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Harbourfront Centre Announces 2014 Winner of SoundClash Music Award

TORONTO, ON (July 31, 2014) – Harbourfront Centre is proud to announce today the first-place winner of the 2014 SoundClash Music Award competition is local acoustic guitar virtuoso Maneli Jamal.

Following nomination to a shortlist of contestants by a jury of industry experts and a final weigh-in by public vote, the following artists were selected as recipients of this year’s SoundClash Music Award

• First place ($5,000): Maneli Jamal
• Runner-up ($3,000): Mississauga-bred rapper, Keita Juma
• Second runners-up ($2,000): Modern Filipino tribal music crew DATU

As the winner of this live music competition created to showcase the best up-and-coming local music talent, Maneli Jamal will get to perform on the WestJet Stage for crowds at Harbourfront Centre’s Hot & Spicy Food Festival. In addition to the live set and $5,000 of prize money, he’ll also walk away with some other fantastic prizes, including artist development, vocal coaching and two round-trip vouchers from WestJet good for any destination in their network.

“I’m planning to put it all toward the recording of my new album, which should be out next year,” said Maneli, when asked how he would use his winnings. “It means a lot to be given this opportunity by Toronto music fans. This city has always embraced me and my music, and by extension, my experiences.”

The experiences Maneli speaks of are a main source of inspiration for his complex and powerful guitar instrumentation. A true global citizen, he arrived with his family in Toronto at the age of 16. An Iranian by descent born in Belarus, Maneli spent most of his childhood in Cologne, Germany, before his family relocated to the United States – first Minnesota, and eventually Austin, Texas. After establishing a life in Austin, Maneli only ended up in Toronto when his family was issued a deportation notice by the U.S. immigrations office, forcing them to seek refuge in Canada.

The diversity and impact of his worldly experiences are beautifully reflected in his 2012 album The Lamaj Movement, a concept album where every song takes the listener through a part of his history growing up.

Maneli encourages listeners to check out his album, but believes that to get the full effect of his music people should see his live performance. The guitar player will demonstrate the beauty and power of his musical movements next on August 15 at 8 p.m. on the WestJet Stage.

Congratulations to each of the SoundClash Music Award winners, who were judged on their excellent musical submissions, entered this spring between April 1 and May 1, and by their captivating live performances at Harbourfront Centre on Canada Day weekend.

Harbourfront Centre is a Canadian charity operating the 10 prime acres of Toronto’s central waterfront as a free and open public site. We celebrate the multiplicities of cultures that comprise Canada and enliven the city through the creative imaginations of artists from across the country and around the globe.


Spencer Emmerson
Phone: 647-881-6941

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