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Aquakultre at the 2019 Dawson City Music Festival


Halifax, NS

“It’s all about being unique and standing out from the crowd. As soon as we first heard Aquakultre and the combination of hip-hop, acoustic guitar, and his soulful voice, we knew it was something special.”

-Allan Reid, President and CEO, CARAS/the Juno Awards and MusiCounts

“In the early stages of a full and startling blossom, Aquakultre is Halifax’s most exciting young voice”

-Duane Johnson, Art Pays Me

Aquakultre began as the solo project of Lance Sampson and has evolved into a full band with diverse musical backgrounds. Nick Dourado (Budi Band), Jeremy Costello (Special Costello), and Nathan Doucet joined Lance to build Aquakultre into a powerhouse of sound.

Lance was inspired to take music seriously following his release from federal prison at the age of 20. While incarcerated, he took advantage of a guitar rental service and with the help of fellow inmates, taught himself how to play, and used music as a means of reflection. His track Sure was written while in prison and marked a transition from his previous musical endeavour, Lex, a hardcore emcee.  Sure is the song that brought home the 2018 CBC Searchlight win.

Now, Aquakulture self-describes his music as “aquavibe” – a sound that is as smooth as it is infectious. Duane Jones of Art Pays Me describes Aquakultre as having a “prenatural gift for individuation and inspiration” and describes his music as touching on “nu-blues, R&B, and spacious neo-soul.”



2018 CBC Searchlight Winner interview and performance

Allan Slaight Juno Masterclass 2018/2019