“Remember when Serena Ryder was gaining international acclaim? That’s where Lappa is right now with her unique take on folk rock, she’s on the precipice of becoming a household, Western Canadian name"
Rebecca Lappa is a 25 year old award winning singer songwriter, who delivers alternative music with folk undertones through a pop vein. Just signed to Tonic Records, Lappa is excited to release her new album ”Tales of a Taurus”, funded by her second FACTOR Juried Sound Recording grant, in 2023. This venture into Indie Pop reflects Lappa’s growth as a writer and willingness to take sonic risks. In this new release Lappa takes the story of the wounded healer to new heights, sharing the pain and struggles of women in their 20’s with the courage to find healing within and hope for the future ahead. Born in San Francisco but Canadian to the core, Lappa is bringing the message back to the music in 2023.
Her story based compositions filled with catchy melodies, and clever lyrics captured Lappa three 2019 Edmonton Music Awards nominations, winning Singer Songwriter Recording of the Year. As a 5 time Canadian Folk Music Awards nominee, Lappa won Young Performer of the Year in 2015. As a prolific songwriter she has won 1st place in the Calgary Folk Festival Songwriting contest in 2018, 2015, 2013 and 3rd place in 2014 and 2019. In 2017, Lappa won the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta’s Spirit of Vimy contest and a trip to Vimy Ridge with her song “Valiant of Vimy”. In 2018, Lappa was commissioned to write a song for the No Stone Left Alone Memorial Foundation, that honours fallen Canadian soldiers on Remembrance Day. In 2020, Lappa captured a coveted spot as a top 5 Edmonton finalist in the Jim Beam National Talent Search. In 2021, Lappa wrote a song for the Edmonton Dutch Canadian Club to commemorate the unveiling of an Anne Frank Statue and to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Netherland Liberation from the Nazi's occupation.
Lappa delivers a lively show with a mix of originals and covers from a variety of genres and decades that would be suitable for audiences both young and old. She’s toured Canada and entranced audiences at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival (2014, 2018), Rogue Arts Festival (2018), Calgary Folk Festival (2013, 2015), Canmore Folk Festival (2014) the Ottawa Blues Festival (2016, 2017), Alberta House during two Grey Cup (2010, 2018), Edmonton Rock Festival (2019) and Seven Music Fest (2018). Lappa is honoured to have opened for The Crash Test Dummies, Jenn Grant, Digging Roots, Basia Bulat, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Mike Plume, Maria Dunn, Amy Bishop, Reignwolf, Lissie and Leeroy Stagger. Lappa is a star on the rise, with her electric live performances, 20K social media followers and charting nationally on campus radio. With powerful vocals and honest stories, Lappa is an emerging Canadian talent who is clearly "one to watch".
Lappa received a Composition Diploma from MacEwan University in 2017 and in 2018 won the 10K Bell Media Prize to attend Canada's Music Incubator in Toronto. In 2022, she finished her Music Therapy studies at Capilano University in BC and will complete her Music Therapy Internship at the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary by spring 2023.
Art type: Live Music
Music type: Original Music
What this Artist plays most of the time
Home base: Calgary
Appeals most (but not limited) to: Ages 15-65, female and male
Top Venues Performed/Exhibited *
Festival Place, Sherwood Park, Opener for The Crash Test Dummies