Juno award-winning reggae musician’s name now adorns Brampton park

By Nathan Sager

Published on February 28, 2022 at 8:51 p.m.

Kirk Diamond helped put Brampton and Canada on the map in the reggae genre, and now the artist and activist’s name is officially on the map in Brampton.

On Monday (February 28), Diamond, Mayor Patrick Brown, councilors and community members gathered at a space on Hollowgrove Boulevard that will now be called Kirk Diamond Park. The decision was made last July in recognition of Diamond’s work as a musician and as an activist.

Diamond, a Jamaican-Canadian who has lived in Brampton since moving to the city aged 10 in the 1990s, has twice been nominated for Juno Awards for Reggae Recording of the Year. His latest single, Most High, reached number 1 on the Rebel Vibez Top Ten Canadian Reggae chart last month.

In 2018, he won the top Juno for Reggae Recording of the Year for his EP “Greater”. Diamond and his band, The Movement of Ahryel, opened for international reggae musicians.

Diamond, 37, said moving to Brampton as a child in the 90s was a catalyst event in inspiring his desire and drive to make music.

“I was born in Jamaica. Moved to Canada in the mid-1990s. I fell in love with the music here,” he told the V13 website in 2021. “Before it was just reggae and dancehall, but Canada being so diverse in cultures, (it became) music in general.

Diamond has incorporated her activism into her beats. In 2020, in a socio-political climate of COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement, he recorded the anthem “Let It Be Done”. Diamond arranged for the video to be shot in Uganda, which has one of the most repressive political regimes in Africa, although COVID-19 protections prevented him from physically traveling there.

Diamond earned her first Juno nomination for her single Love Inna We Heart, which was produced by Galang Records in 2015. It charted in multiple countries, also reaching No. 1 on the Rebel Vibez charts in Canada and there. spending 19 weeks in total.

Kirk Diamond Park, located at 65 Hollowgrove Blvd., was formerly known as Shields Park.

(Cover photo via City of Brampton.)

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