Alexandra Babiak
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Alexandra Babiak

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2015 | SELF | AFTRA

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | SELF | AFTRA
Established on Jan, 2015
Band Folk Singer/Songwriter

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"5 minutes with Alexandra Babiak"

Name: Alexandra Babiak

Genre: Folk

Founded: 2013

# of Albums: one EP and one album (as of January 2019)

Latest Release: My debut single “Crazy For You” was released on December 7th. - Toronto Guardian


"PREMIERE [LISTEN] OSYPA-EVERY WINTER"

Premiering here on Ride the Tempo, we have a gorgeous slowburner from Toronto singer-songwriter Osypa. “Every Winter” will chill you on this hot day, recognizing the positives in every situation. Find the song on her upcoming EP Luna out August 25th. She’s doing an EP release on August 27th at Handlebar. More info available on Facebook. - Ride The Tempo


"Sounds: Alexandra Babiak // Crazy for You"

Alexandra is somewhere between indie and folk, that perfect combination of new angst and ancient nostalgia. She sounds like if you unplugged the Cranberries, a delicately cultivated and simultaneously effortless female voice. Just like that old lover you look back on with fondness, without any regrets with your current life and love. - Left Blank Mag


"15 Minutes with Osypa"

Her latest video, “Every Winter“ (directed by Heather Rappard), is a recollection of her family trips down to Florida. “We would drive twenty-two hours in the car, my brother and I arguing the whole time and punching each other,” notes OSYPA. “But somehow my mum always managed to make us feel good about our downfalls; always putting a positive spin on things. I miss that.”

We caught up with OSYPA this week.


Photo: Kate Killet

SDTC: What should we be paying more attention to?

O: Listening to one another, especially people who’ve had it tough; just give people a chance to tell their story. Put down your phone and have a conversation.

What was the last Netflix series you binged on?

Ozark.

One new thing you learned this year?

I’m learning to speak Spanish.

What inspires your latest EP?

Loss and grief encapsulate two of the songs on the EP. I lost my mum four years ago and these songs are a snapshot of my feelings afterwards. The other song is about the anxiety you feel falling in love with someone, not knowing what the outcome will be (we never really know), as well as knowing that life is a cycle of gains and losses; fearing the inevitability of endings, but pursuing relationships anyway.

What book/song/lyric/etc is resonating with you right now?

Phoebe Bridgers’s song “Motion Sickness” is really speaking to me right now. The lyrics just seem to match what’s going on with me perfectly.

Describe the funniest thing you’ve experienced in recent memory.

I work at a nursing home, and during dinner a man asked if I would cut his fingernails with a pair of scissors.

Best advice you’ve been given?

Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end. (Pretty sure this is John Lennon, but my mum used to say it ALL the time.)


Photo: Kate Killet

What is the best part of being your current age?

Being twenty-six is confusing, because I don’t really feel like a fully formed individual, and everything is changing. It feels good to be able to let go of people and experiences that no longer feel good to me, and let go without feeling guilty about it.

What word or phrase should we use more often?

No, thank you.

What’s on your night stand?

Stress-release spray from Saje (for sleep), ear plugs, and my e-reader. I can’t fall asleep without reading a book first.

What one item would you be lost without (besides your phone)?

Technically two items but my agenda and my meds.

What do you love most about humanity?

Almost everybody dances/taps their foot when they hear music. This is a small thing, but music really unites people and there is always at least one song that makes a person smile/brings back a memory.


Photo: Kate Killet

What trends are you loving right now?

Doggo Lingo and wide-legged jeans/pants.

Who was your celebrity crush when you were a kid?

Simba from The Lion King.

Describe your ideal Saturday.

Waking up late, having a big cup of coffee, doing a crossword puzzle. I dog-sit a lot, so going to the leash-free in High Park with whichever dog I’m taking care of, and listening to a true crime podcast. Then making dinner at home with friends and drinking margaritas.



OSYPA is releasing her debut EP this weekend at Handlebar (159 Augusta). Get deets here. You can also purchase her debut album, Luna, here - She Does The City


"The Night Shift Life Broadcast SJRU 1280am April 12th, 2018"

On this episode of the Night Shift, I chatted with the outstanding Osypa, who released an excellent collection of soulful, melancholic dream folk on 2017 EP 'Luna' and so, we talked about stretching her inhibitions amongst the energy of Muskoka on her upcoming new album, crossing the divide between Kacey Musgraves and Dolly Parton, , connecting with the majestic Mikhailo Babiak over Jeff Buckley and Elliot Smith, progressing with the positive politics of Laura Jane Grace, getting the ball rolling with Ocassip and June Collective & the Free Times Cafe, pondering whether it is possible to not be obsessed 'Blue', the unrelenting loving vibrations of Israel Kamakawiwoʻole & OTHER TALES FROM A GREAT SONGWRITER WITH A WONDERFUL IMAGINATION! - Luca Capone


"Spill Magazine Album Premier: Alexandra Babiak Impatiens"

Alexandra Babiak’s Impatiens is a wistful, stoic, delicate and gorgeous offering. The nine tracks on this album are vulnerable, honest and soothingly melancholy. Alexandra’s work is a reflective act; she wrote many of the songs after the sudden death of her mother. Her musical narratives explore caves of loss and grief with rare openness.

Recorded at Headless Duck Studio in Huntsville, Ontario, Alexandra Babiak and James Gray co-produced Impatiens in a moment of intentional courage – ready to release these songs and step into a new chapter. - Spill Magazine


"BlogTO"

The day we visit, it’s the sounds of Alexandra Babiak filling the space, like an angelic voice calling out from an oddly hellish, yet very Toronto, hole in the ground, and everyone gathers like moths to a flickering flame. -


Discography

Impatiens, January 18th, 2019
Luna EP, August 27th, 2017

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Bio

Music has been a part of Alexandra's life ever since she started playing violin as a four-year-old in Toronto. As a teenager she was already an old soul; falling for the power of greats like Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, and Ella Fitzgerald. You can sense these influences in the heart wrenching arc of her voice as it haunts the spaces between analog soundscapes. In live performances her brother joins her onstage playing the french horn. Alexandra's cinematic, invitational narrative melodies creep under your skin- whispering lyrics that are endlessly relatable. 


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