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2016 JUNIOR SOCA & CALYPSO SHOWCASE
D’LYFE stands for Dance, Let Your Feet Explore. This exciting new dance company explores Caribbean movement while highlighting new dance styles with cross-cultural influences. D'LYFE performers range from 3 to 15 years of age and have been dancing together for less than one year. The company's infancy has not stopped them from delivering vibrant, high-energy, entertaining performances across the GTA. Led by founders Akua Delfish and Onika Powell, the young dancers actively enjoy preserving their culture and performing traditional styles with lots of personality.
17 year-old Blake Perryman has been the proud recipient of several community awards, such as the African Heritage Education Network’s Certificate of Excellence in School and Community Contributions, the 2014 DAREarts - Leadership Award, the Fran Endicott Award for contributing and promoting race and equality at through Art, Theatre, Music and Writing, and most recently the Platinum volunteer award for contributing over 600 volunteer hours. When not volunteering, Blake is a DJ and the co-founder and leader of Arts Inspiring Minds Program, a producer, a writer, a drummer and a performer. He started holding Soca concerts at his home when he was 7 years old. Since he always gets asked, no he doesn’t play basketball nor football… he doesn’t have time!
The Sugarettes are group of young female singers ranging from ages 15 to 20 years old and who have been singing individually for a number of years. These girls have performed in our calypso tents as solo artists and as background vocalists. They have been active in their school choirs and been featured at private events and concerts. The Sugarettes specialize in Caribbean folk and popular songs from the various Caribbean Islands. Their rich voices are as sweet as their name.
Young and talented pannist Brittany Dardaine is beginning to blaze a trail throughout Ontario. Born in Toronto to Trinidadian parents, she is intensely in love with the steelpan. Nineteen year old Brittany began playing the tenor steelpan at the age of six. She has wooed hundreds of pan lovers with her dexterity and her sweet, mellow style.
The Downsview Youth Covenant (DYC) is an outreach ministry of St. Stephen’s Anglican Church established in 1998. DYC’s programmes include a Homework Club, a Video Club, Social Nites, and Noah’s Ark Summer Camp. Noah’s Ark Summer Camp is based at St. Stephen’s Church and provides a safe place for kids to meet to learn, play and gain leadership skills.The DYC Drummers are coached by Roger Gibbs and are made up of members of this year’s summer camp.
Jodan Davis is 16 years old. She started singing at the age of seven and performed at last year’s Junior Soca & Calypso Showcase. She was featured at ‘Up Close & Personal with Connector’ in 2014 and at NXNE at Dundas Square in 2015. Jodan also sings and dances actively in her church. She tried out for The Next Star and made it in the top 60 out of 400.
Fourteen year old Bryan Thornhill Jr, son of popular calypsonian ”Structure’ has spent his entire life in the Calypso arena. He is dedicated to learning his roots and began writing short stories as a result of watching his dad compose calypso. He loves playing soccer and basketball, and currently plays with Markham Soccer Club.
Bryan was also instrumental in establishing an inter-faith group amongst his peers at school. His aim was to promote understanding of and respect for faiths and customs in a culturally diverse school environment. Recipient of the 2014 Alliance of Educators for Black Students’ award for school involvement, he is also a school ambassador who has visited several York Region schools for speaking engagements on topics such as bullying and preparing for high school. Bryan also volunteers regularly with Habitat for Humanity ReStore. He currently plays the piano and is learning the tenor sax at school.
Kaprice Myers is a Grade 8 French Immersion student who lives in Durham Region. Anything creative she is drawn to and that is why she took an interest in participating in the Pass D’ Torch program, a calypso performing program led by Dick Lochan and John Perez. This fulfills her passion for music, creating and singing. In addition, she loves to dance and has been dancing with Roots & Branches for over 5yrs. Kaprice also plays the steeldrum with Drum Artz Canada and is now a leader in training for their summer camp. When Kaprice is not relaxing she often surrounds herself with her canvases creating vibrant colourful art work.
Jordan Myers is a 15 year old French Immersion student and musician who attends Pickering High School. He has participated in the Pass D’ Torch program for the past two years. Last summer he performed at the annual Junior Soca & Calypso Showcase and also sang with Toronto’s top calypso stars in the Tropical Rhythm Calypso Tent. He has been featured on two CD compilations produced by the Pass The Torch program. Jordan has been playing the steelpan for the past ten years with Drum Artz Canada and participating in the Pan Alive competition. This budding music producer is very determined to leave his signature on the world stage and at every spare moment he can be found at Long & McQuade music store or in his basement doing what he loves - creating music..!
Canada’s youngest and brightest Calypso star, Sada (Masahda Lochan-Aristide), has been writing and singing Calypso and Soca since she was 7 years old. She returns this year earning a spot for the third time in the cast of The Professionals Calypso Tent, where she will be singing alongside some of Canada’s top Calypso stars such as Macomere Fifi, Dennis James and D’Juiceman amongst others. In 2013, she made a guest performance in the tent and became an instant hit, receiving an encore with her own composition ‘Feeling The Vibes’. Sada started her journey as a student of Pass The Torch, a Calypso and Soca program for kids in Toronto and was a regular featured singer for four years, honing her skills and wroting and recording three of her original compositions. She also performed extensively across the GTA, including at HarbourFront Centre. Sada has a strong love of the Creative Arts. She won the overall Speech Arts competition in Grades 4 and 5. In 2012, she won first place in the City of Pickering’s Diversity Creative Writing In Your Words contest and was recognized by Mayor David Ryan and by Canadian boxing legend Spider Jones. In 2013 Sada’s musical theatre training led her to a performance with renowned children’s singer Bob Schneider and the Rainbow Kids.
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