2017 Artists

Solmaz Asheri was born in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan and moved to Canada in 2005 at the age of 15. Currently she is completing a double degree in Fine Art and Art History and Critical Studies at NSCAD University. Her work primarily focuses on addressing the issues of racial representation, otherness and orientalism in dominant constructs of racialized/foreign other. By juxtaposing various artistic disciplines such as performance art, poetry, dance, costume and sound art as a way to echo the complexities of multiculturalism and mixed race heritage, she tries to create and enable a new possibility of being, as well as of being perceived.

Liliona Quarmyne’s eclectic experiences include dancing with Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata, creating through the Arrivals Personal Legacy Process, and choreographing for the Noyam African Dance Institute. She works across Canada and internationally, and her work has been presented by dance Immersion, the International Association of Blacks in Dance, Kinetic Studio and others. Liliona sees her body as a link to past and to future generations, using it to create art that is unconventional, provocative and grounded.

Andre Fenton is an award winning spoken word artist, and filmmaker. He has performed in 6 national poetry slams across Canada. He is currently on the board of Spoken Word Canada and a member of the writer’s council in the Writers Federation of Nova Scotia. Andre published his first book of poetry in 2016 called Ode to Teen Angst. Enjoy the bad puns, stay for the open heart.

IYARI is a new Femcee from Halifax NS. Growing up in Cole Harbour she studied Instrumental Music before making the jump to Hip Hop in her late teens. What started as an outlet to help her through being bullied at Home and School, soon became a passion. She decided to use what she experienced and learned in her Music in hopes of helping and inspiring Youth who could relate to it.

Originally from Zambia, Martha Mutale began performing poetry on 2007. She is a former 2016 Hali Slam participant, event organizer, former co-founder of Poets for Progress and was also a 4th Wall participant with the Michaelle Jean Foundation in collaboration with the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

Acsa Cromwell now known as (AceMan X Indigenous) has been involved in music since the young age of fifteen. It all started in Ottawa Ontario where he grew up. Currently planning to finally release a project in the future entitled “Third World Redemption” Acsa is working on a street tape for the project to warm things up for the listeners & has big plans he is sticking to with bringing the sound of the Golden Era of Hip Hop back to both the local & industry music scene’s.

Originally from Ottawa, Ontario, Selina Latour relocated to Halifax in 2012, where she graduated from NSCAD University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Interdisciplinary in 2016. She has since relocated to Lunenburg for the NSCAD Community Studio Residency Program.

Brenton Anthony Thomas, better known by the name of “Kinz”, or as he is affectionately called the “Don Dadda” of Canadian dancehall, is a songwriter, recording artist, entertainer and creative visualist hailing from Jamaica. His matchless sound and style are influenced by both the beauty and grit of the island that raised him. Born into the sweet melodies of reggae and the infectious rhythms of dancehall.

Josh Owen is an independent filmmaker and animator who has been making movies with his guinea pig since he was nine.

Janelle MacKay is a multi-talented artist born in New Glasgow. She creates films, and music, connecting with communities all over the world to tell important stories. Her music has been described as r&b folk jazz blues….full of imagery, humor, and clear life experiences. She is currently working on her 3rd full-length album, and is working on a documentary about the roots of African Nova Scotian music.

Rajab Ally hails from Africa Congo but now lives here in Nova Scotia where he performs music and dance.

Curtis Botham is a recent graduate of NSCAD University working primarily with drawing and photography. In 2016 he spent a semester in Germany, which inspired him to focus on history, culture and politics as artistic themes. He takes cues from the turbulent past in order to inform present-day conflicts. His work has been shown in numerous galleries in the HRM. He hopes to begin another travelling art project in the near future.

Braden Lam is an upcoming singer-songwriter and a newcomer to the Halifax music scene. After independently releasing his self-produced debut album “The Coast EP” this past summer in his hometown of Uxbridge, Ontario, he moved out here in September to study at Dalhousie University. His music has been described as a unique blend of alternative folk and subdued rock. Braden tries to capture an experience, feeling, or story in every song.

As a musician and composer Sam Wilson’s ambition is to bring light and inspiration into the world through music and art. She is a guitarist with a background in Jazz, who composes and performs instrumental music that draws influence from various genres. In addition to leading her group The Evergreen Project, Sam is currently working in collaboration with dancer/choreographer Liliona Quarmyne, who with inspiring movement enhances Sam’s original compositions.

Edwin Hull known as “Yohan Black” grew up on the small Island of Antigua located in the Caribbean. Music is how he expresses himself and is a reflection of his struggles to get people to understand.



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