Talwst is a Canadian dance rock musician, originally from Sherwood Park, Alberta, now based in Toronto. He was previously signed to Finger Lickin' Records. In the late 1990s he was a member of the Edmonton group The Hi-Phoniqs, a soul-oriented band. He left the city and the band in 2002 and moved to Vancouver to develop a solo career, and also worked as a club MC. In 2003, he won a CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award at NewMusicWest. He also founded the group Vendetta Republic. In early 2007 he began working with guitarist Mikey Schlosser.