Born in Lisbon, Portugal and now living in Toronto, Eddie Softly immerses himself in sound. An avid record collector from the age of 7, Eddie began creating his own mixtapes before his move to Canada. An early babysitting gig would give the opportunity and access to turntables and records, giving Eddie the chance to learn the art of beat mixing. A lover of all music, Eddie is now here with the iLive family serving up 2hours of house-infused vibes on Eddie Softly
Sara Scruton also known as Nina Flower is a Toronto based D.J/Musician and has an education in music business and law. Sara started DJing techno and house at the age of 17 which led her to travel through the Americas and Europe playing alongside some of the biggest names in techno including Misstress Barbara, Drexcyia, Mike Huckaby, Robert Hood and DJ Minx to name a few. Not only a DJ but she has also been a promoter and a music journalist. Sara has hosted parties in Toronto, Montreal and Detroit and has written for electronic music zines and reviewed music for various electronic music websites. Sara has been a radio host/DJ spanning over two decades on local radio stations as well as international internet radio stations. Sara currently DJ’s deep and soulful house, and is learning music production and Alto Saxophone. For more information please visit her personal website ninaflower.com.
Lighter is a veteran DJ with over 15 years experience, My Circuit runs deep in UK & Toronto. Known for versatility, knowledge and understanding of multiple genres. You get nothing but energy from DJ Lighter, member of international crew British Man Dem .
DJ Shortcut has been a mainstay in Toronto’s hip hop music scene for more than twenty-five years. He’s played in pretty much every major venue in Toronto, completed a cross Canadian tour with Alex Dimez as part of Necro’s tours, and helped form “Empire” or what some people call the Canadian Wu Tang Clan, which consisted of Adam Bomb, Scandalis, TRA, Tek Man, Talksick, and more. Opening up for legendary acts such as Public Enemy, House of Pain, Cypress Hill, Ice Cube, Busta Rhymes, and Krs-1, just to name a few, Shortcut has also performed at parties for Canadian legends Michie Mee and Maestro Fresh Wes.
Playing the music he loves…soul, funk, rare-grooves, proper old school, disco, proper hip hop, afro-latin and soulful deep house music. Alway’s trying to keep his passion for good quality music alive. Hence his motto…”NEVER SELL OUT!”
A deliberate music junkie, with the spectrum of the universe being played in her world as a child; Brown Sugar is and will always be drawn to people who have a passion for music.
Never afraid to go deep musically, yet highly selective and distinctive of her musical taste , the quietly bubbly Claudz (better known as Miss Ouch) aims to ensure that you, the listener is entertained with an indulgent beat & often meaningful lyrics. She carefully integrates the nostalgic yet rarely played irregular Neo & Bass-line Soul with current and emerging Neo sounds. Having been surrounded by a wide range of genres musically from childhood, not surprisingly Miss Ouch certainly is not pigeon holed into one genre, but rather just has a more prolific love of the Neo Independent Soul beats which are the predominate tracks you can expect. She’s just an ordinary down to earth girl, who has an inquisitive & exquisite love of music. She will also play Rare Grooves, Lover’s Rock and Classic 90’s Soul from time to time. Feel free to tune in on a Saturday eve via iLive UK between the hours of 6-8pm GMT or Thursday eve between the hours of 7-9pm GMT or 2-4pm EST. Do indulge; she just might have you coming back for more. She indeed looks forward to your company.
Born in Washington, D.C. in the USA, his love of music was curated at an early age listening to music ranging from Earth, Wind and Fire to Queen. Self-taught on the drums and keyboard by age 19, he played and produced music in a few groups around the Washington, DC area. One of his greatest moments was playing drums on a Rhythm & Blues Christmas album in the late ‘80’s featuring some of the best singing groups from the 60’s, most notably, the Orioles and the Clovers. This year D.Black started the #IndieMusicChallenge. In partnering with DJ’s and radio presenters from the UK, USA and Canada to feature a talented Independent artist per week to help push their music to the masses.
Watts Is Live, is a DJ/Producer from Toronto, Canada. Born to musician parents, his musical journey started at birth, with Jazz and Hip Hop being vastly influential along this path. Inspired by some of Hip Hop’s greatest talents such as; A Tribe Called Quest (QTip), De La Soul, Wu Tang (RZA), Nas, Digable Planets, Slum Village (J Dilla), Saukrates and many more...
Yvette is a natural leader, motivational speaker and storyteller. Her success as a competitive bodybuilder and boxer set the stage early on for her love of performing in front of a crowd. Her curiosity for human potential led her to extensively study the art of Neuro Linguistic Programming which is based on communication skills combined with what it is exactly that motivates people to achieve excellence. A truly passionate and ambitious woman, Yvette WOWS her audience with her positive energy and authentic message which has evolved throughout her years as an entrepreneur and leader in her field as a Personal Trainer, Boxing Instructor and now Professional Ring Announcer. Tune into her monthly radio show called “Squared Circle” on www.iliveradio.com where she uses her instinctive interviewing skills and applies her extensive knowledge in boxing to dig out the stories which her audience craves to know about. In Your Corner, On Your Side
Gwendolyn Collins AKA The Storyteller is an independent artist and creative entrepreneur. As an independent artist first, Gwendolyn has released two albums, Storytelling Side I, The Simple Things and Storytelling Side II, Moments4Love which have led to #1 spots on various UK Soul Charts. As a creative entrepreneur Gwendolyn believes in pushing independent music forward and creating anything and everything she wants to see.
Brendan Boyle has over a decade of experience as a deejay, music blogger, event programmer and entertainment administrator. His early loves for community radio, mixtape culture and raving plunged him into the heart of Toronto’s underground party scenes, where he has had the pleasure of spinning for many notable dance floors. Now a settled family man, he devotes his creative time to curating and sharing the jazzier records in his collection on his radio show, Outertimeinnerspace.