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Biawanna – Young and In Love

Written Tuesday, September 17

For the last year Biawanna has been releasing one great single after another. In a previous review I raved about her collaboration with I M U R. Take a look at her Spotify page and you’ll get a handful of great tracks to choose from. One of my favourites, maybe because it was the first of the bunch I’d heard, is the retro synth-pop bop Young and In Love. Everything about this song just grabbed me from the start. It was just an instant click for me when I heard it on Y57 on 100.5fm Coop Radio. And even though Biawanna continues to put out great songs, I always come back to this one. That chorus always hooks me. It might be the first time I’ve ever listened to someone and thought, This person is gonna be famous one day. You might as well start listening to her now, because she’s killing it. And that’s one of the most satisfying things about being a music fan: getting to join someone on their artistic journey. She’s still at the start of hers and I have absolutely no doubt that it’s just gonna get better at every turn. So, now is the time to get on board.

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My name is Francis Baptiste. I'm an Indigenous singer/songwriter in Vancouver, BC, an avid supporter of the Vancouver music scene, a contributing writer to Citrus Magazine, Permanent Rain Press, Music Existence, City Soundcheck, and the leader of the band Bird Parade. I'm also a recovering alcoholic and a divorced single father. Music and writing help me combat depression and relapse. For me, creativity, productivity, and community are essential to healing. There's so much incredible music in this city. You can learn more about the music I make on this page. I think it's good to be open about what you're dealing with, so below are some funny pictures of me from the last time I relapsed. It's important to find humour in dark times.

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