Explore the evolution of black people in film and the music behind it; through performance, poetry, comedy and a whole lot of Soul! 5A1L style.
This exclusive engagement delves into"The Reel Film Noir"!
You'll laugh, ponder, sing-along and bounce your head as we track the progression of Cult favourite films and the important catalyst they play within the community.
This party sells out every year, so get your tickets early!
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**Please note VIP pre-show: 5:45pm-6:45pm**
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 favourite 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 already garnering rave reviews and radio play across the globe!
Emily Randall (Stage Manager)
She is a local artist specializing in Scenic Painting, Festival Stage Management, along with other artistic ventures. She is happy and proud to be brought back into the 5 Artists 1 Love family for another year. Ecstatic to help manage and orchestrate this beautiful abundant arts show within our city.
Titilope Sonuga is an award-winning writer, poet and performer whose work has graced stages and pages across the globe. She is a leading voice in local and international artistic communities, who has travelled extensively as a poet and facilitated hundreds of creative writing workshops around the world. She has written and performed in theatre productions including Finding Home; an interrogation of identity and belonging, which was performed in Lagos and Berlin, The Six; an intergenerational exploration of womanhood, and Lala Akindoju's Naked; a one-woman play. She is the author of three collections of poetry. Her writing has been translated into Italian, German and Slovak.
Composer and multi-instrumentalist Moni Mathew’s career span 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 a 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 a bassist can be heard on the 2003 Ann Vriend album Soul Unravelling; he also co-arranges and produces other Alberta singer-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-Phonics 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 a 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 travelled 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
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.
Keith is born and raised in Edmonton and has been making music for 40 years as a sideman, musical director, soundman and roadie. Keith specializes in R&B, funk, gospel, blues, and jazz. He spends most of his time in Edmonton, Vancouver, Seattle, and Dallas, Texas.
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. He has played the piano for over 23 yrs and it is from this experience that he has turned his voice and learned to train his ear for the sounds of soul. Ranging in octaves, he has sung 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 bringing Edmonton a gospel radio station soon in the works.
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. Timothy has been a featured artist in the annual 5 Artists 1 Love musical showcase for the past seven years and in 2015 he joined Edmonton's premier a capella band - 6 Minute Warning.
Biboye Onanuga is a British-born Nigerian-Canadian musician based in Edmonton, Alberta. Biboye’s passion for music and the drums began during his high school years and has only grown since. While currently pursuing a degree in music at MacEwan University, Biboye works as a drummer for hire and co-leads the band Good Information. He also facilitates Tegler youth centre’s music program. In both music and life alike, Biboye chases moments in time that catch your attention and captivate your heart and senses.
Stephanie French is a Canadian singer, musician, poet and songwriter. Born in Edmonton, Alberta to two musically inclined parents, Stephanie developed a passion for music at an early age. Her first major performance was at the Northern Jubilee Auditorium at the age of two with her church choir. Along with going to MacEwan University and completing the Diploma of Music in Jazz and Contemporary Popular Music, Stephanie has performed on every major stage in Edmonton for a variety of Gospel/Christian concerts, Black History Month events, local artists and as a solo performer. She started playing the piano at the age of five and completed her Grade 9 Royal Conservatory Exam at the age of sixteen. Stephanie’s desire for music and love of people drew her to teaching. She started teaching music lessons in her home when she was seventeen and still teaches today.
Toronto native singer-songwriter Kajé is an upcoming artist that is killing the urban scene! Kajé has already worked with hot producers such as Sauce Boy, SDOT, Diego, Yuri Koller and Chubbs. She currently resides in Edmonton and is set to release her first EP summer 2020! Early this year Kajé ft on a single “Trouble” with reggae artist Skystar that reached number 47 on the reggae charts on iTunes. Kajé sings about friendship, love, betrayal and her own personal life experience.
Her musical influences include Dorinda Clarke, Erykah Badu, Prince, Lauryn Hill and Jazmine Sullivan just to name a few. She has worked with a collective group of talented musicians all around North America.
Kajé believes humility is the key and keeps God at the centre of her life to stay grounded.
This bluesman is the real deal from the true home of the blues, southern Louisiana. His licks will knock your socks off. Troy was mentored by the best and it shows in his velvet voice and wicked guitar playing. He studied at Berklee in Chicago but his true teachers were his friends, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Edgar Winter, Buddy Guy, BB King, the Rafel Neal family and many more greats.
Troy’s brand of performing the southern blues is definitely unique and his talent runs mighty deep. His stage presence and charisma will tap on your door but when he starts wailing on the guitar you’ll see the battering ram coming full force and you won’t be able to look away. There is no doubt he will be the talk of the town.
Troy has played in many festivals all over the world including many consecutive years in the New Orleans Jazz Festival. He was honoured to play his home town’s Baton Rouge Blues Festival in 2015 and 2018.
2016 to 2019, so far since he has moved to Canada, Troy has been featured at the “2019 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival” and will also be playing there this coming spring in 2020 on the Congo Square Stage, “Calgary Blues Festival”, the “17 Years After Edmonton Blues Festival” at NAIT and headlined the first “Blues and Barbque in the Badlands” at the Passion Play Amphitheatre in Drumheller, Alberta, Camrose Bailey Theatre, Edmonton’s Blues On Whyte, Calgary’s Blues Can and dozens of other venues.
Website | TroyTurner.Club
Barrington “Kray-Z-Fingaz” Simpson is an influential and talented keyboardist, musical director, and producer. His talents have taken him as far as Europe and South Korea.
Born in England and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Barrington began playing the piano at the age of eight. Being the son of a pastor, he has a strong background in gospel music which helped him to become a music director and award-winning choir director.
In 2002, Barrington’s choir, Essence of Praise, an energetic group of local gospel singers, won the best Emerging artists in Canada award. This choir have has been included in many projects and have worked with recordings artists such as Lyle Lovett and New Kids on the Block.
Barrington is working with many local musicians and recording artists in different genres of music. Currently, this father of 2 is of one the keyboardist for the Terrell Edwards Music Group and Musical Director for Arlo Maverick
Jesse Lipscombe is an actor, producer, entrepreneur and activist based in Edmonton, Alberta. Born and raised in St. Albert, Jesse started his acting career at age 14 alongside Sidney Poitier in the Calgary-shot film Children of the Dust. At 18, he received a full track-and-field scholarship to Martin Luther King Jr.’s alma mater, Morehouse College, in Atlanta, Georgia. Jesse went on to win multiple national high-jump championships in both Canada and the U.S. and was ranked 6th in the world in his sport. Back in Edmonton, Jesse launched a full entrepreneurial and artistic career, opening fitness studios and restaurants, while continuing to act and produce in award-winning film and television productions. Jesse has been nominated for several Canadian Screen Awards and Alberta film and television awards. This year, Jesse was the recipient of the Obsidian Award for Top Business Leader in Western Canada, and he was named Community Man of the Year by Diversity Magazine. Through it all, Jesse’s top priority has been giving back to his community, which he’s done through multiple annual fundraisers and partnerships with Edmonton charities such as WIN House and iHuman. In September, Jesse and his wife Julia launched the #MakeItAwkward campaign to combat racism, misogyny, homophobia and hatred of all kinds. Jesse and Julia are parents to three young boys.
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 Little birds All-Star Jazz Big Band and Combo, playing in it for 5 years, 3 of them as the 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.”
Stephanie is a local mental health therapist with a love of the arts. She performs spoken word and short-acting roles when possible and is grateful to be blessed with the many opportunities she has had and continue to present themselves.
Stephanie is most passionate about her spiritual wellness practice that helps herself and others focus on healing through a traditional Afrocentric lens. She is inspired daily by her personal experiences and collective consciousness.
John Dymianiw (trumpet) currently performs with Edmonton Winds, River City Big Band, The Melisizwe Brothers, Steppe, X Band, Mariachi Borealis, and Joe Piccolo & Swing the Cat. He has also performed with the Gateway, MacEwan Conservatory, C Jam, Saint City and Trocadero Big Bands, as well as The Classics, The Retrofitz, America Rosa, Salsabor, Marco Claveria, Tilo Paiz, Cristian de la Luna, Rumba Caliente, Esquina Latina, Distrito Salsa, La Sonora Dinamita, El Grand Mariachi and Dumka. John has shared the stage with some of the world’s finest musicians including Tommy Banks, PJ Perry, Darrell Barr, Dominic Spera, Jens Lindemann, Wycliffe Gordon, Bob Sheppard, Carol Welsman, Wayne Bergeron, Tony Vega, Eric Marienthal, Lucy Grau, Callie Day and Bobby Cameron. John is also a well-known music educator and trumpet clinician in the Edmonton area. He lives with his wife in St. Albert.
Nikhil’s true passion for music wasn’t unearthed until sometime in junior high. Until then, other than a tumultuous relationship with the piano, music was not a focus. And then he heard “A Love Supreme” by John Coltrane - leading to a life long love of Jazz and all music that challenges the mind and speaks to the soul. He began volunteering at The Yardbird Suite when he was 15 years old. He has played over the years with various jazz bands (including Edmonton’s Little Birds, The Swing Emporium, and The Grant McEwan Outreach Big Band) and funk bands (such as Democrafunk which he co-founded). In 2015 he took a sabbatical from his day job to study music in London, England under the tutelage of British saxophonist Aaron Liddard.
Thato X Pilane
I have trained in many styles of Hip-Hop, from Popping, house, Afrohouse, music video choreography, and Krump. As one of the original members of White Chocolate, one of Edmonton’s longest-running professional Hip-Hop crews, I have had the honour of being part of one of the driving forces behind the Hip-Hop scene in Alberta. I have opened and performed for artists such as; Chris Brown, Ludacris, Ne-Yo, Ashanti, Ginuwine, Sean Paul, Kreesha Turner, The Game, Nelly Furtado, Obie Trice, 112, Boyz II Men, Fabolous, K-Ci & JoJo, Chingy, Sean Desmond, Massari, Gary Beals, Rochester, and Snoop Dogg! We (White Chocolate) were featured as the only Hip-Hop group set to perform at Alberta’s Centenniel event where the Queen of England was in attendance. White Chocolate has also performed alongside Jabbawockeez, Supreme Soul, Fanny Pak, and Super Crew from America’s Best Dance Crew! With 7 unique members, White Chocolate has helped broaden my perspective in Hip-Hop dance! I have trained with such choreographers as The Electric Boogaloos, Sho-Tyme, Kabba Modern, Brad Rapier, Caleaf Sellers, Jojo Diggs and many more. I was also part of a tour called "Hip-Hop Saved My Life," which travelled to China for a month to perform during the summer of 2010 as Canada's 1st Hip-Hop Dance production (coming out of Alberta) to tour internationally. I have earned several awards and have been part of a major driving force behind the growing hip-hop scene in Edmonton and across Canada, but I continue looking forward to growing and helping those around me do the same.
Instagram | @thatoxp
Dreyden’s the name and dancing is my game. I’ve been dancing for 6 years now all because this young lad got inspired when he saw the Jabbawockeez perform on America’s Best Dance Crew. Through those 6 years, I’ve had the pleasure to train both from and alongside a variety of gifted instructors both locally and internationally. In the past, I’ve been blessed to be able to travel and compete at a wide range of big competitions like Dancers Paradise, World of Dance, and HHI. These days, my dance focus goes towards sharing my own knowledge with the community through the classes I teach at 3rd Street Beat and Dance Experience while also pushing myself to keep learning and feeding my passion with the team Cool Giraffes.
Macha is a well-rounded dancer, specializing in hip hop and afro styles. She is the co-founder and Creative Director of Raw Motion Dance Project and a recipient of various awards; such as the 2010 Cultural Diversity Award, Edmonton’s Black Achievement Awards in 2009, the Fil Fraser Award for Excellence for the Arts, the Rwandan Community of Edmonton Award, as well as a nomination for the Northlands Emerging Artist Award in 2011 at the Mayor’s Celebration for the Arts.
Macha was born in Longueuil, Quebec and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. Her passion for dance began when she was nine years old in her elementary school hip hop dance troupe. Since then she has also been trained in ballet, jazz, afro-jazz, afro beats, lyrical, contemporary, musical theatre, jazz-funk, animation, and several street styles, including hip hop.
Macha has danced competitively with BBM dance crew, as well as NXG company. She has danced on the Edmonton Eskimo’s cheer team, danced back-up for local musicians, and opened for international musicians. She has trained with multiple well-renowned dancers/choreographers in Los Angeles, Vancouver, New York, and Kigali, Rwanda. Her aim is to share her passion and knowledge of dance with people of all levels and abilities.
Masani St Rose-Toth
A native Calgarian who immersed into dancing at the tender age of 3, specializing in West African and Caribbean dance. Upon the introduction to dance, Masani found a passion for the West African culture and style. It was through training under Michèle Moss-Johnston at Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, she was able to build her foundation. Still working very closely with Michèle Moss-Johnston and various other artists from Guinea, West Africa, she finds every opportunity to take master classes from artists from various regions of Africa including, Congo, Uganda, Ghana, Mali, Guinea and Zimbabwe. Throughout the years, Masani has worked with various studios and professional groups across Canada. It is her mission to keep the art and culture alive from soul to sole!
Sierra Pemberton is a graduate of Victoria School of the Arts since 2010, where she built most of her foundation in jazz, contemporary and tap. She received the Foundation of the Arts Scholarship and used it to attend the National High School Dance Festival in Miami in March 2010. Since high school, Sierra has been employed in the health and safety field as a National Construction Safety Officer. While pursuing this career, Sierra continued dancing by joining the Edmonton Eskimos Cheer Team from 2010-2014. After dancing with the Eskimos, she continued to compete in many hip hop competitions across Canada and in Mexico from 2014-2018. In the last couple of years, she danced in the “Get Down” video by Carter & the Capitals and danced behind the artist Ken.Will.Win and back to competing this year. In her spare time, Sierra can still be found taking local drop-in classes learning as many new styles as possible!
Kit is fascinated by the various forms of hip hop, like popping, locking & animation, as well as, many other dance styles like ballet, tap, contemporary jazz, street jazz, broadway, modern, bboy and bgirl. He effortlessly brings a passion for these various styles of dance. Displaying this in the classes he provides that focus on Hip Hop, including locking, popping, breaking, and L.A. style choreography.
Kit started performing Hip Hop dance in 2004 and has been teaching since 2011. He's taught and competed for many years in the Philippines, Malaysia and Hong Kong, before moving to Canada. Bringing a unique dancers insight with a strong sense of musicality, and funky rhythm into his teaching and sharing his love of dance - which you can feel the minute his class.
He has earned many awards and dance titles from Edmonton to Vancouver, and all the way to Malaysia & the Philippines. All of this has cumulated to worldwide acclaim and resulted in being sought out as a guest judge for competitions worldwide.