Toronto (CA)

Ciel is a force to be reckoned with: in the past years, besides honing a unique flair as a DJ and music maker, she has single-handedly pushed her home Toronto scene into a more inclusive one through her radio show, parties and awareness-raising. Of course this didn't happen without bravely facing criticism from local gatekeepers - so common in dance music - as highlighted in the recent Resident Advisor feature about her rise to global underground prominence. She co-ran one of the first ever Discwoman parties having later joined this seminal collective, a move which only makes sense, because of how both politically sound and brilliant Ciel is.

Her first ever release, Electrical Encounters, came out last year on Shanti Celeste's Peach Discs. It was widely praised and and considered one of the best records of the year - don’t take our word for it, publications like Fact said it. The connection with the label came about in a very real way, just like the rest of her path: she warmed up for Shanti in Toronto, who was impressed by her set - and a very organic musical friendship flourished. As a DJ, Ciel is as passionate as they come, digging for an expansive spectrum of genres disregarding the rules set by the most conservative players, showing her crowds her rainbow of influences with a skillful and thoughtful flow.

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