credit: Ryan Faist


The best pop music is a deep dive into contrasts: joy and sorrow, pleasure and pain, midnight and morning. But sleight of hand is essential, so that those depths are masked by a deceptively sparkling surface. That duality is what makes pop timeless, beguiling. And it’s the very essence of CARYS’s hotly anticipated major label debut EP, To Anyone Like Me.

CARYS’s music is already a study in juxtapositions. Her smash single “Princesses Don’t Cry” racked up an astonishing 170 million-plus spins fuelled by an incredible viral run of user generated content on TikTok since 2019, granting the Toronto-based singer/songwriter worldwide and very mainstream exposure for a song boldly shattering… wait for it… stale feminine myths about internalizing pain and bravely smiling through tears.

Yet ask CARYS — a.k.a. Aviva Mongillo, also an acclaimed actor with marquee roles in small-screen gems like Workin’ Moms — to sum up the dazzling, exquisitely produced, and multilayered To Anyone Like Me in an elevator pitch, and she doesn’t miss a beat. “It sounds like candy,” she says, “and it feels like love.”

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