In performances, or in collaborative hands on classroom visits and interdisciplinary residencies, our award-winning artists truly enjoy engaging children and educators in dynamic, interactive learning opportunities that explore world oral cultural traditions. Many of our veteran artists are also mentors to our emerging artists including their own offspring, contributing to a lasting legacy of traditions that continue to be passed on from generation to generation.
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Mariella Bertelli has been telling stories for a long time and also worked as a children’s librarian for 22 years. Her love for children and their right to literacy has brought her to the island of Lampedusa… read more
Gurpreet Chana began to learn Indian Classical Tabla in the Punjab Gharana style from his Ustad Ji professor Parshotam Singh but has since added a unique diverse flavour influenced by growing up in Canada and listening to a variety of musical genres… read more
Sarina Condello has invented a teaching methodology that inspires and galvanizes children to explore dance and creative movement by connecting to cultural, ecological and STEM topic narratives. Bailey Davis has been teaching dance, choreography, creative movement… read more
A native of Trinidad, Muhtadi Thomas is one of Canada’s leading percussionist and founder/artistic director of Muhtadi’s International Drumming Festival… read more
Hannah Naiman has been dancing for more than 20 years and teaching and leading folk dances for over 6 years. She looks forward to introducing first time dancers to the joy and delight that comes from dancing together to traditional dance tunes… read more
Kathy Reid Naiman is an award-winning musician, recording artist and arts educator for children. She is dedicated to bringing quality musical experiences to young children as well as their caregivers, parents and teachers…. read more
Bill Russell is known for his ability to get his audience involved and participating. Bill’s recordings, workshops and concerts draw upon the Cajun and Creole traditions of his native Louisiana… read more
Award winning author, storyteller and owner of Toronto bookstore, A Different Booklist, Itah Sadu shares the rich oral traditions of the Caribbean, Africa and North America with students and teachers… read more
With deep roots in the African oral tradition of the griots, Michael St. George is a multi-media performance dub poet. A native of Jamaica and inspired by his working-class upbringing, Michael focuses his work on the themes of justice and social equity… read more
Salut! – Marylyn Perringer teams up with Chris Rawlings and Bill Russell presenting traditional French Canadian folktales, music and songs celebrating French North American special days and cultural traditions… read more
Jowi Taylor is a multiple award winning writer and broadcaster best known for his long-running CBC Radio program Global Village, the Peabody Award winning radio series The Wire: The Impact of Electricity on Music… read more
Ken Whiteley is a multi-award winning artist and is known as one of Canada’s pre-eminent performing roots music artists. He is regarded as a playing encyclopedia for his vast repertoire and his command of a wide variety of styles… read more
Sandra Whiting has been at the epicenter of activity and change in Toronto’s African Canadian community for over twenty years. She has worked with the Ontario Black History Society, Jamaican Canadian Association, the Caribbean Cultural Committee… read more
Award winning author and storyteller, Dan Yashinsky has been a storyteller for more than thirty years. Drawing on his own crossroads heritage (Jewish, Turkish, Romanian, American, French) and the unforgettable stories collected on his travels… read more