Moroccan vocalist Nora Toutain has honed her craft and grown on the RnB and Soul scene in Montreal over the last four years. Wherever she performs, her ease and energy on stage charms crowds. Her eclectic style is influenced by her personal experiences, as well as her diverse cultural upbringing. Her new record Grounding Place Vol. I is expected to be released in Spring 2020.
Born and raised in Morocco, her early influences came from the records that were played at home, having parents who loved music ranging from classical to jazz/rock/blues, as well as traditional north African rhythms.
Nora spent three years living in India, there she first experienced the joys of live performance. When she later moved to Montreal to obtain her degree in environmental science from McGill University, she met the Kalmunity collective. After completing her degree, Nora decided to follow her passion and pursue a professional career in music full time. While staying active on the scene, she obtained a music degree in the Jazz Vocal Performance program at L’Université de Montreal.
Nora got her start in music through the Kalmunity Vibe Collective in Montreal, who held workshops and helped her develop her voice and discover the art of improvisation in music. It was here that the filmmaker Feven Ghebremariam chose Nora as the subject for a documentary called “De l’autre côté de sa voie” which premiered at the World Film Festival of Montreal in 2013. Since then, the young songstress quickly found her place in the underground Soul and RnB scene in Montreal.
Nora set herself as a unique performer evolving at an impressive speed, as she was only introduced to the music industry and performing arts through Kalmunity. She is now an established, sought out musician and vibrant voice in the scene. Nora is a true testament of artistic actualization through a disciplined work ethic. Her craft is matched with a refined sound celebrating the colours and influences of an array of cultures and trades.
We can find Nora sharing the stage with Imani Gospel Choir and established World Music Artists such as Just Woan and Ilam. On a regular basis she performs in local venues such as Petit Campus, Cafe Resonance, Dièse Onze, Quaie des Brumes and the Bootlegger. In addition to her personal projects, she is involved in collectives regrouping the best of Montreal’s talent. She is a guest host for the renown weekly Hip Hop/Soul Jam “LeCypher”, and participates in the Montreal Jazz Festival with Kalmunity and for her project as well.
As part of a small media tour during her travels, Nora made sure to mark her art within a broader international presence. She has appeared on “MEDI1 TV” a prominent National Moroccan broadcast television. That same summer, she performed in France and Morocco. Last December, she was also invited on CBC Radio to talk about the release of her first single "Bad at Love", on Duke Eatmon's show "Let's Go"
Through her eclectic sound Nora has found carved the space to share among many cultures and scenes, her unique musicality and artistry. Her new record Grounding Place Vol. I is expected to be released in Spring 2020.