Estaban Camacho Steffenson
Visual Artist - Presenting a short film
In my body of work, I have depicted underwater ecosystems and visual narratives since painting my first public mural when I was 17. I see my work as a means to engage the public in the critical issues of our age through the creation of visual art as a social practice to generate awareness of ecological and social challenges. It is crucial for society to better understand how our survival depends on microscopic species, and how we are impacting them...
Poet, Teacher, Artist
Tanguy is a young Haitian poet; passionate about writing. He arrived in Montreal in 1999 and has been residing in Vancouver since 2008. While living in Montreal, between the years of 2004 and 2007, far from his native land, he decided to put his pride, shame, joy, sadness and anger of being Haitian on paper. It is in this context that Haiti Parle (Haiti Speaks), was born; an allegorical dialogue between a man in exile and Haiti – adored mother and denied homeland. Since 2010, in an effort to target more universal themes, Tanguy has reoriented and extended his writing to harmonize with the pluralistic literary song of our times. He opens a window into his reality, while catching the listener and reader off guard and flipping prevalent points of view on their head.
Now a teacher, he is inspired by the philosophical questioning of his students which he feels position him in a place of lifelong learning.
Simmi is a psychology major who loves to sing and brighten people's day. She began to sing publicly at the age of 16 with a gentle push from her family that eventually turned into finding and receiving many musical opportunities within the community. Her passion is what creates her happiness and her happiness is what creates her passion. Singing is a way of communication through emotions that can touch a person's heart, and that is what Simmi's intent is: sing from the heart to reach a heart.
SFU Bollywood Dance Team
The SFU Bollywood Dance Team started out 4 years ago as a student-lead dance club that primarily collaborated with Simon Fraser University events. From then till now, the club has grown tremendously having worked with several large organizations outside of the University community. The team recently won first place at Surrey Festival of Dance Competition 2018, under the category of International Folk. SFU Bollywood has been dancing purely for passion and continues to run on the members' contributions to make it happen!
Bollywood dance form comprises of dramatic facial expressions and cinematic elements, to allow viewers of any background to follow the story. The foundation of this vibrant dance is a series of historic symbols and traditions, which originate in India's numerous traditional dance forms. Classical dance forms such as Bharatnatyam [bha-rat-nati-yum] and Kathak [ka-thak] , and folk dances such as Bhangra, each have their own unique styles, but they often share signs and meanings that are combined to create modern Bollywood dances
South Asian Arts
South Asian Arts Society is a not-for-profit organization committed to creating performance and educational opportunities for professional and amateur artists, while developing artistic forums that act as a platform for building knowledge of South Asian culture. We are active in promoting South Asian dance, music, and theatre via structured courses, professional performances, workshops and guest lectures, as well as presenting comedic plays, musicals, and dance dramas across the Lower Mainland. We have directed performances at the Juno Awards, the TOIFA Awards, and the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics to name a few. In August 2016, we launched the Monsoon Festival of Performing Arts in Vancouver & Surrey, an annual festival that presents the work of local, national, and international artists.
In addition to art presentation, South Asian Arts has been instrumental in the growth of the folk art form of Bhangra. Our proudest achievements include launching Bhangra dance courses at Simon Fraser University in 2010 and at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in 2016, along with developing an accredited Secondary School art program with iLearn DL Secondary School in 2013. Students in grades 9-12 may register for FREE courses in Bhangra dancing and Dhol drumming, earning a final letter grade and credits that can be applied towards graduation requirements. These University and Secondary School programs are the first of their kind in all of North America!
Recently, we were honoured by Darpan Magazine as the recipient of the Heritage Defender Award, presented at the Darpan Extraordinary Achievement Awards Gala on September 15, 2017.
For more information about our organization, please visit www.southasianarts.ca.
When Emily Rowed enrolled in acting school, she knew that she would go on to spend her life on stage. “I spent all my time at acting school writing songs when I probably should have been working on acting,” the Vancouver-based musician admits with a laugh. The songwriter is quickly carving out an infectious musical style that blends the sparkle of electronic pop with the intimacy of deeply personal lyrics.
She initially gravitated towards a quiet, acoustic-centered sound, which she showcased on a self-released (and now sold-out) album in 2012. Her style took an unexpected turn in 2014, when dance superstar Tiësto selected her as the voice of his track “Say Something.” Since signing with 604 Records, she has ventured into a new direction that utilizes a lush palette of beats and keyboards while still retaining the introspective storytelling of her folk roots.
It’s Rowed’s sense of vulnerability that allows her hook-filled pop songs to pack such an emotional punch. “I tend to write about 10-second moments. The sound is definitely bigger and busier, but the stories are still the same.”
Emily released her EP ‘Electric Heart’ in July 2017 which saw Arrows peak at #9 in the Canadian Viral Chart on Spotify. Since the release of Electric Heart, her streams have amounted to over 450k. Emily has new music coming soon