Photo credit: Jess Baumung
Toronto-based indie-soul/alt-folk songwriter AHI (pronounced “eye”) has announced a special showcase at The Drake Underground in Toronto on June 28.
Doors are at 7:30pm, with AHI set to hit the stage at 8:30pm.
AHI recently released his independent debut LP We Made It Through The Wreckage featuring the single “Ol’ Sweet Day” which incredibly broke the Billboard Spotify Viral 50 Chart and hit #34 on the U.S. Viral 50 without any promotion or marketing.
The track took off on playlists worldwide and is about to surpass 1 million streams; a rare feat for an artist yet to make his mark. A 2017 finalist in the Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class, it’s not hard to see why AHI is one of Canada’s most promising emerging acts.
Stream We Made It Through The Wreckage:
AHI’s Indie Soul EP (2014) was chosen one of CBC Radio One’s top 10 records of the year, and he has since been recognized and awarded by Folk Alliance International, Nashville Songwriters Association International, the Songwriters Association of Canada, and the Canada Council for the Arts, among others.
For his debut full-length, AHI collaborated with CMA winning producer Eric Masse (Miranda Lambert) to produce what Masse has called an entirely “new genre”, blending groove-laden folk, soul and rock, and topping it off with a vocal performance to be expected from a seasoned powerhouse rather than an indie debut. With a voice like “gravel on silk”, AHI is a rare talent with the keen ability to deliver a story with the ease and familiarity of an old friend. Favouring passion over precision, it’s easy to see why comparisons to Richie Havens, Ray LaMontagne and Tracy Chapman are common for this soulful troubadour.
From humble beginnings in Brampton, Ontario, AHI independently toured over 50,000 miles, through the vast woodlands of Canada and the neon lights of Nashville, to the Guggenheim Museum in New York, and eventually beyond the Atlantic to the brick lanes of London. Along the way, he has recorded with leading acoustic sessions across the UK and Europe, but none has been more viewed than a simple home video of his stunning rendition of Bob Marley’s “No Woman No Cry”, filmed in a London alleyway and accompanied by the sweet harmonies of his three-year-old daughter. The video caught the attention of the Marley family who featured it on the official BobMarley.com website and sent AHI a personalized note from Mrs. Rita Marley herself – an unparalleled experience for an artist who cites Bob Marley as his greatest musical inspiration.
Watch The Video Below:
UPCOMING SHOW DATES
06.28 – Toronto, ON @ The Drake Underground
07.15 – London, ON @ Victoria Park – Home County Folk Festival
07.22 – Hamilton, ON @ Gage Park – Hamilton World Music Festival
08.16 – Breadalbane, PE @ The Dunk – Ebb & Flow Artists in Residence Series