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Should I Sing Pop?

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2011??!! My first “formal” and solo performance at Chalkers Pub, opened for Girls Night Out Jazz Jam. 6 jazz tunes with an amazing band. I know I don’t look like this anymore, but it was definitely me!

Since I graduated from York in 2012, I have been focusing a lot in the community – workshop participants, mentees, peers, coordinators, bosses, other people – most importantly, excluding myself.

I always tell myself, being a community artist, the artist is a part of the community too. That’s why I like to work with newcomers and women – I identify with them, and hopefully they identify with me too. We talk about things that affect us, and we sing them.

When students asked me to sing, I was always not sure what kind of sound I should sing…


Video interview feature by AVNU!

My first video interview! 😉

Thank you AVNU* for inviting me to be their youth feature of October 2015! AVNU staff Veronica was a great pleasure to work with, we had a lot of laughter and great moments while filming.

Shout out to Girls Night Out Jazz Jam, North York Arts and Arts for Children and Youth!

*AVNU (pronounced “avenue”) is a collaborative effort by 10 arts and community organizations who provide FREE mentorship and training to young artists and arts entrepreneurs. You can check out their work on their website. I suggest all young artists should check them out.


Find ways that work for them…and myself


One thing about running youth programs, it forces me to troubleshoot creatively after every session.

Not that we have had a lot of “troubles”, I call it challenges and learning processes.

I like the challenges, and I’m glad that I am ready for them.

Great opportunities are for those who are ready.

Since early April, I have been conducting “Your Voice is You” creative voice project in partnership with North York Community House. This 6-week project is proudly funded by Toronto Arts Council’s Platform A Microgrant.

I have been working with 8 newcomer youths who are very brilliant in their own ways. What I need to do is to guide them to “find their voice”.