Monday August 14, 2017

Hip Hop: 11am - 1pm

Scarborough Village Theatre

Dean Douglas


Professional choreographer/dancer, Dean "The Dope Doc" Douglas, continues to teach and perform over the globe. With 20+ years of experience in the entertainment industry, he has worked with many companies and has performed for artists such as The Black Eyed Peas, G-Unit, Melanie Fionna, & Blake McGrath just to name a few.

With his love & passion for rhythm and in turn the movement of music, Dean challenges his students to go beyond their best into infinity.-


Social Media Handles:

FB Dean W. Douglas

Twitter/IG @TheDopeDoc

Monday August 14, 2017

Vocals: 11am - 4pm


Nicole Brooks


In the performing arts world, Nicole Brooks is beyond a triple-threat. Her extensive accomplishments include filmmaker, director, performer, singer, playwright, composer, curator, teacher and ‘art-ivist’. Brooks has devoted over 15 years producing innovative content (for the stage and screen), with a focus on narratives that illuminate the peoples of the African Diaspora. Honoured with a Dora nomination in 2012 and with continued development thereafter, a brand new vision Obeah Opera premiered in July 2015, a prestigious commission from the cultural arm of the 2015 Pan Am / Parapan AmGames.


Social Media Handles:

- facebook: Brooksey Brooks

- Twitter: asahproductions

Tuesday August 15, 2017

Photography: 11am - 4pm


Andy Lee


Lee is a portrait, life, and travel photographer for editorial and commercial clients. He was born in Hong Kong and raised in Toronto, where he currently resides.

Armed with a genuine smile, and a witty personality, his photographs look to reveal the spirit of his subjects and tell emotionally compelling stories. Typically rich in tone and colour, he believes that life is rich in character and emotion.


Social Media Handles:

(Instagram, Facebook, Twitter)

Instagram: @leehonbong

Twitter: @leehonbong


Wednesday Aug. 16,2017

Fine Arts: 11am - 4pm


Nicoe Pena


Nicole Peña is an award winning figurative painter who graduated from York University with an Honours Degree in Fine Art. Over the past several years Peña has facilitated several empowering art projects with various youth groups across the GTA. Nicole is a vivacious facilitator who enjoys working with others to share her knowledge of the arts and encourage

students to explore their own artistic abilities. She believes that art matters and that it can be used as a therapeutic tool for personal growth and



Social Media Handles

Instagram: @nixiart


Monday August 14, 2017

Bollywood: 2pm - 4pm

Scarborough Village Theatre

Adnan Shamsuzzoha


Involved with SHIAMAK for over a decade, Adnan has taught dance all over the GTA. He has taught every age from 4 and above, as well as SHIAMAK's Victory classes and school workshops. He has also performed in numerous prestigious events and high profile shows all over Canada as well as the U.S., such as at IIFAA (International Indian Film Academy Awards), JFL (Just for Laughs), TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival), PIFF (Punjabi International Film Festival), PIFAA (Punjabi International Film Academy Awards) and most recently for the Prime Ministers of Canada and India respectively. Adnan is passionate about Bollywood and Contemporary dance, as well as imparting the love of dance to everyone he meets.

Tuesday August 15, 2017

Acting: 11am - 4pm

Scarborough Village Theatre


Asante Tracey


Asante originally hails from small-town Alberta, where his passion for acting was born. Now having been a resident of Toronto for nearly a decade, Asante continues his pursuit of performance art, being privileged enough to take part in numerous television, film, theatre and educational projects. Such credits include: Stargate, The Big Game by Tennessee Willams, Gillette, now in its 7th cycle, and The Girl With Rose Coloured Glasses - an independent short film written, produced and starred in by Asante.


Wednesday Aug. 16,2017

Spoken Word: 11am - 4pm

Scarborough Village Theatre




L.E.V.I.A.T.H.A.N. or Leviathan is a Spoken Word Recording Artist,

Writer and Voice over Actor and entrepreneur. He has travelled all

over Canada and the United Kingdom sharing his brand of Poetry.

Leviathan is always happy to share his experiences with any audience,

especially all 7th Annual StArt Youth (StArt YPA) Scarborough Festival



Contact me at Levi Athans:

on Facebook


Thursday August 17, 2017

Business for the Arts: 11am-2pm

Scarborough Village Theatre

Derek "Dare" Luis


Fuelled by a desire to make a difference in his community and always having an insightful opinion to share are the keys to Derek Luis' journey from community activist to mediamaker. Derek started working in media at the age of 16 -- at the CBC talking about youth issues on the Metro Morning radio show and doing reviews of movies and TV shows on Street Cents. He soon worked as a reporter/host on TVOntario, CBC and as a researcher at YTV while also helping to produce an ongoing Youth talkshow for MuchMusic. He's an accomplished producer, performer and former media executive who's worked for leading Canadian Media companies.


Monday Aug. 14 - Sat. Aug. 19th, 2017

Theatre Production: 11am - 4pm

Scarborough Village Theatre

Ndola Hutton


Ndola has been a big believer in Theatre Magic for ten years. She is a dog lover, coffee fanatic, and camping enthusiast. Ndola graduated from the University of British Columbia's Theatre Production and Design program, before moving back to Toronto to pursue a career in stage management. Last spring, Ndola was awarded Best Stage Manager in a Musical at the 2017 ACTCO Awards. Favourite credits include: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Music Man (Scarborough Music Theatre), New Idea's Festival (Production Manager, Alumnae Theatre), Les Miserables, Mary Poppins (Marquee). This fall, Ndola will be stage managing The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at the Hart House.


Wed. Aug. 16th - Sat. Aug. 19th, 2017

Sound Tech: 11am - 4pm

Scarborough Village Theatre

Keith Hebert


Over the past 17 years Keith has been a part of theatre and audio visual industry in one way or another.

He has worked for several AV staging companies, theatres and two independent schools in Toronto during his career.

Keith is grateful to be coming back to Theatre Scarborough or Scarborough Village Theatre as he once called it, where at the age of 17 started to learn his craft that would eventually turn into a full time career.

As always Keith would like to thank his Mother for all the support, Mark Tingle for taking Keith under his wing, and all the other artistic talent on this great endeavour.

Thursday August 17, 2017

DIY Workshop: 2:30pm - 4pm

Scarborough Village Theatre

learn how to make amazing things for yourself or small business.


Teacher will be announced soon!

Friday August 18, 2017

Breaking Bread 7pm - 9pm

Scarborough Village Theatre

Breaking Bread Reception


Come meet your neighbours and

savour the different breads made in your community!


Amazing performances by

Emerging Scarborough Artist

between 7:30pm and 9:30pm

The 7th Annual StArt YPA Festival: August 14 - 19, 2017

StArt Youth Presenting Art looks at the connection between the Arts and community.

We are creating an environment where residents from Scarborough's diverse communities can come together,

be engaged and celebrate the talents of Scarborough's young emerging artists. The festival will provide youth with a platform from which they will be able to express themselves and truly speak to their community.
























Workshops will be provided in the following disciplines Acting, Singing, Dance, Music Production,

Fine Arts, Photography, Theatre Production, and Business for the Arts


Youth will be provided a platform from which to share their creative endeavors with their community.


 Participating artists & volunteers will receive a copy of the 2017 StArt YPA chapbook (magazine).

It will feature the works of this year’s fine arts, photography and spoken word artists.


 Performing artists will get a featured spot on the StArt YPA Youtube channel.


 Participating youth will receive a certificate acknowledging their participation /

contribution to the StArt YPA festival.


Youth will also receive a surprise takeaway.







Get Involved!



StArt Youth Presenting Art is currently looking for new team members!


Positions Available:

Festival Management: Oversee festival programming and coordinate with the team to ensure the successful execution of the festival.


Budget Manager: Prepare and monitor festival’s budget.


Social Media Coordinator Assistant: Be part of the Communications team and help execute social media campaigns that celebrate arts in the community.


Graphic Design: Assist with the creation and maintenance of graphic work for both Online and print formats.





















 As a team member, you will attend meetings twice monthly in Scarborough. You will also dedicate approximately 5 hours per week towards completing your tasks. The work will culminate in the 7th annual StArt YPA Festival, which will run from August 14th – 19th, 2017.


Who we are looking for:

We are looking for people 16 – 29yrs., who are passionate about the arts, outgoing, and willing to attend public events. If you are a student or have a passion and interest in any of these fields, joining the StArt YPA Team is an excellent opportunity to gain experience and get up to 160 volunteer hours!


Accepting letters of interest now!


Submit to



Other Tasks:



If you are between 16 and 29 years old and would like to volunteer doing community outreach, and/or assisting with activities during the festival week - August 14th – 19th, 2017 - send your request to participate to:













If you want to take part in the StArt YPA workshops, you can reserve your spot by e-mailing us at Write ‘Workshops’ on the subject line and include your full name, e-mail address and specify which workshops you are interested in attending. You can choose ONE art discipline per day. Workshops will run from August 14th – 19th, 2017. *A full program will be released soon.


If you are between the ages of 13 – 29yrs.,

and would like to showcase your work at the 7th annual StArt YPA Festival 2017,

contact us at with the following information:


Statement about YOU:


In the e-mail include your full name, age, telephone number and e-mail address. Tell us what or who has inspired you to become an artist.






Send us a head shot of yourself.


Send us samples of your work, as follows:


Visual Artists: work must be titled, format: JPEGs or links to your website/web gallery


Spoken Word Artists: send us your work in a word document, or links to your videos.


Performing Artists: send us links to your video


*Videos: you can use your cellphone and/or a computer to create your video. We just want to see a sample of your work.



Visual and Performing Artists are required to attend the scheduled Auditions &

 Interviews, on Saturday,

June 24th, 2017,

 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm,

 at Christ Church, 155 Markham Rd, Scarborough. *First come, first seen!



Open to all styles: R&B, Blues, Jazz, Hip Hop, Gospel, Pop, Rock, Cultural Music etc.


Send us a link to your audition can use your computer or cell phone to create your audition video



Open to all dance styles: Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Ballet, Cultural Dance etc.


Send us a link to your audition can use your computer or cell phone to create your audition video



Theatre pieces must not exceed 10 minutes in length. Maximum cast members: 10


Send us a link to your audition can use your computer or cell phone to create your audition video




Presentations must not be enhanced with props or music,

we want to hear your words


Submit a word documents or links to your videos/audio.




Open to all visual arts: Paintings, Drawings, Sculptures, Photography, Wearable Art etc.


Send us JPEG files of your best work (5 photos max)




Send us the link to the site where we can view your video/short film.


Your work must not exceed 10 minutes




Submissions must not have sexually explicit content, vulgarity or racial slurs.

Veronica Almeida

Marketing Assistant & Copywriter


Veronica Almeida is an avid arts supporter. She also holds a Hon. Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, from Ryerson University and is now pursuing her Ontario Graduate Certificate in Forensic Practice, at Humber College.







Mimi Starikova

Assistant Social Media Coordinator


 The highlights of MimiStar 10+ years professional artistry career include being an official ballroom Latin dance, yoga and fitness instructor at Seneca College since 2013, York University since 2012 and president of Toronto Yoga Centre since 2010 and owner of MimiStar&co.








Osvaldo Sales

Lead Gallery Coordinator & Graphic Designer


Osvaldo has performed and/or displayed installations in many venues including Harbourfront Centre and the Salsa Conference in Toronto. He is looking forward to continue creating an interactive environment for Scarborough art scene through StArt YPA.











Cherise Solomon

Festival Assistant Manager


Cherise Solomon started dancing at 14 and is now a dancer for City Dance Corps Pre-Professional Training Program and The Girl’s Club. Cherise currently attends Ryerson University studying New Media.










Melicia Sutherland

PR & Marketing Manager


 Melicia has performed as a spoken word artist at community events and in local venues such as Young Peoples Theatre, the Rex Jazz & Blues Bar and the Trane Studio. To further her outreach, she became a member of StArt Youth Presenting Art.









Travoy Deer

Workshop Coordinator


As a SuiteLife Arts for Youth alumni, Travoy has been teaching within the program since 2008. He also enjoys helping young people in their endeavours in the LGBTQ scene. StArtYPA satisfies his passion for bringing different communities together.











Melissa Mathers

Volunteer Coordinator


 Melissa is currently part of the band Löbu and a visual artist herself. She started out with SuiteLife Arts for Youth 10 years ago and as a way to give back, she joined the StArt YPA team.








About Us

SuiteLife Arts for Youth created its new youth-led initiative "StArt Youth Presenting Art" in 2010.

 This project brought a committed team of "SuiteLife" alumni together with the purpose of creating

and implementing the first annual StArt Youth Presenting Art workshops & festival.


The StArt Youth Presenting Art team is comprised of young people whose belief in community

 involvement propels us to create artistic opportunities for our peers.


We strive to give young emerging artists in Scarborough alternative outlets to express themselves in various

artistic fields. We aid in providing them a platform where their works are accessible to their communities.












Founding members:

Welcome New Team Members:

Jhanelle Porter

Lead Social Media Coordinator


Jhanelle Porter is an event planner and social media enthusiast who loves Hip Hop and the art of Spoken Word. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration (Hospitality) from George Brown College.







Terra Pham

Assistant Social

Media Coordinator


Student and Artist

Terra is a student artist currently studying at Mary Ward Catholic Secondary School, despite her age she has presented her work in multiply venues like Nuit Blanche.









Connie Tong

Festival Manager &

Community Outreach


Artist, designer, and art educator.

Emerging young maker experienced in creative workshop facilitation and community art programing.











Shout Out to Past Team Members who continue giving us their support:

Fatin Noor


Fatin Noor is 16 years old and has been a dancer since grade 5, having tried many different genres from Indian classical, to Hip hop, to K-Hip Hop and Stomp. She continues to explore different dance styles to broaden her knowledge.







 Danial Shaikh


 Hi, I'm a student at Sir Wilfrid Laurier C.I. I'm 18 years old and really interested in activities relating to art. I myself like to act and dance.  I am very passionate about events like the StArt Youth Presenting Art Festival, so it is my pleasure to work as a StArt YPA Team member, and help make sure the festival turns to be successful.








Abiram Rajalingham


Abiram is a visual artist who loves to paint, finding inspiration from his experiences and refuge in his art.











Hamza is a young singer, songwriter, and an actor. He will be competing at a National level stage in Detroit for a song he wrote coming up in the summer. He hopes not only can he be a huge help for the StArt YPA team, but also learn and gain experience..












Ashish Shukla













Alex McCulloch












Elee Stalker











Shubatha Devamanoharan













Grace Phan











Kimberly Gayle












Kyle Robinson











Ramonne Skinner













Taspia Wahid











Ajay Bagwe












Manar Hossain











Elijah Xmith













Rubaiyat Ashna











Ornella Khalonji













Steve Vargo












Carly Emmaneel











Steven Walters













Ryan Baron











Daniece Blair













Contact Us




Phone: 416.691.3269

or Visit our parent site

SuiteLife Arts for Youth at:

Festival Location: Scarborough Village Theatre & R.C.

3600 Kingston Road, Scarborough, ON M1M 1R9


Our Sponsors:

StArt Youth Presenting Art (StArtYPA) Copyrighted 2016