Jonathan Emile

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Jonathan Emile
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Jonathan Emile performing live at 'McGill University' in 2011 in Montréal, Québec, Canada.
Background information
Also known as Jon E
Born (1986-02-19) February 19, 1986 (age 29)
Origin Montréal, Québec
Negril, Jamaica
Genres Conscious hip hop
Spoken Word
Hip hop soul
Occupation(s) rapper/poet, singer/songwriter, producer
Years active 2009–present
Labels Mindpeacelove, Bongobeat
Associated acts Kendrick Lamar, KRS-One, Murs, Buckshot, Denis Brott, Kalmunity Vibe Collective, The Franco Proietti Morph-tet

Jonathan Emile (Jon E) (born February 19, 1986) is a Jamaican Canadian hip-hop recording artist from Montreal, Quebec. He is a rapper, singer, producer, activist and a cancer survivor.[1] In October 2015, Emile released his first studio album, The Lover/Fighter Document LP, which incorporates elements of reggae, jazz, R&B and electro-pop. The independent album features collaborations with Kendrick Lamar, Murs and Buckshot. [2]


Cancer years[edit]

At the age of 18, Jonathan Emile was diagnosed with a rapidly growing cancerous tumor. For the next two years, Jonathan Emile employed his philosophy of Mindpeacelove creating music, in the hospital and between his treatments. He finished treatment in December 2005 and completed his remission in December 2010. [3]


In 2009, Emile released "The Lover/Fighter Document EP". [4]

Emile released the The Lover/Fighter Document LP on October 9, 2015. He worked and toured with material from the album while attending McGill University as a Philosophy & Political Science major. [5] He released "Heaven Help Dem" as a separate release featuring vocals by Kendrick Lamar taken from his album.[6][7][8]

Composition and performance[edit]

Jonathan Emile composes and performs in the genres of hip-hop, reggae, R&B and electro-pop. His vocal performance and recording style includes, singing, rapping, free-styling and scatting in English, French and Jamaican Patois.[9] Emile is concerned largely with creating contemporary popular hip-hop and reggae fused with soul music that addresses social, spiritual and moral issues.[10]


In 2013, Emile made his theatrical debut in the Montreal production of Broadway musical Aint Misbehavin'.[11] His performance achieved broad critical acclaim from both English and French media for his performance of André De Shields original role and his notable interpretation of “The Viper's Drag”.[12][13]

Activism and philanthropy[edit]

He shared his experiences, ambition and music offering mentoring and giving workshops to urban youth.[14]

As a Jamaican Canadian and a member of the Black community, Jonathan Emile performs and participates in Black History Month events.[15][16][17]


Year Album Label
2009 The Lover/Fighter Document EP Mindpeacelove
2015 The Lover/Fighter Document LP


  • 2011: Look Again as a prospective buyer (TV Movie)
  • 2012: Being Human (TV series, as Tall Orderly in episode "When I Think About You I Shred Myself")
  • 2013: The Horse Latitudes as male nurse (Short film)


  1. ^ Lurie, Robert (2012-06-21). "Jonathan Emile Report CTV National & Local News". CTV News: CTV Globemedia. 
  2. ^ Emile, Jonathan (2015-10-09). "Jonathan Emile - Music". iTunes. 
  3. ^ Weng, Lucy (2015-01-18). "Mindpeacelove With Jonathan Emile". Dress To Kill Men Magazine. 
  4. ^ Earshot: National Campus and Community Radio Report Chart Appearances (Canada), 2009-06-30 
  5. ^ Macdonald, Darcy. "Jonathan Emile drops a record today". CULT MTL. Retrieved 2015-10-09. 
  6. ^ Erik Leijon (6 February 2015). "Jonathan Emile's bittersweet song of peace". Montreal Gazette. 
  7. ^ Slava Pastuk. "Why Can't You Listen to That New Kendrick Lamar Verse on Jonathan Emile's "Heaven Help Dem"? (interview)". Vice. 
  8. ^ Emmanuel C.M. (2015-01-13). "Kendrick Lamar And Jonathan Emile 'Heaven Help Dem'". XXL. 
  9. ^ Labri-Aissa, Sonia (2015-09-01). "Lover, fighter, and artist on the rise". McGill Daily. 
  10. ^ Grant, Andre (2015-10-19). "Jonathan Emile Survived Cancer & Kendrick Lamar, But Can He Get Us To Listen To "The Lover/Fighter Document?"". 
  11. ^ DONNELLY, PAT (2013-10-03). "Review: Ain’t Misbehavin’: From music to dance moves, this one’s a winner". The Montreal Gazette. 
  12. ^ LEMAY, DANIEL (2013-10-04). "Ain't Misbehavin' : pas de révolution, que du plaisir!: From music to dance moves, this one’s a winner page =". The Presse. 
  13. ^ Pearson, Meghan (2013-10-17). "AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' Brings Down the House at the Segal Centre". 
  14. ^ Kersey, Molly. "Bexley School Celebrates Black History Month". Bexley Times. Retrieved 2014-10-23. 
  15. ^ Okeke, Shari (2014-12-17). "Union United Church Seeks $600K in Funding for Urgent Repairs". CBC News. 
  16. ^ Ambroziak, Alycia (2015-02-17). "Black History Month in Full Gear in The West Island". Montreal West Island Chronicle. 
  17. ^ CTV Global News: Jonathan Emile on Black History Month (25 February 2015)

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