Steve Jolin, aka Anodajay, was born on the 7th of 7th 1977. Child of Abitbi-Témiscamingue, it is nevertheless from the other side of the border, on Ontario soil, that the 12-year-old boy climbs onto the boards for the first time… The unforgettable moment marks. A few years - and a mock-up of three songs - later, Steve Jolin becomes Anodajay (for copper anode, this copper with which the history of Rouyn-Noranda was written, and another “J”, another “J” ), the first rapper from Abitibi.
While his Premier VII was released, a 20-track record with which he performed in Montreal and elsewhere, he founded Les Disques 7ième Ciel in 2003. A unifying and committed label which, a great defender of local hip-hop, will later reveal in Quebec some of the most influential faces on the scene, Samian, Koriass and Dramatik.
In June 2006, Anodajay released Septentrion, a critically acclaimed second album that he updated as part of the Francofolies de Montréal. The man who is now nicknamed "the rapper of the woods" performed there that evening his adaptation of the great Quebec classic La bitt-à-tibi, which became Le Beat à Ti-bi under his pen. A strong title, a bridge between two generations and a daring mix of genres, made even more exploding by the participation of the inimitable Raôul Duguay, the song raises the crowd. The excerpt invades the airwaves of radio stations and the music video, the small screens of the province. The success is immense. The same year, the artist-entrepreneur - and physical educator - who manages his home region of his record company and his career was awarded the title of Artistic Personality of the Year in Abitibi. Closely followed by this honor, which he accepts with great pride, the award for Music Video of the Year at the SOBA Gala for the Beat in Ti-bi, the award for Collaboration of the Year and Popular Artist of the year at the MU Gala, as well as a nomination for the MuchMusic Video Awards in the Best French Music Video category.
On April 7, 2007, Anodajay organized the HHD Hip-Hop Dependent event in Montreal. He then brought together on the Club Soda stage some of the most prominent actors in Quebec hip-hop. The show lasts four hours and is sold out. Applauded by the public, by the press and by the industry, the event is presented again at the Imperial in Quebec then at the Festival des Montgolfières de Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, this time in front of a crowd of nearly 12 000 people. The HHD is then recognized as the most ambitious hip-hop show ever presented in Quebec - the event will be presented for the last time at the Metropolis in 2008, on the occasion of the 20 years of the Francofolies de Montréal - and its producer, like a businessman and a seasoned rapper. In the fall, Anodajay was nominated at the ADISQ Gala in the categories Music Video of the Year, for Le Beat à Ti-bi, and Hip-Hop Album of the Year, for Septentrion. It is also brought to the big screen as the Abitibi-Témiscamingue International Film Festival presents Attentat 117 Nord, a documentary relating its history.
In 2010, as we celebrate the 7th anniversary of this prolific 7th Heaven - on the stages of the Francofolies de Montréal and the Festival de musique emergente d'Abitibi-Témiscamingue, in particular -, and the ever-growing success of its actors, including the original rapper ...