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Although her music is dubbed as “electro-pop”, this singer would tell you it’s “intergalactic-electro music with equal parts fantastical / epic / beautiful / emotional”. She’s been making music and finding a world of magic in the sounds of many instruments since she was a small child and today, Lights, born in Timmins, Ontario is collecting Juno Awards earning #1 spots on Much Music.
Lights grew up getting a head start on learning how to tour so-to-speak. Her family moved around a lot and she got to experience living in the Phillipines and Jamaica while growing up and being home schooled. She says music became her consistency, a place that provided an escape but also remained unchanged. She says, “I realized I had discovered more about myself when I was just listening and creating music than from anything else.” She also appreciates the lessons she learned while growing up in various parts of the world and says, "It was a really important thing to learn about as a kid, that nothing is so important that you can’t leave it behind."
mindyourmind volunteer Christel, was working on a project with our Youth Voices team, a group of newcomer youth developing mental health awareness materials, when we told them that we were interviewing Lights. As a fan, Christel was super excited to meet and talk with Lights. Additionally, we thought it would be cool to ask Lights about her own experience as a newcomer in the countries she has lived in to include in Navigators, a game the Youth Voices team created. Also, check out the pictures Jose, another Youth Voices member, drew for Lights in our slideshow. Here's the interview...
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