Shyama-Priya started fancy dancing at the age of 16. She has taught and performed at various events, festivals and schools throughout the lower mainland and North America. As well as dancing Shyama-Priya also acts and models. She has been a guest dancer on various TV stations such as Urban Rush, First talk, My TV and many more. Her notable performances include dancing with world-renowned and world champion group The Native Pride Dancers, as well as being one of 16 dancers chosen from across Canada to dance along Brian Adams and Nelly Furtado, in the 2010 opening ceremonies. The mastermind behind her beautiful regalia is her mother’s creations. Shyama-Priya uses her gifts as a way to inspire others to live their dreams. Her passion of dance has ignited her passion for personal wellbeing and wellbeing for our mother earth.
Born in Brampton, ON, Ralph started his training at age 14 at Harbour Dance Centre in Vancouver, BC. His arsenal of performance skills include a verity of street dance styles, ballroom, circus, drag and was a graduated of Contemporary Training Program Modus Operandi (2015). In his earlier years of dancing he danced with Vancouver crews such as Kill The Lights, House Of Ladouche, Freshgroove Productions, SickStyles and 247company. He’s worked with commercial choreographers Paul Becker, Tucker Barkely, Luther Brown, Aakomon “AJ” Jones, Kenny Ortega and Gil Duldulao; and artist Victoria Duffield, Zendaya Coleman and was a guest dancer for Janet Jackson “Unbreakable” tour (2015). Contemporary contracts include: Gadfly Collective (Toronto), Inlayers (Calgary), Kinesis Dance Somatheatro, Out Innerspace Theatre, and in 2014 apprenticed with Kidd Pivot. He is currently working/touring with Co- Erasga Dance, Company 605, Wen Wei Dance and as an emerging choreographer explores the complexities of identity and culture through his work.
The Breaking Boundaries band was formed in Vancouver, Canada in 2015, with the purpose of sharing Colombian traditional rythms: interpreting vallenato, cumbia, currulao, maquerule, puya, sanjuaneros, bullerengue, and aguabajos. The group’s name reflects one of their main purposes: Breaking Boundaries wants to overcome generational gaps and share their music with people from all ages and backgrounds. Breaking Boundaries Band wants to reach to those who love music, and believes that they can create a strong connection with them through music. To many Canadians, vallenato is unknown; Breaking Boundaries enjoys the fact that, through their playing, they can share the rhythms of Colombia with Canadians, giving them an exciting experience and overcoming the physical distance that exists between the two countries.
CARAVAN OF CREEPS
The Caravan of Creeps is a Vancouver-based circus/sideshow collective with members ranging across Canada. They pride themselves on bringing weird and wonderful spectacles to both private events and their own productions. Founded in 2015, they have performed across Canada and in the Western USA, delighting and thrilling audiences in equal measure.
“I started flow arts recently in 2015, spinning fire poi at Parade Of Lost Souls 2015, and I have been helping to host and safety for the local Sunday fire jams for 2 years. Poi is my main prop but I work with fans and hoops and fire eating and fleshing. (Nom nom fire). For the last 15 years I have been out as asexual, while only really coming forward about being genderqueer this past year.”
“Alison’s keepin it hot with her passion for fire and flow, with local and festival performances including Burning Man. Her love for fire spinning keeps burning brighter, as she has picked up fire hoop, poi, fans, palm torches, dragon staff and meteor hammer in the past couple years. Catch her infectious grin as she lights it up with the Caravan of Creeps for Burnaby Pride 2018. She is proud to be part of a community that celebrates love in all its forms!!”
“Cartwheeling his way around the colloquial movement and circus salad, Afeef draws on his experience in the arts to bring a dynamic energy to his performances. Dramatizing solo pieces draw attention to the bigger picture, while working with others creates a smooth and strong ensemble, ensuring the spotlight lands on everybody equally. Perhaps even the audience 😉. A guaranteed crowd pleaser.”
“Weird, wicked, & wild; Nova Nefarious is a force to be reckoned with. Her hula hoop is her main squeeze, but her other prop specialities include her flow wands, fans, and parasols. Nova takes the art of flow, and takes it to a different level, bringing a sexy and sassy attitude to match her talents.
“My name is Westley Vandenberg and I have been performing fire for 5 years now. I take to the stage naturally and am highly comfortable with crowds!”
Stephen is a 25-year-old singer and performer from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Singing since the age of 13, he has performed at several notable venues. He has opened for Dal Richards, sang the national anthems and halftime show for the BC Lions, Vancouver Giants and Vancouver Canadians, has performed for the Michael Cuccione Foundation Gala twice, and has sang with Michael Buble on two occasions. His dream is to one day sustain a career singing and doing what he loves to do most. His biggest musical influences include Jamie Cullum, Billy Joel, Michael Buble, Adele, Alicia Keys, Jason Mraz and more.
Jillian Christmas was born and raised in Markham, Ontario. She currently lives on the unceded territories of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam people (Vancouver, BC.), where she serves as Artistic Director of Verses Festival of Words. Jillian is an enthusiastic organizer and activist in the Canadian arts community, her focus being to increase anti-oppression initiatives in spoken word. She has participated in, developed and executed programs in partnership with Toronto Poetry Project, Wordplay, Brendan McLeod's Travelling Slam, University of British Columbia, Vancouver Opera, and the CULTCH Mentorship, and facilitated spoken word workshops for youth and adults across the country.
JOHNNY D TRINH
Johnny D Trinh is an interdisciplinary and spoken word artist. Exploring the use of music, projection mapping, video, social media, movement, theatre, and creative technology- Johnny’s practice integrates the multi-layered realities within which we exist to create immersive spoken word experiences. Johnny’s pedagogy is rooted in the constant goal of fostering a sense of empowerment, agency, and compassion through socially engaged, community based art. He creates opportunities to support marginalized communities cultivate their voice: “Pass the mic, or silence the future.” Johnny D Trinh is an award-winning playwright, and author of several chapbooks. Johnny’s first audio album #undeniable was released in July 2017.
CHELSEA D.E JOHNSON
A Soul-Sister fueled by Rock 'n' Roll, Chelsea DE Johnson is an integral voice for female empowerment. Bursting from the depths of East Vancouver dubbed 'The Voice' by the late, great, Zaccheus Jackson, Chelsea brings healing lyrical content and raw vocal power to every performance.
Dust is a local drag person known for their zany personality and garish performances. They are the creator and host of Commercial Drag (a Sunday night drag show at The London Pub on Main, for more info follow @commercialdrag on Instagram!) Dust is know for their brash in your face drag style that really asks the question “is that drag?” From the blue brows to the flat shoes Dust will have you shaved and ready to be deep fried by the end of their performances! If you see Dust say hi, they love to meet people!
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