Saturday, November 24th, 2018 @ 9pm
A Not-So-Secret Secret Location in Toronto
Date: Saturday, November 24th, 2018
SKETCH is a community arts enterprise based in Toronto. We engage diverse young people, ages 16-29, from across Canada, who are navigating poverty, living homeless or otherwise on the margins, to:
– experience the transformative power of the arts
– build leadership and self-sufficiency in the arts
– cultivate social and environmental change through the arts.
Toronto-based songwriter, vocalist, producer, and multi-disciplinary artist Maylee Todd is best known for music that incorporates elements of disco, funk,soul, electronic, and experimental sounds. Her previous two albums Choose Your Own Adventure (2010) and Escapology (2013) brought her on tour across North America, Europe and Asia, charting worldwide, and establishing her as a breakout Canadian indie artist.
Her third studio album Acts of Love sees Maylee wholly embracing technology and taking on the role of producer, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist, recording and playing the bulk of the music in her home studio. From a sonic standpoint, the new album marks a departure from the harder-edged sounds of her previous work, boasting a more stripped down, synth-based production approach, with hypnotic beats and undeniably poppy hooks.
Latest Press: NPR First Listen, MTV Japan, recent performances include Billboard Live Tokyo, Fringe Philippines, and Pop Montreal
“sleek, downtempo R&B, occasionally suggesting the sophistication of Sade, to chilly industrial dance-pop, all the while beckoning the listener into an intimate space where daydreams can go undisturbed.” – Jewly Hight, NPR Music
“On Acts of Love, Todd has found herself — not committed to any particular genre, but to music highly rooted in authenticity, integrity and emotional complexity.” – Ryan B. Patrick, Exclaim!
“Something for the night time, the right time and those tranquil moments between” – Zo, Okayplayer
Sang has been behind some of the most iconic modern Asian restaurants in the city of Toronto. He was profiled in the New York Times #1 bestselling business book, Better and Faster, by Jeremy Gutsche, for his innovative approach to restaurant marketing and Asian cuisine. He operates Canada’s most popular sushi and gimbap making school, Sushi Making For The Soul, with over 19,000+ “graduates” since its inception in 2010.
He has been featured as CNE celebrity Chef and LCBO’s Chef Of The Month and served as “Keynote Chef Ambassador” for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Government of South Korea, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), at various events. He is the regular Asian food correspondent on CTV’s popular national daytime talk show, The Social and national breakfast show, Your Morning. He makes regular appearances on Breakfast Television; CBC TV and others. His own cooking talk show, Dishing It with Chef Sang launches in Fall 2018 on TAG TV.
He is an award-winning author of two books. He has won the Gloria Vanderbilt Prize for Short Ficiton, Third Prize for Grain Magazine’s Short Grain Fiction Contest, finalist for the CBC Short Story Competition. His next two books, Woody Allen Ate My Kimchi, a memoir about his restaurant and food journey, and his collection of short stories, Eating Dogs, will both be released in 2019-2020.
He is the recipient of the North York Civic Award; York West Centennial Award; Push Food Forward’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to food and issues around food literacy and childhood poverty.
He has given keynote talks at TEDx; SIPO Foundation; IMPACT Entrepreneur Conference; enRoute/ING Talks; Toronto Foundation For Student Success; Toronto Garlic Festival; Toronto District School Board; Toronto Public Library; Passages Canada, and many others.
The 4th Poet Laureate of Toronto (2012-15) and the 7 th Parliamentary/Canadian Poet Laureate (2016-17), George Elliott Clarke is a revered artist in song, drama, fiction, screenplay, essays, and poetry. Born in Windsor, Nova Scotia, in 1960, Clarke was educated at the University of Waterloo, Dalhousie University, and Queen’s University. Clarke is also a pioneering scholar of African-Canadian literature. A professor of English at the University of Toronto, Clarke has taught at Duke, McGill, the University of British Columbia, and Harvard. He holds eight honorary doctorates, plus appointments to the Order of Nova Scotia and the Order of Canada at the rank of Officer. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. His recognitions include the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Fellows Prize, the Governor-General’s Award for Poetry, the National Magazine Gold Award for Poetry, the Premiul Poesis (Romania), the Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction, the Eric Hoffer Book Award for Poetry (US), and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award. Clarke’s work is the subject of Africadian Atlantic: Essays on George Elliott Clarke (2012), edited by Joseph Pivato. Finally, though Clarke is racialized “Black” and was socialized as an Africadian, he is a card-carrying member of the Eastland Woodland Métis Nation Nova Scotia, registered under Section 35 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. He is, at last, a proud Afro-Métis Africadian.
Danny Thrax is an award-winning musical artist and producer. His sound has been described by Respect magazine as “big, grimy, hectic, infectious”, with The Grid calling out his trademark “wall-shaking, fuck-the-neighbours bass”. As a DJ, he has shared the stage with artists as diverse as Gucci Mane, Ghostface Killah, Machinedrum, Killer Mike, and A Tribe Called Red. His eclectic style has rocked crowds from warehouse raves to festivals across the ocean; from concert halls to notorious block parties shut down by the police.
Jayda Marley is a spoken word poet based in Toronto from the Jane and Finch area. She has been writing and performing spoken word poetry since 2014. Jayda shares her experiences with homophobia, rape culture, and growing up as a young biracial woman in Canada. In 2015 Jayda was awarded the Toronto Black Student Recognition Award after performing one of her earliest slam poems, “They Underestimate.” With the West End team Jayda holds the “Voices of Today” national championship, her poetry has also been published in the nationally distributed West Enders magazine.
A Thunder Bringer
Thunderclaw Robinson is a Jack of all trades, master of some.
Super Powers Include Lyricism, Vocal Proficiency, Enhanced reflexes, super strength, access to unlimited Knowledge of science facts that nobody needs, and a super human level of awkwardness. Promises you he won’t lie and neither will his hips. Once Managed to win 3rd Place at an Open Mic (How does one win an open mic? You might ask? Ask him) He Is the Co-Captain of the 2018 BAM! Toronto Youth Poetry Slam Team that represented Canada in the International Spoken Word Slam and Festival; “Brave New Voices” in Houston Texas this year. The same team that is gearing up to complete in Canadian Festival of Spoken Word Later this year. He has traveled to a variety of locations across the continent to Share Light through Poems and Praise Thru Song.
And believe it or not, his name does not have any affiliation with the “Thundercats”.
Patrick de Belen is a rare breed of artist. This Toronto-based Filipino spoken word poet, performer, speaker, host and educator is one whose formidable acclaim as a performance artist and writer is equaled by his commitment to his community, and his status as an enduring source of insight, energy and mentorship for young poets across North America. As a performer, Patrick has garnered praise and admiration for his ability to blend sharp social commentary with an exhaustless wit, charm and creative candour. This combination of talents has made him a national slam champion, as he was at the 2012 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, and a performer of note on such platforms as CBC, TED Talk, NEXE and others. He is also the first ever recipient of the Spoken Word Poet of Honour award at YouthCanSlam–Canada’s national youth poetry festival, an award he won on the basis of his dual talents as a poet of remarkable ability and an educator of enduring devotion, passion and intelligence.
Off the stage, he is committed to his work in arts education/mentorship; involved in partnerships with a long list of institutions and organizations including jails, schools, health centres, libraries and more. He is also the director of BAM! Toronto Youth Poetry Slam and the facilitator of the Filipino Storytelling workshop series, “Poetry is Our Second Language”.
Gillian is Toronto based photographer, artist and educator. After developing her first photograph, Gillian discovered her love for photography in the darkroom at the University of Guelph. Since completing her BA Studio Art, she has continued to work as a freelance photographer and artist educator with with non-profit arts organizations. Her photography work has been show as a part of Contact Photography Festival, Queen west art crawl and Culture days.
Punch and Judy
Punch, the hand puppet of British and Continental fame, claims to be the greatest actor of all time. So does Judy, his counterpart. Together they destroy any who dare attempt to oppress them. And what could be more oppressive than prohibition?
Warning: the rough social justice of this highly moral tale could sometimes be mistaken for violence.
Akil is an embodiment of what lyricality means to hip hop. Using an eye for direction and visual aesthetics; he pairs this with his ability to tackle all rounds of hip hop with. From 1990 to two thousand and whatever, he experiments with styles and sounds that please crowds no matter what. With such proof of hip hop being an art form, Akil embodies that and brings it to every crowd he comes in contact with.