OUR ARTISTS

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Rim Elserafi is an Egyptian-Canadian professional violinist and a practising clinical pharmacist in Calgary with CDE, CRE and APA certification. At the age of 7, she started learning the violin and began her passion for the arts. At the age of 18, she represented Egypt in the Mediterranean Youth Orchestra and performed multiple international concerts in France, Italy and Turkey, notably performing for the Pope Vatican Jean Paul II. She also represented Alexandria in ECUME (Meditereannean festival) in Spain, France, Jordan and Syria. Rim Elserafi is currently the concertmaster of a local Calgary Orchestra and holds the Licentiate diploma from Trinity College of London (LTCL). 

 

Continuing her musical legacy, she is a single mother of two with her first daughter: a solo oboist and her second daughter: a vocalist. Together, they performed for multiple events such as the Calgary Arab Festival and the Life Transformation Academy Arab women of Excellence Awards Gala.

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Olga, a captivating young singer-songwriter and performer with serious star power made her debut in 2020 after winning a provincial songwriting competition. In 2015 she moved from France to Calgary with her love for music and big dreams. Using her native tongue to write lyrics she is hoping to share with the public the beauty of the French language. She brings on stage a cultural mix from Normandy to Alberta, her authentic sensitivity, and her folk, rock, and punk influences. We bet her energy and catchy rhythms will make you want to get up and dance!

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Cuban native, Mara began her artistic career with rhythmic gymnastics and modeling at the age of seven. She continued with professional ballet training and graduated from the National Ballet School in Havana, Cuba. In 2008, she started teaching at the Instructors Arts School in her home town. At the same time she was performing with Sol Dance Company at various resorts in the tourist area of Varadero. In 2015 she started teaching in various studios in Calgary after moving to Canada a year earlier. In December 2018 she finished her second year with DJD’s Professional Training Program and she is thrilled and grateful for this amazing opportunity. One of Mara’s biggest accomplishments was being part of the DJD Dance Company for their 2019-2020 Season as an understudy. Mara is passionate to take part in the Calgary dance community as an educator, dancer and choreographer.

Born and raised in Cuba, Ingrid is a graduate of the Cuban National School of Art and the National Institute of Art. Ingrid is also a graduate of the School of Ballet Creole and Decidedly Jazz Professional Training Program.  Ingrid also had the pleasure to perform as a guest artist with Afro Dance, the South African Musical Umoja in its 2008 Canadian Tour Production, Newton Moraes Dance Theatre , COBA, Bach Tots Performing Arts and TEADE among other companies and independent choreographers. Since the early age of seventeen Ingrid has been choreographing and leading classes and workshops in prestigious dance schools and companies such us the Cuban National School of Art (Dance and Musical Theatre Schools), the National Afro - Cuban Dance Company, Havana Rakatan, Alberta Dance Theatre and Decidedly Jazz Danceworks. Most recently Ingrid became a sessional instructor in the specialties of Jazz and Ballet for The School of Creative and Performing Arts of the University of Calgary.

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Claudia Santiago is a Canadian, international multi-disciplinary artist & producer. Born in Chile, with family roots from Europe, she brings her international heritage to her artistry. She produces various shows and specifically her heritage is highlighted in her World/Tropical/Latin show “La Fragancia Del Amor” performing in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and French. She has released new music available across digital and plans for new releases and tours are underway! Working with her, Canadian as well as global musicians is a highlight for her as well as performing in Canada and across international stages as she has done for years. Connecting personally with her audiences is one of the most treasured things for her as she strongly values is that it’s not just about the music, but connecting and growing through personal relationships is a key in life and career. Please feel free to reach out! 

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Jonika Graham is a First Nations jingle dress dancer from Thunderchild First Nation. Jonika was taught how to powwow dance at an early age from her mother who was a champion fancy dancer. Since then, she has travelled all across Canada competing at different powwow’s and showcasing the jingle dress dance.“Being able to dance powwow has changed my life and inspired me to embrace my Indigenous identity. It has given me strength in the darkest times and has helped me stay away from drugs and alcohol."

Mina Kimowan is a young indigenous Cree that come from Samson Cree nation but resides in the heart of Calgary. She’s been dancing old style jingle since she was 9 yrs old, travelled and competed across Canada and the Us for powwows. What inspires her to dance, is the wholesome feeling the moment she takes her first couple steps when the drums start beating is what takes her to another world, so it feels like. It’s an unimaginable feeling that she gets when she’s out there dancing for herself and loved ones, the healing and power that this dance represents is  what inspires her to dance and keep dancing.

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Teezle T, is a UK Born Nigerian singer/songwriter who is based in Canada. His music is a refreshing fusion of afro-pop and RnB, taking a wide range of influences from the likes of Burna Boy, Gabzy, and Wizkid. With ZRB he released Lagos Pop, an anthem for the fast fun life in Lagos which was produced by Wilz and mixed by Spirit Mix. It has garnered 60,000 streams across all platforms. Also with soaring melodies and a great voice, Teezle has made a name for himself, making it impossible to ignore. The quality of music has led to Teezle becoming a local sensation in the Canadian scene and this earned him the chance to meet Burna Boy in 2019.This meeting in turn led to him opening for Burna Boy during his African Giant tour stop in Edmonton. Teezle followed this up by opening for Davido during his Good Time tour as well in Edmonton.

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Niño de la Cabilia is an Algerian born musician and creative artist now living in beautiful Calgary. Niño moved to Canada in 2019 after traveling the world from South America to Western Asia.  Since then, he has performed at Calgary’s Cardel theatre, Bow Valley College, Calgary Catholic Immigration Society, CANAF and other venues around the city. Influenced by his North African and Berber heritage, Nino creatively merges traditional Latin, Mediterranean and Arabic musical styles either solo or with others. He plays a variety of string instruments such as guitar, banjo, and his personal signature Mandole, a traditional Algerian instrument.

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Originally from Rimouski, on the shores of the St. Lawrence River, Martine Jean participated, at a very young age, in multiple shows organized in her community and attracted the attention of the public. Involved in her community, she has many experiences that lead her to perfect her art and make a living. As a solo and Choral singer, notably on the national Radio-Canada network, she has also performed in several solo shows, participated in the recording of a multitude of musical projects in the studio. On stage, she lends her voice to several musical groups, notably to the group "Dog and Butterfly" (Homage to Heart) and, also, to the popular retro ensemble "Nostalgie". Her singer-songwriter and performer album "Tous Azimuts" is released. Following a hard fight against illness and challenges of life, she is preparing a long-dreamed project, "Hommage à Céline Dion", which she presents in residences for the elderly in the Trois-Rivières sector in company of her friend Alain Bouchard. Martine can now work freely on her next album; create the show ‘Dion Fever’ and participate in ‘Roses Fever ’ by Miss Bean Production.

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Sacha is an 8 year old classical solo violinist who has been performing in public since 5yrs old. He knew at 3.5yrs he wanted to be a violinist. He is currently in the Academy Program for Gifted Young Artists at Mount Royal University Conservatory, and has been declared a prodigy by every teacher who has worked with him. Sacha was a featured artist at 2019 Francofest performing on stage at Olympic Plaza. He has performed numerous times at the CORE shopping center downtown, La Cite des Rocheuses, Foothills Hospital, several school & community fundraisers, Bethany Care Centre, Chinatown, and Prince’s Island Park, as well as in several towns across BC.

In 2021, Sacha placed #1 in several competitions, and received the Gold Seal with Distinction in 11 violin competitions throughout the province. He then was awarded FIRST PLACE for VIOLIN SOLO for the province in the Alberta Music Festival Association (AMFA).  

Sacha has a passion for the violin, and is currently working on a repertoire which includes pieces at Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) level 10 and above, including classical composers such as Mozart, Bach, & Paganini. Sacha also enjoys composing, singing, dancing & playing Traditional French folk music such as La Bastringue

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Lilia Sensei (Maiden Name: Tinitla) was born in Moldova in 1985. Lilia Tintila began her karate journey in 1994 at age 9 after her parents enrolled her under Sensei Stephen Cravcescu (4 à Dan) in Cricova city, which is well known for its famous wine cellars. While rising through the ranks she received instructions from the President of Moldova JKA – Anton Ignat. She trained, competed, and taught in Moldova. After 4 years of training she became a National Moldovan

Champion and was selected as a member of the National Team of Moldova. 

 

During her time in Moldova she won the following:

  • 2006 ITKF SILVER EUROPEAN CHAMPION, MALTA

  • 2006 ITKF BRONZE EUROPEAN CHAMPION, MALTA

  • 2006 KARATE EUROPEAN CUP - FIFTH PLACE, POLAND

  • 2005 WKF-FKRM GOLD MEDAL, ROMANIA

  • 2004 ITKF BRONZE EUROPEAN CHAMPION - MACEDONIA

  • 2004 NOMINATED AS A MASTER OF SPORT BY THE MOLDOVA GOVERNMENT

  • 2001 TO 2004 BEST SPORTIVE OF THE YEAR – MOLDOVA

  • 2001 TO 2006 GOLD NATIONAL CHAMPION – MOLDOVA

After moving to Canada she started to teach at an after school program. She was invited by Master Serge Tene to teach Taekwondo-do, she was very excited to start over again but realised that these definitely are two very different types of Martial Arts. She refused to teach until the Master agreed to let her teach her way of Martial Arts. In 2019 she taught 2 programs of Karate and Self defence for Immigrant Women and these programs became very successful. When the Covid 19 pandemic began, she started to teach one on one private classes for her friend’s children. Then she became involved in an instructor’s course with Sensei Don Sharp and is getting ready for her Nidan Level as well as Instructor Certificate which will occur in Chilliwack, B.C. on August 2021. Her Summer Outdoor Karate Classes have become very successful. She hopes to open her own dojo one day. Karate is never an occupation or a career to Lilia Sensei…it is a way of life that she loves and wants to share with everybody.

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