Kevin Amar Ramroop is an experimental musician and writer from Toronto, ON. Born to Indian and Indo-Trinidadian parents and rooted in the suburbs of Scarborough — with its uprooted patterns of migratory routes from Indigenous, European, and Tropical cultures weaving entangled, phantom limbs of postcolonial affectations — his artistic ethos intends on looming the liminal, harmonious pluralism that empowers his community and identity.
Accordingly, Kevin's creative voice is as diverse as his cultural origins, expressed in equal parts epigram and epigraph across a palette of music, film, poetry, fiction, public installation, and community arts education. Despite his multifarious purview, his focus remains centralized on the formal language structures that underlie every discipline he works in and is informed by — ultimately an attempt to edify the modifications, codifications, and commodification of those historical frameworks we've inherited as means of communication.
Kevin's music has featured on digital and radio outlets such as Okayplayer, Flaunt Magazine, Exclaim!, CBC Radio One and BBC Radio 1Xtra, receiving multiple composition grants from both the Toronto and Ontario Arts Council. His writing is featured in several publications and exhibitions — most recently contributing a fiction piece for the all-Scarborough anthology Feel Ways and a co-written essay for the Scotiabank Contact Photo Festival, and received the Eugenie Shehirian Award for Youth Literature.
Kevin is also co-founder of the Wave Art Collective, a multidisciplinary group of creatives and community educators coordinating growth and opportunity in Scarborough. They are currently working on “Where the Trees Speak” for Nuit Blanche 2021, an interactive audiovisual installation that metaphorizes Scarborough’s migratory history. The collective will also be the 2021 artists-in-residence at UofT’s Doris McCarthy Gallery.
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