Kele (pronounced Kelly) delivers a mesmerizing show marked by her voice, a majestic instrument of seemingly-limitless force and dexterity that shifts from choir girl naiveté to rock and roll edge. She has a loyal following among indie, folk-rock, pop and adult contemporary listeners. Whether it’s delivering a solo acoustic set or playing with her band, Kele’s warm stage persona and gift for story-telling deliver an experience that’s not soon forgotten.
Kele is working with Juno award-recognized engineer Sheldon Zaharko on her fourth solo album, The Song I’ll Write for My Whole Life (#SongWMWL) due for release in 2020.
The first single, Vanishing of Bees, was released as a digital download in May 2019 with proceeds donated to the David Suzuki Foundation in honour of World Bee Day. A music video shot by R.D. Cane is available on YouTube.
Kele has long been a mainstay in the Vancouver indie music scene since founding pop band hazel motes in 1991. Along with acts like the Grapes of Wrath and Lava Hay, they defined the “Vancouver sound” of the era.
Kele is based in Vancouver and on Vancouver Island. She was born in Trenton, Ontario and grew up in small military towns in Ontario, Nova Scotia and on Vancouver Island in BC. She relocated to Vancouver to go to university where she fronted hazel motes. The environment, modern dislocation, coming of age as a queer person and the lives of women, are common themes in her music.
Feb 15th, 2020, The Eleven Twelves, Massy Ferguson, Kele Fleming, LanaLou's Vancouver, BC (cap 100)
Jan 24th, 2020, Kele Fleming, Aaron Trory, The Vault Cafe, Nanaimo BC (cap 100)
Dec 7th, 2019, Kele Fleming, Aaron Trory, Char's Landing, Port Alberni, BC (Cap 110)
Dec 6th, 2019, Kele Fleming, Tower of Dudes, Victoria, BC, The Loft Pub, Victoria, BC (cap 110)
Nov 22nd, 2019, China Syndrome, Tower of Dudes, Kele Fleming, The Fairview Pub, Vancouver, BC (cap 187)
Oct 26th, 2019, Stone Poets & Kele Fleming, The Duncan Showroom, Duncan BC (cap 60)
Oct 25, 2019, Stone Poets & Kele Fleming, The Cornerstone Taphouse, Courtney BC (cap 75)
Oct 11, 2019, It's The New Thing (second edition), (composer showcase curated by Andy Resto) The Toast Collective, Vancouver, BC (cap 60)
Aug 29th, 2019, Kele Fleming opens International Pop Overthrow (3-night festival curated by David Bash), The Fairview Pub, Vancouver (cap 187)
Jul 19, 2019, Stone Poets with Kele Fleming, The Corner Lounge, Nanaimo (cap 125)
Jul 6th, 2019 Kele Fleming, 39 Days of July Cowichan Summer Festival, Buckersfield Stage, Duncan, BC (cap 100)
Apr 3rd, 2019, Jane Siberry with Kele Fleming, The WISE Hall, Vancouver (cap 250) Sold Out
Oct 19, 2018, Autumn Euphoria, Aaron Trory, Kele Fleming, The Diviners The Fairview Pub, Vancouver (cap 187)
Sept 15, 2019, Kele Fleming, Sarah Wheeler and Monica Lee, Pat's Pub & Brewhouse, Vancouver, BC (cap 150)
Aug 31, 2018, Kele Fleming with Ron Yamauchi Aquarius Sessions House Concert via Side Door, Vancouver, BC (cap 40)
Aug 29th 2018, Kele Fleming opens International Pop Overthrow (3-night festival curated by David Bash) at The Fairview Pub, Vancouver, BC (cap 187)
Aug 25, 2018 The Furniture, Aquafit Soundtrack, Kele Fleming LanaLou's, Vancouver (cap 100)
May 5 - May 17, 2018 Spring Tour of Southern Ontario. Toronto (cap 100), Hamilton (cap 50), Peterborough (cap 100), Ottawa (cap 75), Kitchener (cap 50), Brantford (cap 50), Kingston (cap 100), London (cap 100).
Apr 13, 2018, Kele Fleming, Sarah Wheeler, Silent Martin The Cultch, Vancouver, BC (cap 200) Sold Out
May, 2017, Tour of Southern Ontario. Toronto (cap 80), Ottawa (cap 75), Hamilton (cap 100), Cambridge (cap 50), Guelph (cap 75).
Feb 2017, Mini Tour of Southern Ontario (Toronto, Ottawa) and live performance on CP24 Toronto TV Morning Show.
Oct 15, 2016, Kele Fleming, Laura Kroeker, Silent Martin, The Cultch, Vancouver, BC (cap 100) Sold Out
The Song I'll Write for My Whole Life - 10 track album (2020)
Vanishing of Bees – single & video May (2019) fundraiser for the David Suzuki Foundation Butterfly Way Project
no static -12 track album (2016)
World in Reverse - 10 track album (2010)
Songs from the Tinforest (2004) - dual media project, printed book of poetry and 17 track album
Stand (1993) - Recorded with CBC’s Nightlines Digital Re-issue
20th Century Monologue (1995)
Sturgeon Love (1998)
Opened sold out show with Jane Siberry at The Wise Hall April, 2019
no static enters CiTR radio charts at number one April, 2018
Honorable Mention in multiple songwriting contests, including Unisong International, 2001 and Write-On (Vancouver), 1990.
Opened for Lost & Profound (1996), Cate Friesen (2004), Katherine Wheatley (2004) & Susan Crowe (2004).
Performed at Bumbershoot Festival (Seattle, 1992), Music West (Vancouver, 1994), NXNE (Toronto, 1995), Canadian Music Week (Toronto, 1996), Under the Volcano (Vancouver, 1994 and 1997), Stonewall (Vancouver, 1998), Pride Festival (Vancouver, 1997), Music Waste (Vancouver, 2013).
Performed at Vancouver’s Word on the Street Festival as both a poet (1999, 2003) and lead singer of a pop band (1996).
National radio airplay on CBC Radio (Nightlines, Brave New Waves) and college radio (various stations across the country).
Selected (with hazel motes) for CBC's “Nightlines Sessions” with David Wisdom; resulting in 5-song studio recording and Nightlines broadcast (1994).
A number of hazel motes songs and songs off of Kele’s solo records charted on North American college radio.
3 national tours (1994, 1995, 1996); multiple Pacific Northwest tours (Canada & US; 1993, 1994, 1999, 2005, 2010); multiple Southern Ontario tours (1995, 1996, 1999, 2002, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2017, 2018).
Media & Press
"no static is an epic, anthemic album…it really rises.” (Paul Corby, Radio Regent Toronto, Feb 24/17)
“ekologik…a lovely track…with a spooky wind at the end.” (The Guest List w/ Joe Reilly (CKCU), May 25/17)
“She always had it in her to be Kele Fleming…Thanks to Yamauchi, on her new no static album, there is someone who is more free, more expressive, more extroverted.” (Tom Harrison, Vancouver Sun, Oct 10/16)
“As an occasional poet and would-be novelist, Fleming’s aim was to make a record that combined the depth of long-form fiction with the evocative qualities of verse…Fleming’s imagination operates on a similarly outsizedscale.” (Alex Varty, The Georgia Straight, Oct 19/10)
“It’s Fleming’s way with words, and her alternately Debbie Harry or Grace Slick delivery, that really will put your world in reverse.” (Ottawa Xpress Hot List, April 1/10)
"kele fleming might have the most original songwriting style in Vancouver" (Tom Harrison, Vancouver Province, 2010)
"[kele’s] vision is even more personal as she combines minimalistically arranged songs with spoken word passages. It’s a bold move but it works." (Tom Harrison, Vancouver Province, 2004)
[Kele’s] songs and poems probe beneath the surface of a city often considered superficial and cold, exploring themes of love, life and innermost feelings.” (Kamloops Daily News, 2004)
"It's [Kele] Fleming's unusual way with words, her pop hooks, and her subject matter that most catch the ear." (Michel Drouin The Georgia Straight, 1998)
“Kele Fleming is a great singer.” (David Wisdom, CBC Radio’s Nightlines, 1994)