Lucas Silveira, born Lilia Silveira in Toronto, Ontario, spent much of his childhood on the small Portuguese island Pico. When he was ten, Lucas’ working-class, musical family moved back to Toronto’s suburbs and encouraged his passion for music.
Fast forward to 2004 when Lucas, backed by a revolving cast of band members, formed a gutsy, melodic, dramatic, and dark rock band called The Cliks. Over the years, Lucas Silveira and The Cliks have been written about in countless publications including The Village Voice, Go Magazine, San Francisco Bay Times, The Boston Globe, CBS.com and MSNBC.com.
The Cliks made history as the first band with an openly trans male leader to be signed by a major record label, Tommy Boy Entertainment’s gay-friendly imprint Silver Label. Rosie Lopez, head of A&R of Tommy Boy says “It’s the music, not Silveira’s gender that will draw in the most dedicated listeners.” The critics agreed, comparing the band to Joan Jett, Jon Spencer, and Ziggy Stardust-era David Bowie.
With a hit single on The L Word soundtrack and support in The Advocate, The Cliks quickly became a hit at Gay Pride Festivals throughout the United States and Canada. “I think that authenticity is reflected in their particular single and I can only theorize that is why it has caught on,” said Brian Graden, then president of LOGO and of entertainment at MTV Networks Music Group. “I don’t think it’s because of any hook of being transgender.” As a part of the multi-artist True Colors Tour in 2007 and 2008, The Cliks shared the stage with fellow Canuks Tegan and Sara, host and comedian Margaret Cho, headliner Cyndi Lauper, and several other famous artists. Their single "Oh Yeah" spent several weeks at the top of LOGO’s charts, sparking an appearance on the Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson. In 2008, they won LOGO’s NewNowNext Artist On the Brink Award, which ultimately led to an appearance on MTV’s TRL and on TLC’s LA Ink. By the end of 2008, The Cliks were touring internationally to mainstream audiences.
In late 2009, Lucas hosted an episode of SUBTERRANEAN on MTV2. A few months later, he made history again as the first transman to be voted Canada’s Sexiest Man by readers of popular Canadian music magazine Chart Attack.
“Lucas Silveira is on the verge of becoming the first transgendered pop heartthrob ever to register on mainstream radar” - Ben Rayner, Pop Music Critic for the Toronto Star newspaper.
Recently, Lucas took acoustic requests and answered questions from his fans in a series of live, interactive, streaming webcasts.
“Anytime a creative person comes to terms with their identity, whether it’s being gay or transgender or whatever, that bottled up passion comes out through their art.” - Lucas