Tobi has been in the arts for most of her life. She began as a competitive dancer in jazz, acrobatic arts and ballet and during this time fell in love with performance and choreography and the art of moving bodies around a stage in a way that created a visual story.

When her sister Nikki began crafting novels and later screenplays, she’d indulge in planning out how they’d come to life on the screen. She attended York University as a Dance major and then finished her Fine Arts degree at Dalhousie as a Theatre major and found her way to stage management on a number of productions in the HRM.

She enjoys photography as a hobby and as a sometimes career and crafting stories in a single frame or capturing people in candid moments.

Tobi is the Director of A Walk In The Sun, a short film created through AFCOOP’s Film5 program. She brings a lifetime of love and passion for the arts to all her projects.

Find out more @tobilaurenphotography

Nikki Martin is a Novelist and full-time Yoga Teacher. She has released the first two novels in her Sci-fi/fantasy series Awake While Dreaming and loves crafting character-driven narratives that transport her readers to far off worlds and places.

While being firmly rooted in the modern-day conflicts and struggles that face humanity, her stories always have an element of hope and magic.

She has long dreamed of bringing her stories and voice to the screen.

Find out more @nikki_possibilities

Sehmat Suri is a media strategist, model, actor, and content creator in Halifax, who started her social media journey in 2017.

Her move into the creative community has brought her a bunch of cool connections and tons of interesting work with Canadian and international brands like Sport Chek and TRESemmé, and she’s currently one of the hosts on Eastlink’s Ocean Playground.

She dabbles in lifestyle, comedy, and social justice content, and loves to hop on a plane any time her marketing agency 9-5 job allows.

Find out more @itssemiprecious

We are Mukisa and Irene – the Founders of Fem Entity.

Two women who met at Dalhousie University, just starting their professional careers while working on campus for Student Leadership & Engagement. There was an instant connection between the Pieces/Taurus duo towards giving empowering opportunities to the public.

We share a passion for self-care, wellness, female empowerment, spirituality and community building – so we decided to turn our passions into a business!

We invite everyone and anyone to join us on this journey of self-discovery!

Find out more @fem.entity

Being in love with music his whole life, DJ Sheny is a versatile afrobeats disc jockey with years of experience in the entertainment industry. His passion for disc jockey initially started as a thing of leisure while in university, where he played at numerous friendly gatherings (a.k.a house parties). He has since then, grown into playing at concerts, weddings, and other private events, as well as clubs across Canada.

Pursuing his passion for music, he furthered his craft and rapidly grew to become one of the few faces of Afrobeats music both here in Nova Scotia as well as Canada-wide. He has also been awarded and recognized on several occasions for his musical talent, including a feature in the ‘Top 20 Canadian DJs You Should Know’ 2020 article by Shifter Magazine as well as recently being recognized by the ‘Canadian Black Entertainment’ community organization during Black Music Month, 2022.

He is often commended for the impact he has on any event he plays at, and for his amazing ability to keep the crowd energized and ready for more!

Check him out @dj_sheny

Bevie (she/her) is a local Halifax YouTuber, who explores the city and records her walks. Her channel started back in October 2020 with only an iPhone 6S and a borrowed Osmo 2 Gimbal.

Since then, as her channel grew, she was able to invest in better equipment. She currently records in 4K with her DJI Pocket 2 camera and uses her Samsung Galaxy S20 with an Osmo 2 Gimbal for her livestreams. Bevie has covered in her videos the majority of the HRM, with the waterfront being the most popular among her viewers.

Her knowledge of the city, as well as her unique sense of humour, has gained her a following. Although she isn’t a tour guide, her unique view of her city is entertaining, yet informative. On her channel’s 1 st anniversary.

Bevie travelled to Toronto, to meet up with her fellow “WalkTubers” who have helped her with her channel. She collaborated with them and did a livestream with them.

Check out her YouTube Channel

Bronwyn was born and raised in Summerside, PEI. She then completed her Bachelor of Science in Biology degree from StFX before continuing her studies at Memorial University.

Bronwyn began in the Masters of Pharmacy program before her project became very successful and she transferred into the PhD Pharmacy Program. Bronwyn is now the co-founder and CEO of PragmaClin Research Inc. who has developed a remote patient monitoring system for Parkinson’s Disease.

She enjoys finding ways to give back to the community and even runs a photography business in her spare time!

Learn more @pragmaclin

Nick takes pride in his attention to detail and client relationships in an effort to make sure every “i is dotted and every “t” is crossed! He is an intersectional thinker where he strives to create safe and welcoming spaces for everyone in conversation and community.

Although Nick was originally born in Massachusetts, he grew up in Clayton Park, Halifax where he watched his community rapidly change year after year. Since 2013, Nick pursued post-secondary education in Audio Engineering and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management at Dalhousie University. Although his interest in real estate was piqued at a young age, he found it aligned with his passion for business as an adult and has since owned and managed income properties since 2018.

Where Nick is starting his career with experience on the other side of the license, he comes with an intimate understanding of the budgetary constraints of a first-time home buyer.

Nick will be sure to use his personal experiences to create an exciting and comfortable journey from offer to closing!

Find out more @nickogden.realtor

Born in the Congo, Residing in Halifax, Nova Scotia brother duo Rajab Ally and Gallyna are Advocates of Truth. They are multilingual; mixing the languages French, English, and Swahili in their songs to interact with audiences from around the nation. Together they emerge HIP HOP, Dancehall, Afro-pop, and R&B vibes, creating an Afro-Fusion genre.

Their musical influence range from artists such as Sean Paul (Jamaica), Khaligraph (Kenya), Lokua Kanza (Congo) and French-Canadian, Artist Corneille.

Advocates of Truth currently won the 2020 Emerging Artist of the year award at the African Nova Scotian Music Association Awards.

Their album Never Too Late Is amazing be sure to check it out.

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Stephanie Joline is an Indigenous writer, director, and producer based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her Indigenous roots come from her mother who is Inuit from Labrador; her father is French Acadian from the South shore of Nova Scotia. Equally adept at film and television, Stephanie’s stories provoke conversation, break boundaries, and are deeply rooted in inclusivity and feminism.

Her feature films include Night Blooms (starring Jessica Clement and Nick Stahl), a coming-of-age story set in the 1990s; and Play Your Gender, a documentary that pulls back the curtain on gender bias in the music industry, featuring interviews with Patty Schemel, Melissa Auf Der Maur, and Sara Quin.

Stephanie has also directed for television and streaming platforms (Stream Me 2020, Amazon Prime; Farm Crime 2020 CBC Gem; Spirit Talker 2019, APTN). In 2020 she was awarded the Irving Avrich Award from TIFF recognizing rising Canadian talent. The following year she was long-listed for the DGC Discovery Award, and in 2022 she was nominated for her first Canadian Screen Award for best directing in the factual television category.

Stephanie’s feature, Night Blooms, is a gritty coming-of-age story set in the 1990s about 17-year-old Carly and her love affair with her best friend’s Dad. An emotionally charged narrative that navigates the moral murkiness of agency, consent, and accountability.

Find out more @stephjoline

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