The vibrancy of the Kensington Market neighbourhood is the creative backdrop behind new Toronto artist, Langston Francis. Pulling inspiration from all of the multifaceted music and cultures this community has to offer, Langston grew up in a world of hip hop, electronica and jazz, vintage boutiques and art spaces – all influences that have helped shape his creativity: “I feel expression shows itself in all aspects of art, and even music is a very visual experience.”

Langston’s artistic drive propelled him to learn multiple instruments (including guitar and piano) and while he’s a skilled performer, it’s in the studio where Langston feels most at home. He honed his distinct voice and prolific songwriting there, playing with pitches and chord progressions at whim, and creating his unique aural footprint.

Taking inspiration from all aspects of the art world, Langston can often be found with a camera in hand creating and expressing his artistic vision through film. “What I do with the camera connects with what I do with my mic,” he says, “I want to capture all the cool stuff that people aren’t seeing or hearing and put it into a song or an image.”

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