Ceréna (she/her) is a JUNO nominated experimental dance-pop artist from Toronto (Tkaronto), Ontario Canada. A seasoned performer since the age of six, much of her early career was spent pretending to be someone she is not. Opting for independence and the freedom of self-expression, Ceréna began to explore and find herself in Queer club culture finding inspiration in artists like the late SOPHIE and the Ballroom dance scene.
Now living as her authentic self, Ceréna released their primarily self-produced debut album resurrection (2021) and landed a 2022 JUNO nomination for Dance Recording of the Year less than a year after her debut. The album features the nominated hit “see”, “hearts on fire” and “gender euphoria” and serves to be a reclamation of herself, elaborating on favoured themes of freedom, community, love and unity.
“I bare my soul in resurrection and feel very exposed. It took a lot of energy to create this album and I wanted to give up many times. The current artistic landscape creates an environment that feeds my inner saboteur, triggering destructive emotions and I often fall into the trap of comparing myself to others. The complexity of my existence is in this album. It’s how I dealt with the turmoil, the joy, and the hope. I dream of a brighter future for all of us and this is me manifesting that for myself/ourselves.”
resurrection features collaborations with producers Kyaal Lund and Himera. Ceréna also pays tribute to her Latinx heritage with tracks like “pa’fuera”, “cielito lindo”, and the “SSS” interlude, pushing conventional pop to new boundaries.
Her debut album launched off the platform and community she co-founded via Club Quarantine (2020), a digital dance party that began in response to Covid-19 preventative measures. Club Q has seen coverage in Paper Magazine, The Cut, TIME, The New York Times, Vice and more and consistently supports and uplifts QTBIPOC artists.
“I’m gayer because of Club Q and I’m not afraid to experiment. Club Q showed me the power of community.” The party has hosted the likes of Lady Gaga, Tinashe, Kim Petras, Laverne Cox, Tove Lo and others.
Beyond her thrilling vocal chops, Ceréna often flexes her dance skills during performances, and music videos. She found refuge in the Ballroom community when they became member of the Kiki House of Siriano. When she’s not making music or dancing, you may have caught her on screen in Season 1 of CBC’s “Sort Of” (2021).
Ceréna is an artist that is passionate about being vocal and utilizes her platform to support marginalized folx. A trailblazing artist, Ceréna strives for inclusivity in all aspects of her career, with dreams of creating a brighter future for QTBIPOC artists in this digital age.