Nika Smith 10:00 – 10:40

BRING ON THE SUNSHINE 2014 - Performance Schedule: Main Hall
10:00 – 10:40
Nika Smith (vocal
and guitarist) in
Nika Smith uses songwriting as a medium of self-expression and
identity, creating something of substance instead of the familiar
thematic drone found in much modern music. Her work
transcends the structures of formal musicianship and evolves
into art, reaching far beyond the depths of a simple pretty song.
She experiments with alternative elements and still succeeds in
seamlessly melding everything into a package accessible and
appealing to a broad audience. The singer-songwriter fearlessly
evades cultural and societal expectations, and shows signs of
further potential to be realized. Her most recent
production, The Shaman & The Hunt, expresses the freedom she
found by letting go. Listen to Nika on CBC here
10:40 -10:50
Faith Juma (Griot
–spoken word )
11:00 - 11:15
University of
Waterloo African
Faith Juma puts her two passions of teaching and African studies
together through sharing traditional and contemporary stories
on Africa’s diverse and dynamic culture as a contemporary
Griot, or story teller. Faith has been part of the Africa Summer
Camp experience since its launch in 2011: inviting kids to
explore the heart of African traditions and culture through
stories, dances, songs crafts, and games.
Formed of members of the African Student Association in the
University of Waterloo. The association helps in bringing people
from different parts of Africa and establishing a community in
the University. They strive to use dance to educate and
enlighten people. This performance is a combination of different
styles of African dance. The ensemble takes a modern stance to
African dance and shows how it has evolved over time.
11:30 -11:50
Welcome by
Jacqui Terry,
Recognition of
Dhruv Gilliani
(spoken word)
12:05 -12:35
12:35 – 12:55
Ruth Mathiang
National Anthem “O Canada” arrangement by Methuselah
Dhruv is an engineering student from the University of Waterloo
who uses spoken word as a creative outlet, looking to make a
positive and significant impact on the world through either
Ruth Mathiang has quickly become one of the rising stars of
African music in Toronto. She comes from a musical family,
where both her parents were musicians in their youth. She
started her musical career in Kenya performing at social
functions and local clubs. Mathiang honed her singing and
composing skills by performing with local musicians and
adopting various styles from traditional music, gospel, Afropop
and hip-hop.
She recorded her first CD “My Cry Peace” in Prince Edward
Island, depicting her difficult life growing up in war-ravaged
Southern Sudan. The CD is also a celebration of her faith and
resilience as it has a gospel sound. Her second release
“Butterfly” is a more refined recording, which draws from
influences such as hip-hop, reggae, afrobeat and gospel. Since
coming to Toronto she has established herself as one of the best
female vocalist, has performed at several festivals such as
Harbourfront Centre’s Hot & Spicy Festival, Afrofest, Bana
y’Afrique, as well as numerous venues in the city.
take down/set up
Dande Showcase
– Marimba and
Mbira Jazz band
From the sacred ancient lands of the Dande......the ancestors
rest. Somewhere between the rivers of the Mpinge to the
Sacred Mountains of Chiweshe...the message lingers. From the
message , this music was created. Within the message , dwells
the spirit.
Within the spirit dwells soulvation Dande showcase....Mystic
jazz...totally spiritual Mbira music fused with jazz and roots
reggae. From the Aeolian hall . to the Harbourfront, from the
Indiana international to Indianapolis Dande showcase has
played to great acclaim across North America
Fashion show to meet at 2:00 pm to get dressed
2:00 – 2:15
Jsun - and the JP
2:20 – 2:40
UWASA and the
Sunnydale Youth
Miss Afri-Canada
Canadian-Bajan (prn. Badge - an = from Barbados) singersongwriter Jsun, a multi-talented artist who strolls along various
avenues of creative expression and collaboration. Jsun performs
both as a solo and collaborative musician and is also involved in
Traditional West African Drum and Dance. Jsun has performed
and organized at a rich variety of festivals including: Link
Carnival and Parade, Hillside as well as Toronto’s Afro-Fest and
Azonto! West African Dance craze right here in Waterloo!
1:05 – 1:45
1:45 – 1:55
2:40 – 2:50
3:00 – 3:30
Fashion Show
3:30 – 3:40
Android 18
3:50 -4:20
Oshungo Drums
4:25 - 5:30
Tich Maredza
For the past 15 years Miss AfriCanada has continued to
empower and transform young women to embrace a stronger
identity and to not define themselves according to what the
media dictates.
It reminds young women of the importance of giving back to
their own African Canadian community but more importantly to
adopt a national and global mentality by becoming ambassadors
of vision. Miss AfriCanada 2013 Marie-France Temahagali
will join us – get your photo taken with her, or learn about
how YOU could be the next Miss AFriCanada!
Be dressed by the incomparably dressed Stella Hill of West
Africa, or wear your own outfit and take part in the community
fashion show! Prizes awarded by Miss Africanada, judging to be
done by you the audience!
Fluid animation dance performed by the liquid limbed Tanake
Oshungo Drum & Dance collective comprises of professional
drummers and dancers from diverse backgrounds infusing
traditional African and Caribbean rhythms and dance with
original creations. Our intent is to share cultural experiences
from West Africa and the Caribbean by expressing the joy of
drum and dance with children, teachers, the community and the
Band leader Tichaona Maredza is a self-taught musician whose
music is an acoustic guitar based fusion of the contemporary
rhythms and afrojazz music of his native Zimbabwe, powered by
messages of inspiration, hope, love and awareness on the
different issues affecting mankind.
Workshop Schedule: All workshops are free, and are open all ages.
11:30 – 12:30
Room with carpet and fireplace
Room with tiles
Marimba/mbira workshop & demo -
Carve your own pendant - Nii Addico of
Dande Showcase
Creation Africa
Traditional handmade African instruments,
Using coconut shell learn to carve with
the African xylophone and thumb piano are
11:30 – 12:30
Master wood carver Nii Addico, known for
infused with spirit and meaning as well as
his ancient carving techniques of authentic
sounding great – try your hand with experts
African sculpture, as well drum making and
from Dande Showcase
Gumboot Dance - Mosa McNeilly
Originating in the mines of South Africa
12:30 -1:30
during the years of Apartheid, enjoy your
history and get your grove on! Learn about
12:30 - 1:30
the connection with ‘stepping’ to the heart
1:30 -3:00
of African history
Art Innovators drawing with
Drum circle - Oshungo Drums
Paul Field 12:30- 4pm
Ever popular, Oshungo drums know how to
Create your own art piece, and enjoy the
delight the crowd – get in early for you
1:30 - 3:00
chance to drum the winter blues away!
gallery of youth work, and banners made by
children and youth at workshops and
summer camps. Art Innovators runs
exceptional art programming in schools
Head wraps & Hair braiding workshop –
across the region.
Learn how to create your own African
3:00 - 4:00
headwrap in style, or try your hand at
3:00 - 4:00
learning to corn row or simple braid!
Beatrice Awesu & Polly Swaby
All day workshops
Hair braiding – Corn rows – ghetto style or trendsetter fashion? Join Polly
10:00 – 3:00
Swaby and learn basic braiding for kids, and how-to corn row for the more
All day
10:00 – 3:00
10:00 – 4:00
Henna painting –India and East Africa have centuries of history through the
trade routes – enjoy Henna painting in a nod to that story
Face Painting - get your face painted by Kelly and Melanie – face painters
extraordinaire - Just see our posters for samples of their work!
Photographs against artist painted backdrops - Upstairs
market place.