Nora Toutain is a Moroccan-French singer-songwriter based in Montreal. Her brand of synth-driven R&B seamlessly moves across genres like neo-soul, funk and jazz with hints of afro rhythms: a direct reference to her diverse cultural experiences and musical upbringing.
Her love for these traditional genres and contemporary sounds elevates her music, offering a fresh and unique sonic experience. Wherever she performs, her ease and energy on stage charms crowds. Nora set herself apart as a distinctive performer evolving at an impressive speed. She was only introduced in 2015 to the music industry and performing arts through the Kalmunity collective.
She is now an established, sought out musician and vibrant voice in the local music industry. In 2017 she performed at the Montreal International Jazz Festival with Kalmunity.
A year later, she graduated from the Vocal Jazz Performance program at University of Montreal.
Since then, she's been working on the production of her first record, with Christopher Vincent from Busty and The Bass. Their first single "Bad at Love" got nominated in the CBC searchlight category as an outstanding entry in the Female Soul Category.
She just recently completed the March 2020 BANFF International Singer-Songwriter Residency with award winning mentors, and she was also the recipient of 3 Jury prices from the MUZ/ Vision Diversity showcase in 2021.
Through her eclectic sound Nora has found carved the space to share among many cultures and scenes, her unique musicality and artistry.
She is currently working on the release of her second album "Grounding Place Vol.II", planned for Oct. 2022