New Artists

Just Aïssi

Choreographer and percussionist Just Aïssi has been promoting African arts across Canada for 20 years. A true ambassador of his cultural heritage, he shares his values through dance and percussion.
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Moe Clark & Ahau Marino

Métis multidisciplinary artist Moe Clark is a nomadic songbird with wings woven from circle singing and spoken word. Mistress of the looping pedal, her poetic songs resonate with the power to heal and to connect with authentic purpose. Moe facilitates writing, vocal improvisation and looping pedal workshops in high schools, communities and with Aboriginal youth. Her approach to group facilitation aims to build bridges through empathetic listening and sharing. She has two albums of words and music: Circle of She: Story & Song (2008) and Within (September 2014) and a bilingual book of poetry Fire & Sage / De sauge et de feu (2013).

Ahau Marino
Originally hailing from Mexico, multi-instrumentalist, arranger, composer and educator, Ahau Marino has a style of music that draws from his love for world rhythms and classical singing. After moving to Montreal four years ago, he’s continued his musical journey in collaborations with Mamselle Ruiz, Las Viejas and other local groups. He’s performed alongside several world musicians in realms of jazz, afro and latin music, with performances at the Montreal Jazz Festival, Francofolies, Nuit d'Afrique and other festivals across Quebec and Canada. An experienced professional in the music of “Son Jarocho”, a tradition that spans over 300 years of existence and combines Native Mexican, Spanish and West African influences. Marino takes this same formula in his personal performance of music and song composition by mixing rhythms from different origins. View artist's page

Liz Hanson

Liz has a passion for awakening her student’s innate musicality and believes that music can be learned by everyone. Liz has been a percussionist since age nine and realized in high school that playing music was how she wanted to spend her life. She attended the University of Michigan where she studied percussion with Michael Udow after which she moved to Denver Colorado where she played regularly with the Colorado Symphony. In New York City , Liz discovered Brazilian music and moved to São Paulo, Brazil where she played and studied traditional and instrumental Brazilian music. After bringing Brazilian drumming so successfully to classrooms all over New York City, Liz taught middle school band in New York City where she fell in love with classroom teaching. Liz is now a OCDSB certified music teacher and so excited to be teaching Brazilian drumming for MASC, her dream job!
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Sultans of String

Chris McKhool (violin) and Kevin Laliberté (guitar), the songwriters behind the music, take you on a musical journey around the world! McKhool met Laliberté just as the guitarist was coming off the road from touring around the world with Jesse Cook and cross Canada with The Chieftains. When McKhool (who has performed with Jesse Cook, Pavlo, Club Django) first heard guitarist Laliberté’s rumba rhythm their musical mind-meld created Sultans of String’s sound – the intimate and playful relationship between the violin and the flamenco guitar.  Acoustic strings meet with electronic wizardry to create layers and depth of sound, creating soundscapes that seem impossible to be coming from just two people.
Larger than the sum of its parts, this dynamic duo take you on a journey to hear the horses of Sable Island, underwater to hear the calls of Luna the Whale, and on the silk road through Spain and the Middle East, through the Gypsy-jazz cafés of Eastern Europe, and then back to Canada for a trip to the majestic Arctic.
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Pigment in my Suitcase

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Mélodie Coutou

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Craig Conoly

Craig Conoley is an award-winning director and producer working in Ottawa, Canada.
His work, a mix of personal artwork, commercial video production, and community education, stems from his passion for the documentary form and it’s cross disciplinary application. A successful recipient of city and national level grants, Craig is presently completing his first feature documentary, LIFE SONGS and has had a number of his films broadcast on both CBC and TVO.
Currently focused on the fusion of documentary with spoken word poetry, Craig continues to work with National and International level poets on a number of exciting projects. With the support of artists and community programs like MASC Awesome Arts, Craig hopes to continue empowering youth and fellow artists through the cine-poetic form.
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