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"Aquakultre has a unique sound and an interesting story of overcoming adversity through music.”
- Allan Reid, President & CEO CARAS
"Aquakultre's presence on stage is vibrant, dynamic, and incredibly authentic."
- Allegra Swanson, Events Manager JUNO Awards
Lance Sampson, aka Aquakultre (lyricist; vocals; guitar): an uncommonly versatile singer, rapper, composer, bandleader and storyteller. He is a Polaris Prize-nominated, and Prism Prize-winning artist who came to national prominence in 2018 when he won CBC’s Searchlight competition with a recording of his song “Sure”, which he wrote while teaching himself to play guitar while serving a prison sentence at Springhill Institution in Nova Scotia. Lance traces roots through his childhood home in Halifax’s Uniacke Square community to his ancestors in Africville, through the United States and ultimately to Nigeria; His music and lyrics are a poignant reflection of this truth, the story of his personal evolution, and his place in community as an African-Nova Scotian. Aquakultre stands for equality, peace and unity, while standing with those without a voice in their communities.
2017 Best New Artist / Band
2018 CBC Searchlight competition
Finished the 2018 JUNO Masterclass.
2020 Polaris Long-List Nominee
2021 Music Nova Scotia Awards Winner