Born and raised in Cape Sable Island, Nova Scotia. Sam had a resume of working with people who have disabilities before changing her career path to pursue the Fashion Industry. She quickly got a Corporate retail job and worked her way up to Visual Merchandiser. After working in retail for a number of years and seeing all the waste that it produces, she decided that it was time to build a brand for herself that she believed in.

Shotgun Vintage was born in April 2018 as an Instagram page. It started as thrifting and selling vintage clothing but after pulling out an old sewing machine to make easy modifications — it soon grew to be a reworking obsession. Completely self-taught on the sewing machine, Sam started to quickly receive a lot of traction through the Maritimes through Instagram. This approach allowed her to be more connected with the customer than it would as a normal web store.

She worked her full-time job and simultaneously worked on Shotgun during nights and weekends for eight months before taking it full time.

Shotgun is completely owned and operated by one person.

Check her out @shotgunvintage

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Bradley Daye is a co-founder of Placemaking 4G a new generation for recruitment in Atlantic Canada.

Bradley is a community leader, a sports enthusiast and member of the African Nova Scotian community with a deeply rooted history in NS. Those roots are what keeps him grounded and provide the motivation behind the work he does now.

As the Grandson of Delmore Buddy Daye, community development is always top of mind, he is an empathetic leader with a successful background in professional sports and business development, he continues to give back through youth football in the north end of Halifax where everything started for him.

Through his community and business involvement, he has established a deep-rooted network of community members and leaders and has the knowledge and experience to evaluate and address community needs.

Check him out @all.daye

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Born and raised on the beautiful South Shore of Nova Scotia, Jessica May’s curiosity and desire to “experience it all” has led her into many distant lands, highs/lows, hobbies, friendships, spiritual practices, experiments, etc.
Endowed with her 5 senses (and learning to trust her 6th sense too), she is pretty much a ‘dancing flame of song’ that longs to Know and be Known, and grow beyond the perceived restraints that try and keep her from exploring all of Life.
Jessica thinks “titles and labels” are helpful and very useful at times, but often they leave one feeling boxed-in and truly unknown beyond the surface of our skin or skill-sets. Because she believes we are all so much more than these headlines we take for ourselves and give to each other, she is much more interested in what comprises one with strength of character and integrity, what makes a heart skip a beat or burst into laughter, what brings one to a state of wonder and awe, and how one approaches the pains of one’s own life and the lives of others.
Wrestling with more questions than answers and navigating through life’s ever-changing tides, this delight of a woman (who also happens to enjoy fine dinners out, with dashingly fine men who know the value of honouring the feminine qualities she possesses – hint hint, she’s single) is certainly; one of kind. 
You can get a taste of some of her creative expression  https://www.facebook.com/Jessica-Uhlman-Fine-Art-1410997039196589/
Troy Merrick is a  professional wrestler living in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
He’s been in that industry for 13 years and has wrestled throughout Canada, The United States, and the UK.
In recent years, Troy has been dealing with a worsening depressive state and paranoia, but actively tries to promote health and wellness, as well as a positive mental attitude.
Check him out @troymerrick902

Jessica Lynn Wiebe is a Halifax based interdisciplinary artist.

A former artillery soldier in the Canadian military, her artwork investigates the mechanisms of war, including the complex politics around gender, economy, the architecture of war, and the human condition.

Through the use of various media, she makes work that creates dialogue by engaging and challenging deeply held beliefs and emotions about the military and war.

Currently, she is a participant of the Canadian Forces Artist Program (CFAP) 2018-2019 through the Canadian War Museum (CWM) in Ottawa.

Check her out at @jessicalynnwiebe

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Keonté Beals, 22 years old is a multi-award winning artist including awards such as Music Nova Scotia’s Inspirational Recording of the Year 2016, multiple ANSMA awards & 2 ECMA nominations.

Born and raised in North Preston Nova Scotia, Keonté started singing, dancing & performing at the age of 7. Since finding a passion in entertainment, at the age of 16 Keonté had his first solo in his home church Saint Thomas Baptist Church in North Preston, NS. This particular solo opened up many opportunities to sing at other churches and charity events all around Halifax.

These opportunities generated great buzz about the young singer.

Keonté’s style and energy have often been compared to Anthony Hamilton and Michael Jackson. This soul singer’s voice breaks generation boundaries!

With his smooth R&B vocals, high energy moves & killer band he consistently leaves audiences filled with high energy and electrifying vibes.

Keonté is currently working on his first full-length album set to release in the fall of 2019.

He continues to bring forth incredible vocals, introducing a new sound to the East Coast’s music scene.

Check him out @KeonteBeals

Get tickets to his concert on June 8th, 2019.

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Kylee is a freelance editorial, portrait, and events photographer, as well as a barista working and living in Halifax. Although she is proudly from Cape Breton Island, Halifax has become a second home and Kylee hopes to continue growing with the entrepreneurial community here.
Professionally she most enjoys working with local businesses and entrepreneurs who need polished image content for their branding.
In her personal time, she also creates art using conceptual imagery, and often using self-portraiture, to communicate on themes of mental health, spirituality, and ecofeminism.
She believes in art practice as a methodology of healing and as a way of connecting to our deeper selves, one another, and the earth.
Tyler Simmonds speaks openly about his experience living with mental illness, reminding people that recovery is possible and emphasizing the importance of talking to getting well. Now a motivational speaker, his is clearly a message that resonates with many.
In 2016, the Huffington Post named him one of the “10 Inspirational people under 30 you should be following on Twitter.”.
In 2017 Tyler Simmonds was listed as one of the CAMH Difference Makers.
He is also a proud spokesperson for Bell Let’s Talk and last year he received a Best Local Short Film award at the Bluenose Ability Film Festival for his film “In My Mind.
Between speaking at schools to encourage youth living with mental health illness to get treatment, to working at the peer support organization, Laing House, Tyler is committed to reaching as many people about mental health as possible.
Through his many channels, Tyler is inspiring people in Nova Scotia, across Canada, and around the world to speak up about their mental health.
Check them out at @kylee_nunn_photo and @tylersimmonds

Jon Mann is a graduate of Acadia University (POLS, 2011) and the New York Film Academy (Screenwriting, 2013). In 2012, he wrote the documentary Drink ‘Em Dry which premiered at Harvard Law School, making Jon the youngest person in the school’s history to present written work (at age 22).

After Harvard, the film Drink ‘Em Dry is now in universities and colleges in North and South America, Europe, and Australia. Drink ‘Em Dry was also nominated for Best Canadian Documentary at the Canadian Labour International Film Festival (2012).

In 2014, Jon completed his first feature-length documentary, Project Power, which follows the social movement against the sale of NB Power to Hydro-Quebec in 2010. In 2015 Jon co-wrote and directed the short-film Rearview which racked up wins and nominations at film festivals worldwide.

In 2017, Jon and production partner Rob Ramsay‘s project Wolfville won the 2018 National Screen Institute’s Totally Television program. Filming for the short film’s Cahoots & Missy, written and directed by Jon, completed Fall 2017. In 2018, Jon was a Production Coordinator for TIFF Pitch This! short film winner Wildfire.

In September 2018, Wolfville was optioned by Take The Shot Productions.

In October 2018, Jon adapted Stephen King’s short story Popsy into a short film. The film is currently in post-production.

In February 2019, Cahoots won Best Canadian Film at the Canadian International Comedy Film Festival in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In March 2019, Cahoots was nominated for Best Comedy at the DeReel Film Festival in Dereel, Australia.

Missy is now on CBC GEM

Check him out @jonnyman

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Jackie Torrens is a Halifax-based actor, writer and film director. She and producer Jessica Brown have, under their company Peep Media, completed four documentary films for CBC, the Documentary Channel and Bravo which include Edge of East, My Week on Welfare, Small Town Show Biz and Bernie Langille Wants to Know Who Killed Bernie Langille, which premiered last spring at Hot Docs.

Jackie has also done two documentary films for Telltale Productions, Free Reins and the feature-length Radical Age. Torrens’ radio documentaries include The Poet Laureate of Youth Now, which received an Atlantic Journalism Award and Camp Mini Ha Ha, which received a CBC Award of Excellence.

As an actor, she was nominated for a Canadian Screen Best Actress Award for her work in Thom Fitzgerald’s mini-series Sex & Violence. In January, she played Hamlet at Neptune Theatre, produced by Below The Salt Theatre.

Her film, Bernie Langille Wants to Know Who Killed Bernie Langille just won Best Short Film Award at the Screen Nova Scotia Awards and Jackie also won Best Director Award from Women in Film & Television – Atlantic.

Check her out @torrensjackie

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Born on the West Coast and living on the East, Jessy-Jean Kafka hopes to share her passion and love for creatures with the world. Having a passion for horror movies, it inspired a lot of spooky and grotesque art. Though her creativity and humour landed her the most recent position in Vandal Doughnut’s design team.

An alumnus of NSCAD University, Jessy-Jean Kafka has graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Minor in Illustration. Digital Media is her primary medium, she hopes to fully establish herself as a Halifax creative.

Check her out @wyrmskin 

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