SPEAKING BLACK HOCKEY: BIOS AND PHOTOS
Born in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Bob Dawson excelled in baseball, basketball and hockey. With respect to the latter, he attended Saint Mary’s University in Halifax in 1967 and became the “first Black” to play in the Atlantic Intercollegiate Hockey League (AIHL). Rather than pursing a career in hockey, Bob went on to Dalhousie University where he graduated in 1973 with a Masters Degree in Social Work. After graduating, he joined the Federal Public Service. Bob is a contributing sports writer for Box Score World Sportswire, and he is on the Executive Board of SONAHHR (Society of North American Hockey Historians and Researchers) as well as the organization’s Black Ice Project. He is also one of the founding members of the Black Ice Hockey and Sports Hall of Fame Conference in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
Dee Shade is a videographer, recording artists and MC from Montreal. He was formerly a member of Shades of Culture, a Canadian hip hop trio regarded as one of the pioneers of rap music in Montreal. After completing their fourth tour across Canada, the trio released their first full length CD entitled Mindstate, along with several singles with such artists such as DJ A-Trak. They also released a self-titled “Mindstate” single which aired regularly on Muchmusic, MusiquePlus, BET and MTV. Dee Shade released his solo album in 2013, The Water Principle, which featured collaboration with hip hop legend Buckshot, and Dee also produced video trailers for the record.
Poet. Brother. Child of the Haitian Diaspora. Speaker. Stirrer of smiles and thoughts. Author of “I Grew Up Right Beside You”. Four-time member of the Toronto Poetry Slam Team. 2013 Canadian National Poetry Slam Champion.
Emmanuel is from Haiti, and is a multi-talented artist and musician. Well-known for his drumming, Emmanuel also sings and plays guitar, as well as creates visual art. He enjoys cooking and exercise, and he is a trained physiotherapist.
John Akpata is a Spoken Word Artist, Art Educator and Radio Broadcaster from Ottawa. He has won competitions and awards, has toured nationally and internationally, and is a successful recording artist. John is a featured poet in the anthology The Great Black North : Contemporary African Canadian Poetry, and his fourth album ‘Live From Mercury’ was released August 2013. Currently John is the Director of the Poetry and Spoken Word Workshop Series at Ridgemont High school in Ottawa, and is an Art Educator with 3 Dreads and a Baldhead a community building, youth focused organization. He is the host of Monday Night Scribes on CHUO 89.1 FM, a radio show dedicated to writers, reciters, Mcs and poets. John has live guests, plays Spoken Word recordings, as well as hip hop, reggae and world music.
Just Jamaal is a spoken word artist from Ottawa who blends theatre, song and dance to elevate the form. As an MC, he is a member of Missing LinX, Canada’s first and only official Hip Hop Poetry Group. Originally formed as the 2011 Slam team representing the Urban Legends Poetry Slam in Ottawa, the team became finalists at the 2011 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Toronto. Following the release of R.I.P. Charlie in the summer of 2012, they performed at Hillside Festival, House of Paint Festival, and a roster of hip hop and spoken word shows. Jamaal is active managing the Urban Legends Poetry Slam, and working with the online initiative, Make Spoken Word Go Viral. His recently released video on Youtube, Husniyah, is a cinepoem that blends image, sound and audible text.
Nicholas plays right wing and defines for the Cumberland Grads in the Central Canada Hockey League. He won Silver Medal with Ottawa Jr. 67s Major Midget Team at Canadian National Midget Championship, and was slected in draft by the Ottawa 67s of the Ontario Hockey League while a member of the Ottawa Jr. 67s Minor Midget Team . He was also selected Rookie of the Year of the varsity hockey team at Hillcrest High School, where he is currently a student. His goal is to receive a NCAA hockey scholarship and, upon university graduation, continue his hockey career at the professional level.
Trained as a translator, Kenyan-born Sarah Onyango is a fixture on Ottawa’s community television and radio scene. She hosts the monthly African cultural program Fontonfrom, on Rogers TV Cable 22 – Ottawa as well as the weekly radio programs, Black on Black and Afrika Revisited on CHUO 89.1FM. She has also written articles for The Spectrum, Ottawa’s English-language, Black monthly community newspaper. A tireless promoter of African and Caribbean culture and activities, Sarah has been involved in public relations work for various African and Caribbean diplomatic missions as well as community organizations such as, Black History Ottawa, Fête Caribe, the Association of Kenyans in Canada, the Jamaican (Ottawa) Community Association, and the Nigerian Association in Ottawa. She was awarded as Volunteer of the Year, Planet Africa and also received a Community Builder Award from United Way/Centraide Ottawa.
Born and raised in Somalia, the oral tradition has always been an integral part of Sense-Say’s life. Sense-Say was fortunate enough to win the Capital Slam Championship in 2011. He competed in the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in 2011 and 2013 as well as the Canadian Individual Poetry Championship, believing that every message deserves an ear and every ear a message.
This moving singer/poet has incorporated spoken word and poetry to deliver her unique take on issues such as gender rights, environmental awareness, and HIV/AIDS. According to Stargazer, she performs spoken word poetry and singing not only because it is enjoyable, but it is also a medium to deliver a message; it’s a powerful and unique form of communication. The best audience is people who have never heard this style of art before, the innocent ears. There are so many quiet heroes that walk among us, heroes that are not looking for recognition or gratification, however their stories and their actions are inspiring. She finds the quiet heroes are the best inspirations for poetry.
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