In 2010 four creative high school students were eager to create a space to highlight the rich culture in the Afro-Canadian community. We came up with the concept of AfroChic and the event: AfroChic Cultural Arts Exhibit. What began as an event focused on the politics and intricacies of black hair, evolved into a larger exhibit, featuring a mosaic of art, music, lifestyle and fashion.
Along with the exhibit, the AfroChic movement spearheads community development initiatives in an effort to highlight Afro Canadian arts and culture year round throughout multiple communities.
AfroChic Cultural Arts Exhibit is a staple in Toronto, committed to creating an open and safe platform to exhibit the expressions of underrepresented people. 2017 is an exciting time for the Afro-diasporic community and the AfroChic movement is more vibrant than ever before.
Over seven years in the making, AfroChic has become one of Toronto’s pre-eminent art exhibitions having featured over 200 up and coming fashion designers, musicians, visual artists, digital artists and spoken word vocalists. AfroChic has attracted thousands of Torontonians and international guests.
In the past, AfroChic was sponsored by Essence Magazine as well as Elle Canada. AfroChic has been hosted by CBC’s very own Amanda Parris and has provided the opening platforms for a few of Toronto’s most notable talents including Kofi’s Art and Omi Woods, formerly known as Asikere Afana.
AfroChic will take place in the year 3017 where we will re-imagine and examine Fashion, Hair, Beauty, Technology and Culture through the Black Canadian lens. The AfroChic exhibit with be filled with artistic ideation and small business empowerment with a digitized and technological tribute to Toronto’s hottest designers, artists and youth entrepreneurs. Join us for Toronto’s take on the ‘met gala’ with avante garde branding fueled by the theme of AfroFuturism.
DJ Lissa Monet
There’s no mistaking, DJ Lissa Monet rocks parties. Lissa has been influenced by such musical legends as Jay-Z, Frank Sinatra, Aaliyah, Stevie Wonder, Al Green, Michael Jackson, Phil Collins, Hall & Oates mixed along with music from her Caribbean upbringing and a unique passion for reading album liner notes. A one of a kind talent, DJ Lissa Monét has captivated tastemakers, party goers and music lovers with ego-free talent that delivers the right music and vibe to events that she has spun at with modesty and intelligence.
Alexandra Legendre is an established performer who provides aerial entertainment for corporate events, weddings, private functions, on screen talent for digital media, and everything in between. With 12 years of gymnastics training and 7 years of competitive performance in ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip-hip and acrobatics, the transition into aerial performance was natural. Now working in many areas of circus – aerial silks, aerial lyra (solo and duo), ground acrobatics, ground ribbon, aerial bartending, live décor, and several ground circus apparatuses – Alexandra can offer a range of exquisite and breathtaking acts for any occasion.
Britta B. is a spoken word poet and arts educator. Originally from Kingston, ON, she now resides in Toronto’s Regent Park. Britta has performed on stages across North America and continues to collaborate with community organizations like UNITY Charity, RISE Edutainment, Leave Out Violence Ontario (LOVE) and The Stephen Lewis Foundation. Most recently, Britta was an Artist-In-Residence for the Spoken Word Program at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. When she’s not writing or educating, Britta is emceeing breakdance battles, acting in community theatre plays and travelling abroad.
NadS (Nadia) has been dancing since she was 4 years old. She started with ballet in France then continued with contemporary and jazz styles. Later, she decided to focus on Afro and Caribbean folklore (gwo ka, buiguine … from the French Caribbean islands) as it is part of her heritage. She was recently in one of Sean Paul’s music video shot in Toronto. Today, she is performing with companies such as “Carnival Spice and Everything is Nice”, “Samba Jess” and “Inspiracion Latina” in Canada. Yes, you read “samba”, NadS is a versatile dancer. Not to mention she also performed in London UK with “Brazilian Fantazy” and “Wuk-up Academy”. Her style and her contagious smile have already charmed thousands of people. You can have a glimpse on the AfroChic commercial.
Sydanie is a 23-year-old, Toronto born Jamaican-Trinidadian rapper, known for her experimental, eclectic sounds & powerful performance. Since becoming a parent, the supernatural rapper mom attributes her new-found rawness & depth, to the rebirth of her creativity. Her new EP Stillwater is do to be released this summer.
Shi Wisdom is a singer/songwriter/performer hailing from the West side of Toronto. A long list of accolades consist of a co-write with Canadian superstar, Drake, and a feature with Canadian trailblazer, Kardinal Offishall. Some other noteworthy mentions include 2014 Female R&B Artist of the Year, at the Black Canadian awards, & 2014 AND 2015 SOCAN Songwriting Prize top 10 nominee! Most known around the city for her captivating performances, Shi has no intention of slowing any time soon. She is continuously evolving & the art that she creates will continue to prove it.
Consuelo Herrera was born in Havana, Cuba. She began her dance career at age fourteen as a dance student in the Casa de Cultura of Havana. Over the years she matured into an excellent dancer gaining much experience from participating in many popular music and folkloric performances. In 1985 Consuelo joined the most prestigious dance company of traditional music in Havana, Grupo Raices Profundas as a professional dancer/singer and soloist. She continued to perform and tour with Raices Profundas until she immigrated into Canada.
Consuelo has appeared in several films and documentaries about dance in Cuba and has performed in the Grand Teatro de Havana with the Havana Opera. She toured across Cuba and performed in Mexico, Nicaragua, Spain, the United States, Canada, Japan and Europe. In 2012 she danced in the Black Corps: War of 1812 show at Toronto's Harbourfront Fleck Dance Theater.
Consuelo taught Afro-Cuban folkloric dance in Toronto at Ballet Creole and other local dance companies from 1997 to 2003. Since 2007 Consuelo has been running weekly dance classes that are open to the community. She is a warm and charismatic teacher who is extremely skilled in creating inclusive community environments. She offers several forms of traditional and modern Cuban dance instruction such as Afrocuban (Yoruba influenced folkloric dances), Son, Rumba, Salsa and other popular Latin dances. Consuelo welcomes dance participants of all skill levels.
Faduma Mohamed is a spoken word poet and storyteller who started writing at the age of eight and performing at the age of thirteen. In 2016, she graduated from a two year residency at Watah Theatre. She currently studies English and Women and Gender Studies at the University of Toronto. This fall, she completed her year long autism awareness challenge of carrying a box, every single day to challenge the stigma around autism. Through the #OughtTheBox campaign, she has raised over $3000 for families of autism. She was awarded the Yinnergy Good Samaritan Award 2015/2016 for her work around autism awareness and autism fundraising. Above all, she believes in the power of dreams.
more information on previous years are soon to come…