About

ABOUT Achanté

toronto-mumbai based singer-songwriter


Achanté a.k.a. Chantelle Menezes is a Toronto/Mumbai based singer-songwriter, vocal producer and multi-instrumentalist who uses music as a medium of diasporic storytelling. Not one to let genre dictate things, she proudly claims and expresses a complex layer of identities through art forms such as music performance, dance, fashion, photography and the spoken word.

TOWGA music video

Shows

Listening through headphones is great, but Achanté LIVE is a whole different experience! The artist has a versatile sound that she customizes to fit the space and energy of the event that she's a part of - whether it's an intimate solo showcase, acoustic duo set on the Toronto waterfront, fully-amped 5 piece band at a concert or track-assisted live performance at a dance party.

Her memorable sound (kind of like Erykah Badu meets Alicia Keys meets Shae Gill) comes from a diverse upbringing. Achanté has Indian roots and has lent her vocal chops to the indie as well as Bollywood scene in Mumbai, collaborating and sharing the stage with Oscar Winner, A.R. Rahman, Shalmali Kholgade, Sickflip and MTV Coke Studio, to name a few. Since relocating to Toronto in 2019, she has already amassed a growing local fan base headlining legendary venues and shows  like Lee’s Palace, Sofar Sessions, Breaking Sound Canada, Taste of India, OBJX, Clinton’s, Harbourfront and Aga Khan Museum and played 59 live shows (and counting!) in 2022-23 alone. 

Previous events

Date Event Location
HOUSE OF MARASII VOL. 3 Hanlan's Island (Toronto Islands) , Toronto Hanlan's Island (Toronto Islands) , Toronto
LEOSZN - Live and Alive Drom Taberna, Toronto Drom Taberna, Toronto
Taste of India (North America's largest Indian festival- FREE EVENT) Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto
Clinton's Got Talent Clinton's , Toronto Clinton's , Toronto
Breaking Sound Toronto Supermarket Bar & Variety, Toronto Supermarket Bar & Variety, Toronto
Sofar Sounds Toronto Tapestry, Toronto Tapestry, Toronto
GODDESS RISING II [SESSION NUMBER SEVEN] Clinton's , Toronto Clinton's , Toronto
The MixDOWN Palmerston Theatre, Toronto Palmerston Theatre, Toronto
Achanté & Rooh LIVE The Oud & the Fuzz, Toronto The Oud & the Fuzz, Toronto
Headliner for Open Mic Night Nothing Fancy, Toronto Nothing Fancy, Toronto
 —  — Serenades & Cocktails at Mother Cocktail Bar Mother Cocktail Bar, Toronto Mother Cocktail Bar, Toronto
Achanté & Friends Pop Up Performance at Aga Khan Museum Aga Khan Museum , Toronto Aga Khan Museum , Toronto
Achanté & Friends Pop Up Performance at Aga Khan Museum Aga Khan Museum , Toronto Aga Khan Museum , Toronto
DREAM MORE STUDIOS PRESENTS: LAST CONCERT SERIES OF THE YEAR Clinton's, Toronto, ON M6G 1L5 Clinton's, Toronto, ON M6G 1L5
No Place Like Home The Painted Lady, Toronto, ON M6J 2Z9 The Painted Lady, Toronto, ON M6J 2Z9
Achanté headlines Open Concepts - Performance party OBJX Studio #Unit 200a, Toronto, ON M6N 5C9 OBJX Studio #Unit 200a, Toronto, ON M6N 5C9
 — (EDT, UTC-04)  — (EDT, UTC-04) Achanté & Friends at Pedestrian Sunday Kensington Market, Toronto Kensington Market, Toronto
(EDT, UTC-04) (EDT, UTC-04) Fuego Friends Birthday Concert The Mix 669, Toronto The Mix 669, Toronto
The Womage at Lee's Palace Lee's Palace, Toronto Lee's Palace, Toronto

PRESS

 

"Achanté’s newest single is the gentle piano-aided “Serotonin Skies.” The soothing ballad also includes a string section, vocal overlays, mellifluous harmonies as well as captivating and emotional lead vocals from Achanté. In a statement, the artist said, “I wrote ‘Serotonin Skies’ three years ago for a long-ago love, but over time, space, two continents, and the many people who have been part of its journey, its meaning has evolved to become an expansive ode – to love, reborn.” - David Britto, Rolling Stone Magazine, India | CLICK TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE

Singing of love, endings and the oasis that is life, ‘Serotonin Skies’ sets the stage for an EP that brings depth to the Toronto music scene. A soft soul who “loves love” and describes herself as “too optimistic for her own good”, Achanté hopes to change the way we consume music, reminding us that love leads." - Imaani Walker, Beatcave | CLICK TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE 

“The track is a beautiful and powerful piece of music. It speaks to the power of love and being reborn from heartbreak, exploring both the struggles and the joys of finding and reclaiming love. The song starts off with a gentle introduction and builds to an emotional crescendo, with Achante’s powerful vocals reminiscent of a master storyteller guiding us on a journey through their emotional experiences.” - Rohit Jadhav, The Indian Music Diaries | CLICK TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE

"The song’s dream-pop production sits perfectly with Achanté’s mellifluous vocals and lush texture. In a statement, she said, “This track brings [the] Torontonian and South Asian diaspora together. It weaves the story of two star-crossed lovers, and skillfully maneuvers the listener through feelings of passion, nostalgia, unrequited love and closure.” - David Britto, Rolling Stone Magazine, India | CLICK TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE

 “Achanté’s debut single, ‘The One Who Got Away’ talks about relationships without closure and celebrates the spectrum of emotions it evokes” - Findie.in

 “Loved the strings here and the sunny vibe of the song, Achanté's voice is very beautiful as well!” - Krisi, Stereofox

 "The One Who Got Away" es una cautivadora canción, interpretada con gran expresividad. La canción tiene un fresco trabajo instrumental, creando una positiva atmósfera musical. - Sofia, Caoba Records

"Mumbai-bred artists; Karan Viegas (based in Brooklyn) and Toronto-based Chantelle Menezes aka Achanté recently delivered a warm neo-soul cover of the timeless George Gershwin classic “Summertime.” The duo showcases Indian and African influences across their version as they share vocal duties brilliantly while slick piano work, percussive chants, lush pads and several modulations, as well as soundscapes of birds, meadows and swaying trees, give the track a seismic lift. - David Britto, Rolling Stone Magazine, India | CLICK TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE

Videos

SOFA SESSIONS INTERVIEW & SHOWCASE

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I plan to release my debut EP soon and continue to play live shows in Toronto, India and online. Be a part of my journey by following and engaging with me on social media.

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