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.

Ariel Gough is a social entrepreneur, policy advisor, and TEDx speaker. Originally from Upper Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia,

Ariel worked with the federal minister of Families, Children, and Social Development where she worked on Canada’s first National Poverty Reduction Strategy and Early Learning and Childcare Framework.

She is the co-founder of Bailly Cosmetics Inc., a Halifax-based fragrance company that supports girls’ education in Uganda, and was awarded the CANIE Youth Impact Icon Award for the Atlantic region by the Innovators & Entrepreneurs Foundation.

Check her out @arielgough

Mya Malek is a professional female wrestler that came into the local wrestling scene as the underdog. Even though she’s smaller than her opponents, her resilience and passion give her a fighting chance in the ring.
With only a few matches under her belt, she still managed to win the UCW Atlantic Canadian champion title with her luchador style wrestling.
She is far from her hometown of Beirut Lebanon, but her career is only just beginning in the Maritimes.
Growing up Sarah went through an emo phase, but never actually grew out of it. Wanting to bring the nostalgic feel to everyone else who enjoys this niche genre of music she decided to start what is now called “East Coast Emo Night”.
Happening in bars around the east coast like Halifax, Saint John, and PEI, she has everyone dancing to bands such as My Chemical Romance, Blink-182, and Panic! At The Disco.

When she’s not working on her playlist or busy at her day job as a dental hygienist, you can also find her working for The East, a magazine geared toward promoting and reviewing the East Coast music scene.

Trying to bring inclusivity and fun into the maritime music scene is her goal.

Check her out @shellingwolf

Andrew started off my hospitality journey growing up in my grandparents’ butcher shop, cutting off pig ears at the age of 8. From there he became a line cook and went to culinary school. shortly after graduating,

Andrew went to New York to cook with the best.

With 6 years of cooking under his belt, he decided to switch to bartending. With the knowledge that some of the best bartenders lived in Halifax, Nova Scotia, he moved to Halifax 3 years ago.

He is now the Maritimes Brand Ambassador of Agua Santa Mezcal.

Check him out @nuggetkeyes

Kiki Saint is born and raised in Haiti. At a very young age, he loved everything art. Books such as TinTin and Asterix were his childhood favorites. However, his culture wouldn’t allow it, his parents; nay, his whole bloodline has never supported him in his artistic endeavors.

Nevertheless, he is a tenacious one and for the past 27 years, he has been nothing but an artist. The artworks showcased in this here podcast however were about the five-year bit in his life where he couldn’t draw at all. He was in Montreal, stuck and depressed… they are a remnant of that era.

Check him out @kiki.mufassa.mononoke