JULY 17-19, 2020


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