Kate Hilliard, a nationally-recognized, Toronto-based dance artist with practice in creation, performance and teaching will showcase a new piece with long-time collaborator Luke Garwood. Hilliard’s choreographic works are born out of a desire to merge artistic forms and have been presented across Canada and abroad. The TEDx theme “What Are We Waiting For” speaks to Hilliard on a number of levels. Her 2010 tour of “While We Were Waiting” brought together students from the Experimental Theatre Wing at NYU and dancers from Arts Umbrella in Vancouver.
From Moosonee, Ontario, hip-hop artist Shibastik looks forward to gracing the stage. Cree for “underground flow”, Shibastik is an accomplished painter, athlete, lyricist and innovator in the arts world. Named one of Canada’s Aboriginal Youth Achievers, Shibastik has more than a decade of experience in working with marginalized youth. His “Healing Through Hip Hop” workshops have been presented at conferences, schools and various events nationwide. Shibastik aims to empower any audience with his distinctive brand of music and thought-provoking lyrics.
Even before completing his Honours Bachelor of Music at Lakehead University, piano whiz Micah Pawluk had already performed at New York’s famed Carnegie Hall, having won first place in the 2013 Crescendo International Music Competition. Pawluk grew up in Dorion, Ontario, where nature was an integral part of his upbringing and continues to be so. Though he didn’t begin his formal piano studies until the age of 12, his talent shone early, earning him entrance to the performance piano program within just six years of his studies. Micah has medaled on the European stage as well, bringing home third place in the Senior Division of the International Music in the Summer Festival and Competition in Cremona, Italy.
The Junior Musical Theatre Troupe from Applauze Productions of Thunder Bay. Known for their infectious enthusiasm, talent and confidence, these young girls – ages of 9 to 12 – will perform an inspiring piece from a well-known Broadway musical. Denise Krawczuk is the founder and Artistic Director of Applauze Productions and has been involved in cultivating artistic careers for more than 18 years, having produced two provincial winners for Musical Theatre. “It’s a very special and exciting time for us. To see these girls grow and flourish means everything, and they have been working extra hard to fit in additional rehearsals in an already full competitive season,” said Krawczuk of the opportunity to share the stage with the diverse group of speakers and performers within the TEDx platform.