August 27, 2023

What Are Friends For



What are Friends for

Photo courtesy of the artist


Toronto artist and singer-songwriter Chynna Lewis is joined by producer/guitarist Tom Hanley for their first TAIWANfest Performance. The acoustic duo will be performing a set of Lewis’s originals from her EP ‘What are Friends For’, released just last year along with new material which will be featured on her debut full-length record.

About Chynna Lewis

Chynna Lewis is a Pop/R&B singer-songwriter based in Toronto. Her music deftly weaves R&B, soulful vocals, and folk into classic pop songwriting, creating a dreamy, modern, and genre-blurring sound. Her unique style can be found in her most recent self-produced EP “What Are Friends For”. As of late, the EP was spotlighted on CBC Radio One, Exclaim!, as well as a number of major International Spotify Playlists. 

As a vocalist, Lewis has supported international and local artists such as Ed Sheeran, Jessie Reyez, Charlotte Day Wilson and Jully Black, and has appeared on world-renowned stages such as the Late Late Show with James Corden, The Budweiser Stage, Scotiabank Arena, and Toronto Jazz Festival. Recently she opened the Toronto Raptors’ NBA Game by leading both the Canadian and American National Anthems on home court.

Since moving to Canada from Taiwan at the age of eleven, her journey as a young immigrant navigating a culturally in-between identity and finding an unlikely place in the arts is what inspired her to begin writing her own songs on the family piano. These creative instincts eventually led her to her career in music.

Lewis is an alumnus of the Humber College Contemporary Jazz Vocal program, where she studied with Canadian music icons Larnell Lewis and Rik Emmett.

Striving to be a contributor to the representation of Asian artists in the music industry, Lewis is overjoyed to be sharing her first EP with the world. Currently, she is working on her sophomore full-length album, which is set to be released in 2024.

Dates & Times

August 27
2:30pm – 3:30pm


Stage in the Park

235 Queens Quay West
Toronto, ON