“Five Minutes With” Toronto synth-pop musician ZINNIA

ZINNIA is the Toronto-based synth-pop project of Rachael Cardiello. With layered synth and driving beats, ZINNIA brings an explosive range to Cardiello’s writing, equal parts intimate and fierce. ZINNIA’s debut album Sensations in Two Dot is due out in 2019.

Toronto-based synth-pop artist ZINNIA

Recently described as “Kate Bush meets Meatloaf” and first to proclaim a deep love for Bruce Springsteen, Shostakovich and Big Thief, this is ZINNIA.

Name: ZINNIA – aka Rachael Cardiello

Genre: synthpop

Founded: 2019

# of Albums: 1 soon to be released album “Sensations in Two Dot” but Rachael Cardiello has put out 1 album “Warm Electric Winter” and 1 EP “One for the Wind” under her own name as well as an EP “Dead Dads’ Club” with her side project TIDAL MOUTH – a collaboration with poet Daccia Bloomfield.

Latest Release: “Lupins”

Latest Single: “Lupins”

Latest Video:

Favourite Restaurant:

midnight dim sum at Rol San

Favourite band as a teenager:


Favourite band now:

Cornelia Murr

Guilty Pleasure Song:

Live Show Ritual:

dancing dancing dancing

Favourite local artist:

Charlotte Cornfield

Sneaky Dees nachos, pasta from Terroni or a superfood salad from Fresh?

Can’t deny that Terroni pasta

Queen or College St?


Trinity Bellwoods or Highpark, Riverdale or Kew Gardens?

Highpark for the Steel Dragons musician’s baseball league!

EP or LP?


Early bird or night owl?

night owl who misses the sun

Road or studio?

all of the above

Swiss Chalet or Roti?

Roti – but I did have Swiss Chalet once to celebrate getting my Permanent Residency in Canada!

Where can we follow you?

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Website

Any shows or albums coming up?

We just finished a run of shows but we’ll have more very soon!



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