I was born and raised in Toronto and I have always had a passion for music (it went hand-in-hand with what my parents call "my dramatic personality"). While I started in musical theatre in choir, I have always been writing music (my first song I remember was when I was 8 years old and was about a stuffed cat I had). I started writing my first album is The Blue Book Project, which I started writing at 13, when I wrote the first song for the album "100 or Less".
From there it picked up quickly. I wrote songs about boys I liked, boys I didn't like, my friends, my family, and absolutely anything I could set a tune to. I settled into a singer-songwriter feel pretty easily. Throughout high school I played markets, school concerts, and open mics, trying to get coverage on the few songs that I was truly ready to showcase. I had a small YouTube channel with 50 or so dedicated subscribers (my family and friends) where I posted bedroom covers filmed on my Blackberry. I loved the little music culture I had created, and I thrived on the energy it gave me. But after deliberation and a lot of nights going back and forth, I decided I wouldn't pursue music as I wanted a "stable career" and a "real degree".
At 18, I decided to record The Blue Book Project, and I wanted it to represent my life up until that point. I named it after a notebook in which I wrote many of my songs. Although I had recently moved to Vancouver to pursue a degree in Behavioural Neuroscience at UBC, I was not willing to give up a career in music. I picked 10 songs which I felt best represented me and worked to produce, record and play for my debut album.
Looking back, there are things that I may have done differently, but I also don't regret doing it the way I did. I was 18 and had dreams bigger than The time crunch was stressful but the result was incredible. It pushed me and made me really evaluate what I'm doing and why I'm doing it.
Currently, I'm splitting my time between Vancouver and Toronto. Yes, I'm still studying neuroscience, and yes it can be stressful balancing these two lives but I am finishing up my degree this spring and will be moving back to Toronto. I have been playing venues in Vancouver like The Roxy, The Railway and Blarney Stone. I play farmer's markets all over Toronto: Evergreen Brickworks and Appletree Markets.
So here we are. My little YouTube channel has more than doubled, I have a full-length album and I'm writing a backstory for a website. And yes, I love getting positive feedback, I love getting likes and follows and streams, but when it all comes down to it, I write music and I sing because it makes me happy. It made me happy showing my parents the first crappy song I ever wrote, having 10 people watch a video I filmed in my basement, or seeing that 2,000 people have listened to my album so far. I write music and push myself in this direction because it is the thing that drives me to wake up every morning and the last thing I think about before I go to bed. It's something that makes my day infinitely better. I move forward with the hope that someone else will find themselves in my songs and that's all I can ask for. I said it when I first announced my album, and I stand by it: This is my joyride, but everyone is welcome to ride shotgun. I can't wait to see what comes next. From me, with love, to you, -Victoria