Kind of Good
7. Whiskey Walk
8. You Should Be Sleeping
9. You Don't Know Her
All songs written by Alex Vissia.
Produced by Alex Vissia & Emily Bachynski.
Mixed by Sam Kassirer.
Mastered by Philip Shaw Bova.
Hurry Hard Records
Place Holder Shortlisted for the 2018 Edmonton Music Prize
All is Bright Festival, November 2018 – Edmonton, AB
Waynestock, August 2018 – Wayne, AB
Wild Oats ‘n’ Notes Festival, June 2018 – Tofield, AB
The Great Escape, May 2018 – Brighton, UK – Showcasing Artist
"You Should Be Sleeping" on rotation with CBC Radio 2 After Dark
"You Don't Know Her" - Honourable mention in the 2018 Canadian Songwriting Competition
"Mountaineer" nominated for Roots/Folk Recording of the Year at the 2018 Edmonton Music Awards
Place Holder charted on the NACC 200 for 5 weeks peaking at #142 in its third week
Place Holder charted on Top 30 campus charts across North America at over 30 stations
Top 10 Alberta Albums of 2017 - CBC Key of A
Top 7 Edmonton Bands of 2017 - Gig City
Place Holder album release with Cross-Canada Tour, Fall 2017 25+ dates across Canada from coast to coast
NXNE Showcase, June 19, 2017
Curated by the Rural Alberta Advantage
2017 Edmonton Music Awards Nominee:
ANZU - Stereophonic feat. VISSIA;
DJ/Electronic Recording of the Year
Banff Centre Musician in Residence, Winter 2017
ATB Financial "Resonate" Campaign Featured Performer
Edmonton Folk Music Festival 2013
Canmore Folk Music Festival 2013
Toured hundreds of dates across Canada since 2011
Place Holder - CD/LP: November 10, 2017
I Wanted - single - digital: September 22, 2017
You Should Be Sleeping EP - digital: August 11, 2017
I.O.U. - Single; ANZU ft. VISSIA: March 23, 2017
Resonate - Single; with Ben Spencer: August 25, 2016
Young Love EP - CD/digital: May 24, 2013
A Lot Less Gold - CD/digital: November 10, 2011