Kwiat (kwai·uht) is a classically trained Métis and Polish avant-pop artist bringing a fresh theatrical sound to the Canadian music scene. With sophisticated vocals and elaborate piano melodies, the Winnipeg-based songstress captivates audiences through raw, intimate, and dramatic performances with each song blossoming into its own lush and distinct sound, while drawing inspiration from notable artists such as Regina Spektor, Rufus Wainwright, and Fiona Apple.
In January 2020 Kwiat participated in the inaugural and competitively-juried Equity X Production Program led by the SOCAN Foundation, a program designed to empower women and gender minority music producers. After the pandemic hit, Kwiat decided to continue developing her skills as an artist, songwriter and producer in preparation for releasing her debut EP and took part in Canada Music Incubator’s AE West Program and the Women in Music and She Is The Music Emerging Talent Writing Camp.
Kwiat dedicates her time to building up other artists through a plethora of other endeavors. She is the creator and host of Songsmiths, formally the Western Canada Music Awards-nominated program Winnipeg Music Project, and in 2022 re-ignites the weekly case study series to spotlight Canada’s songwriters. Under Songsmiths, she also facilitates monthly virtual songwriting development and networking camp opportunities for emerging artists. Kwiat has worked at Manitoba Music, a non-profit music industry association, since 2018 and currently holds the role as the interim Indigenous Music Program Coordinator, creating professional development and export opportunities for Indigenous artists across Manitoba and Canada. In recent years, Kwiat has joined the juries for Polaris Music Prize, Prism Music Prize, FACTOR, Manitoba Arts Council, and the Western Canada Music Awards. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Classical Piano from the University of Manitoba and is currently on the 101.5 UMFM Radio and Rainbow Trout Music Festival Board of Directors.
Kwiat plans to make her official debut in the Fall of 2022.