Kuraaku is a Music Producer/mixing engineer, graphic designer, video editor and creative director born and raised on the island of Barbados (Caribbean) also home to the queen herself Rhianna.

Now residing in Halifax, Ns, Canada, Kuraaku aims to push boundaries through his production helping to shape modern sound with his unique way of fusing genres with his background knowledge of dancehall, reggae, hip hop, trap and also through Afro beats and the amapiano world which has now become a huge influence in his music venture.

He is set to release his debut album titled « Big Man le boss » which is a project with a collective of artists from back in his country along with some new artists here in Canada showcasing versatility through genre-bending.

Kuraaku is also releasing an EP titled « Shesh »  in the spring with the collaboration of some talented artist friends here in the city of Halifax.

Kuraaku aims to become an emperor of sound in making an indelible imprint with his future productions/recordings with new and upcoming talented artists.

Check him out @kuraaku_

As the founder and CEO of Diaspora Servus Immigration, Duntan understands the complexities of Canadian immigration like the back of her hand. Her dual expertise – a Bachelor’s in Computer Science from the University of Lagos and a Diploma in Immigration Laws and Policies from the University of British Columbia – ensures a meticulous approach to every case.
With many years of experience, coupled with her membership in the Immigration Consultants of Canadian Regulatory Council (ICCRC) and the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC), Duntan guarantees you not just an authorized practitioner, but a dedicated advocate.
Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, a seasoned professional, or a family reuniting, your Canadian dream deserves expert guidance and unwavering support. Duntan is your trusted partner, paving the way for a successful journey from your aspirations to Canadian residency.
Sarah McCann is a Halifax, NS-based elementary school teacher by day, content creator and budding entrepreneur by night.
She has been teaching for over a decade, with a special interest in early literacy that stems from her own life-long love of reading and writing. Looking for a creative outlet beyond her daily life as a teacher and mother, she turned to writing and combined it with another childhood passion, fashion, to begin creating style and beauty content as @starrysky_style.
Sarah quickly realized how much she enjoyed not only content creation but also engaging with and supporting others.  She has a particular interest in supporting small or sustainable fashion and beauty brands that make a difference to the planet or to women by encouraging them to feel good about themselves.  She firmly believes in the adage that when you feel good, you look good, and vice versa.
Her deep appreciation for all things beautiful, for female entrepreneurs, and for those who engage in lifelong personal growth has led her to the next step in her growth process:  a venture into the beauty business.  She and her sister will be opening @starrysky.aesthetics in early 2024, with the hope of helping others feel their most beautiful so that they have the confidence to reach their goals.
Michaela Jessome is a 27-year-old makeup artist from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia with over a decade of experience under her brush belt.
From the early age of 16, Michaela began working on brides across the island and servicing clients in a photography studio before their shoots.  Once she had finished high school, she headed for one of Canada’s top makeup schools, John Casablanca’s Institute of Vancouver.
While living in Vancouver, BC, she fell in love with the city life. Missing her family, she knew she wanted to move back and settled for a city closer to home. Michaela now calls Halifax, NS, home.
Michaela’s style or “niche” in the makeup scene is now rooted within the music industry. Taking a step back from everyday makeup bookings and bridal, working on music videos and looks for performances is her forte.
Hawa Swaray transcends the role of an esthetician, championing self-care and empowerment. A proud alumna of Saint Mary’s University and HDC Hair & Esthetics – School of Cosmetology, her journey of self-discovery began after welcoming her son, Christopher, in 2020.
Recognizing a gap in beauty services, she noticed a scarcity of skilled estheticians knowledgeable about diverse skin types, particularly those of a darker complexion. Hawa’s commitment to lifelong learning propels her to fill this void by continuously expanding her expertise in the esthetic realm.
This dedication ensures her clients receive unparalleled, personalized care tailored to their unique needs, setting her apart as a provider of the highest quality esthetic services.

 

Leanne Hoffman is a multi-disciplinary artist, songwriter, and producer living in Halifax, NS. She released her first solo, full-length album in May 2019 which was nominated for four Music Nova Scotia Awards, winning two, and a nomination for an East Coast Music Award. Her second album, The Text Collector, was co-produced with award-winning producer Erin Costelo and released in June 2023.

The Text Collector is a multidisciplinary project that deconstructs poetry and pop music, rebuilding the pieces into a listening experience even richer than the sum of its parts. The songs use the swirling melodies and glitzed-up production of Top 40, and lyrics that address the interconnected relationship between desire and despair.

The album was written from a poetry project where Hoffman wrote one poem a day for 365 days. All of those poems are now published in a book called “The Text Collector: An Anthology”. In addition to the written work and the songs, The Text Collector was accompanied by eight art pieces, handmade by Hoffman, and four music videos.

By pressing light up against dark until it’s evident they’re just different parts of a multi-faceted whole, Hoffman dismantles illusions of duality on her sophomore record, clearing space to meet her feelings on their own terms instead of forcing them into a box.

Check her out @hmleanne

 

Tori Yeomans is a Nova Scotian salon owner, passionate about inclusion within the beauty industry. With a background working in community mental health, Tori brings their expertise to the salon industry.
Tori’s vision is to create a salon atmosphere that clients AND beauty professionals can come to and feel free from judgement and discrimination; while advocating for other beauty businesses to turn in the direction of inclusion as well.

JupiterReign, also known as Thaydra Gray, has been surrounded by music since the beginning of her life. She began singing in her father’s church choir in Montreal, Quebec, where she grew up directed by her mother, even before she could put together full sentences. She grew up the youngest of four daughters, and through her sisters she found her deep love for RnB music. Because of her exceptional vocal gifts, commitment to her craft, and charming stage presence, she also got the opportunity to sing background vocals with the legendary Roger Waters, of Pink Floyd. She was honoured to perform a special song with gospel icon, Donny McClurkin.

She studied Musical Theatre training at the MSOPA (Montreal School of Performing Arts) under the guidance of some of this country’s leading actors and directors. In October of 2022, she debuted her theatrical abilities and starred as the main character, Lauren Johnson, in the premiere of “Love, Peace and Hairgrease”, written and directed by Tara Taylor.

After receiving a spotlight while backing up platinum award-winning Canadian artist Jocelyn Alice, opportunities began to pop up. She debuted her first single “Don’t Wanna”, in the summer of 2022, which originated as a class assignment in the NSCC Music Arts program,. From there, she developed her debut EP “Intergalactic”, influenced by the sounds of Keyshia Cole, Kehlani, Summer Walker and SZA.

She is the 2023 ANSMA Rising Star of the Year award winner, as well as a 3-time ANSMA nominee, including Artist of the Year and Single of the Year, and a 2023 Music Nova Scotia African Canadian Artist of the Year nominee.

Rooted in the rich traditions of R&B, her music aims to evoke emotions, tell stories, and forge connections with a diverse and passionate audience. With every note, lyric, and performance, she strives to craft a unique, sonic experience that leaves a lasting impact on the souls of those who listen. She has a profound belief in the power of music to heal, uplift, unite and tell a story.

Check her work out @jupiterreignmusic

Over the past couple of decades, Meghan has worked in a variety of roles in the music industry in Canada- from artist management to festival, event and venue management. She even managed a world-famous recording studio for a time, in Vancouver. Her passions include providing spaces and stages for artists of all genres to play and creating memorable experiences for audiences through the lens of live music.
As President of Music Nova Scotia, Meghan (along with the entire board and staff of MNS) advocates for the MNS membership in any and all ways that could further the careers of the talented artists and industry members in Nova Scotia. She has woven refreshing elements of empathy, acceptance and inclusion in her approach to board governance, which has positively changed the landscape of the organization’s operations, community involvement, and relationships.
Meghan now owns Bent Ridge Winery with her husband and business partner Glenn Dodge. In addition to managing the winery and restaurant, Meghan is also the Events & Weddings Manager for their new seasonal Events Pavilion, which will soon be home to a new live music venue in the heart of the Avon Valley, NS.