Jae Lejit – 16 Bars
Francois Jr. Lavagesse born October 14, 1993 also known as Jae Lejit is a Haitian artist and entrepreneur from Brooklyn, New York. At twelve years of age, he felt chosen to lead hip hop. Years later after migrating to Toronto, Jae founded 16 Bars based on the five elements of hip hop; fire, earth, wind, water and knowledge. Featured on Globe & Mail, Toronto Star and many more, Jae Lejit is critically acclaimed even at a young age!
Meet Unity! The UTSC-based group uses hip hop as a positive outlet for creative expression. Pictured in the squad is Dvij (left), a Computer Science student who started the club back in first year with Lumiere model, Vivek; Praveen (center), a biotechnology student new to Unity but with a passion for dancing and Motown; Christo (front) a human bio and classical studies student with a passion for dance. And we’ve already heard a little bit about Amanda (right)! Unity has been killing it in rehearsal, be sure to stick around, as they will be our closing act!
Meet Lahir, Dawa and Janell! Lahiru “Larr” (left), a Biochem and Econ student is a ball of energy and is musically influenced by everyone from the Beatles to Kendrick Lamar. Janell (center), an English student has a voice like nectar and is a fan of Corrinne Bailey Ray as they have similar musical styles. Last but not least, Dawa (right) an Enviro Sci student (#gogreen, #recycle) is a quiet but stoic force in the group and a big Bruno Mars/Weekend fan. Bringing in everything from guitar to ukulele and maybe a tambourine (!), we can’t wait to hear from LDJ as our opening act!
Returning to perform this year is Vocomotive, UTSC resident acapella group! Pictured is XJ (left), a Mental Health student, Vocomotive veteran along with Anne, and a big fan of the late Eartha Kit, an actress and feminist who was sassy till the end. Camille (center left), a City Studies and Pscyh student and fan of Zee Avi, a talented alternative singer from Malaysia with whom she shares a similar musical style. Anne (center right), a Neuroscience and Music student who opened DARE last year with a bubble-gum sweet version of Marina and the Diamonds “Primadonna.” Last, we have Matt a Neuro and Philosophy student, getting in both of the science and the spirituality of his domain. He’s a big Seth McFarlane fan because of the writer-comedian’s hilarity, killer voice and good looks to match. Vocomotive’s idol is Pentatonix, arguably the premier acapella group in the current music scene. Will they have a similarly eye-opening performance? Find out this Thursday at SOLSTICE!
Meet Alteza! You may know her on campus as Amanda Cruz, the French major double minoring in English and Media. To add some flair, she chose Alteza as her stage name taken after her mother. Here, she is rocking a black midi dress from H&M styled with a cardigan wrap from H&M and a camel Forever 21 jacket on top. Alteza also recently traveled to Hawaii! She says the people there are super friendly, there’s always something to do everyday from beach hopping, turtles (!), to climbing diamond head, a peak in Honolulu with a gorgeous view. For the future, Amanda is pursuing a Bachelor of Education but also wants to pursue her passion for music. 🙂
Last but certainly not least we have Christo Mohan: singer, all-around awesome guy, and our very own baby Ops Specialist sheep at the Marketing Group! I don’t want to give away too much so all I will say is, this dude has a voice that will melt your heart. You won’t want to miss his cover of one of Ed Sheeran’s hits.