Artform: Music



As an artist who understands the power of music, Jaydahmann has used his own voice to positively influence the lives of others. His music mirrors life through his eyes; the life he has seen as an impoverished child, oppressed teenager and now as a trailblazing advocate for marginalized communities.  Jaydahmann’s first single in 2008, “Anything”, an anthem for the ‘discouraged’ and dominated Toronto’s Flow 93.5 OTA Live #1 spot for four consecutive weeks.


Jaydahmann pours his talents and energy into his community, working directly with young people through organizations such as Toronto Community Housing Corporation and Black Daddies Club. Former Toronto Mayor David Miller featured an entire chapter on Jaydahmann’s life in his book, Witness to a City. Jaydahmann was also awarded the 2011 ‘Local Heroes’ Award presented by the Canadian Urban Institute. Jaydahmann also uses his art and deep life introspection to speak and facilitate workshops with youth in conflict with the law through the organization NOW HEAR THIS! His advocacy work is an extension of his music, inspiring the title of his forthcoming EP, ‘Voice of the Forgotten People’.

Andrew Cox

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