Underground Artist of the Month January 2018

Background
Born in Toronto, Ontario, Cartier (whose stepfather worked as a diplomat) moved frequently in childhood with his family, living at various times in the United States, Barbados and Kuwait. He credits the different types of music he was exposed to in these locations as all having had an influence on his own style as a hip hop musician. he spent most of his high school career at Avon Old Farms, a prestigious all-boys boarding school located in Connecticut. But also spent one year at the Blue Ridge school in St. George Virginia

He was accepted to an art program at Columbia College Chicago in 2012 but, reluctant to move to a new city without anyone he knew, he returned to Toronto.

Musical Career
Cartier had worked on an early version of Marauding in Paradise in 2011, but was not satisfied with the album. After moving back to Toronto, he began working with record producer Michael Lantz, and released his first single "Set Fire" in 2014. Performing in Toronto-area music venues, he quickly attracted attention — his track "Switch" was regularly played at Toronto Raptors games by team DJ 4Korners, and at a Toronto Red Bull Sound Select show in March 2015 he was introduced by celebrity rapper Kardinal Offishall.

Marauding in Paradise was released in April 2015.

On February 23, 2016, Jazz Cartier was announced as one of the performers at the 2016 Osheaga Festival.

He was a shortlisted nominee for the 2016 SOCAN Songwriting Prize for his track "Dead or Alive". In 2017 he won a Juno Award for his album Hotel Paranoia.

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