Confidence, Empowerment, and Empathy – keywords that encompass Victoria Canal’s mission to inspire people to embrace being their authentic selves.
With her playful and passionate spirit, soulful vocals and genuine songwriting style, 20-year-old Canal has easily cradled some of the biggest stages in the U.S. in her hand, including Red Rocks Amphitheater, the Apollo, the Kennedy Center, and more. As an independent artist with 100+ national shows under her belt in 2018, Canal has garnered millions of plays across streaming platforms on her debut EP Into The Pull and has this year alone opened for Emily King, Mac Ayres, Lawrence, and Michael Franti & Spearhead, with whom she is currently promoting an anti-gun violence anthem called “The Flower” (if you’re looking for a healing tear-jerker, we highly recommend.)
What’s most impressive about Canal is that she’s not confined to just gracing the stage. She is also highly respected as a versatile songwriter, producer, diverse model, humanitarian, and speaker who has shaped her own fate – while remaining unsigned. Thanks to her own persistence (and her mother’s encouragement and help), Victoria was able to find her way to being an artist full-time. To this day, she tours the world as an entirely independent artist.
Being born with one arm as a result of Amniotic Band Syndrome has informed her life and music, too. By having daily challenges to overcome as a human being and musician, Canal holds on to her humanity and has made it her mission to help people understand that everyone is born differently, whether those differences are seen or not. You’re no less than anyone, regardless of how different you may feel. “Since everyone deals with their own battles, it should be humanity’s mission to find acceptance and openness in themselves and in each other. To embrace our differences is to know our greatest strengths.”
Embracing this way of thought has brought the world of Diversity, Inclusion, & Belonging to Canal’s attention. Over the past year, she has had the pleasure of promoting diversity in the corporate world, working both internally and commercially with companies including Toyota, Mastercard, TED, Powershift, Business Insider, and Angel City Sports, to name a few. “It’s a truly humbling experience to be introduced to the spirit so many corporations have to foster a safe and all-inclusive environment for their employees and customers,” says Canal. She is excited to be a part of the progress in representation, and speak on behalf of differently-abled people, women, Latino/a’s, and youth.Comfortable and real, Victoria graces the stage as a poised, charming, and enjoyably awkward human being, unafraid of vulnerability and fiercely open to connecting with those around her. Often compared to Alicia Keys and Tori Kelly, or called a female Allen Stone, Victoria Canal’s journey is just beginning – and will continue to spread light and messages of self-love as she figures it out just like the rest of us.