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Christian Bridges

Christian Bridges was born on October 15th, 1988, to single mother Tracey Bridges in Etobicoke, Ontario, and is the eldest of six children. Due to complex and intersecting challenges at home, Bridges was made a Crown Ward by the Toronto Children’s Aid Society and grew up in a diverse range of foster family settings across the province. At the age of sixteen, Bridges was legally adopted by Holly Sedgrick and the Nozuka family, officially becoming a seventh sibling to his best friends Justin and Philip. Soon after, he joined them at the Etobicoke School of the Arts studying as a visual artist, and later went on to pursue illustration at Sheridan College.

In the summer of 2008, Bridges accompanied Justin Nozuka on a three-month tour of 28 American cities designing promotional merchandise. It was after that tour that Bridges decided to take music seriously, forming a band Down By Riverside alongside brother Henry Nozuka and releasing an EP "From the Ground Up." Down by Riverside maintained a vibrant presence not only at local music venues, but among charities, women’s shelters, yoga studios, and the Occupy Toronto movement, as well as performing shows in Ontario, the U.S. and Japan. Bridges since co-wrote Justin’s No. 1 single, “Heartless,” winning both brothers a Number 1 SOCAN award and a chart-topping hit in France.

Christian will be releasing his debut EP, From Within, on June 18th with a live music celebration at Toronto’s Lula Lounge. Produced by Thomas McKay, ex of chart-topping rock band Joydrop,this project was recorded old-school, live-off-the-floor to reel-to-reel tape over two days at the otherwise state-of-the-art Revolution Recording.

Through creative expression, Bridges found a sort of inner freedom he’s since continued to pursue, and strived to perpetuate, as a spiritually uplifting singer-songwriter in the Toronto arts scene merging musicianship with social activism. “I want to be real and organic giving a place of comfort openness and happiness through my music,” says Christian. “Music saved my life so I feel like I owe it to myself and owe it to other people to keep it real.”

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