Make sure you come down to Yonge and Dundas Square in Toronto Saturday, July 30 to see some of Toronto’s hottest Urban artists. The festival also continues on Sunday at Queens Park with more amazing shows. Link: – http://iriemusicfestival.com/
Chach performs at the TD IRIE Music Festival on Saturday, July 30th at Yonge-Dundas Square
Growing up in a culturally diverse area in Toronto’s west end is what Chach says attributed to her unique sound and style. Singing and writing songs from as early as 6, she knew her life path was in music. Writing everything from pop to house to reggae, gives her the ability to reach diverse audiences and has set her apart from the start.
After contributing to some mixtapes, Chach relased her first single: a soulful house track “Until.” Until debuted in the top 10 on the electro charts and was given the remix treatment by Ron Allen, Nick Holder, Jason B and Hi Definition. Club play came from countries across the globe including the U.K. and Germany.
When asked who her influences are Chach says she is influenced by music itself but list artists such as James Brown, Madonna, the Eurythemics. “I love everything from old motown to reggae to underground house,” she laughs. It also speaks to her drive to conquer the music world with a multitude of genres. “Creativity holds no boundaries,” says Chach.
This motivation has led Chach to have a hand in all aspects of her music — she not only writes and sings but produced her single “Starlight.” She jokingly calls herself “She Diddy” and says, “I take my music very seriously. I’ve been through a lot and music has always been my release.”
And while the release comes in the form of her lyrics as a vehicle for escape, a place to vent, and a way to tell her story, it also comes from the satisfaction of filling a dance floor. “I love to go out, I love music, and I love that feeling you get from a great track, that’s what I want to create,” Chach says.
With her single “Long Time” hitting the radio waves, and “Starlight” making it’s mark. Chach is getting ready to release her debut album. It’s not long before Chach’s music will be the sound people are clamouring to hear in the club. Touching on house, electro, soul and much more, there is definitely something for everyone.
Leftfield Keele performs at the TD IRIE Music Festival on Saturday, July 30th at Yonge-Dundas Square
Born Kyle Leigh Barrowclough, better known as Keele, always had a Left Field perspective through out his life. Originally born in Toronto, Canada, Keele moved to Connecticut at the tender age of three. It was there he would be introduced and influenced by some of Hip-Hop’s greatest legends: Wu-Tang, Outkast, Bone Thugs N Harmony, and Snoop Dogg. It wasn’t until moving back to Toronto with his newly formed and solidified adore for Hip-Hop culture, Keele commenced on his voyage from the minors to the major league.
An invite from a friend to a studio session transitioned Keele’s attitude on life forever. It was there Keele discovered his talent and supreme admiration for MCing. From there Keele and his friend formed the group HALFADASH. They began recording and showcasing their talent at open mic events and shows across the Toronto area. After the encounter of a traumatic and near fatal altercation, Keele recognized his true passion for making music, and dropped out of school to pursue it further. After placing second in a local battle series, Keele linked up with an underground movement. He never released any material with the group, feeling he had to deem his skills flawless before permitting the world to hear him. After a short time Keele left the indie label with an influential sense, he knew he had to fashion his own brand and stand apart from the crowd…in LEFT FIELD.
LEFT FIELD, a place where individuals would find themselves set apart by their own teammates who never wanted them interfering with the game. LEFT FIELD, a world where people who feel misunderstood and unsupported would co-exist together. This world is direct from Keele’s personal feelings. The conception of LEFT FIELD derived from those who branded him a dreamer and unrealistic. LEFT FIELD KEELE has manifested a world in which the unrealistic dreamer prevails and succeeds. Inspired by life as he observes it, Keele is prepared to take the world by storm, mature his brand, and reach those of like-mindedness. LEFT FIELD is not only a state of mind, but a lifestyle where those not subsequent to the norm of society may attain satisfaction and serenity.
Xtiin Jones perform at the TD IRIE Music Festival on Saturday, July 30th at Yonge-Dundas Square
Emerging artist Xtiin Jones (pronounced kris-tin) is a Toronto based R&B singer/songwriter who has been exploring a multitude of creative disciplines. Growing up in Vancouver, her formal training included studying visual art, classical flute and choral arrangement, in addition to studying briefly with esteemed vocal coach Bill Vincent. Her passion and aptitude for music has been evident since the age of 4, and her influences include a broad range of musical genres.
Predominantly self-taught, Xtiin delivers vocals with a distinct soulful attitude, captivating audiences with her lyrical flavor and unparalleled vocal strength. She has spent time in both Canada and the US pursuing her many ambitions. One of her more notable performances to date includes taking the stage to perform with Juno award winning jazz musician Richard Underhill and his band during a jam session at the TD Jazz Festival.
Rumor has it that Xtiin has been in the studio writing and composing her debut album with David “Soulfingaz” Williams (Divine Brown, K-OS) and producer Tom McKay (Joydrop, Nightcrawlers). Her most recent collaborations include working with producer Ron Allen (Usher, T.I.) STAY TUNED!