Trina is a part-time comedian and full-time black person trying to put the L in life instead of always taking them.

As a self-proclaimed “Ontario transplant”, Trina recently facilitated some giggles while hosting Halifax Pride’s Comedy show in 2022 and hoping to perform on more stages within the HRM and beyond.

@therealgaynun

Releasing mixtapes and EP’s since the age of 14, East Coast rapper & songwriter, Mark’d from Dartmouth, NS, has found a strong stance in music, creating relatable music with lyrical storytelling. Formerly known as “EPDMC” (pronounce’d “epidemic”), after pursuing rap and hip-hop for 15 years, he has reinvent’d and is introducing a new stage of music and growth through his new alias, Mark’d, which is direct’d towards a more well round’d artist and singer in the coming years of his career.

Since his Nova Scotia Music Week debut in 2017 as EPDMC, Mark’d has travel’d to Europe and the US, hitting stages in Rotterdam (New Skool Rules), Los Angeles, Winnipeg (Northern Touch Music Festival), Toronto (Northern Power Summit), and Atlanta (A3C Festival).

Since the release of his Award nominate’d EP “Rap’s Charlie Brown” in April ’19, Mark’d has also co-direct’d his Music Video for “Nothing Left To Say”  featuring Jeffrey, which was also premiere’d on HipHopCanada.com in August ’19.

With his latest collaboration, “Saturday Night” featuring T-Zank, Mark’d is finally coming into his artistic element and bringing you his signature style and full potential as a well-round’d artist.

Since diving into the rebranding of “Mark’d” over the course of 2020, Mark’d has also start’d up his own podcast, appropriately titl’d “Party on a Podcast” model’d after his dream-chasing single (2016) and 8-track EP (2017) “Party on a Sunday”. The podcast initially start’d as an outlet and way to vent what Mark’d had to say about political and current events, but has since turn’d into an interview style podcast, which brings on a different guest each week. The focus of the interview and podcast is to bring light to the creatives no matter the background or status.

Entering his thirties has been eye-opening, to the extent where time is no longer the issue, but more taking advantage of opportunities when they come around. Expect a lot to change over these coming years and expect to see Mark’d around a lot more.

With the persistence and drive to enterprise this entire operation, Markdsouls Ent. was created and founded by Mark’d on Oct 14th, 2021. This new company and sole proprietorship is only the beginning of what’s to come but has allowed Mark’d and other entities like Party on a Podcast, to fall under the umbrella of said entertainment company. It is one step closer to owning everything. Creating from the ground and truly owning everything, from podcast, to music, has always been the goal and has been long sought after and with the creation of Markdsouls Ent. it is all finally coming to fruition and creating a base and platform for all entities and parties to thrive.

After having welcomed a son in late ‘21 and getting married in late ‘22, a new level and wave of motivation and drive has entered into the book of Mark’d. With plans for intimate shows, alongside many more podcast episodes and new music, 2023 brings hope and promise for everything Mark’d, an artist and performer you won’t forget.

Check him out @markdsouls

Sifted from the ashes of 2006, forged in the fires of your mom’s basement, and tempered in the oils of teenage angst, East Coast Emo Night is an ongoing celebration of an entire genre that marches under the direction of Sarah Hellingwerf aka Shellingwolf.
Tooth fairy by day and Mistress of Nostalgia by night, Hellingwerf has been leading her own Black Parade across Atlantic Canada since 2019 with a growing and enthusiastic fanbase trailing in her wake.
From Halifax, Saint John, PEI and newly Moncton and Fredericton, Sarah aims to keep expanding East Coast Emo Night along with adding more Collaborations. The best is yet to come!

Amber Grosse hails from the community of East Preston and is a descendant of the Preston Township.  She is a purpose-driven creative professional who enjoys creating events and thinking outside of the box. She spends her nine-to-five at the Black Business Initiative as an Entrepreneurship Engagement Manager working and supporting black businesses across Nova Scotia.

Her personal entrepreneurial pursuits consist of content creation, social media marketing, entrepreneurial consulting, and event planning. She has been able to work in various areas in the event planning space as well as content, corporate and small businesses, and marketing with her own business called Evolving Embers Event Planning.

Amber graduated with a Business Administration degree from Mount Saint Vincent University, with a double minor in Marketing and Management.

Amber is a youth champion, and community connector as well as a swim teacher at Zatsman Sportsplex. Amber enjoys also modelling, fashion, travelling, and COFEE !!

To book with Amber either personally or professionally follow her on @evolving.amber

Raina Norman has been working as a mermaid from Halifax for 14 years.
She married her mer-wrangler and co-owner and they have a baby they named River. She completed her education at MSVU and published three books about her mermaid life.
When she’s not working as a mermaid she enjoys scary movies, walking in nature, and podcasts!

Asia Outten is a creative Youtuber and Youtube personality. She has generated 20,000+ views on her Youtube Channel Xoxo Love, Asia and loves creating binge-worthy Youtube content that is enjoyable to her viewers.

While being a content creator comes with its challenges, Asia remains determined to grow her channel and her subscriber count daily.
She has long dreamed of bringing her magnetic personality to the screen.

Keonté Beals is an accomplished singer/songwriter, musician (piano), producer, author and entrepreneur. Keonté triumphs among the East Coast music scene as a multi-talented, award-winning R&B/Pop artist.

Born and raised in North Preston, Keonté started singing at the age of six. In 2016, Keonté released “Man Down” from his self-titled EP ‘Keonté,’ followed by a second single “4 Ever” in 2017. Keonté, is a natural-born entertainer who has collected accolades from Music Nova Scotia, African Nova Scotian Music Association (including Artist of the Year 2020), Coast Halifax, East Coast Music Association; Challenge AIDS and Malaria in Africa and recognised with an MLA Rising Star award.

In 2020, CBC radio produced a special “Keonte Beals: Christmas in North Preston” which was rated the number one story in Canada and earned a feature in “Being Black in Canada”. Keonté released a Christmas EP stemming from the special, entitled “December”, which was very well received. 2020 also saw the birth of KBeals Entertainment (kebe.ca) where Keonte launched his first full-length album under his company.

Keonte is the co-author and illustrator of his first children’s book with his younger brother Antonio, “I am Perfectly Me”. This book expresses historical pride within the African Nova Scotian community and celebrates diversity. Keonte provides rich and inclusive book presentations within schools all across Nova Scotia – even adding in a few song performances throughout the hour-long sessions with the kids.

Keonte propelled the project ‘KING’ in 2020 under his own company name, which received the ANSMA song of the year for 2021. Keonte received acclaimed ECMA status in 2021 for R&B album of the year for ‘KING’, and also collected three Music Nova Scotia awards: R&B Solo recording, African Nova Scotian Artist of the Year & Inspirational recording of the year.

Keonté is set to release his 3rd album in 2023.

Jennifer was born in Montreal but raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia makes the East Coast where she calls home.
With entrepreneurial parents, exposure to commercial and residential real estate at an early age meant that a career in Real Estate was inevitable. Homeownership and investment in real estate have been goals throughout her life and continue to be passions that drive her.
When searching for a brokerage to align herself with, Jennifer looked for a level of professionalism and high standards that matched her processes and a strong sense of community to allow her to give back in her profession as much as she does in her personal life.
Volunteering with Shelter Movers Nova Scotia, a volunteer-powered non-profit organization providing free moving and storage services to people and families fleeing violence and abuse, as a Manager of Volunteer Services, keeps her busy when not spending time with her family.
Real Estate was a natural fit for Jennifer, having worked in corporate leadership and management roles for over a decade in addition to 30 years of authentic relationship-building. Jennifer carries the value of hard work, integrity, and passion in everything she does.
Kaytee Mullins is a young entrepreneur from Cape Breton, who moved to Halifax in 2016 for College but fell in love with the City and now calls it home.
Before starting The Change Room, Kaytee completed programs in American Sign Language and Veterinary Medicine, and although she loved both, neither were the right fit. Having always dreamed of being her own boss and after countless jobs in retail, restaurant, and hospitality industries that left her unhappy, she took the leap, after the business she worked at closed down. With the pandemic just starting, she started on a wild journey, trying to navigate the entrepreneurial space and start a business in a world where businesses were shutting down every day.
Starting The Change Room, not only gave her the freedom to make her own schedule, which allows time to visit her family in Cape Breton (and snuggle with her cat), it also gave her a sense of purpose. Helping the environment, reducing waste, saving people money, and finding really cool pieces, are just some of the reasons running this business is fulfilling for her.
When she’s not thrifting and sourcing colourful clothes, she likes to listen to podcasts, crochet, explore new places, and spend way too long on the phone with her Mom and Niece.
Kaytee hopes that if there’s anybody out there who feels stuck in what they’re doing that they too, find something their passionate about because life is too short to do anything that steals your joy.
Mukisa is Ugandan Nova Scotian. She is a graduate of the Schulich School of Law, passionate about racial justice and women’s empowerment.
During her articling year, Mukisa gained a range of experience in prison law, personal injury law, and litigation. She works with the Elizabeth Fry Society and advocates for fairness and positive change in the Justice system.
Mukisa is a Co-Founder of Fem Entity, the source for self-care and empowering your divine feminine energy. Check out their new podcast “The Queens Mentality” & follow her side hustles @FemEntity and online shop @Lvl.Up.Ns