Vanessa, co-founder of LEGacy Circus, is a circus and physical theatre artist based in Halifax Nova Scotia.
She specializes in clown and acrobatic stilt movement, as well as duo aerial dance. Vanessa received a degree in theatre and music performance from Bishops University and has developed a unique approach to adaptive and mindful coaching and performance for the last two decades.
Influenced by her work with non-verbal communicators, she was drawn to how this affected her own approach to teaching, creating, and performing.
Photo: Rachel Mcgrath

Marc is an independent producer and writer based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is a producer and co-owner of Shut Up & Colour Pictures Inc with his partner Jason Levangie.

At S&C Marc has produced countless music videos, including the Prism Prize winner “Brian Wilson is A.L.i.V.E.” by Rich Aucoin, a handful of short films including “Benjamin” (TIFF ’16) and “I Am Coming to Paris to Kill You” (CUFF ’16).

In 2013 Marc premiered his Spanish-language feature film “Saudade” which in 2015 sold to Starz in the US. In 2014 Marc was accepted and completed the Canadian Film Centre’s Cineplex Entertainment Film Program Producer’s Lab where he spent six months developing feature and television projects with experienced producer mentors from all over the world.

Out of that program, Marc developed and produced the feature film “Suck It Up” by director Jordan Canning, which premiered at Slamdance 2017. In 2016 Marc was co-Producer of festival darling and multiple Canadian Screen Award winner “Weirdos” directed by Bruce McDonald. “Weirdos” went on to premiere at TIFF ’16 and play Berlin ’17.

Currently, Marc has several feature films and one series in development.

Check him out @marcakamark

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Jandera Simmonds is a local African Nova Scotian Singer-songwriter and Poet as well as an early child educator.

She has been making up songs and writing poetry for as long as she can remember. Earliest songs date back to 4 years old earliest poems date back to around age 7. Started performing different bars an establishment’s about 5 years ago. Started working at different daycares in schools 7 years ago.

Jandera has faced many trials and tribulations along the way including dealing with anxiety, grief, racism and much more. She tries her best to be honest and authentic with her audience as well as write about the things that she knows been through or has experienced.

Check her out @4poeticrhymes

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Energetic and enthusiastic Learning and Development professional consultant. Gaby has over 15 years of experience in HR and Training & Development. Gaby has shared her enthusiasm, knowledge and experience mainly with manufacturing, non-profit and IT companies. For that reason, she created her training company Connect the Dots Training where she focuses on designing and delivering online and instructor-led training to front line employees, managers and executives. 

As a learner explorer and long-life learner, Gaby believes that the ability to learn is the one skill that every person needs in the digital age. Gaby loves to connect with people and share knowledge with them, for that reason she decided to host a networking event for local entrepreneurs and newcomers, LinkedIn Local in Halifax.

Check her out on LinkedIn

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