Video available all weekend July 23rd – 25th
Once in a red moon, an artist emerges on the scene as if fully formed. Born on the Six Nations Reserve and raised in the small ghost town of Brantford, Ontario – Logan Staats started writing and performing music in his early teens. From a young age, Logan’s haunting and distinct voice has won him multiple opportunities to share the stage with acts like Buffy Sainte-Marie, Keith Secola, and Mumford and Sons, to name a few. Still a young man, Logan is regarded as an accomplished, multi-nominated and award-winning artist. Forever a student of great music, Staats enjoys jamming, collaborating and learning from his contemporaries and other recording artists. A product of passion, compulsion and tireless musical commitment, Logan’s songs are his own. Armed with his guitar and harmonica, he has transitioned from running the weekend bar circuit to playing sold out venues across Canada including his favourite, The Sanderson Centre, in his hometown. Logan is fresh off his win on The Launch, a new TV show that gives Canadian singers a shot at stardom. Staats was chosen out of 10,000 applicants to be featured on the inaugural season of the series and was mentored by Canadian country megastar Shania Twain. Ingrained with the mentality that anything is possible when you put your heart and soul into it, Staats is hell bent on raising the bar for indigenous/mainstream crossover music. Currently, on an open journey of art, expression and culture, no matter which medium you find Logan through- he’s incredible to watch.
Accompanying Logan is his sister, Layla Black, who is a multidisciplinary artist specializing in digital media, marketing, and content creation. She has trained thousands on the power of video for storytelling. Layla is a successful entrepreneur stepping outside of the box and sharing her experience and knowledge with other aspiring entrepreneurs with a story to tell. Layla Black is a 4th generation survivor of residential schools in Canada and stands to inspire others like her who are on their own reclamation story.