Shanii22 is a Syrian-Lebanese breakthrough artist in the local and international music industry.

Now based out of Halifax Shanii22 brings a cluster of combatting personalities with a diverse take on music.

His multicultural upbringing is truly translated through his music, aiming to combine different hip-hop cultures from across the globe while shedding light on their unique qualities.

Check him out @shanii22

Tasha Tonks is a tattoo artist and the owner of Three of Swords Tattoo Parlour.

After extensive travel throughout Canada and the US Tasha has settled down in her hometown on Halifax, NS.

She opened Three of Swords Tattoo Parlour, a safe space open to anyone with a love for traditional tattoos.

Check her out @tashaterror

Lyris is an emerging R&B artist born and raised in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia whose roots stretch to the South American country, Guyana.

Lyris is a multi-faceted artist with her years of experience in modeling, acting, and of course, singing. Her many talents have opened up a plethora of opportunities for her in various art forms, including her most recent musical theatre production, The Color Purple at Neptune Theatre.

Since deciding to focus on writing original music and her artistic development, Lyris aims to show the diversity in her sound by writing songs with an infusion of Caribbean and Afrobeat sounds.

Check her out @llyrisd

Dena Williams is a Culture Curator, Events Manager, and Artist Manager for Eriana Willis and Lyris Daye. Although born & raised in Halifax, Dena wears her roots to Preston, Nova Scotia with pride.

A Current social work student at Dalhousie, she uses the skills learned in her program to advocate for Arts and Culturein Nova Scotia. With her developing work in social justice, Dena has made it her mission to create opportunities for the development and advancement of creatives in the BIPOC community.

In 2018, she began working with Youth Art Connection and has hit the ground running by lending a hand in promoting & organizing many events, including Salt Yard Sessions, Taco & Tunes @ The Local, In the Dead of Winter Festival, and Emerge Festival.

Dena is currently developing her community passion project which is intended to bring historically neglected communities together through art and creating a safe space for art to be celebrated. Through this project, Dena aims to bring light and love to historically neglected communities.

With her company, Vitamin Dee Entertainment, Dena hopes to promote positivity, inclusivity, and diversity through various forms of art while also creating opportunities for local artists of the BIPOC community.

Check her out @vitamindee.ent

Melanie Adolph is a mom, student, and mental health advocate living in Halifax, having moved there 7 years ago from Alberta. She went from working with individuals that were differently-abled to going back to school full time and focusing her attention on her kids while bringing community awareness to mental health topics that she personally has experience with.
Melanie feels that sometimes social media only shows the positive which can have a negative effect on people’s mental health. She strives to be raw and transparent, sharing difficult and joyous moments in her personal life in the hopes that it can help others who may be also going through a difficult time.
She regularly lists local resources for mental health in her community that people can utilize if they find themselves struggling and encourages others to advocate for themselves and to ask for help.
Her show, Say It Again Louder begins November 5, 2020, and she shares a new episode every Thursday.