Jae Ari
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Jae Ari

Toronto, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2011 | INDIE

Toronto, Canada | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2011
Solo Hip Hop Soul




"Jae Ari Wins Hip Hop Artist of the Year at the 2015 NMAs"

Niagara's music scene endured a wet and windy night to throw itself a party Tuesday.

Rain and a late September chill couldn't deny the eighth annual Niagara Music Awards, held outdoors at Taps Brewery in downtown Niagara Falls. Rockers, folkies and headbangers alike gathered to celebrate a local music scene which leaves co-organizer Todd Brown in awe.

“We're spoiled,” he says. “I can't listen to anything else. I could just sit and listen to Niagara music all day long. It really is that great.”

And it's growing. Brown says more than 40 new artists submitted work for this year's awards, some getting multiple nominations.

One of them was St. Catharines trio Odds & Ends who won three awards, including Original Group of the Year. The folk rock group had seven nominations, making one of the biggest first impressions ever at the show.

“It's amazing, I can't even understand how this happened,” said singer Ariella Aburto. “We're going to go to my house and celebrate as a band.”

St. Catharines singer Sammi Morelli, another first time nominee, was stunned to take home Female Vocalist of the Year. “I'm so flabbergasted right now,” she said.

Hosted by St. Catharines Green Party candidate Jim Fannon, the show got off to a mellow start with workhorse Niagara Falls singer Rod Standish, but got plenty rowdy later with performances by Crutch, Ladee Lirix and Under the Red.

“It's a big night for us as a band,” said Under the Red singer Lacey Lennon, whose band formed a year ago.

But with all the newcomers were plenty of familiar faces, including Niagara-on-the-Lake's Steve Goldberger who led the pack with eight nominations (winning three) and previous winners Crutch, who took home Rock Artist of the Year.

Show co-organizer Erin Visentin said the night “is like a reunion” for many in the scene. She believes the show has prompted more artists “to get out there and do it” since forming in 2008.

JI Sharp, whose band Road Waves won two awards, told the crowd “we put a lot of energy out there, and to receive it back is awesome.”

About 200 people attended the show, which Brown hopes to bring back to Taps next year.

“It would be hard to move,” he said, praising Taps owner Eric Martin for giving the show a home after it hit a rough patch two years ago. “(But) we hope in the next couple of years we have to move because it's so big.

“The Meridian Centre, the convention centre, that would be fine. That's our two-year goal.”

Winners of the 8th annual Niagara Music Awards:

Album of the Year: Glass Apple Bonzai

Adult Contemporary Artist: Jamie Derek Moore

Country Artist: Steve Goldberger

Engineer of the Year: Glass Apple Bonzai

Female Vocalist: Sammi Morelli

Male Vocalist: Josh Mills

Folk Artist: Odds & Ends

Heavy Metal Artist: Blindside Incentive

Hip Hop Artist: Jae Ari

Instrumental Artist: Zach Preston

Jazz Artist: Road Waves

New Artist: Josh Mills

New Group: Road Waves

Original Group: Odds & Ends

Original Song: Bryan Sorensen

Producer of the Year: Steve Goldberger

Progressive Rock: Left in Line

Promoter of the Year: Eric Dickson (Indoor Shoes)

Rising Star: Odds & Ends

Rock Artist: Crutch

Songwriter of the Year: Steve Goldberger

Venue: Taps (Niagara Falls)

Video of the Year: Visca

World Music: Mudmen

Unsung Hero (Community Recognition): Bunnie Brandt, Darrell Spilchuck, Eric Conlon, Kyle Whittaker, John Navarolli - John Law

"Toronto's Jae Ari nominated at 2016 Toronto Independent Music Awards"

2016 Nominees (Applicants from 2015-16)

Congratulations to all nominees! Nominees will be contacted via email and phone on or before Monday, September 12, 2016 with further information. Winners will be determined by the TIMA Grand Jury.

Press release: “TIMA 2016 Nominees, Gala and Festival Announced!

*Save The Date: Winners will be announced live at the 12 Annual Toronto Independent Music Awards Gala and Festival on Friday, September 30, 2016 at Revival in Toronto, Ontario. Nominees will receive a ticket for each band member.
Click for Toronto Independent Music Awards Gala and Festival Tickets and Information

If you have a correction to your band name, email: info @ torontoima.com

You may announce your nomination on socials!
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/torontoindependentmusicawards/
Twitter and Instagram: @torontoima, #TIMA2016

Best Music Video Long List:
The Nursery for “Digital Ashes”
Countermeasure for “Opera Somnia”
Leah Daniels for “Your Kiss is Killing Me”
Danielle Knoll for “Alive”
Lyric Dubee for “Young & Restless”
Dufferin ’83 for “We Are”
The Marrieds for “Fingers Crossed”
Jutes for “Cocaine Cinderella”
Honey Beard for “Hummingbird”
Pyramid Theorem for “Drive”
Tremayne for “City Lights”
Last Bullet for “Sin”
KINK for “In My Eyes”
Red Handed Denial for “Collector”

Best World:
Bill McBirnie and Bruce Jones, Extreme Flute
Vandana Vishwas
Juneyt Yetkiner
Trinity Mpho
Los Poetas

Best International:
Caritos Plaza
Holy Bouncer
The Recipe

Best Country:
Anthony Tullo
Leah Daniels
Tianna Woods
Emma Elena Grace
Gina Horswood

Best Jazz Instrumental:
Brad Cheeseman Group
Turbo Street Funk
Mike Field
Roger Chong Quartet

Best Jazz Vocal:
Ori Dagan
Turbo Street Funk
Natasha Roldan
Monty Greig
Adam David Halsey & vocalist Nitasha Randhawa

Best Instrumental or Classical:
Bill McBirnie and Bruce Jones, Extreme Flute
Luau or Die
Juneyt Yetkner

Best Young Songwriter:
Melanie Frade
Karina Wipper
Lyric Dubee
Wes Mason
Brighid Fry
Sophia Radisch

Best Folk or Roots:
The Marrieds
Taylor Holden
Hidden Roots Collective
Chanelle Albert

Best Singer-Songwriter:
Sarah Smith
Sydney Delong
Lauren Haze
Samara York
Emma Elena Grace

Best Adult Contemporary:
Julian Taylor Band
Ivy James
Mermaids Exist
Angela Saini
Park Eddy

Best Urban:
Michael Mazze
Jae Ari
Fresh Kils

Best Rock or Loud:
Van Halst
Fallen Heirs
Last Bullet
Seven Symphonies

Best Indie:
Limestone Chorus
Sky Terminal
Dress Black

Best Pop or Electronic:
Tafari Anthony
Lori Nuic
Michael Mazze
Jo3Y Q

Best Out-Of-Province:
Brittany McQuinn
Cynthia Hamar
We Were Lovers
The Statistics

Best USA:
International Show
Kevin Chambers
Lucky Patrick
The Wolves of Chernobyl
Frank Castle

Best Song (Top Prize), Runner Up and Second Runner Up:
Announced Live at the Toronto Independent Music Awards Gala and Festival on Sept 30, 2016 at Revival in Toronto, Ontario. - TIMA Staff


- Black Winter [EP] (2011)

- Leave Even Better [LP] (2015)

- #TCBW [EP] (2016)

- Things Could Be Worse [LP] (TBA)



Jae Ari born 1987 in Toronto, was labeled 'the miracle child'. He was written off to die in infancy. Growing stronger with time, this child at age 13 showed his miraculous gift of rapping and killing audiences with natural born talent. Being told that his chance of survival was slim motivated him to new heights, now every breath he breathes is appreciated and every thought, translated into a rhyme.

Jae Ari could not be written off anymore, with his quiet demeanor, the silent assassin started slaying emcees on the televised Canadian show Much Music's RapCity garnering the rising star a wider audience. This opportunity lead to celebrity co-signs by American director/actor Michael Rapaport, Canadian icon and Legendary MC Michie Mee, and Shady Records DJ Young Mase. 

Earning his place in RapCity's hall of fame, has allowed him great success and countless interviews of adoring media. His lead single New Day is currently in rotation on Canada only urban commercial radio station G98.7FM. Leave Even Better his debut album was released January 2015. The artistic and musical integrity is the album's calling. 

In September 2015 Jae Ari won the award for Hip Hop Artist of the Year at the NMAs. Since then the following year he has been nominated from the Toronto Independent Music Awards and Niagara Music Awards, respectfully.

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