Youth Presenting Art 2018

The 8th Annual StArt YPA Festival


August 13 - 18, 2018


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 Art


 Participating artists & volunteers will receive a copy of the 2018 StArt YPA chapbook (magazine).

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



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.

About Us

Founding Members

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.

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.

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.

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.

New Team Members

Connie Tong

Festival Manager &

Community Outreach


Artist, designer, and art educator.

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

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.

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.

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.


Shout Out to Past Team Members

Alex McCulloch

Elee Stalker

Shubatha Devamanoharan

Grace Phan

Ramonne Skinner

Taspia Wahid

Kyle Robinson

Kimberly Gayle

Elijah Xmith

Ajay Bagwe

Manar Hossain

Rubaiyat Ashna

Steve Vargo

Carly Emmaneel

Steven Walters

Ryan Baron

Daniece Blair

Ornella Khalonji

Ashish Shukla




Phone: 416.691.3269 or Visit our parent site

SuiteLife Arts for Youth at:

Contact Us

Malaravan Balachandran


Abiram Rajalingham

 Danial Shaikh

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