A Look Back: QUSIC - Mariya Stokes

Written on 04/23/2021
Rebellious Unicorns


Mariya Stokes (she/her) grew up in Stavely, Alberta and by eight years old she was sneaking into her parents' small-town bar on Friday afternoons to sing with the local jam band.  She has pursued music ever since with a heavy focus on songwriting. Stokes was named the Country Music Alberta 2019 Female Artist of the Year. Her debut single, "Hands on My Body", was released in February 2019, and is a simple, sexy anthem that blurs the lines between country and pop and was the #1 Most Active Indie at Canadian Radio the week of its release. Her follow-up single, "Christmas, Arizona," was released in November 2019, and will be followed by her third single which will be released October 2nd 2020.

In 2019, Stokes opened for RuPaul's Drag Race superstar Trixie Mattel and Canadian pop sweetheart Jocelyn Alice in Calgary, Alberta. She was selected to work with Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame Inductee Terri Clark at National Music Centre in Calgary, Alberta during her RBC Masters in Residence Program.

Actively involved in charitable endeavors, Mariya is an Artist in Residence for the Women's Centre of Calgary (2020), and has worked with the Calgary Drop-In and Rehab Centre writing original songs, poems, and stories that captured the essence of the community with clients of the organization. The result of the latter project was two albums, released in 2015 ("Shelter From the Storm") and 2016 ("Verses Vs. Homelessness", which features her song "Lucky"). She has also independently created and executed two coat drives for the Drop-In Centre.

QUSIC is a new LGBT2Q+ Artist Music Series, produced by Rebellious Unicorns Production Company Inc., in which all presenting artists must identify under the LGBT2Q+ spectrum. This innovative series celebrates the LGBTQ2+ community, which includes individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and two-spirit as well as a range of other gender and sexual identities. QUSIC will feature solo performers, duos or group acts, provided that the headlining artist identifies as LGBT2Q+.

QUSIC supports the growth and development of the Canadian music industry, highlighting artists who identify as LGBT2Q+. The music series invests in Canadian talent and will help to grow awareness of LGBT2Q+ musical artists, and helping to put money in their pockets so that they may continue to create this essential art form. 

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