Francis Arevalo is a Filipino emcee, artist and producer born and raised in Vancouver BC, on the unceded, ancestral, and occupied, traditional lands of the Coast Salish peoples specifically the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. He is fulfilled by community building, and cultivating creativity. He released two EPs in 2018 “Heatcheck” in February and “Home, Grown Pt. 1” in August. His music has been described as coming from “the feeling that he’s found and embraced a truth deep within himself, that he sees the world not through rose-coloured glasses, but in shades of optimism, hope, and beauty” (DOMINIONATED, September 2018). He is known for his personal storytelling, honest lyrics, energetic performances, and uplifting energy. He is one-half of the musical duo Roya & Francis.
He is also a passionate mental health advocate whose journey battling bi-polar disorder through music was the subject of a 2017 Vancouver Asian Film Fest award-winning documentary “The Lion”; for this, he was named one of the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health Top 150 Canadian mental health advocates of 2018.
His latest release Home, Grown (Remix) is the sound of acknowledging, celebrating and challenging the effort, work, spirit, roles and responsibilities of artists and their art. It is the sound of honouring growth, trusting oneself, and walking the path one needs to. It is the sound of stepping into, standing firm in, and learning about one’s truth.