Last year, Borelson had his biggest headline show in Toronto and has since made appearances across the world, including in Accra, Texas, and London.
By Sybil Fekurumoh
Gabonese-Congolese artiste, Borelson, gears up for a summer takeover, with his new single, “Summertime in Toronto,” an homage to the city Borelson now calls home. “Summertime in Toronto” is an irresistible dancehall filler with enjoyable Amapiano subtleties. Produced by Nigerian producer/artiste, Omaremii, and featuring Botswana-South African newcomer, Nthabi Fresh, the single is a testament to pan-African collaborations.
“Summertime in Toronto” arrives at a fitting time, as Borelson sets out on his busiest summer festival season yet. Borelson is set to perform in festivals all across Canada, including the Carnival of Algorithmic Cultures, Rhythms of Canada Festival, Belleville Waterfront and Multicultural Festival, and AFROFEST Toronto.
With “Summertime in Toronto,” Borelson celebrates his multicultural background – having spent his formation years in Gabon, Congo, and France – and his endearment for Canada, the country he now resides. Speaking about the inspiration behind “Summertime in Toronto,” Borelson says, “The song’s main inspiration is Toronto, which is the best city in the world, especially when it comes to summer vibes. I was also inspired by Amapiano taking over the world, as well as how Toronto has fully embraced us Africans and our culture over the past few years. Despite everything going on in the world, I think we can all agree it’s still good to celebrate and be grateful for life. This song is perfect for that.”
As an award-winning artiste and multi-disciplinary creative, Borelson is a melting pot of Afrobeats, Hip-Hop, and Afro-fusion. In two years, Borelson has produced two acclaimed albums and has earned a CBC Music ‘Top 100 Songs’ accolade. Borelson recently wrapped up his European tour, with a memorable sold-out show in Paris, and riveting performances in the UK, France, Luxemburg, and Sweden. Last year, Borelson had his biggest headline show in Toronto and has since made appearances across the world, including in Accra, Texas, and London.
Stream and Download “Summertime in Toronto” here.
SUMMER 2023 FESTIVAL DATES
June 24 – Carnival of Algorithmic Cultures
July 1 – Rhythms of Canada Festival
July 8 – Belleville Waterfront & Multicultural Festival
July 9 – AFROFEST Toronto