Erika Lamon is a bilingual singer-songwriter out of Kingston, Ontario. Starting out playing classical piano since she was 4, she got hooked on writing music for wider contemporary audiences in her early teens. It was during her transition into pop that she submitted her first instrumental composition in the Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association (ORMTA), receiving an honourable mention for the piece. Looking to expand beyond her hometown of Brockville, she studied abroad for a year in England, returning to Canada to finish her Bachelor’s Degree at Queen’s University in Kingston.
She threw herself into the music world by participating in the franco-ontarien music competition Ontario Pop 2013 (now Rond-Point). In 2014, she was 1 of 7 candidates retained for JAM 3, which aired as a series in September on TFO. The televisual adventure followed the candidates’ experiences during the week leading up to their performance at les FrancoFolies de Montréal, the biggest francophone music festival in North America. She also started the process of recording an EP.
In 2016, she released her first single from the EP, “Strangers Know”, a soulful pop song infused with influences such as Dido and Jewel. She has also been performing in her francophone indie-folk band, Les Soliloques. Now calling Kingston her home, she has been the host of the Musiikki Café’s wildly successful open mic every Tuesday night.
With an EP scheduled for release in autumn, 2017 is shaping up to be exciting.