Known for his artistic versatility, cellist Bryan Holt has performed on three continents and appeared in numerous alternative venues. He has been described as “…a rising young cellist imbued with passion, daring and a faultless technique. Not to be missed!” As a chamber musician Bryan appears regularly with Pocket Concerts, Uccello and the Thin Edge New Music Collective. He has recently performed with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Esprit Orchestra, Soundstreams Canada and the Group of 27 as well as numerous other ensembles in Ontario. Bryan is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Music in Cello Performance at the University of Toronto. He is highly sought after as a teacher and maintains a private studio in the downtown core of Toronto while also visiting several schools as a guest coach.
Benjamin Kamino is an artist living and working between Montreal and Toronto. His work has been shown in Austria, Brazil, Canada, Mexico and the United States. Through the embodiment of cultural, critical, and philosophical theory, his work is a continuous research into performance as a site where ethical positions can be put into question.
Aside from making choreography, Kamino maintains his practice as a dancer by engaging in contracts with Independent choreographers as well as Dance companies most notably, Peggy Baker Dance Projects, Ame Henderson, Michael Trent, Sasha Kleinplatz and Virgil Baruchal.
Kamino holds a BFA in Dance for the Tisch school for the Arts (NYU), and is currently a curator at Dancemakers Centre for Creation (Toronto).
Adebe DeRango-Adem is a writer and doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania. Her work has been published in various North American sources, including Descant, CV2, Canadian Woman Studies and the Toronto Star. She won the Toronto Poetry Competition in 2005 to become Toronto’s first Junior Poet Laureate. In 2008, she attended the summer writing program at Naropa University, where she mentored with Anne Waldman and the late Amiri Baraka. Her debut poetry collection, Ex Nihilo (Frontenac House, 2010) was longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize, the world’s largest prize for writers under thirty. Her second full-length poetry collection, Terra Incognita, will be published May 2015. Titled after the Latin term for “unknown land”—a cartographical expression referring to regions that have not yet been mapped or documented—Terra Incognita is a collection of poems that creatively explores various racial discourses and interracial crossings buried in history’s grand narratives.