2017 Artists

Darren W Jordan (Curator & Producer)

Darren is the curator and producer of this 5 Artists 1 Love art show & musical performance.

Born in the UK, Darren immigrated to Canada with his Family in 1975 at the age of eight. In his home, he was taught to appreciate the beauty and diversity of other cultures as well as what they had to offer. He believes that food, music, dance and art are conduits to such exploration. This is reflected in his work, which often incorporates a great deal of colour & expression with some graphic elements.

Through 5 Artists 1 Love Darren has worked at bringing together various artistic disciplines within the “Black Community” under one accessible network. He was quoted saying,” If you can’t find a scene or there is no scene, then you make a scene.”

Shoko César

Kanyamashokoro César

Kanyamashokoro César (Shoko), was born in Africa and immigrated to Canada in 1993. His double origins Rwandan-German and his five spoken
languages give his art and design a cross cultural and dynamic approach. His art and designs are visually interactive and complimentary with its environment. Shoko’s model is the environment natural complexity for displaying simple solutions and simple functions.

At his young age, It did not take long for his talent to have an impact and get recognised, he had a privilege of painting four Murals in Legal one which representing 50 years of French radio history in Alberta (CHFA) was unveiled by the Honourable Governor General Adrian Clarkson on her first official visit as Governor.

His ambitious of community involved and development did not stop there as in his postsecondary studies he continued to distinguish him self. After graduating in Industrial Design at U of A, he founded with his classmates The Industrial Designers of Edmonton Association (IDEA). His work has won national awards, gain international recognition and has been the subject of several magazines and TV documentary including: Alberta Venture, Unlimited Magazine (Cover Page) Western Living, Edmonton Journal (front page), Canadian Interiors, Global TV, CBC and TV5. Shoko has become an avid spokesman for Art and Design in his city.

Shoko’s work has expend from Public Art Installation, Furniture, Architecture to Product Design, Custom Yacht Design and now complex Medical Design Devices.

Email | artdesign@shoko.ca

HolleeMcKerchar

Hollee McKerchar

Hollee McKerchar is a multidisciplinary creative artist. She studied dance, art and music in school but pursued an arts degree in psychology. Diagnosed with chronic migraines, or “suicide headaches” in her 3rd year, Hollee left university to spend her limited time creatively.

Her artistic content is taken from her personal experiences, her soul, and her spiritual encounters. She blends color, words, imagination and/or social or cultural topics into an artistic art expression, creating an art from whatever medium is available.

In addition to creative arts you can also find her on the runway modeling or consulting with productions teams on local events.

Email| holleeann5@gmail.com

Facebook.com/holleemckerchar

Instagram| model|@hollee_ann5

Instragram| @art_by_holleeem

YoftaheNegussie

Yoftahe Negussie

Yoftahe Negussie is a Visual Artist based in Edmonton, Alberta Canada.

Yoftahe Born in 1991, was raised in Ethiopia, East Africa. Yoftahe moved to Canada as a teen. As a Business student in university Yoftahe started painting to pass time. Mostly working with acrylic on canvas, Yoftahe developed a unique style of abstract portraits, with multiple vibrant colors that define his style. Yoftahe has showcased his Artwork in local Galleries and internationally in Tokyo Japan at the 2016 Tokyo International Art Fair. For Yoftahe Art became the gateway of expression, since Art is a state of mind that manifests itself into existence when being expressed, Yoftahe founded Art State of Mind as a platform for other local Visual and Music Artists to showcase and perform their Works of Art.

Email | Yoftahenegussie@gmail.com

Email | Artsstateofmind@gmail.com

Web | Artstateofmind.ca                                             Facebook | Artstateofmind

TrevorPeters

Trevor Peters

Edmonton’s Trevor ‘CURLY’ Peters of Aboriginal and Jamaican descent, works full time as a professional artist for Fresh Canvas Art Co. A company he co-owns with business partner and soulmate Annaliza Toledo. Together they also produce the Rust Magic Street Mural Festival – Edmonton’s first street mural festival that showcased 14 local and international artists that created a strong collection of large scale public artwork that was received with great adulation locally and globally. The success from curating the festival has led the duo to pursue opening their own gallery – Fresh Canvas Art Gallery (set to open February 2017) which will focus on emerging and established artists working primarily in a progressive street art representational style.

As an artist, Peters stays relevant in the graffiti culture by continuing to study letter structure and balance. His preference is to use a classic New York style when formulating pieces. Painting graffiti for 22 years, his knowledge and understanding of this craft is fundamental as he moves to speak to a larger crowd in the fine art world. His recent work explores vintage b-boy aesthetics, street life as well as modern pop culture. His abstract portraitures represent a natural and primal beauty and delve into topics of strength and sexuality with a distinct style and ‘savoir-faire’.

Email | contact@realfreshcanvas.com

Instagram | @rustmagic2016

JasminePetrin

Jasmine Petrín

Jasmine Petrín is self taught artist and is best known for her large colourful acrylic paintings of women of various races. One of her favourite things to paint is women with large hair.  Growing up in a mixed home (Metis and black), Jasmine was exposed to diversity at a young age and loves to show diversity in all of her art.

Jasmine started to fall in love with drawing when she was in middle school. Her love for painting didn’t come until much later, but once she started she couldn’t stop. Seeing people enjoy her work as much as she does motivates her to keep creating.

For Jasmine, paintings is a great way to spend time alone in her own thoughts. She works with acrylics, water colors, and charcoal. The sky is the limit for her as she is just beginning her artistic journey.

Email | colorlustart@gmail.com

2017 Performers

United Colours of Soul:

  • Nigel Williams
  • Tim Noel
  • Angela Roy
  • Bernard Quilala
  • Louise Dawson
  • Jeff Hendrick & The Love Jones Band

Guest Stars:

  • Wajjo Drummers
  • Essence of Praise
  • Breath in Poetry
  • Ron Walker
  • Ashanti Karimah Marshall
  • Audrey Ochoa
  • Sergio Rodriguez
  • Arlo Maverick
  • J-Mello
  • and more!

Medgine Mathurin

Medgine is a Haitian-born poet and psalmist, raised in Canada, with a tongue infused in French, English and Creole. Medgine’s aim through her poetry is to uplift, enlighten and inspire those who hear it. With four years of writing under her pen, she has gotten the opportunity to perform in various cities across Canada including Calgary, Toronto, Vancouver, and even overseas in Trinidad. She was part of the 2012 Edmonton Slam Team, and the 2013 Edmonton representative at the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam. Medgine was the feature poet at the Inaugural Launch of the Michaelle Jean Canadian Caribbean African Diasporic Studies Lecture series, with the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean as lecturer, at the University of Alberta in 2014. She has been a Feature poet at the 2014 Edmonton Poetry Festival, and recently, one of the top 3 finalist at the 2015 Breath in Poetry Edmonton Poetry Summer slam.

Keith Fix

Keith is born and raised in Edmonton and has been making music for 40 years as a sideman, musical director, soundman and roady. Keith specializes in R&B, funk, gospel, blues, and jazz. He spends most of his time in Edmonton, Vancouver, Seattle, and Dallas, Texas.

Bernard Quilala

Bernard Quilala has been involved in the local music scene since his appearance on national television shows such as Popstars: The One and Canadian Idol (Season 2). Since then he’s sung back up for Ben Folds and Jonny Reid and been the opening act for Blue Rodeo, Michael Bolton and Jay Leno. He is currently working on his new Project: Bernard Quilala & The Q-Tone Band where he mixes his love for oldies music and contemporary hits with his own brand of original songs. He is excited and grateful for his participation in the 5 Artists 1 Love family.

Jeff Hendrick (Musical Director)

Since first hitting the stage at the age of seven, the accomplished singer/songwriter has emerged as one of his homelands brightest young music prospects. Deeply rooted in the R&B and Soul influences of artists like Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Prince, and Michael Jackson, Hendricks smooth vocal offerings often conjure up images of Philly soul rather than the Canadian prairies. His mature and dynamic stage presence has captured fans both domestically and internationally, and his other talents as a saxophonist and keyboard player have truly made him a unique musical entity.

Popular with Chicago style step dancers across America, Hendrick is a favorite of syndicated ABC Radio Networks personality Michael Baisden and has been featured on his national broadcast several times since 2006. Hendrick’s three studio recordings have sold over 20,000 independent copies in the US, UK, Europe, and Japan, and the singles ‘Celebrate’ and ‘Old School Party’ have entered the Billboard and Mediabase Urban Adult Charts regularly over the past four years.

Recent performances included shows at The Time Warner Center SOB’s, Billie’s Black, and The Sugar Bar in New York, The Jazz Cafe and Pizza Express Soho in London, UK, and the Baltic Soul Weekender in Hamburg, Germany. Jeff also performs regularly in Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Philadelphia and has shared the stage with acclaimed artists like Dwele, Eric Roberson, Chrisette Michelle, Boyz II Men, and Glenn Lewis.

Jeff has just released his highly anticipated new album ‘Color Blind’ and the recording is all ready garnering rave reviews and radio play across the globe!.​

Ahmed ‘Knowmadic’ Ali

Award winning poet Ahmed ‘Knowmadic’ is a Somali-born Canadian poet, writer, actor, comedian, speaker and youth worker. In 2011, Ahmed became the first Somali spoken word champion at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. In 2012, Ahmed was given the RISE award for arts and culture. In 2013, he was Artist in Residence at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute and was a finalist in becoming the Poet Laureate for Edmonton, Alberta.

Arlo Maverick

Arlo Maverick (of Politic Live) is an artist whose sound explores Jazz, Electro, and Soul yet identifies itself as hip-hop.  With music that is as much about moving his audience physically as it is about moving them emotionally Arlo connects with his fans through songs about falling in love, confronting inner demons, and the struggles of making ends meet.  With influences like K-Os, The Black Keys and The Roots, Arlo’s live show is a fun, energetic and interactive experience where the audience is freed of their inhibitions and exist in the moment. 

Arlo Maverick is currently promoting his concept album, Maybe Tomorrow. In 2016 Maybe Tomorrow ranked as the #20 album on CMJ’s Year End Hip-Hop Charts (US) and #11 on Earshot’s Year End Hip-Hop Charts (CAN) in addition to being nominated for multiple awards.  

K-Riz

When you can rap circles around your competition but croon your way to a woman’s heart it can be very hard for the industry to categorize you.  But with both talents in his arsenal K-Riz is part of hip-hop’s new generation of melodic based MCs who lyrics can still spark barbershop conversations.  

Although born in Toronto, Ontario K-Riz has lived in Edmonton, Alberta for a number of years.  Shaped by the polarizing lifestyles found between Canada’s East and West, K-Riz has truly come into a sound of his own that is drenched in these varied experiences.  

On August 4, 2016 K-Riz released his official debut, Fresh Air – a project he thinks will help to revitalize the rap game.  Inspired to usher in a new sound, Fresh Air is a 14-song hip-hop album that is progressive and futuristic with elements of 90s R&B.

Timothy Noel

Growing up in a very musical church, Timothy began singing and playing instruments at a very early age. He is best known for his rich vocal tones and natural ability to engage his audience. Timothy’s performances have been a fixture in the Gospel scene. Like many well known vocalists, his roots in Gospel have made the transition to other genres in music seamless. His foray into Soul, Rhythm & Blues and Jazz maintains that passion, but with an old school, speakeasy vibe.

Catherine Anne Daniel – Mezzo Soprano

Ms Daniel of Edmonton studied voice with Coluratura soprano Tracy Dahl at the University of Manitoba.   She was a member of the Atelier Lyqrique de l’Opéra de Montréal, and later became a member of the Opera Studio Nederlands.       

Career highlights include roles as Carmen in Tilburg, Dido/Sorceress in a European tour, singing Elisabetta in Knoxville Opera’s production of Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda, singing the role of Maria in Opéra de Montréal’s production of Porgy and Bess and 3rd Lady with Edmonton Opera’s The Magic Flute.

This season included a European tour of Porgy and Bess and singing as the Alto soloist in Handel’s Messiah.

Catherine’s upcoming season includes projects in Canada and the United States.

Anjela Roy

From the northern part of Saskatchewan, Angela began performing at 9 years old. With strong influence of Classic Country music she made her way south to join the singing, dancing, touring musical review called Saskatchewan Express. A graduate of the Vocal Program at Grant McEwan Angela is no stranger to adapting to many different styles of music. Angela has performed with local Edmonton groups and artists such as Krystal Dos Santos, Five Artists One Love, King Mustafa, The Hi-Phoniques, Gravity Collective, Vis a Vis, Sven Boulevard and from Calgary The Mocking Shadows.

Daniel Etoroma

Daniel has been playing music since he was 3, starting with piano, then quickly moving to violin, guitar, bass and saxophone. His heart for music has grown and lead him to perform with various acts throughout Alberta. Currently, Daniel is performing around Edmonton with his own project, The Trio Quartet and writing an album with his wife Kaitlyn.

Nigel Williams

Some may say Nigel Williams was born singing. Singing all through childhood from choir to choir he developed an ear for sound. As a child he was always fighting with his older brothers. One day his mother asked him if would he like to play soccer or take piano lessons? His brother chanted soccer in excitement, knowing he would have fun, however coming from a fresh fight and still sore from the ordeal, Nigel was quite cross with them. So, in turn, he has played the piano for over 23 yrs. It is from this experience that he has tuned his voice and learned to train his ear for the sounds of soul. Ranging in octaves, he has sang all over the world including Canada, The U.S.A., all over The Caribbean, and Europe. Currently a member of the gospel choir Essence of Praise, he hopes to entertain you further through the airwaves by bring to Edmonton a gospel radio station soon in the works.

Louise Dawson

Being the youngest of the family and performing for her family and friends throughout her life, Louise was naturally groomed to be the performing artist she is today. Louise explored her musical talent starting with classical piano lessons in her childhood years while surrounded by her parent’s love of Jazz music and her older siblings listening to 70’s and 80’s Soul, R&B and Funk records. In high school, Louise performed in the jazz band and jazz choir where she earned the most outstanding musician award.

Louise Dawson’s abilities to move between the styles of pop, classical, R&B and Jazz are attributed to not only her extensive Jazz vocal studies at both Grant McEwan University and McGill University but also her God given talent and passion to create music. She is a freelance singer, adjudicator and teacher. Her talents and experience have brought her to many cities, performing in night clubs and festivals throughout Canada and Europe. She is currently the choral music teacher within the Fine Arts department of one of Westen Canada top academic high schools.

Moni Mathew

Composer and multi-instrumentalist Moni Mathew’s career spans the ethnic, roots and classical canons. A performer and arranger with the Vinok Worldance ensemble since 1992, he assumed the mantle of Musical Director in 2007, appearing with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in 2015. Moni is also a member of the Cifra Hungarian Ensemble and as such has been heard in national broadcasts with CBC and also with the ESO in 1997. His talents as an multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger have led to work with Edmonton’s Usha Kala Niketan Studio for the productions Passages and Navarasa and the Brian Webb Dance Company for whom he co-composed the Tania Alvarado piece “1” with Ojas Joshi. Moni’s talents as bassist can be heard on the 2003 Ann Vriend album Soul Unravelling; he also co-arranges and produces other Alberta singer-songwriters’ original material with One More Mile co-founders Brad Smith and Fred Brenton. Moni’s talents as a keyboardist and electric bassist were integral to the success of the Alberta funk/hip-hop group, the Hi-Phoniqs and he’s been heard gigging with the likes of FenderCase, Jay Sparrow, Jeff Hendrick and the Mocking Shadows. Venturing into the classical world, he has played Shostakovich and Beethoven as violist with the Strathcona String Quartet, as well as with the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra.

Since beginning his musical education at the age of four, Moni has been involved in all aspects of music, including performance, composition, and arrangement. Following studies on violin in the Suzuki program, this native Edmontonian has traveled to Japan, Korea, France Spain, Italy, England, Switzerland, U.S.A., Taiwan, Brazil, Hungary, Romania, as well as across Canada with a variety of performing ensembles. Along the way he has learned a variety of styles (classical,jazz, R&B, popular, Indian classical, flamenco, world folk) and instruments (violin, viola, piano, electric and acoustic bass, guitar, mandolin, sitar, santoor) and skills (composing, arranging, orchestrating, teaching). As a graduate of the Grant MacEwan Community College Music Program (Performance/Bass), Moni has enriched the vibrant Edmonton music scene with his commitment to diverse ongoing projects, and by performing live venues, playing on recordings, and by arranging for a variety of Edmonton artists and ensembles.

J-Mello

Edmonton born, Toronto-raised J-Mello opened for Madonna’s VIP parties during the Edmonton stop on the Rebel Heart world tour last month. A staple in local night life, he has been a feature DJ at various clubs and lounges throughout the city. The second generation DJ also played the official party for rap legend Jay-Z’s The Blueprint 3 tour. Spreading his versatile, high energy love of music across the nation, J-Mello has taken his talents to stops in Calgary, Toronto, Waterloo and Regina.

Karimah

Karimah is a progressive afropunk songstress from Edmonton, AB. Through her participation and subsequent win at 2014 western canadian french singer/songwriting competition, Chant’Ouest, she has established her vocal and songwriting point of view in both English and French communities across Canada. 

Call her style “noir future R&B”.  Karimah audio creations are an outlet for her most cathartic expressions of love, hate, failures and wins.She doesn’t play it safe, and she’s got the stories to prove it. This is exposure of the personal and political. Whether it’s with a guitar, piano, or eclectic self-produced backtracks, each performance is a passionate, bittersweet encounter. 

Emily Randall

Emily Randall is a born and raised Edmontonian who is making her way into the entertainment scene. She’s a recent graduate of the Theatre Production program at MacEwan University. There, in her last year, she stage managed the final show of the season, “Heathers the Musical”. Since then her freelance career has  flourished. She’s had the opportunity of working with multiple production companies such as Shadow Theatre, Freewill Shakespeare and Alberta Opera. Working with 5 Artists, 1 Love has been both a privilege and a great learning experience. She’s looking forward to tonight’s show as well as working with the company again in the future.

Sergio D Rodriguez

As one of the most in demand commercial trumpet players in Western Canada, Sergio has been blessed with the musical ability since age 8. While born in NY and raised in Miami, his musical career truly began after being accepted to the prestigious New World School of the Arts. Since then, Sergio has been exposed to a plethora of musical experiences. From the diverse Latin scene in Miami-to traveling the high seas as a musical director for many cruise line show bands. Sergio now resides in Edmonton making music with some of finest musicians in the world.

Mboya Nicholson

Jazz pianist Mboya Nicholson’s skills have taken him throughout the world, from Tokyo to Rome; from Guadeloupe to Innsbruck Austria, and the birthplace of jazz, New Orleans.
A former student of celebrated jazz pianist and acclaimed educator, Charlie Austin, in the 1990’s Mboya could be seen performing at Edmonton’s Jazz City Festival, and was requested by the Edmonton Jazz Society, to perform solo piano for the reception honoring the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra’s first visit to the Winspear Centre for Music.
After studying at MacEwan University with Charlie Austin, Mboya moved to New Orleans where he attended the University of New Orleans, studying under New Orleans jazz great Ellis Marsalis. While in New Orleans. During his time in New Orleans, Mboya performed abroad, playing a four month residency at the Tokyo Dome Hotel in Japan; with the Jeff Albert Quintet at the jazz festival in Point-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe; and for the secretary to the Vatican, with a UNO ensemble conducted by Ellis Marsalis, in Italy.
After leaving New Orleans, Mboya moved to Toronto, teaching and performing concerts, including a concert series about legends of jazz piano, and the pioneers of New Orleans jazz. As an arranger for string quartet and quintet, Mboya has worked as staff arranger for ArsMusica Session Ensemble, conducted by Colin Mendez –Morris. Previous projects have included arrangements for renowned opera singers Mark S. Doss, Ernesto Ramirez. Currently Mboya resides in Edmonton.

Audrey Ochoa

Audrey Ochoa is one of Edmonton’s most versatile and prolific trombonists. She has played everywhere from the Montreal Jazz Festival, to Mexico City and has appeared on numerous recordings, including her own, “Trombone and Other Delights” (2014) and the soon to be released “Afterthought”.

Tyson Kerr (Vocals Coach)

As an in-demand keyboardist, singer, accordionist, composer/arranger, and educator, Edmonton’s own Tyson Kerr brings fluency and honesty to the many musical styles he performs. His other notable projects include Six Minute Warning (www.6minutewarning.com), an a cappella vocal band, and The Writers’ Guild (www.writersguildband.com), a jazz composer collective. Tyson Kerr is excited to be back for his third Five Artists One Love show and this time he bares the mantle of vocal coach.

Reakash Walters (Media Relations)

Reakash Walters is an Edmonton-based community activist with a passion for ​ music, the arts and their ability to propel​ change. ​ As the former chair of the Breath in Poetry Collective and a performer herself Reakash has a deep respect for the Edmonton arts scene. This is Reakash’s third year stage managing the 5 Artists 1 Love show and she looks forward to being part of many more years of the concert’s success.

Monique McFarlane (Artistic Director)

Monique McFarlane is the Artistic Director for the 5Artists 1Love Art Showcase. She has worked for the past ten years in the arts and heritage sector at several Canadian and international institutions. Through her past and present work, she strives to make art and museum collections accessible and relevant to diverse audiences, and especially marginalized communities

Anisa Lorraine Khaliq  (Photography)

Anisa’s longstanding love of creativity and art in all its forms has led her to photography.  In particular she enjoys candid and environmental portraits and travel photography.  She is honored to have the have the opportunity to photograph 5A1L.  You can follow her on IG at annieb8125 where she will be porting recent and new work.  Photo courtesy of Jasmin Majumdar.