Artist of the Week - Meet Lennie Rayen

Posted by Camille Côté on

Who are you and what do you do?
Hi!! My name is Lennie Rayen & I'm a singer/songwriter!

The Montreal singner songwriter Lennie Rayen

What first got you into music?
I was around 6 years old & I think I saw something like High School Musical playing on TV, I saw them all singing & was like "I wanna do that too". So I started taking piano lessons & from there I've just always been doing music.

What is you main inspiration?
This is hard because I'm inspired by so much, & it's always changing. Currently I'd say I'm inspired by my environment & the people I've been surrounding myself with.

How would you describe the music that you typically create?
I would describe my music as Alternative Indie/Folk or Indie Dream Pop. I'm always experimenting with my sound so it's always changing & I feel like it's hard to fit in any particular box.

Could you tell us more about your recent single?
My most recent single "Like You Do" is a song I wrote about comparing myself to other people all the time, I do it so often that it literally consumes me. With how I wrote it, it could also sound like a breakup song, which I love - the idea of people interpreting it for themselves.

Any further project you want to share with us?
Right now, I'm writing & recording a lot of new music, I'm looking to put out another single sometime this year, & perhaps an EP next year!

Lennie Rayen playing guitar is our artist of the week

The artist Lennie Rayen for Croppedhat

Do you wear hats and how do you think fashion and music are related?
Yes! I've always loved fashion & I think incorporating fashion into music can really help set the tone for how the music may or may not sound.


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Artist of the Week - Meet Madelline

Posted by Mélina Tremblay on

Who are you and what do you do?
Hi!! My name is Madelline and I’m a singer, songwriter, producer, actor, music video producer and director!

What first got you into music?
I grew up doing choir and school band. I was also a total musical theatre kid. Growing up, my parents always had great classics playing in the house. 


Montreal musician Madelline trying on sunglasses in a red lighting with a blacn bralette and mom jeans


How would you describe the music that you typically create?
I would describe my music as having influences of pop and rap but ultimately genre less. I’m not confined by sticking in a certain sound, experimenting is what keeps me passionate.

If you could go open a show for any artist, who would it be?
Charli XCX because i think her fans would appreciate my music.


Madelline singer artist with red hair standing on a motel bed with a floral dress


What is the best advice you’ve been given?
Act confident and people will believe in you.

What’s next for you?
I’m currently dropping the rest of my debut EP “NOISE COMPLAINT” along with a short film encompassing the last two songs on it. Afterwards, I’m heading to the US to finish recording another project and creating new visuals.



Madelline montreal artist wearing bunny ears out of a motel window, being rebellious


Pictures taken by: Besty May Smith

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Artist Of The Week - Meet Maia Fadoul

Posted by Mélina Tremblay on

Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Maia Faddoul and I’m an illustrator and designer based in Montreal.

What made you want to make art?

To be honest, I  don’t recall ever not wanting to make art! One of my abuelos was a professional artist in South America, and although I didn’t get to see him a lot growing up, he was always an inspirational figure.

What does your artwork represent to you?

I see my creative work as happy, colourful and bold imagery, in which I often include messages about causes I’m passionate about. My work is kind of a billboard for the things I want to share and amplify in my surroundings.

Can you describe your creative process?

For my illustration work, It always begins with some sketching and research before I jump into digital drawing. I’ll often come back to my pieces and re-work certain bits over a few days - it really is a process!

Is there a real-life situation that inspired you for some of your artwork?

Nature and plants are a huge inspiration of mine and the simple change of seasons in Montreal always inspires me to create and showcase organic beauty. I love digitally designing murals on blank walls I find in my neighbourhood and posting them to my social media.

Talk to us about some important messages (or causes) that passionates you and that you include in your artwork ?

I like to illustrate topics that speak to me, often touching on issues of representation, intersectional feminism and empowerment. I also am committed to donating part of my monthly Etsy proceeds to a different social justice cause on a monthly basis, ranging from Centers for homeless women, indigenous rights organizations, Groups offering legal services to black youth in Canada, anti-asian hate organizations, etc.

What’s next for you?

I’m currently working on some really fun packaging projects with the Collective Arts brewery which I’m excited to see come out on shelves soon.

I’m also working on a second online class for the Skillshare platform,
On the topic of Procreate animation on the iPad - Stay tuned!


Instagram: @maiafadd

Etsy Shop: MaiaFaddoul

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Artist of the Week - Meet Baya

Posted by Mélina Tremblay on

Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Baya and I’m a 19-year-old model, poet and illustrator. Born and raised in Montreal, I learned to compliment my life with art. I like to bring watercolor to life and illustrate feelings through words. Sometimes, I’ll put both of these together to create one piece. I also use ink, acrylics and makeup to accompany some of my work.


What art form do you most identify with ?

It’s hard to answer that as someone that’s pretty multidisciplinary, but I’d say poetry. Although I believe each feeling and concept has its own preferable medium, poetry allows me to describe anything I want. From visuals to more complex ideas, the possibilities are kind of endless when I’m writing. I also feel more connected to poetry since it was the first way I was introduced to art in my life. I started pretty young, at a point where I didn’t even know that what I was writing was even called poetry. It’s safe to say that I’ve got a soft spot for it.


Where do you find your inspiration ?

I’d say that there are 3 major sources of inspiration for my work. The first one, as cliché as it sounds, would be personal situations. I like to go through my own feelings and peel each layer to extract every perspective. This also applies to other people’s feelings that I can come across. The second one is kind of odd, but it’s actually imagery that I see while I'm dreaming. The last one is music. I like to create a playlist for every piece I’m working on. Feelings aren’t so tangible, so using sounds and textures that you can find in music as inspiration helps alot with illustrating these concepts.

Sweet Coffee Thoughts

What's the best piece of advice you've ever received ?

To enjoy the process as much as the result ! This can apply to art, but also anything else we build in life. I think it’s a good reminder to sometimes slow things down. It’s important to take our journey at our own most suitable pace.

What inspires you the most to create ?

Since I take a lot from surrealism and symbolism, the idea that I can alter reality through my art and even confuse whoever is seeing my pieces is quite fun to me. I like to think that what I create will push some people into contemplation. It’s that interactive nature of art that inspires me to create as much as I do.

Picture taken by Hamza Abouelouafaa

Instagram : @kleophie

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Karaba x Croppedhat's Playlist

Posted by Mélina Tremblay on

Hey beautiful souls!

Summer is there and we want to dance and sing with you!

Karaba and Camille decided to put together a playlist for you to enjoy, based on their last drop. Pour yourself a glass of wine, and go through these amazing throwbacks with us!

1. I'm Coming Out - Diana Ross

2. Proud Mary - Tina Turner

3. (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman - Aretha Franklin

4. At Last - Etta James

5. I Wish I Knew (How It Would Feel To Be Free) - Nina Simone

6. Doo-Wop (That Thing) - Lauryn Hill

7. Together Again - Janet Jackson

8. Black Hand Side - Queen Latifah

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