Toronto, ON – July 9, 2021 – Today, Haviah Mighty releases a summer-ready new single in collaboration with Toronto DJ/Producer, Grandtheft. Avocado arrives as a tune to encourage self-confidence while stepping into a new season. Channeling boasty energy atop bouncy, layered beats, the fruit is used as a metaphor for ‘faking it til you make it’ – perceived strength on the outside, yet malleable and soft within. 

Listen to Avocado here and watch the visualizer by blackpowerbarbie here.

“Finding that true inner confidence has come with a lot of introspection over the past year. Unlike before when I appearedconfident on the outside but had many insecurities, I feel my confidence is now much more rooted to my internal core,” Haviah says. “While we’re always a work in progress as humans, I feel much more stable now that I'm more comfortable with myself and what I have to offer. This is a reminder that if you're not confident in your own strides, you'll end up following somebody who is!”

Grandtheft adds: “2oolman (from Halluci Nation / A Tribe Called Red) put me onto Haviah’s music and I was instantly a fan. There is this side to her as an artist that reminds me of Lauryn Hill - she can rap the most lyrical verses and still sing a perfect hook. I wanted to feature this when we worked together. Haviah came to my Toronto studio to do our first session and Avocado is what we wrote! She is so versatile and has such a unique energy, it was cool to be able to create this song together on the spot.”

Haviah will make her return to a place she knows and loves this summer – the stage. Audiences can experience Haviah’s unparalleled sound and performance at RIVER & SKY Music Festival in Field, Ontario on July 16, Le Festif! De Baie-Saint-Paul on July 22 in Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec, CityView Drive-In alongside Shad and Skratch Bastid on August 27 in Toronto, Ontario and Westward Music Festival in Vancouver, British Columbia on September 12. See below for full details.

Avocado will appear on Haviah’s new mixtape, Stock Exchange, set for release this fall, which is the latest full length following her 2019 Polaris Music Prize-winning album, 13th Floor. Last month, Haviah shared the powerful single, Protest, featuring UK artist Yizzy. Produced by Young Dreadz, the single, Protest, is a visceral recall of the feelings of guilt and stress that many marginalized individuals carry with them daily due to centuries of suffering, heaviness, pain and bloodshed at the hands of law enforcement.

Watch the video for Protest, directed by  Kit Weyman & Chrris Lowe, and produced by Director X-led production company, Fela (who have created videos for Drake, Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, Rosalia, Jay Z and more).

Haviah's forthcoming Stock Exchange mixtape will feature  collaborations with US artists Jalen Santoy (Way Too Fast) and Old Man Saxon (Antisocial) to  Toronto artist TOBi (Good On My Own Tonight), with more to be announced. The title refers to a reckoning Haviah had internally over the last year, connecting with how artists are forced to validate their value based on random data (followers, subscribers) and losing a part of the authentic human-to-human universal experience of art. 

Get familiar with Haviah Mighty’s work to date ahead of Stock Exchange and watch as she continues to rise in sound and vision on stages across Canada this summer. 

Upcoming Tour Dates:
July 16 – RIVER & SKY Music/Camping Festival – Field, ON
July 22 – Le Festif! De Baie-Saint-Paul 2021 Scène La Fabrique Culturelle (Rue Jean-Talon) – Baie-Saint-Paul, QC
August 27 – CityView Drive-In – Toronto, ON 
September 12 – Westward Music Festival 2021 @ The Imperial – Vancouver, BC

Listen to Avocado | Watch Avocado

Listen to 13th Floor  here | Purchase 13th Floor on vinyl here

About Haviah Mighty
Haviah Mighty didn’t need to change her birth name when she decided to dedicate her career to music. Mighty could not better describe Haviah’s craft of provocative challenges and uncompromising truths.

Based out of Toronto, Haviah has spent a lifetime developing her skills as a songwriter, vocalist, producer, and performer culminating in a style of profound introspection and incisive socio-political critique. Her dynamic combinations of rap, song, and instrumental, transition seamlessly from hip-hop to soul to afrobeats with a meticulous flow and cadence that transcends any traditional expectation of genre. 2019 saw Haviah earn break-out success with her album, 13th Floor, garnering overwhelming praise from publications such as Pitchfork and Billboard, and making her the first hip-hop artist and the first Black woman to win the Polaris Music Prize, celebrating the “best Canadian album of the year”.

In 2020, the recognition spread internationally. Haviah made an acclaimed appearance on Sway in the Morning, impressing with a performance of immaculate flow and fierce lyricism, “showing you something you NEED to be looking at.” Likewise, in the UK, BBC Radio 1’s Jack Saunders recognized Haviah as “one of the most exciting new rappers out there.”

2021 might have seen Haviah’s momentum stalled by a certain global pandemic…But for Haviah, attrition is met with defiance, and hardship with inspiration. She describes the enforced solitude of lockdown as not an obstacle, but “a window of immense opportunity” to develop the art that has always been a realization of deep contemplation and self-examination. Haviah pushes forward continuing to carve out spaces that boldly defy gendered expectations for women in hip-hop.

Stay locked in for new projects to challenge, move, and entertain, coming your way soon. Unyielding and irresistible - Haviah Mighty will be heard.