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Montréal, Quebec, Canada | INDIE

Montréal, Quebec, Canada | INDIE
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"“Finally, a hip-hop artist embracing a hustle that helps rather than harms”"

ira lee interview @ -

"“Often clever, always out there, Lee delivers an undeniably creative and off-kilter collection of songs that will make you laugh and cringe in equal parts.”"

Interview with Ira Lee at -

"“Verbomoteur et plus qu’enthousiaste »"

"« Résolument attachant »"

Entrevue avec Ira Lee @ - Critique de my favorite songs by me @ Voir

"“When you add to this his off-kilter delivery and his clever & cantankerous personality, you get a very challenging brand of hip hop.. most people don't want challenging hip hop“"

“When you add to this his off-kilter delivery and his clever & cantankerous personality, you get a very challenging brand of hip hop. And most people don't want challenging hip hop“

"“personal reminiscences and poignant observations over dark, experimental beats”"

ira lee's 'my favorite songs by me review' @ Exclaim Magazine / - Exclaim Magazine /

"« Des fois, ça nous arrive d’avoir un coup de cœur, et là, on devient fou au bureau »"

« Des fois, ça nous arrive d’avoir un coup de cœur, et là, on devient fou au bureau » - Entrevue avec RADIO CANADA/ Bande à Part

"ira lee entrevue avec Radio Canada / Bande a part - 'Comment faire un demo?'"

François Lemay partage avec Alexandre Courteau, ainsi que Mario et Birmance Goyette, ses recherches sur la production du démo. À quoi ça sert? Comment on fait? Combien ça coûte? Pour le savoir, François a rencontré le batteur Marc-André Brazeau, le chanteur-producteur Ira Lee et Jean-François Aubin de chez Moog Audio. - Radio Canada

"'Cafeteria Food Lp' review"

Dead Can Bounce’s Ira Lee isn’t just a rapper; he tells engaging stories about down-to-earth subjects like the pathetic nine to five existence of a “Used Car Salesman” or a child’s eulogy for an old dog finally forced to be put to sleep (“Magic”). He has an empathic knack for making these slices of life believable and understandable, and tells it all with a quirky prairie flow that is smooth, laidback, and threatens to break into song. To make it even better, Side Road’s in-house producer, Factor, hooks up the perfect blend of mellow and groovy hip-hop soul that runs the gambit from the up-tempo boom-bap of “People Think I’m Kinda Weird,” to the southern soul of “Donna Jones” and the love balladry of “Little Japanese Girl.” Heck, even the sped-up soul sample on “Empty Nights, Famous Days” works. In fact, there’s little to complain about with the tasty buffet of Cafeteria Food, a serious contender for the best Canadian rap album of the year, even if it isn’t the perfect album for your next party. (Side Road) - Exclaim Magazine

"ira lee's 'More amazing than crazy' EP review @"

ira lee's 'More amazing than crazy' EP review @ -

"Artiste en Vogue: Ira Lee @ 4MTL"

Artiste en Vogue: Ira Lee @ 4MTL - 4MTL


Growl - (Iraleeiswack, TBA in 2012)
Ira Lee and Turnsteak (Equinox Records, 2012)
We are Enfant Terrible Remix (Platinum Records, 2012)
We want to be numb – LP (Platinum Records, 2011)
We are the Future – LP (Patinum Records, 2011)
47 Minutes too Long – Mixtape (Iraleeiswack, 2011)
More amazing than crazy – EP (Iraleeiswack, 2010)
My favorite songs by me – LP (Endemikmusic, 2010)
Never trust the people – LP (Milled Pavement Rec, 2009)
Old Friends (Secret Cloud, 2009)
Scarf Face (This Is The Russian Al..., 2.99 Records, 2009)
Aging Is what friends do together – LP (Hand'solo Records, 2008)
Mc Homeless - 12" (12", Ltd, Whi) (Dis.eased Wrekkids , 2008)
Act Of Gosh (CD, Album) (Cathexis Records, 2008)
The Motherboard Compilation ( Milled Pavement, 2008)
DFE - Cafeteria Food (VINYL) ( DragonflyEmpire, 2007)
Die (2xCD, Album) – LP (Iraleeiswack, 2007)
Famous Nights And Empty Days (Side Road Records, 2006)
Hue and laugh and cry: Sounds Of (Hue Records, 2006)
After The Fact (CD) (Hue Records, 2006)
Cafeteria food (CD) - LP (Side Road Records, 2005)
Mark Of The Zebra (CD) – (Frek Sho, 2005)
Psiko Beatz (2xCD, Album) – (XXX Part ½, Joprec, 2005)
Factor 3 (CD) (Side Road Records, 2003)
Paper Cuts (Maxi) (Frek Sho, 2002)
Paper Cuts (12") (Frek Sho, 2002



music. film. art.

Born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, Ira Lee is a self-taught songwriter, filmmaker, musician and experimental performance artist.

He devoted his early career as a Youth Service Instructor, touring Canada and the US for nearly 10 years, providing minority youth groups with music education workshop tools designed to help them deal with the issues they face.

In 2006, Ira relocated to Montreal, where he has since been based while not making music in Paris. He's a workaholic, does not sleep and dedicates body, mind and soul around the clock to music, filmmaking and figuring out ways to inspire underprivileged youths to take charge of their lives by empowering them through their own artistic vision.

His new LP “Growl” will be released in North America at the end of 2012 through the chaos of multiple simultaneous projects. Ira Lee is wack, a true stage beast, dark poet, who spits out an unafraid depiction of reality.


2012 Canada Council for the Arts Individual Grant
2011 Conseils des Arts et des Lettres du Quebec Tour Grant
2009 Bern - Shumachterjorneiggen/ Bern Stadt Kultural Grant (Switzerland)
2007 Alberta Foundation for the Arts ‘Individual‘- Music Grant Program
2007 Canada Council for the Arts ‘ Multimedia Artist’ Grant
2007 Edmonton Artists Trust Fund Grant
2007 Edmonton Arts Council ‘ Lee Fund Award’ Grant
2006 Aboriginal Community Collaboration Grant from the Canada Council for the Arts


Olympia (Paris, France) w. Rat - tat- tat (U.S.) and Boogers (FR) -2012
The Apollo Theatre (Harlem, NY, U.S.) -2012
Festival Rockomotives (Vendome, FR) -2012
Fleche D’or (Paris, FR) -2011
Festival Lutte de St. Francis (Paris, FR) -2010
The Knitting Factory (Los Angeles, CA) -2010
Pop Montreal 2008 / 2009 / 2011 (Montreal, QC) -2011

FILM (Written / Music / Directed / Edited / Self shot/ and Starring Ira Lee)

The Fox Heads - ‘Gooogle it’

Little Eskimo Jesus - 'Too Beautiful for this World'

Ira Lee - ‘7 Days in Amsterdam’

The Fox Heads - 'Some Kind of Animal'

Ira Lee - ‘All the places we did it’

The Fox Heads - ‘Best Day’