SYML’s music has a sacred quality. Themes tap into the instincts that drive us to places of sanctuary, whether that be a place or person. “It comes back to your identity of being human; throughout time we’ve shared the same drive,” he explains. His own upbringing – interwoven with experiences of abandonment, adoption, loss, grief and love – is what drives him to question how connections between people shape us as individuals.
“We have this awesome capability to be conscious and know what it is to be here”. This outlook helped him process the death of his adoptive father in 2021, as well as be there for his friends and family. It transpired in his haunting, grief-stricken EP ’DIM’, written and released during that year.
Having supported Dermot Kennedy on his most recent US tour, in late 2021 SYML embarked on an extensive US and European headline tour taking in some of the world’s most beautiful churches in support of his live album Sacred Spaces. From sold out shows at London’s iconic Union Chapel to Paris’s Café de la Danse to Amsterdam’s Het Zonnehuis the tour took him full circle back to where it was all recorded at St. Mark’s Cathedral. Since his inception, SYML has also been amassing a steady and loyal Canadian fanbase. Earlier this year, he performed 3 sold out shows at Vancouver’s Hollywood Theatre, Montreal’s Corona Theatre, and Toronto’s iconic venue, Church of Holy Trinity.