Ian Garett (Projection and media design)
Ian Garrett is designer, producer, educator, and researcher in the field of sustainability in arts and culture. He is the director of the Centre for Sustainable Practice in the Arts; Associate Professor of Ecological Design for Performance at York University; and Producer for Toasterlab. He maintains a design practice focused on ecology, technology and scenography. Through Toasterlab’s Mixed Reality Performance Atelier, recent work includes The Stranger 2.0 with DLT Experience; Groundworks with Rulan Tangen and collaborating artists from Pomo, Wappo, and Ohlone communities; The locative audio project TrailOff with Philadelphia’s Swim Pony; and Transmission (FuturePlay/Edinburgh and Future of Storytelling Festival/New York). Notable projects include the set and energy systems for Zata Omm’s Vox:Lumen at the Harbourfront Centre and Crimson Collective’s Ascension, a solar 150’ wide crane at Coachella. With Chantal Bilodeau, he co-directs the Climate Change Theatre Action. His writing includes Arts, the Environment, and Sustainability for Americans for the Arts; The Carbon Footprint of Theatrical Production in Readings in Performance and Ecology, and Theatre is No Place for a Plant in Landing Stages from the Ashden Directory. He serves on the Board of Directors for Associated Designers of Canada. He was the Curator for the US for the 2019 Prague Quadrennial, and is co-chair for World Stage Design 2021 in Calgary.
Nick Storring (Composer and cello/prepared cello/electric cello)
Nick Storring (http://www.nickstorring.ca) is a Toronto-based composer and musician and winner of the Canadian Music Centre’s 2011 Toronto Emerging Composer Award. Recent commissions include a piece for Arraymusic, Montréal’s AKOUSMA Festival, a solo harp work funded by the Canadian Music Centre’s Norman Burgess Fund, and a solo piano work, Byland, for Eve Egoyan. Dance collaborations include soundscapes for choreographers, notably Yvonne Ng (Magnetic Fields), and Deepti Gupta (The Lion’s Roar).
Said Mushfiq Hashimi
Said Mushfiq Hashimi (http://www.mushfiq.ca) is a master of Indian classical music, a composer, and an experienced music and arts educator. Born in Kabul, he holds a Bachelor degree from the University of Kabul, where he studied theatre, and a Master’s degree in Music from Holland’s renowned Rotterdam Conservatory. Mushfiq is the disciple of Pandit Ajoy Chakraborthy of the Patiala Gharana (school). Mushfiq moved to Canada in 2001 and settled in Ottawa where he established a school and the Mushfiq Ensemble. As a singer and musician, Mushfiq’s goal is to develop a body of work that brings his Afghan heritage together with his musical training in North Indian classical music, blending Western vocal technique into his interpretations.
Tricia Postle (http://www.pneumaensemble.com) holds a degree in medieval studies and music from the University of Toronto. She performs as an instrumentalist (psaltries and hurdy-gurdies) and vocalist (mezzosoprano). In 2015, she performed as an actor and musician at the Cloisters museum in New York as part of the touring production of the 15th century play Mankind. A song cycle based on her poetry, Ash Roses, was released in 2014 through the Canadian Art Song Project, and since 2007 she has been developing the Majlis Art Garden in Toronto’s Queen West as a venue for the performing arts (http://majlisarts.com). Tricia is a founding member of Pneuma Ensemble, which specializes in early music.
Reshmi Chetram Davé
Reshmi Network Group of Companies (http://www.reshminetwork.com) is an umbrella company that promotes, preserves and explores Indian dance and wellness. It has three divisions: Natya Arts (non-profit); Tarana Dance (Learn to Dance) and #liveWELL (Fitness and Lifestyle) Reshmi Chetram Davé, the director of RN Group, is an Indo-Canadian performing artist, choreographer and creative director. She trained for over 20 years with her mother, Deviekha Chetram, founder of the Tarana Dance Centre in Toronto, and furthered her knowledge of Kathak under the tutelage of the legendary Guru Pandit Birju Maharaj in New Delhi, India from 2005 to 2012. Reshmi is recognized as an ambassador for Indian Dance and Wellness in North America.