By Ellie King
Toronto is a haven for artists of all backgrounds to fulfill their dreams and is a community that will constantly provide you with the tools to do so.
Asian Canadian talent have especially been thriving, whether it’s dominating the Juno Awards or ruling the underground DJ scene. During Asian Heritage Month, we recognize, celebrate, honour and understand the ways this initiative benefits Asian communities and all communities.
Canada has not always had a progressive history of tolerance and acceptance of Asian immigrants, as many Asian immigrants’ transition to Canada was quite difficult. It’s important to remember how Asian Canadians continued to challenge racial discrimination and push for growth in their newfound country. As we honour the Chinese Canadians who helped build the Pacific Railway, who won the right to vote in 1947 and diversify Canada, we must also honour the Asian-Identifying Canadians of today who follow in their footsteps.
Anjulie is a prime example of Asian Canadian talent who has enriched her community and GTA arts for the better. The Guyanese and Indian Canadian musician from Oakville, Ontario started her career in Toronto through an internship and quickly found her calling in songwriting in 2005. She began writing for superstars the likes of Jesse McCartney on his song “Crazy That Way”, to Kreesha Turner on “Don’t Call Me Baby” and even Nicki Minaj on her hit “The Boys”.
As her songwriting career began to peak, Anjulie always embraced what made her different, honest about her “racial ambiguity” and continued to be proud of her immigrant parents and South-Asian Canadian identity. In 2012, Anjulie was nominated and won a Juno for “Dance Recording of the Year” for her hit “You and I” which garnered massive attention worldwide and set her up for a “You and I” tour.
Anjulie has continued to dominate as a singer/songwriter well into 2019 with her newest album How It Feels To Lose You EP, PT. 1that features pop ballads fans are raving over including “God Complex”and “Glory”. Both with powerful lyrics, serious vocal flow about the trials and tribulations that come with fame and hardwork, Anjulie eases up with her signature electronic dance beat.
Although the pop artist is now residing in Los Angeles, she’ll always call Toronto her home and makes her Asian Canadian status loud and clear for fans to know.
© Youtube | Anjulie- God Complex (Official Music Video)
Celebrating Asian Canadian artists such as Anjulie is essential as the arts are a factor all too forgotten about when honouring culture. Music and the Arts have enriched Asian Canadian culture and this May, be sure to actively seek out Asian Identifying Canadian creatives and show your support!