Rising star, Juno-nominated and two-time Western Canadian music award nominee, recording artist Rian Peters, better known by his stage name IAMTHELIVING, hails from London, United Kingdom but now calls Vancouver his home. His musical background boasts a wealth of diverse experience, a distinct voice that stands alone, and the ability to create music that speaks volumes. Rians’ strength lies in his art; singer, songwriter, music producer, visionary, and all-round performer, his stage presence and creative drive echo many great artists who have come before him. Rian has toured and performed with the likes of Estelle, Ceelo Green and opened for Lauryn Hill at the Montreux Jazz Festival. He has recorded and done song-writing with Grammy and Juno award-winning producers such as Chin Injeti and Alex Da Kid. Rian’s debut EP ‘In This Thing Called Life’ was recognized by the JUNO awards with a 2021 nomination in the “Traditional R&B/Soul Recording of the Year” category and in 2020 he was nominated for ‘R&B Artist of the Year” at the Western Canadian Music Awards. Since the EP’s release, Rian has gone on to sold out shows, songs playlisted on CBC Radio, interviews and performances on national TV shows such as CTV in the Morning, Breakfast Television Toronto, The Marilyn Denis Show, E-Talk, and being featured in SOFAR “Best Of,” CBC The Intro, and the 2021 JUNO Awards Pre-show on CBC. In 2020, Peters and Vancouver rapper Teon Gibbs released the singles "Puppa" and "Between the Groove", as previews to their collaborative EP released to critical acclaim, JNGL (2021). IAMTHELIVING has 1,900,000 streams across social media platforms. IAMTHELIVING brings is bringing his high energy 7-piece band to our Festival Stage.
“ . . . distinct voice that stands alone and the ability to create music that speaks volumes.” JUNO Awards