Alex Whorms is a piano-pop artist and winner of the 2019 Hamilton Arts Award for Emerging Artist in Music. Frequently compared to Sara Bareilles and Carole King, she writes catchy, memorable tunes inspired by her life experiences as a young Canadian artist. She performs as a soloist and also fronts her own band.
Whorms' latest single, "Sunset", debuted on CBC Radio One's "In The Key of C" radio show and was praised for "real, honest purity" in the CBC article "3 new Ontario songs you need to hear this week" (March 2, 2019).
This follows the success of her 2017 "Our Lives" EP, which charted on North American community radio shows including 93.3 FM CFMU Top 20 [“Jones”, “People In Love”, “Naturally”], I Heart Hamilton Top 5 [“Jones”], and 93.1 FM WRUW (Cleveland) ["Jones"].
2019 has proven to be an exciting year for Alex Whorms - along with receiving a Hamilton Arts Award, she was selected to complete Canada's Music Incubator's Artist Entrepreneur training program and will release her sophomore EP in the fall.
Whorms has performed over 100 concerts since 2017, including a sold out showcase at Canadian Music Week 2019, two tour stops in New York City and a career highlight as an opening act for Tom Cochrane at Hamilton's 2018 Festival of Friends.
Many of Whorms’ songs show off her background in classical music with soaring string arrangements and complex piano parts; others, like her most-streamed single, “Jones”, show a distinct indie rock influence. Whorms remarks “My introspective approach to storytelling is consistent across my body of work. And the subjects I write about – like love, society, and the media – are resonant and relatable to many listeners.”
“Alex’s organic approach to music…is hugely refreshing” – Amy King, Recording Engineer at Grant Avenue Studio
“[Alex’s] band impressed us with their smooth sounds ... Their song “Jones” in particular caught my attention” – Kristen Archer, I Heart Hamilton
When she is not writing and recording pop music, Whorms, who holds a Grade 10 Piano Certificate [First Class Honours with Distinction] from the Royal Conservatory of Music, enjoys composing film soundtracks and teaching piano and singing lessons in the Hamilton and Durham Region areas.