Canada is the new hot place at the moment, and I don’t mean because of the weather. It seems to be producing a plethora of quality artists. Oh Susanna, Kathleen Edwards, the Be Good Tanyas, Vanessa Carlton, the list goes on….Canadian singer/songwriter Kate Rogers used to be the vocalist with Aim and her vocals were heard on dance duo Rae & Christian’s ‘Not Just Anybody’. However, she’s now emerging as a solo artist: ‘I’ve found my roots,” she told me last week after her impressive showcase at the tiny Arts Cafe in Aldgate. Kate was doing unplugged versions of tracks from her forthcoming album St Eustacia. ‘Not Ten Years Ago’ shows the warmth in her voice and her considerable talent as a songwriter. She’s like a younger Nathalie Merchant. ‘The Apology’ is the kind of song Dido would write if she wasn’t permanently stuck in coffee table mode and ‘Nothing Appeals To Me Here’ is an extraordinarily atmospheric, gothic folk opus. Kate’s influenced by the likes of the aforementioned Be Good Tanyas, Gillian Welch and Nina Simone. She has that depth of emotion that Beth Orton possesses and songs that rival the best of Kristin Hersh. She’s only done a handful of gigs as a solo artist but already is a mesmerising performer. Full band shows are promised for next year.