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    THE PEAK

    June 18, 2020

    Tonye Aganaba’s resilience as a Black queer-identifying musician is apparent on Something Comfortable

    By Kim Regala

    The Peak

     

    It was in early 2015 when Vancouver-based multidisciplinary artist and musician Tonye Aganaba first noticed symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS). That same year, they were diagnosed with MS, a chronic condition that targets your central nervous system, often leaving you in a lot of pain, fatigue, and can even give you vision problems. Aganaba’s progress in the music industry came to a sudden halt, especially after an unfortunate car accident two years later, which left them bedridden for months. This occurred right at the time of the release of their debut single “Villain,” a long-awaited track that the Vancouver Courier considers as “one of the best R&B recordings ever to come out of Vancouver.” However, Aganaba’s experience with MS only fuelled their devotion to their craft even more.

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    THIS IS VANCOLOUR

    Feb. 19, 2020

    #66 - Manjot Bains & Tonye Aganaba

    Hosted by Mo Amir

    This is Vancolour

    Tonye Aganaba is a singer, songwriter, musician, and multi-disciplinary artist whose new album “Something Comfortable” is a devotional endeavour inspired by their battle with multiple sclerosis. The album also serves as the score to “Afroscience”, an immersive performance and workshop series fusing live music, visual art, digital media, and story-telling to encourage a dialogue and action around identity, public health, and expression.

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    CJSF 90.1 FM

    Feb. 3, 2020

    Tonye Aganaba at MOA

    by Baby Lee-Young

    CJSF Art's and Event Reviews

    On Thursday, February 13th 2020, Vancouver-based multidisciplinary artist, musician and arts facilitator Tonye Aganaba performed as a part of MOA’s sold out program. The museum’s event, "Decolonizing Voices, A Celebration of Canadian Black HERstory," in light of Black History (and Futures) month, featured Aganaba, amongst Nya Lewis, Bertha Clarke and Chantal Gibson, as representatives of Black Womxn Canadians.

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    THE GLOBE & MAIL

    Nov. 8, 2019

    For artist Tonye Aganaba, an MS diagnosis is ‘a call to action’

    by Michael White

    Special to the Globe and Mail

    Tonye Aganaba began feeling symptoms of MS when she was just 30 years old. With patience, perseverance and acceptance, she continues to explore her creativity as a singer, songwriter and musician while managing her symptoms.

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    THE STAR

    May 5, 2019

    Disappearing dispensaries drive fears of painful future for cannabis patient suffering from neurological disease

    By Perrin Grauer

    Star Vancouver

    VANCOUVER—Tonye Aganaba is worried about the future of the cannabis industry.

    For the 33-year-old U.K.-born Vancouver woman, the profound changes brought on by last October’s federal legalization are not only profound, they’re personal...

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    BEATROUTE

    Oct.  9, 2019

    Tonye Aganaba Tunes Into Creature Comforts Of The Every Day And Learns To Cope

    by Yasmine Shemesh

    BeatRoute

     

    Curled up on the couch in their living room, Tonye Aganaba is gushing over Star Trek. The multidisciplinary artist insists the sci-fi series was ahead of its time in terms of social progressiveness: it had African American women in visible and authoritative roles; it was one of the first to air an interracial kiss; an episode featured a same-sex kiss. For Aganaba, a gender-fluid person of colour, the representation is powerful and important.

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    THE FOOD COURT

    PODCAST

    April 15, 2019

  • DISCORDER MAGAZINE

    Feb. 15, 2019

    Healing & Hibernation with Tonye Aganaba

    Lexi Mellish Mingo

    Standing awkwardly at waterfront station, warm bodies skittered around me like squirrels. As I waited in stillness, I started to question my own scheme. For our interview, I had asked Tonye to take me to a space that offered her a source of healing, but despite my intrigue, I feared the ambiguity. At four pm, the sun started to bow behind the icy glass buildings. 

  • SAD MAGAZINE

    Nov. 12, 2019

    Chronically Creative:  How Two Creatives Transform Pain into Beauty

    Karen Chan

    Tonye’s voice transforms pain into something beautiful. Her new album Something Comfortable is “an intentional and devotional endeavour inspired by her battle with multiple sclerosis (MS)”, a demyelinating disease of the insulating covers of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. She is chronically ill and chronically creative because of it. 

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    VANCOURIER

    May 18, 2017

    Down but not out: Tonye Aganaba’s journey through music and MS

    by Michael White / Westender

    Vancouver Courier

    She isn’t remarking about her abilities as a singer, songwriter and musician, although she would be completely justified if she were. Instead, Aganaba – whose stage name is simply Tonye (pronounced tawn-yay) – is impressed merely that she was able to walk the few blocks from her home to this interview. Only days earlier, it would have been physically impossible.

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