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TALK

MAIN STAGE • SATURDAY, AUGUST 19 • 5:40PM

“Show love to everyone you meet, because you don’t know what they’re going through or where they’ve come from.”

This is the guiding principle for TALK’s life. The singer-songwriter is a mass of positive energy, colour and enthusiasm, bringing a smile to the face of everyone he connects with.

Born Nicholas Durocher and raised in Ottawa, Canada, TALK is a multi-instrumental wizard, trained in piano, guitar, drums, bass, banjo, harmonica and even the mandolin. Growing up with a director and cameraman for a father and a brother on Broadway, Durocher was built for the spotlight. In an era where many artists use mystery as a marketing tactic, TALK is in your face. He’s eccentric, flashy and colourful. He’d rather make his own gold sequin cape than wear a designer outfit. As Durocher explains, “TALK is me saying ‘I don’t care what anyone thinks, I’m going to be bright, beautiful and, most importantly, myself.’”

He’s crafted a sound equally unique. Inspired by artists like Elton John, Freddie Mercury and Guns N Roses, TALK is a modern rockstar. He’s bright and bold with a powerful voice. He writes, plays on and produces his own tracks, only bringing them to the studio for final touch ups — a rarity in today’s pop music space.

TALK launched himself on a rocket with his debut single “Run Away to Mars”. Originally written at 3am when TALK was feeling isolated and lonely, the song has connected with listeners all over the world: earning tens of millions of streams, hundreds of thousands of social followers, and rising to #1 on the Spotify Global Viral 50.

He followed the single with the TALK To Me EP, which earned praise from American Songwriter, People, Complex and more, and performed on the Late Late Show with James Corden. His music has been synced several times, including twice in in Grey’s Anatomy. He’s sold out shows across his home country and performed on the main stage at Festival d’Ete du Quebec in front of 75,000+ people.

Now, TALK is developing his debut album with a close team of collaborators, including hitmaker Justin Tranter. The sound will showcase his diverse talents, ranging from emotional ballads to massive stadium anthems full of love and passion.