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FRIDAY, JUNE 1

6:00 PM Launch Party, Showtime 8:00 – 11:00 PM

  • Sofar Sounds is a music events company founded in 2009. The company refers to themselves as a global community, where guests and artists come together to experience music in an intimate and respectful setting at a secret concert. The fun in it all is that the attendees have no idea which artists will be performing, hence the words “Secret Concert.” A Sofar gig is held in a unique venue to enhance the cohesion amongst the audience, creating a deep bond between them and the artists. Every lineup is specially curated to give the audience a diverse show that they have yet to experience before.

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  • Amish Patel’s life began as a classic fish out of two waters tale. From a young age he gained perspectives on both Indian and Canadian cultures and learned to deal with discrimination and xenophobia through humour. Amish loved comedy from day one but he still obtained an Aerospace Engineering degree. After literally becoming a rocket scientist, Amish recently booked a leading role on a kids’ comedy show with the Emmy-Award winning ​ Sinking Ship​, which will premiere this year on TVO, Amazon and Nickelodeon. He has also appeared on ​ Saving Hope, Man Seeking Woman​, and ​Odd Squad​. As a stand up he recently opened for Saturday Night Live ​ alumni Tim Meadows, and Iliza Schlesinger. His original sketch comedy show Melting Pot​ is currently being developing for Kevin Hart’s LOL Network. And, Amish knows how airplanes work. Did we cover that? Great!

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  • Keesha Brownie, the most delicious name in the game. A Montreal-born Canadian with Jamaican roots, Keesha showcases a unique blend of her Canadian and West Indian Heritage in her piercingly comical style. Keesha is a Canadian Comedy Award nominee, and has appeared on MTV, CBC: The List, and has performed at various comedy festivals across North America. This Humber Theatre and Second City Graduate has also produced her own comedy series entitled Jokers Corner, based in her home of Brampton, Ontario. More recently, Brownie can be seen on Kevin Hart’s LOL Network from Montreal’s Just For Laughs 2017, set to launch this summer.

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  • Superwoman is an understatement. By day, Crystal is a behavioural therapist. By night, she is an actress, comedian, model, writer and producer. A regular at Kenny Robinson’s Nubian Disciples of Pryor at Yuk Yuk’s in Toronto, Crystal has also graced the stages of Caroline’s on Broadway NYC and The Comedy Store in Mumbai, India. She recently recorded for Kevin Hart’s LOL Network at Just For Laughs in Montreal. A new mother of two children under two, this funny mummy’s real-life, raw comedic personality is unforgettable and will captivate anyone who falls in her company.

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  • Nitish Sakhuja is a second-generation Indian Canadian, born and raised in Toronto’s Rexdale neighbourhood. A fixture on Toronto’s thriving “420 friendly” standup scene, Nitish hosts and
    produces a weekly show at the cult comedy lounge The Underground Comedy Club, as well as
    making viral videos amassing over 7 million views for media giant HERB. Sakhuja is a reegular
    favourite on the bill at Toronto’s Corner Comedy Club and fresh off the JFL42 comedy festival.
    Watch out for the kid, he’s everywhere. Literally – he’s on billboards across Ontario promoting a
    radio station.

Chris Robinson
  • Chris Robinson is one of the premier comics in Canada. A Brampton native, his raw, conversational style has captivated audiences for a decade. He has done tapings for Just For Laughs and Kevin Hart’s LOL network. He also won $25,000 and the title of Sirius XM’s Top
    Comic in 2016. He additionally was presented The Arts Acclaim Award by the Mayor of Brampton in the summer of 2017 for his success in stand up comedy. NOW Magazine has described him as having “charisma and raw talent to burn.” Chris offers a performance you won’t want to miss!

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  • Paul Thompson is one of the fastest rising performers in Canada right now. Performing from a young age he has worked with such acts as Brian Posehn, Joe Rogan, Luenell, Kenny vs. Spenny and more. He has toured all of Canada and throughout the UK spreading a unique and unforgettable style of performing. He had a #1 comedy album on iTunes and has headlined Kenny Robinson’s famous Nubian Show. He recently made his debut at Just For Laughs taping a set for Kevin Hart. Amongst stand up he is also an active actor, best known as the voice of Wishbone for 3 seasons.

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  • Beaux Arts is an artist-run-centre that is membership driven, and was founded in 2002. Their efforts are constantly in support of the local community. Beaux Arts strive to provide a platform and representation for visual artists to exhibit and market their work. They welcome all visitors and promote cultural cohesion in the Brampton community. Beaux Arts will be supporting the curated arts exhibit on June 1, featuring works by local visual artists

 SATURDAY, JUNE 2

5:30 – 11:00 PM

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  • Movin Cool is a hip-hop duo consisting of emcees B Magic and Noyz. Originally forming in Brampton in 2010, the group took their lively stage show on the road, winning over audiences all across Canada, as well as the United States and UK. Veterans on the Canadian hip-hop scene, the duo has had their music featured on such notable platforms as CBC Music, BBC Radio, Toronto Life, and The Needle Drop. The group’s music is the best of both worlds, equally representing the fun and energy of hip-hop park jams, as well as the socio-political commentary the genre was born out of.

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  • Tremayne

    Tremayne is a Toronto grown hip-hop artist, known for his prolific performances and universally respected for his visceral songwriting. Born and raised just west of Toronto, in the suburb of Brampton, Tremayne began his career under the moniker T-Mayne, a nod to his birth name. Known for wearing his heart on his sleeve, whether on stage or on record, it has become a calling card for his style of music. Floating somewhere between the poetic, introspection of classic Chicago hip hop, and the contemporary trap soundwaves of New Toronto, Tremayne explores the interpersonal workings of the artist mind, the bleeding heart and the human experience. His pursuit of a career in music has taken him across the globe from London, New York, Montreal, Germany to performing at Atlanta hip hop festival, A3C. He and his collective, Stay Out Late, look to leave an imprint on the entertainment industry.

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    Scotty IV (pronounced ‘eye – vee’), represents the other side of the hip hop scene in Toronto. Over the past 7 years Toronto has slowly etched its own name within the music scene as one of the world’s most revered hotbeds of talent. However only a select pocket of talent has risen to prominence. Scotty IV and his Stay Out Late collective aim to change that narrative. His story is one of juxtaposition. From honor roll student to university drop out, momma’s boy to party rager. From college life to homelessness, and doing what it took to survive, Scotty IV’s range of experiences are vast and more importantly unique. After years of performing locally and internationally, Scotty IV is prepping the release of four audio “Seasons”: The Substance & Abuse series.

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  • Haniely Pableo aka HANHAN is a young Filipino-Canadian female poet / emcee who
    raps in Filipino languages (Tagalog and Cebuano,) addressing Filipino diasporic social issues through her lyricism inspired by her personal experiences as a young Filipino immigrant woman of colour ranging from immigrant issues, social activism and cultural pride. Her music features elements and sounds of Filipino traditional instruments (kulintang, agong, bamboos and kubing) with catchy hip hop contemporary beats. Her performances feature elements of Filipino folk dance and movement with Filipino and diasporic visual elements.

    Since migrating to Canada in 2006, HanHan has been performing at events in Toronto. Her first solo self-titled album, HAN HAN, was released in 2014. Since then, her music has been featured in a video game, a Canadian independent film (The Indefinites), a TV show (Amazon Original series – MAD DOGS) and has been licensed by EMI UK. In addition, her music has received radio airplay in France, Berlin and in the Philippines.

    She has performed in various festivals and venues in Toronto including Wavelength MusicFestival (2017), Canadian Music Week (2017) and Small World Music festival (2017). She has also performed in theatre productions, namely “High Blood” for Summerworks Performance festival (Toronto, 2016) and “Ang Pagdidiwata ni Maria Clara” for Fringe Manila (Philippines, 2017). In addition, she has performed at the Berlin Music Video Awards (Berlin, 2017) – where her song, “World Gong Crazy” featuring DATU, was nominated in the “Best Song” category. Moreover, she has performed at the Toronto International Film Festival BELL Lightbox (2017) to celebrate the films of the father of Philippine new wave cinema, Kidlat Tahimik.

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  • CJ “Killa Beatz” Mairs is an international vocal instrumentalist whose passion for the art of Beatbox began at the tender age of 5.  Hailing from a musical family, Beatz was literally born into sound. With influences spanning from Otis Redding and Elvis Presley to Aretha Franklin and Earth, Wind and Fire, anytime he heard good music, he would immediately try to emulate it with his voice.  This fascination made him an instant victor in schoolyard battles and would soon lead him to multiple championships.

    Most recently placing first in the Great North Beatbox Battle in the Tag Team division, along with long time companion, Subconscious, as Word of Mouf, earlier this year. Beatz has also made appearances on Much Music, MTV and billed as featured headliner at the American Beatbox Championship (as Word of Mouf). Beatbox pioneer Kenny “The Human Orchestra” Muhammad, named them the “Run DMC of beat boxing” after witnessing one of their NYC performances.

    Beatz has opened for an acclaimed roster of international artists including members of Wu Tang, The Roots, Biz Markie and Kardinal Offishall. As an educator, he teaches hip hop basics, music production and the history of beatboxing at various middle and high schools. He is currently producing music and co-curating a promotional web series with Queen GodIs for the forthcoming The Book of Lyte Project.

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  • Matthew-Ray Jones, also known as “Testament,” is a connoisseur of anything and everything involving words. From poetry, spoken word and emceeing to facilitating, hosting and keynoting, Testament has been using his natural speaking abilities to inspire audiences for over 15 years.

    He has recorded three albums to date and shared stages with the likes of Talib Kweli, Naughty by Nature, Biz Markie, GZA, Kardinal Offishall, Saukrates, Rich Kidd, Dam Funk and more.

    He has appeared on Breakfast Television, CP24, MuchMusic and MTV. He has been written about in Exclaim! and Eye Weekly magazines plus numerous national and local newspapers

    A father, an artist, entrepreneur and revolutionary, Testament uses his passion for words, art and life to motivate, inspire and lead.  He trusts in the values of peace, love and unity as his guiding principles as he continues to spread his message all across the world.

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  • Sing Bandana Singh is a Toronto-based alt/rock singer-songwriter with influences that range from Hole to Susheela Raman, punk to North Indian classical music.

    She is currently writing an OAC funded new record called “Beauty,” about desire, decoration and decay.  

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  • “This girl BEASTS on the track!” captions the TeamBackPack video that launched Haviah Mighty to two million Facebook views in 2016. Gifted with a name that carries a touch of destiny, Toronto-born, Brampton-raised, Haviah began her artistic journey in 2009, and is since rapidly becoming one of the most thought-provoking, viscerally entertaining and magnetic rap artists in Canada. With new school production and a fierce delivery, this multidisciplinary talent is a rapper, singer, producer and DJ, all mushed into a 5’1” ball of fury.

    Her most recent EP, Flower City, which was named one of Complex’s Favourite Canadian Releases of 2017, is a watershed moment in her blossoming career, and is a work of linguistic elegance, rhythmic ferocity and soulful sincerity. Haviah’s explosive live show, filled with in-your-face intensity and her fast, technical flows, has quickly developed her reputation as one to keep an eye on, earning her opening slots for acclaimed artists like Nelly, Desiigner, Kranium, A Tribe Called Red, and Snoop Dogg.

    Female empowerment has never been stronger and Haviah Mighty wants to champion that message wholeheartedly through her music. Proving that lyrical ability isn’t a gender or age restricted art, Mighty is recklessly edging her way into music as a new face in hip-hop and R&B.

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  • Desiree Mckenzie is a spoken-word poet from Brampton, Ontario. She began writing spoken word six years ago; starting with her background in theatre, where she found her love for performing and sharing stories. She competes in poetry slams around the GTA and was ranked amongst the top 12 female poets in Toronto in 2016. As a BAM! Youth Slam mentorship program alum, she has also began teaching spoken word workshops, sharing the art of poetry as an outlet. With a poetic style reminiscent of friendly heart to heart conversation, she knows that her truth is the most intimate gift she can share.

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  • Nasim Asgari is a thinker and dreamer, born in Tehran and based in Toronto. Nasim is currently in her third year at York University studying human rights and equity studies. A seeker and student of the truth who passionately writes and performs poetry. Nasim began writing at the age of 10 when she decided to use her voice and written words to express herself and bring awareness to issues that are often undermined by today’s world. Nasim has shared her poems at events, poetry slams and protests including TEDX Rouge River, R.I.S.E. Edutainment, Gardiner Museum, and Art Gallery of Ontario. Her poems will soon be available in her upcoming literary release titled, “what was swept under the persian rug”. Catch her on instagram & twitter @nasim_asgari.

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  • Kendal Thompson is a singer/songwriter who originated from Alliston, Ontario, Canada. She began singing at the age of 3.  Hiding under the kitchen table and stopping if anyone walked by, she would make up songs as she went along, It took her years before she finally had the courage to perform.  

    Thompson began taking vocal lessons at the age of 12. Soon she was gathering fellow class mates for rehearsals of a girl group (or 3) that never received a name, or made it out of the playground. From those failed attempts she learned how to persevere with her purpose in hand. Attending Banting Memorial high school in Alliston brought a new light and countless musical opportunities for Ms. Thompson, at this point being almost solely inspired by Lauryn Hill, Thompson was able to take a guitar class there. She adopted a guitar her father had purchased years earlier for $10.00 at a local auction. The added musical outlet and freedom of expression took her writing to a whole new level.  

    Quietly and consistently writing lyrics and practicing guitar in her room of her childhood home was just the beginning of a long journey. Taking the leap to move to Toronto in 2007 she first found a home in the folk circuit. Endless shows and lucille projects later she had a meeting with producer, songwriter and musician Mike Schlosser and the musical results have formed that basis of all her music since. 2016 brought great promise as Thompson was truly coming into her own. In the late summer of 2015 Thompson enjoyed multiple wins at Toronto indie weeks battle of the bands and ended up with a chance to take the crown on the main stage. Following those performances she proudly announced her debut ep “ONE” in the late fall of 2015 on Little Noise Records. 2016 gave her the privilege of working with friend and fellow artist, John Orpheus on a song for his new project, the song titled “BUTTAHFLY” which has reached 100k views on YouTube and has been a fan favourite in the Orpheus base.  Applauded for her first release, Thompson is excited to continue working with her team at Little Noise for a much anticipated follow up in 2018

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  • “Whatever Angela Saini is doing, she’s doing it right. Her attitude, style, body language and voice are so classy and feminine, yet so rock star at the same time.” (Lithium Magazine-Vanessa Markov)

    Toronto-based folk pop artist Angela Saini is all about second chances and empowering others.  Her ability to combine humanistic and honest themes laden with catchy hooks and memorable melodies make her entertaining as well as relatable, two amazing qualities for any musician to have. With two European and five Canadian treks under her belt, BBC Radio is calling Angela Saini “massively talented” after the release of her sunshine-soaked single “Living on The Bright Side.”  Currently in rotation on the Pop Adult station on Stingray Digital across Canada, Angela is a 2017 Toronto Independent Music Award Winner and blogTO named her in their “Top 5 Folk Acts to Watch.”

    The Calgary native got her guitar chops early on when she formed her first band at the age of 15, with her Austrian mother and Indian father driving her to gigs in bars before she was legally allowed to frequent them.  She was the front woman of her high school rock band Supernal, which catapulted Angela to Toronto after 4 independent releases and thousands of kilometers touring. The rocker-turned-songstress released her first solo EP in 2012, after her refined songwriting skills and natural vocal ability got the attention of Tragically Hip drummer Johnny Fay. Demos together became pre-production for “Cake and Callouses” and shortly after, her second EP “Leap” was released in 2013. Two singles and a live album later, she is currently recording her upcoming album with single “Right Here Beside You” set for release in spring 2018. Heartfelt lyrics with a genuinely positive outlook reflect her life-affirming perspective: the road may be untraveled, but you’ll never know if you don’t take a chance.

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  • Randy Persaud is a prolific character in Peel Region who champions many events throughout his community. Charged as the cities’ Hypemachine, Randy is one of the most sought after hosts, announcers and community producers in city.

    A charismatic Rogers Television personality for over 7 years, Randy has hosted a variety of programs from Talk Local, Local Notes, Carassauga Pre-Show, The MARTY Awards Kickoff show and Cable 10 Live.

    He has worked with high profile CBC productions such as Hockey Night in Canada, The Olympic Summer and Winter Games, Dragons Den, Rick Mercer and many more.

    A former boxing ring announcer for Boxing Ontario, Randy has hosted events at arenas and stadiums around southern Ontario. He has hosted crowds of over 80,000 for many events from the Bollywood Monster Mashup, Youth Day, MAC Arts Festival, Mississauga Waterfront Festival, The Pan Am Games and Carassauga.

    In 2016, Randy won the Creative Community award by the Mississauga Arts Council at the MARTY Awards for his work in the community. His award was recognized by the Honourable MP Iqra Khalid in the House of Commons.

    You can follow Randy or Twitter and Instagram at @randycity.

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  • Nav Nanwa is a media personality and culture curator based in the Peel Region. He previously was a producer/host for Rogers TV Peel for almost four years. He is a prominent event emcee within the GTA having hosted various functions ranging from music festivals to political town-halls with the Premier. In 2017, he was recognized by the Brampton Board of Trade as one of Brampton’s ‘Top 40 Under 40″ for his various business accolades and contributions to the community. This is his third year working with Monstrartity, as he had the distinct pleasure of emceeing Bollywood Monster Mash-Up twice, as well he was the music curator for ‘Bollywood Monster Does Brampton’ which preceded MWM.

    You can keep up with Nav and all of his happenings on Twitter at @nnanwa or on Instagram at @navnanwa.