Sid Sharp is a 25-year-old comic artist and emerging illustrator from Toronto. They collaborated in several community arts projects and installations across the GTA and Ontario. For the ‘border crossings’ Project, Sid facilitated community workshop and created an anchor/central character to feature stories shared by the communities in a graphic representation.
Sonja Rainey is a multi-disciplinary artist, designer and arts facilitator with a rampant curiosity for new ways of creating performance experiences and arts engagement. Her work encompasses installation, set and costume design; puppet and mask work; illustration and sculpture as well as the creation of short films and exhibition design. She has presented her work at the Vancouver Art Gallery, PAMA, Art Gallery of Mississauga, the Prague Quadrennial and most recently, Rainey has been an artist educator with the Canadian Opera Company and instructor at the Manitoulin Conservatory for Creation and Performance. She has worked extensively with MABELLEarts, Jumblies’ Theatre, Making Room Community Arts, the Community Arts Guild, The Bicycle Opera Project, urbanvessel and Ahuri Theatre.
Helen Yung is a multi-disciplinary artist from Toronto. Her current artistic work with newcomers to Canada has been recognized by a groundbreaking research partnership with Humber College. Her ongoing newcomers project combines art, community engagement and social innovation to suggest immediate ways to transform the settlement process for newcomers.
Anu Radha Verma
Anu Radha Verma is a queer, diasporic sometimes-femme with complex connections to 'south asia,' She is a survivor, someone with lived experience of mental health struggles, and a resident of Mississauga. Anu Radha organizes with QTBIPOC sauga, with the hope to build trust, care and community across the expanse of the 'burbs.
Celebrated as a dance innovator, Nova Bhattacharya’s powerful and humanistic dance works breathe rich life into the spectrum between classical bharatanatyam and contemporary dance. Bhattacharya trained in bharatanatyam with Toronto’s Menaka Thakkar, was the first graduate of Nrytyakala, The Canadian Academy of Indian Dance and furthered her study of the form with the late Kittappa Pillai and Smt. Kalanidhi Narayan. Her development in contemporary dance has been informed by her ongoing work with Peggy Baker, Sasha Ivanochko and Louis Laberge-Côté. She began her career as a dancer with the Menaka Thakkar Dance Company, appearing as a soloist and company member for many national and international tours. Embarking on a career as an independent artist she appeared in the works of a number of companies including Fujiwara Dance Inventions, Kaeja d’Dance and Peggy Baker Dance Projects. Eager to explore the scope for innovation within bharatanatyam, Bhattacharya began choreographing in 1997. Her work has been described as "a contemporary expression of the Bharatanatyam form and more" (Vancouver Sun) and has been commissioned by DanceWorks, Blue Ceiling Dance/Lucy Rupert, Canada Dance Festival, Cahoots Theatre, Dusk Dances, Toronto Dance Theatre, Theatre Direct Canada and Dancemakers. She has created four works in collaboration with Louis Laberge-Côté with whom she has been working since 2001, their most recent work Akshongay was nominated for four Dora Mavor Moore Awards. In 2006 Bhattacharya was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award in the Outstanding Performance category for José Navas’ Calm Abiding and in 2012 was awarded the Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for outstanding artistic achievement in dance. Nova created, choreographed and presented a dance & movement workshop that spoke to the themes of the ‘border crossings’ Project.