This exclusive one-night engagement explores the evolution of Black Music as it left Africa and landed on the shores of North America. From soul to R&B, jazz, gospel, reggae and contemporary sounds it’s all here. Even other genres such as country, folk and classical music have received unique soulful interpretations in the show. This along with a few surprises and you will be treated to a truly immersive musical journey.
This year’s theme is ,’A Night In Harlem’. It is a period piece that explores the outpouring of influential music and artistic expression from three famous venues: The Cotton Club, the Savoy Ballroom and the Apollo theater. It covers 1922- present day and promises to be great fun!
The show is in its 12th year and historically sells out quickly. To say goodbye to 2017 we’ve added to an already diverse and colorful line up. Come join us and see what people have described as, ’a party at the UN‘!
Kanyamashokoro César (Shoko), was born in Africa and immigrated to Canada in 1993. His double origins Rwandan-German and his five spoken
languages give his art and design a cross cultural and dynamic approach. His art and designs are visually interactive and complimentary with its environment. Shoko’s model is the environment natural complexity for displaying simple solutions and simple functions.
At his young age, It did not take long for his talent to have an impact and get recognised, he had a privilege of painting four Murals in Legal one which representing 50 years of French radio history in Alberta (CHFA) was unveiled by the Honourable Governor General Adrian Clarkson on her first official visit as Governor.
His ambitious of community involved and development did not stop there as in his postsecondary studies he continued to distinguish him self. After graduating in Industrial Design at U of A, he founded with his classmates The Industrial Designers of Edmonton Association (IDEA). His work has won national awards, gain international recognition and has been the subject of several magazines and TV documentary including: Alberta Venture, Unlimited Magazine (Cover Page) Western Living, Edmonton Journal (front page), Canadian Interiors, Global TV, CBC and TV5. Shoko has become an avid spokesman for Art and Design in his city.
Shoko’s work has expend from Public Art Installation, Furniture, Architecture to Product Design, Custom Yacht Design and now complex Medical Design Devices.
I’m jay Dontae, a 24 year old who uses art to express myself and tell my story. I’m currently wrapping up my final year at the University of Alberta and hope to take my art to further heights than just a hobby and make it my ‘profession’. I made my official art debut last year at Lotus Art gallery on 124 St. and have been determined to navigate my way throughout the art world ever since. My most recent artworks have typically been characterized as acrylic/mixed media expressive popart, though I like to refer to it as ‘Distorted Realism’. I also write poetry and plan to create a short film and design a fashion collection in 2018.
I come from a mixed ethnic background; my father’s roots being from Jamaica while my mother is half Nevisian and half Canadian/European decent.
Instagram | @jaydontae
YouTube | @jaydontae
Twitter | @jaydontae
Adanna Onuekwusi was born and raised in Nigeria and currently lives and studies in Edmonton, Alberta.
Her work is a vibrant collection of illustrations experimenting with lighting, texture and cinematic story-telling. She draws a lot of inspiration from film and video games and enjoys crafting scenes and characters that inspire viewers to create exciting backstories of their own. Every painting is described as a window into a new story.
She is interested in art and design for products, film and video games and is currently pursuing a degree in Industrial Design at the University of Alberta.
Instagram | @adxnnart
Twitter | @adxnna
Artstation | www.artstation.com/adxnna
Trevor Peters paints a few different types of styles each borrowing concepts from graffiti and the culture. Leaning more towards abstracts his latest works are fragmented and minimal in composition with a futuristic yet organic flavour.
Peters is the Co-Owner of Fresh Canvas Art Co and Co-Producer of the Rust Magic International Mural Festival along with his life partner Annaliza Toledo. Together they have carefully curated over 35 large scale murals in Edmonton in two years and remain focused on building a solid collection of thoughtful public art that is highly accessible.
Instagram | @realfreshcanvas
Instagram | @rustmagic2017
Fetsum was born in Eritrea in 1972. He studied Master Class for painting and drawing at Hatahana Studio School, Tel Aviv Israel. Fetsum Participated in group as well as solo exhibitions since 2000 up to present. His art works can be found in public and private art collections both in Eritrea, Israel, Edmonton and European countries, and has been seen in numerous exhibitions worldwide. He currently lives and works in Edmonton. Fetsum started teaching visual art in Tel-Aviv since 2010. He have been giving private classes and mentoring intermediate level artist in Edmonton since 2014.
Due to demand of interested individuals .Fetsum started to give art classes in his studio for beginners, intermediate and for advanced painters of different age groups since August 2017.
Monique McFarlane is the Artistic Director for the 5Artists 1Love Art Showcase. She has worked for more than 15 years in the arts and heritage sector at several Canadian and international institutions. Through her past and present work, she strives to make art and museum collections accessible and relevant to diverse audiences, and especially marginalized communities.
Ahmed 'Knowmadic' Ali
Award winning poet Ahmed ‘Knowmadic’ is a Somali-born Canadian poet, writer, actor, comedian, speaker and youth worker. In 2011, Ahmed became the first Somali spoken word champion at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. In 2012, Ahmed was given the RISE award for arts and culture. In 2013, he was Artist in Residence at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute and was a finalist in becoming the Poet Laureate for Edmonton, Alberta. Ahmed is this years Poet Laureate for Edmonton, Alberta.
Bernard Quilala has been involved in the local music scene since his appearance on national television shows such as Popstars: The One and Canadian Idol (Season 2). Since then he’s sung back up for Ben Folds and Jonny Reid and been the opening act for Blue Rodeo, Michael Bolton and Jay Leno. He is currently working on his new Project: Bernard Quilala & The Q-Tone Band where he mixes his love for oldies music and contemporary hits with his own brand of original songs. He is excited and grateful for his participation in the 5 Artists 1 Love family.
Cheney Lambert is a trumpet player who has called Edmonton home since 2014. His first professional gig came with former Regina funk/R&B group Stepchyle led by musical mentors George Taylor and Kristopher Craig. Since then, Cheney has had the honor to share the stage with The Temptations, Bernard Purdie, Stanton Moore & Galactic, The Jordanaires, The Imperials, and Wayne Newton. His current projects include performing with The Mocking Shadows, Dan Shinnan and the Mad Dogs Experience, Dana Wylie, Terrell Edwards, Pascal Lecours et les Mauvais Caractères, and, when travel back to Saskatchewan permits he performs with The Pile of Bones Brass Band. Cheney is a building design Engineer with Stantec Consulting Ltd. and he and his spouse Carmen have two children.
Daniel has been playing music since he was 3, starting with piano, then quickly moving to violin, guitar, bass and saxophone. His heart for music has grown and lead him to perform with various acts throughout Alberta. Currently, Daniel is performing around Edmonton with his own project, The Trio Quartet and writing an album with his wife Kaitlyn.
Dan Davis is a saxophonist from Edmonton AB. He completed his Masters in Jazz
Studies at the University of South Florida in 2009. Since returning to Edmonton
after his masters, Dan has been nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award for
“Out West” with A/B trio, and “Based On a True Story” with the Writers’ Guild,
bands he co-leads. Both records also made it to #1 on the National Earshot! Jazz
charts. Dan has been fortunate enough to perform with P.J. Perry, Tommy Banks, Jim Head, Chris Andrew, Juno winner Mike Murley, Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne, the Yardbird Suite Jazz Orchestra, the Edmonton Jazz Orchestra, and the Glen Miller Orchestra. Currently, Dan is an instructor at the MacEwan Conservatory of Music at Alberta College, and at MacEwan University. He gives master classes and performances around his home province of Alberta and across Western Canada.
Keith is born and raised in Edmonton and has been making music for 40 years as a sideman, musical director, soundman and roady. Keith specializes in R&B, funk, gospel, blues, and jazz. He spends most of his time in Edmonton, Vancouver, Seattle, and Dallas, Texas.
songwriters’ original material with One More Mile co-founders Brad Smith and Fred Brenton. Moni’s talents as a keyboardist and electric bassist were integral to the success of the Alberta funk/hip-hop group, the Hi-Phoniqs and he’s been heard gigging with the likes of FenderCase, Jay Sparrow, Jeff Hendrick and the Mocking Shadows. Venturing into the classical world, he has played Shostakovich and Beethoven as violist with the Strathcona String Quartet, as well as with the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra.
Since beginning his musical education at the age of four, Moni has been involved in all aspects of music, including performance, composition, and arrangement. Following studies on violin in the Suzuki program, this native Edmontonian has traveled to Japan, Korea, France Spain, Italy, England, Switzerland, U.S.A., Taiwan, Brazil, Hungary, Romania, as well as across Canada with a variety of performing ensembles. Along the way he has learned a variety of styles (classical,jazz, R&B, popular, Indian classical, flamenco, world folk) and instruments (violin, viola, piano, electric and acoustic bass, guitar, mandolin, sitar, santoor) and skills (composing, arranging, orchestrating, teaching). As a graduate of the Grant MacEwan Community College Music Program (Performance/Bass), Moni has enriched the vibrant Edmonton music scene with his commitment to diverse ongoing projects, and by performing live venues, playing on recordings, and by arranging for a variety of Edmonton artists and ensembles
Composer and multi-instrumentalist Moni Mathew’s career spans the ethnic, roots and classical canons. A performer and arranger with the Vinok Worldance ensemble since 1992, he assumed the mantle of Musical Director in 2007, appearing with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in 2015. Moni is also a member of the Cifra Hungarian Ensemble and as such has been heard in national broadcasts with CBC and also with the ESO in 1997. His talents as an multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger have led to work with Edmonton’s Usha Kala Niketan Studio for the productions Passages and Navarasa and the Brian Webb Dance Company for whom he co-composed the Tania Alvarado piece “1” with Ojas Joshi. Moni’s talents as bassist can be heard on the 2003 Ann Vriend album Soul Unravelling; he also co-arranges and produces other Alberta singer-
Jeff Hendrick (Musical Director)
Since first hitting the stage at the age of seven, the accomplished singer/songwriter has emerged as one of his homelands brightest young music prospects. Deeply rooted in the R&B and Soul influences of artists like Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Prince, and Michael Jackson, Hendricks smooth vocal offerings often conjure up images of Philly soul rather than the Canadian prairies. His mature and dynamic stage presence has captured fans both domestically and internationally, and his other talents as a saxophonist and keyboard player have truly made him a unique musical entity.
Popular with Chicago style step dancers across America, Hendrick is a favorite of syndicated ABC Radio Networks personality Michael Baisden and has been featured on his national broadcast several times since 2006. Hendrick’s three studio recordings have sold over 20,000 independent copies in the US, UK,
Europe, and Japan, and the singles ‘Celebrate’ and ‘Old School Party’ have entered the Billboard and Mediabase Urban Adult Charts regularly over the past four years.
Recent performances included shows at The Time Warner Center SOB’s, Billie’s Black, and The Sugar Bar in New York, The Jazz Cafe and Pizza Express Soho in London, UK, and the Baltic Soul Weekender in Hamburg, Germany. Jeff also performs regularly in Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Philadelphia and has shared the stage with acclaimed artists like Dwele, Eric Roberson, Chrisette Michelle, Boyz II Men, and Glenn Lewis.
Jeff has just released his highly anticipated new album ‘Color Blind’ and the recording is all ready garnering rave reviews and radio play across the globe!.
John Dymainiw currently performs with the Edmonton Winds, River City Big Band, Joe Piccolo & Swing the Cat, Steppe, Rumba Caliente, X Band, Mafia Latin Power and Mariachi Borealis. He has also performed with the Gateway, MacEwan Outreach and Saint CityBig Bands, Trocadero Orchestra, Edmonton Pops Orchestra, The Classics, The Retrofitz, Distrito Salsa, America Rose, Salsabor, Marco Claveria Project, Tilo Paiz, Orchestra Tumbao and El Grand Mariachi. John has shared the stage with some of the world’s finest musicians including Big Miller, Tommy Banks, PJ Perry, Bobby Cairns, Charlie Austin, Dominic Spera, Jens Lindermann, Dale Lonis, Patrick Sheridan, Pastor Lopez, Wycliffe Gordon, Bob Sheppard, Giro Lopez, Carol Welsman, Wayne Bergeron, Rolanda Lee, Alvin Lowrey, Tony Vega, Maikel Dinza, Eric Marienthal and Paul Shihadeh. John is also a well-known music educator, trumpet clinician and private instructor in the Edmonton area. He lives with his wife in St. Albert.
Karimah is a singer/songwriter from Edmonton, AB. She writes and performs in both English and French languages, exposing the dark truths of life with her passionate lyrics and raw emotional vocals inspired by international Jazz and Rock musicians of past and present. With songs such as "Teenage Rebellion" and "Grim Reaper", you can't help but relate to the universal themes that she sings about. In 2017 she reached the Top 25 in the TV singing competition, "The Voice Canada" season 5, as the first Albertan contestant ever to compete.
You can watch her live performances on YouTube under Karimahmusik, and purchase her current releases at www.karimah.bandcamp.com. Follow her on twitter, instagram and facebook for news @karimahmusik.
Buying his first drum set at 13 with money earned from his paper route, Kevin is now an
experienced drummer, guitarist and songwriter. Of Trinidadian decent, he is heavily
influenced by a musical family who exposed him to soul, jazz, 80s pop and calypso on a
daily basis. Picking up the vocal talents of his mother in early years, along with the
guitar know-how and piano tinkering of his brothers—music was—and is—something
that he lives and breathes. Kevin spent 10 years performing in steel drum bands,
Chaconia All-Steel Percussion Ensemble and Pepperseed Steel Orchestra. He has also
produced and released albums with numerous rock n' roll bands over the years—
including The Corduroys (2002), Moonbox (2005) and Desert Bar (2007 to present). He
is also releasing his first solo e.p. entitled Red Turns Blue under the artist name of
Nadi has always had a love for music and possessed a passion for performing from early on. Some of her first experiences as a stage artist were during her school years where she performed in several drama productions and musicals. Because of her strong stage presence she was given many opportunities in lead roles. As time moved on Nadi realized that her love of music was turning into a passion and she began to pursue a career in music. She has opened for artists such as Omarion, Marcus Houston, LLyd, KC & Jojo, Akon, J holiday and many more.Nadi is currently the lead singer of powerhouzeband who won band of the year for the obsidian awards for 2 years in a row. They have performed at many shows and events in canada and opened and played with several reggae artists such as Kymani Marley, Lucky D, Turbulance,Warrior King and many more. She continues to sharpen her skills as a songwriter as well as songstress and has composed a large amount of songs. Nadi enjoys emulating her favourite performers such as the late Aaliyah and current R & B legend Faith Evans, and is very motivated by their accomplishments.
Peter Filice is a young trombonist in the Edmonton music scene. He began studying piano at age 5 and trombone at age 12. At 14, he joined the Littlebirds All Star Jazz Big Band and Combo, playing in it for 5 years, 3 of them as first chair of his section. During this time, he was fortunate enough to have received instruction from artists and clinicians such as Jenz Lindemann, Christian Scott, Jane Bunnet, John Hollenbeck, Matt Harris, Tommy Banks, Al Muirhead, and Allen Jacobsen. Having graduated from Victoria School of the Performing Arts, he now studies at Macewan University, pursuing a degree in Jazz and Contemporary music. He has played alongside a variety of acts in and around Edmonton, and continues to do so. He is currently playing in Macewanʼs Big Band 1, as well as playing with, recording, and writing for with his own jazz-funk band “The MPC.”
Saint & The Full 100 Band
Saint (aka Dorant): Drums & Lead Vocals
Garth: Keyboards & Vocals
Menon: Bass Guitar
After leaving England at the age of 20 and landing in Canada (now my home).. I consider myself as one of
Edmonton’s home grown.. Edmonton is where I groomed my musical craft!
I have shared the stage with artist such as: Maxie Priest, Brinsley Ford, Tony Rebel, Third world, The Wailers,
I was part of a very successful band called REALITY in the late 80’s. Were we offered not only performed our own show but also musically supported artists such as: Tinga Stewart, Lieutenant Stitchie, Buju Banton, Eddie Lovett, Carla Marshal, Thriller U, and this list goes on….
Re-inventing myself I joined as a full time member of Edmonton’s reggae band Souljah Fyah until 2016....During that time Souljah Fyah went on to be the recipients of 2 WCMA Awards, 3 Awards from the Toronto Reggae Awards To a Juno Nomination in 2019. Also Awards from the Calgary & Edmonton Music Awards: Recently formed 100 Band is a group of amazing local musicians hailing from Jamaica, Trinidad and Canada. Each person bring their own unique style and personality to the table.. But all share the love of music. If I was to list one thing that is unique about this band.. It would be that I’m the drummer and also the lead singer and that’s something you don’t see too often in Reggae Music..
RoseMarie C has been a mainstay of the Edmonton music scene for many years, first as a classical and contemporary artist. She is one of 150 foreign saxophonists, world-wide, who had the honour of studying with Jean-Marie Londeix in France. She helped shape the National Arts Centre’s Music Alive Programme Vive la Musique, an outreach program for elementary students, for which she was a Teaching Artist. Since then, she has moved on to performing with cover bands, playing and doing back-up vocals. RoseMarie C is also a private teacher and active clinician. Currently, she works regularly with Uptown, Paula Perro and The Project, and is one of the lead vocalists for St. Bliss, in addition to other projects.
Being the youngest of the family and performing for her family and friends throughout her life, Louise was naturally groomed to be the performing artist she is today. Louise explored her musical talent starting with classical piano lessons in her childhood years while surrounded by her parent’s love of Jazz music and her older siblings listening to 70’s and 80’s Soul, R&B and Funk records. In high school, Louise performed in the jazz band and jazz choir where she earned the most outstanding musician award.
Louise Dawson’s abilities to move between the styles of pop, classical, R&B and Jazz are attributed to not only her extensive Jazz vocal studies at both Grant McEwan University and McGill University but also her God given talent and passion to create music. She is a freelance singer, adjudicator and teacher. Her talents and experience have brought her to many cities, performing in night clubs and festivals throughout Canada and Europe. She is currently the choral music teacher within the Fine Arts department of one of Westen Canada top academic high schools.
Some may say Nigel Williams was born singing. Singing all through childhood from choir to choir he developed an ear for sound. As a child he was always fighting with his older brothers. One day his mother asked him if would he like to play soccer or take piano lessons? His brother chanted soccer in excitement, knowing he would have fun, however coming from a fresh fight and still sore from the ordeal, Nigel was quite cross with them. So, in turn, he has played the piano for over 23 yrs. It is from this experience that he has tuned his voice and learned to train his ear for the sounds of soul. Ranging in octaves, he has sang all over the world including Canada, The U.S.A., all over The Caribbean, and Europe. Currently a member of the gospel choir Essence of Praise, he hopes to entertain you further through the airwaves by bring to Edmonton a gospel radio station soon in the works.
Riwo T. Egor
Riwo T. Egor is a Nigerian born singer/songwriter. She moved to Edmonton in 2015, and became co-founder and the lead vocalist of the Afro-Fusion band, MelAfrique, the following year. The band made its debut performance at YEG Music's first edition of Compete with The Beat, which they won. She has since performed with the band at several events and venues in the city as well as alongside some of Edmonton's finest artists. Riwo is dedicated to writing and performing soulfulsongs that tell a story. She is especially fond of the R&B, Neo-Soul and Jazz styles of music. You can check her or her band out on Facebook: MelAfrique and Instagram: @melafrique_ or @ reps_t
Edmonton born and raised, Quincy Pipella started dancing at age 4 with the Sandra Grey School Of Dancing. She trained in many styles including Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, Modern/Contemporary and last but not least, Hip Hop. Her love for Hip Hop started in 2008 when she received a “Be Discovered” scholarship to Los Angeles and Las Vegas to train in strictly Hip Hop styles. Since then, Quincy has won many Hip-Hop awards and scholarships and has performed with a
plethora of different crews. In 2009, Quincy joined the Hip Hop studio Third Street Beat (3SB). In her 4 years at 3SB she has learned all styles of foundational Hip-Hop. In the summer of 2012, Quincy toured on Carnival Cruise Lines performing with the 3SB Dance Studio. In 2013-14 Quincy also danced with YegrBombs Crew, Eye Candy Dance Crew, and BBM, an all girl crew. Quincy also taught choreography for BBM and Flavour Studios. Now, The most recent and only crew Quincy participates in since 2014 is NXG Company, run through The Kore Dance Studio. In the summer of 2014, NXG crew travelled to the Hip-Hop competition, Hip-Hop Internationals, to represent Canada. NXG Company placed 9th in the world out of over 48 countries. In march 2015, she performed in Carnival in LA with NXG company. NXG has also opened for the hip hop artist, Ace Hood in 2014. August 14th 2015, NXG Company placed 1st place at World Of Dance LA. While she was in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, she took many classes over the summer to train and grow even more so she could bring back what she has learned to her students. Most recently, NXG placed First in World of Dance Edmonton in May 2016. Quincy Just recently got back from Seattle being a dancer in Mackelmore’s new music video, “Dance Off” While she was in this video, she took multiple classes from amazing choreographers in Seattle as well. Last but not least, Quincy just participated in Build A Beast 2016, one of the most intense Hip-Hop Dance Conventions - Known worldwide this July and received a full Scholarship to come back the following summer.
Not only does Quincy dance, but she has also been a Hip-Hop instructor since fresh out of High School. It was through Victoria School of the Arts where Quincy found her love for teaching with the Composition Program they provided there. She teaches over 200 students, varying in all ages and levels at Sherwood Park School Of Dance, Emerge Dance Academy, Amanda’s Academy of Dance and The Kore Dance Studio. On April 26th 2015, her class, “DTP” from Sherwood Park School Of Dance received 1st place in the “Dance Extreme” Dance Competition (Chrystal challenge dance offs/finals) And received highest mark overall the entire competition. In 2016 her class from Sherwood Park School of Dance “Enter The Circus” received 1st place in the “Represent” an all hip hop competition, receiving the highest mark overall. Teaching and dance are Quincy’s biggest passions and she believes it is what she is meant to do for the rest of her life.
Thato Pilane - Hip Hop
Thato is a professional Hip-Hop dancer who has been performing and teaching hip hop for over 15 years. As one of the original members of White Chocolate, one of Edmonton’s longest running professional Hip-Hop crews, he has had the honour of being part of one of the driving forces behind the Hip-Hop scene in Alberta. His team (White Chocolate) has opened for several stars such as Chris Brown, Boys 2 Men, and Ne-yo (just to name a few) but they also featured as the only Hip-Hop group set to perform at Alberta’s Centennial event where the Queen of England was in attendance. He has earned several awards and has been part of a major influence behind the growing hip-hop scene in Edmonton and across Canada. He is an advocate for the arts and is committed to growing and helping others in the Edmonton Arts scene do the same!
Sugar Swing Ballroom
The Sugar Swing Ballroom brings people together to have fun! We perform, teach lessons, and host parties all year long. Our motto is “no partner or dance experience needed, all ages welcome.” At our busy ballroom, we offer weekly classes and popular dance socials every Friday and Saturday nights with drop-in lessons. Our beautiful facility, located near Whyte Avenue, boasts a hardwood sprung dance floor. Our specialty is the dance styles of the swing-era, the 1920s and 1930s - Lindy Hop, Tap, Charleston, Jazz, Jitterbug. We also do African, Carribean and more! A local Edmonton business established in 2005, Sugar Swing is the largest swing dance school in Western Canada, with hundreds of people walking through our doors every week! We teach and perform dance at engagements of all types throughout Edmonton, including birthday and Christmas parties, corporate events, festivals, and weddings. Sugar Swing has notably performed at the Edmonton Legislature, Fort Edmonton Park, City Hall, and the Winspear Centre.
We are excited to be part of 5 Artists 1 Love for 2018, and to help us pay tribute to the African-American community, who, in Harlem in the 1930s, were the pioneers of creating the primary dance styles that we do - Lindy Hop, Jazz, and Tap.
Growing up in a very musical church, Timothy began singing and playing instruments at a very early age. He is best known for his rich vocal tones and natural ability to engage his audience. Timothy’s performances have been a fixture in the Gospel scene. Like many well known vocalists, his roots in Gospel have made the transition to other genres in music seamless. His foray into Soul, Rhythm & Blues and Jazz maintains that passion, but with an old school, speakeasy vibe
This is Courtney’s first year working with 5 Artists 1 Love! She recently graduated from Theatre Production at Grant MacEwan, where a few shows she worked on were; Heathers the Musical, The Drowsy Chaperone, Footloose the Musical and Into the Woods, as Stage Manager, Video Head and even Wardrobe crew. Her most recent credits include assistant stage managing for Foote in the Door Production’s Little Women, and you can catch her as Stage Manager for their next show Company the Musical in April. Asides from theatre she is also passionate live music and has Stage Managed festivals in the past such as The Works Art and Design Festival and Folk Fest. Courtney is delighted to be a part of One Night In Harlem!
#Take A Knee
Every year, this portion of 5 Artists 1 Love exhibit is dedicated to a unified theme. Anyone from the general public at large is welcome to submit a piece on a 12 x 12 (2 inch wide) gallery ready canvas which represents images and themes that evoke sentiments, ideas or conversation surrounding this chosen topic. Themes in the past have included: “There goes the Neighbourhood”; “The Civil Rights Movement” as well as “Black Lives Matter…!?” This inclusive part of the showcase has garnered outstanding feedback and growing interest yearly. This year all submissions, from paintings, photography to print will be hung with the rest of the show at the Art Gallery of Alberta, AGA.
#TakeaKnee, a current and growing movement speaks to the peaceful protest against ongoing racial inequities, police brutality and the overall mistreatment of Black peoples in America. Starting with NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick sitting and continuing to kneel since the national anthem of a pre-season game in 2016, this movement has grown to include other NFL players as well as other athletes, in both little and major leagues. Kaepernick continues to protest as he cannot “stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of colour.” Critics would argue that sports should not mix with politics. However, athletes like Kaepernick have demonstrated ways that sports can act as a platform to voice concerns of inequity as well as advocate for systematic change. To Kaepernick and those taking this stance against racial oppression, it is bigger than a football game or the American flag: it has become a movement that is continuing to draw awareness to issues related to race as well as accountability on the part of individual citizens, who hope to see a better America.
This however, is not the first peaceful protest within sports or non-political spheres. We either recall or are aware of the renowned and striking image of previous African-American athletes, Tommie Smith and John Carlos also participating in peaceful protest in 1968. With their heads bowed and fists raised high during the national anthem, those before Colin Kaepernick have addressed these continuing realities.
As our theme for 2018, we hope to see to the various demonstrations of peaceful protest or simply, standing for what you believe in through artistic display. In the words of Malcolm X, “if you don’t stand for anything, you will fall for anything.”