If your knowledge of Toronto R&B starts and finishes with The Weeknd, you're missing out on some of the city's most exciting music. Artists like VAL are working on the fringes of R&B, incorporating wide-ranging influences with intriguing results, as on "Unusual." The production is part jangly indie-pop, part modern R&B, while VAL channels a little bit of Michael Jackson in the exuberant delivery of the song's hook.

    VAL hasn't dropped anything on his SoundCloud in a couple of months, but maybe that's a sign he's hard at work and there are big things on the way.