Vigor Awards 2020 Nominee
Juno Award Winner Kirk Diamond is singer, songwriter, producer and social activist in his own right. Diamond has proven that there are no limits when high expectations of oneself and ones goals are achieved. Spreading musical messages of unity, inclusion, and love for all walks of life, The Movement OfAhryel joins Kirk Diamond in delivering his greatness to reggae & dancehall lovers. Since it’s formation, the band has been opened for international reggae powerhouses Maxi Priest, Third World, Luciano and Etana, to name a few.
Diamond was featured on CBC Music’s 10 Canadian Reggae Artists You Need To Hear and nominated for a JUNO Award for Best Reggae Recording for his single Love Inna We Heart produced by France-based Galang Records in 2015. The nostalgic ode to the 90’s has become a worldwide success steadily climbing various international charts such as the popular Canadian Reggae Chart heard on Rebel Vibez where it held the #1 spot and charted for over 19 weeks.
In the Spring of 2017, Kirk released his debut EP Greater, “a story of my musical journey to this point with an optimistic look on what’s next to come.” The EP’s eponymous song hit the #1 spot by the Fall, running 6 weeks consecutive with a total of 42 weeks on the chart. Greater would gift Diamond with his second Juno Award nomination and his first Juno Award win for Reggae Recording of the Year in 2018.
Kirk believes in the unification and empowerment of men, women and children under the banner of their collective African descent. This is reflected in his music, which is influenced by the philosophies of Haile Selassie and Marcus Garvey.
This unique sound has landed Kirk on the global music stage making him the only Jamaican-Canadian Reggae Artist to appear on Freestyle BBC 1XTRA and the only reggae artist to close Afro-fest to date. Diamond has also performed on several other major music stages including Calgary Reggae Festival, Toronto Reggae Festival, JUNOFest, Congregate Brixton, Winrush Festival, MiddlesboroughReggaefest, Channel One 45th Anniversary Show, Yard Vibes Germany and TVJ’s Smile Jamaica. He’s also performed for Mayor Patrick Brown and other elected officials at City Hall for Brampton’s Black History Month Event.
Kirk’s artistry has landed him in several publications including Irie Magazine, Triple The Focus Magazine, London Le’Blanc Magazine and local and international Newspapers.
Despite the amassed recognition and critical distinctions, Kirk still stays humble and continues to push the influence of reggae music international, while bringing about social change through his music. Staying true to the culture and the music, Kirk has also been a part of various marches, protest and other events in the quest for equality.