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About ARYA

Toronto, Canada



Toronto Independent Music Award
Best Metal 2007

Factor Grant
Demo and press-kit award

Paragon X-Posure competition 2007 winners
$10,000 recording contac

Great Canadian Band Challenge 2007
Top 5 out of 500 bands Nationwid

2008 Toronto Independent Music Award
Selected to play 2008 TIMA awards ceremony and "Best Live" showcas

22 awards in 2007
Including best track, vocalist, bass, guitars and beats

SUN TV Canoelive promotional spots

Songs featured on Canadian Football League website, 102.1 The Edge Indie Hour and CIUT

Benefit concert
Organized "Rocking the Foundaton" fundraiser for Heart and Stroke Foundation

Musical volunteering
Habitat for Humanity, African Medical Research Foundation and Sick Children’s Hospital


ARYA (ah.ree.yah; Sanskrit) : A being who has realised ultimate reality directly and non-conceptually; (Nigerian) Enjoyment; (East African) Role model.

With an explosive combination of heavy, aggressive and melodic music, ARYA has distinguished themselves in the Toronto music scene with a signature sound that fuses two seemingly volatile elements - metal and melody. Ashley Curtis (vocals), Lucas Di Monte (guitar), Ryan Merrigan (bass) and Sean Hillman (drums) all draw from their diverse backgrounds and inspirations to create music that is intense, addictive, and unmistakably unique.

In their two years together as a band, ARYA has accomplished much within the Toronto music scene. Their energetic live performances and debut EP, produced by multiple-award winning producer/songwriter Justin Gray (Joss Stone, Sugar Jones), have brought them multiple awards and opportunities to record and continue to play before ever-larger audiences.

ARYA’s dynamic live show and industry accolades have created a buzz with both audiences and musicians alike, making them a much sought-after group by venues, promoters and fellow bands. They are currently seeking representation and have major and indie label interviews pending. ARYA has just finished mixing and mastering their follow-up EP “Honey Comb”, set to be released in April 2008. They are also preparing material for a full-length album, along with building a new web page, creating merchandise and compiling live footage for release in the spring of 2008.


“The night we played together, I became a fan.”
-Vaughn Lal (bassist, Brown Brigade

“I thought the band sounded completely original. I couldn’t really find any comparisons, anything that really struck me as a band that they are trying to sound like or copy. The singer can really sing… I thought she has a great voice, the band is great…they can play.
-Neil Kushner (Mediabase, Director; Canadian Label Sales

“…droning power-chords and nice high vocals. I think this band has potential.”
- Jeff Levine (Sr. National Account Manager, National Sales and Marketing, Corus Entertainment, Deep Sky)

“Nice drummer, nice guitar player. Really nice grooves, locked up nice… The girl can sing.
- Vito Rezza, Veteran Musician, 5 after

“I’m a huge fan of metal, and a huge fan of prog-rock, so the influences are great... Overall performance was great. Love the performers!..
- RJ Guha (Director, Artist Management, The Management Trust; Co-founder Kindling Music

“I like the song. I liked her voice, I thought she did a great job. Definitely a contender.
- Erik Hodgson (Marekting Manager, Aquarius Records, DKD Entertainment Group

“They can obviously play.
- Tony Tarleton (Director, Associated Labels; EMI Music Canada)


ARYA demo (2006, unreleased

ARYA debut EP (2007)
Back For More
Drama Queen
What You Ask Fo

ARYA "Honeycomb" EP (2008)
The Beas

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