Canada is known as an R&B powerhouse and a l l i e is one of the artists who is shaping the sound of the genre in our country with her bluesy, feminine sonic brand. Every detail of her debut album, Nightshade was meticulously crafted, from the production—courtesy of a truly powerhouse team including River Tiber, The Kount, 2nd Son, Harrison and Birthday Boy—to the songwriting to the art direction. Nightshade evokes the soulful R&B from days of yore while still staying contemporary, and we have a suspicion that the albums ability to transcend eras will make it one of a l l i e's career-defining projects that will be around for years to come. a l l i e capped off her 2017 with two stellar performances—one at the Red Bull Sound Select #3DaysinTO and another at a solo show at Adelaide Hall in Toronto—and we're hoping for more chances to catch this goddess live in the new year.