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Gayance

Montreal, QC

Gayance, pronounced ‘guy-ence’, is a creole word for joyfulness. An apt description for the unapologetically joyful Aïsha Vertus’ musical project. The DJ, producer and radio-maker’s Haitian roots are a driving force for her explorations in sound and space. Her sets are a journey through Black music from all corners of the globe, delivered with raucous energy.

Born and raised in Montreal-Nord, Gayance started her musical journey in 2013 on a romantic whim, making a mixtape for her first love. Her eclectic taste was quickly picked up by local respected selectors and promoters. She started playing shows in the club circuit in Canada and has since torn down festival and club venues in more than 18 different cities in 4 different continents.

Gayance is a traveler, having found her artistic family in Brussels and her musical family in São Paulo and Salvador, Bahia – places she returns to regularly. She collects a large variation of music on vinyl, from Afro-Latin Jazz, North American Black music, Caribbean vintage sounds and West-African music to Black Electronic music from Detroit, Chicago and London.

Though she had already edited and remixed other artists’ productions, the pandemic saw Gayance channel the energy she normally releases in front or behind the decks into her own productions. The result was the brilliant EP ‘No Toning Down’, a confluence of broken beats, UK garage, Dillaesque and Bossa Nova that garnered her praise worldwide. Not long after, she released ‘Sirens feat. KALLITECHNIS as part of Sherelle’s label Beautiful Music’s debut compilation, ‘Beautiful Vol 1’.

Not one to sit still, 2023 will see Gayance release a full album of original music on Rhythm Section.