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Art Starts' Street Art Festival

Saturday, July 27th | Glenholme Ave. between Lanark Ave. and Eglinton Ave W | 11 AM - 5 PM

The Art Starts Street Festival (ASSAF) will creatively animate Glenholme Ave. from Eglinton Ave. to Lanark Ave. through a full day of FREE performances, art exhibits, and hands-on collaborative art making. Over 15 local professional artists will inject colour, music, and free creative art-making across different artistic disciplines on Saturday, July 27th, 2019 from 11 am to 5 pm. You can expect mural making, puppet making, belly dancing, interactive stand-up comedy, and much more!


Daniela Arango

Daniela Arango


Daniela Arango Cano is a Colombian artisan, performer, designer, community worker/builder, and multi disciplinary artist. She has collaborated and work within the administrative, artistic development and set up team with different festivals and companies including: Red Pepper Spectacle Arts, Casa Maíz Cultural Centre, Grupo Teatro Libre, Aluna Theatre, Día de Muertos Collective, Muse Arts Toronto, Cavalcade of Lights, Kensington Market Winter Solstice, Luminato Festival, Indigenous Arts Fest, Nuit Rose Parade, First International Puppet Fringe (NYC), Latitudes Dance Festival (NYC), Romerias de Mayo (Cuba) and Super Casual Productions. Currently, Daniela is developing her own brand called “Marciana Artisanal Designs” and has been art of different festivals around the city such as: Rock on St. Clair, The Holiday Latinx-Art Market, Day of the Death Celebration, Pedestrian Sunday at Kesington Market, Na-Me- Res Traditional Pow Wow, and the most recent Happening Festival.

Andre Robinson



My name DoloindaCUT,  im OVO signee Roy Wood's official DJ. I come from a family of DJs, it only came natural to me, I always wanted to be a architect and design buildings, but I was always surrounded by music so i guess music choose me.  I attended The Remix Project where I sharped my DJ skill and learned how to engineer and produce while being there and I’m grateful that i got to be a part of a life changing program. I’m also part of Roy Woods collective called UTU which mean (Unlock The Underground).
I was raised on Lakeshore Blvd W, that’s the southwest end of Toronto. Then I moved to Brampton where I went to school with 4YALL Entertainment (Toronto-based Comedy Youtube Channel) at Fletchers Meadow High School and then moved back to Toronto where I  went to George Harvey CI.

Jaicyea Smith

Jaicyea Smith


Jaicyea is a professional bellydancer from the City of Toronto. Her interest in bellydance was first sparked when she signed up for lessons at the Egyptian Dance Academy in 2009. Jaicyea expanded her knowledge by training with world-renowned instructors such as Nada El Masriya, Yasmina Ramzy, Abigail, Melissa Gamal, Emilia Moon, Sahar Samara & Sadie Marquardt. She has blossomed from a recreational dancer into a successful performer/instructor participating in a variety of festivals, events and music videos. This summer 2018, you can find Jaicyea performing with Toronto's hottest new band, Moskitto Bar or attending the Nile Group and Raqs of Course Festivals in Egypt! Improvisation and choreography to traditional music comes naturally and she has been known to experiment with non-traditional sounds such as Hip Hop/Rap, Rock & Roll, Soul and Jazz to add a unique element to her work. She is overjoyed to share her love for belly dance and positive vibes with all of her students. Having grown up in the west-end of Toronto, Jaicyea understands the importance of community-focused programs and is the Program Co-ordinator of Her Buddha Belly, an initiative supported by Art Starts and Toronto Arts Council.


Jacquie Comrie


Jacquie Comrie is a multidisciplinary Toronto-based artist and mental health advocate. Whether as murals on buildings, large scale structures, or canvases, her body of work is a dynamic exploration of color as a universal language of human emotion. She transforms spaces into vibrant public art installations in service of social change, mental health and wellness. In such divisive times, and with mental health issues on the rise across the globe, her goal is to continue creating inclusive, colorful spaces of mental reset to ultimately help improve the lives of all individuals, one wall at a time. To learn more about Jacquie, visit her website www.jacquiecomrie.com


K Funk is a vivacious ukulele player and singer in Toronto who you may recognize as co-creator of K Funk and Lady Ree -- the singing ukulele duet of the TTC Subway! She has taught beginner ukulele to hundreds of curious people through Toronto Arts in the Parks, Waterfront Toronto, Honest Ed's Farewell, Farm to Fork On Common Ground Festival, Fringe Festival, Long and McQuade Musical Instruments, Taiwanfest, and the Chewstick Foundation in Bermuda. In 2019, she received a Canada Council for the Arts grant to study in Hawaii with ukulele master Dr. Byron Yasui. K Funk, also known as Kristin Fung, is a multi-talented vocalist, pianist, songwriter, educator, improviser, and event producer whose creative voice transcends many exciting areas of music-making!

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Patrick Walters


Patrick Walters is a spoken word artist/public speaker and arts educator who has spent over four years professionally using poetry to place emphasis on mental wellness and overall well being - a simple message, but one of paramount importance in today's society. Through the execution of workshops and showcases, this message is passed on to the hearts and minds of the communities he operates within. Last October, he released his debut poetry album, The OffShore Account, a haunting and beautiful body of work which discusses the intersection between community and migration. Looking to the future, Patrick plans to continue to work towards spreading insight and creating a community of positivity for future generations to come.


Paula Solano


I was born in Bogotá, Colombia, where I studied Law and Visual Arts at Javeriana Univesity. I have a Diploma in Children´s Books Illustration at Jorge Tadeo Lozano University (Colombia) and another in Independent Illustration at Seneca College (Canada). I wanted to combine my interest in human beings with my passion about art. After a while working as a lawyer I decided to become a full time illustrator and moved to Canada where I currently live. I am passionate about life and stories. Everywhere I go I bring my sketchbook and pencils with me to draw what I see. I paint and write since I was a child and I love to imagine new worlds and characters. In my free time I love to share with my family and friends, walk in nature, practice Yoga and travel to new places




I studied Graphic design. I am a children book illustrator and have some published books. I am interested and have experience in different kinds of arts and crafts including Acrylic painting, Portrait drawing, Mural painting, Greeting cards, Calligraphy and etc. so I'm always learning and discovering new ways to create unique pieces of art. At the time I am planning to excel my knowledge in visual arts by studying 3D Animation. I learned how to make Friendship Bracelets from one of my friends at
university. I loved making them so made many of them, sold, gifted and taught making them to my other friends as well.

The Haus of Bellefleur (Stephaine Bellefleur)

The Haus of Bellefleur


Stephanie Bellefleur is a Contemporary Visual Artist who was born in Venezuela, South America, grew up in Willow Bunch Saskatchewan and resides in Toronto, Ontario. Stephanie is also a certified, Reiki Practitioner, Traveler, Entrepreneur, Mother, and basically a straight up hustler. Stephanie’s work incorporates bold colours with strong graphic lines. Great attention is lent to capturing the organic process of one’s life’s experiences turning them into healing manifestations. The purpose of her practice is to unify Fine Art traditions with Street Art culture and her Pre-Colombian Roots as a Latin American women. 

Terri Segal

Terri Segal, Founder & Director of Rhythmic by Nature, is an Expressive Arts Therapist, Facilitator, and Educator who is dedicated to sharing the therapeutic value of creative expression through Drumming and Expressive Arts workshops. Terri has studied and taught West African Drumming and World Percussion for 20 years. She is a trained Expressive Arts Therapist and Drum Circle Facilitator. Terri participated in HealthRhythm's Group Empowerment Drumming Facilitator Training Program, Village Music Facilitator Training Program, completed a three- week West African Drum & Dance Intensive with Company Fore-Fote in Guinea, West Africa, holds a BA Honors in English from McMaster University, and is a graduate of Expressive Arts Therapy from The C.R.E.A.T.E. Institute in Toronto.

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Wendy De Souza

Wendy De Souza is a first-generation Canadian and a proud Torontonian, with mixed ancestry and Indigenous roots in Brazil. Her passion lies in youth empowerment through healing, education, intergenerational and cross-sectoral collaborations. Her work is rooted in decolonizing spaces by working from an intersectional feminist lens and an anti-colonial/anti-oppressive framework that encourages youth to powerfully reclaim their space in the world. She is a passionate public speaker and event hostess with 8 years experience facilitating popular education style workshops that use art to explore topics like gender-based violence, equity building and youth development. Her mission is to continue reclaiming spaces while bridging the ‘hood with academia and making education fun and accessible to marginalized youth.


Wilex is an artist born and raised in Toronto. Ever since a very young age, he has dabbled in many different art forms; this includes dramatic arts, music, dance, puppetry, fabric crafts, woodwork, sculpting, make up, and more. He has recently been very active in the city teaching puppet workshops around Toronto with the TDSB and Toronto Parks and Rec. He is thrilled to be invited to be a part of the Street Arts festival, and he is excited to create and explore with everyone at the festival. The amount of creativity in these workshops never ceases to amaze him.


Yara El Safi


Yara El Safi is a queer Muslim artist that will be teaching self Portraiture with the flick of the brush and ink. These three simple materials will allow the painter to express themselves and the way they see themselves. This step by step workshop will include all the materials needed to perfect your portrait and free flow expression of yourself. This workshop will walk through how to create texture, lines, and movements while learning to highlight and shadow your portrait and using lines to express your vision of yourself. This workshop will allow you to express yourself while learning how to see yourself as ART.


Meet Melyssa Moniz, serial entrepreneur of 17 years, and co-founder of Toronto's P.O.S.E. Dance Company, a Latin-fusion dance school and performance training ground.  Specializing in creative expression and skills training, Melyssa has taught over 6,000 students in the GTA and continues to travel internationally speaking, teaching and sharing the meaning of Living Your Passion through self-discovery and skills development.  Using Latin dance as a core exercise to help you tap into your most authentic self, you can also find her self-help publications at Indigo, Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

Local Artists

Alesandra Felicia

Alesandra Felicia


Alesandra Felicia is a classical crossover singer with a beautiful timbre that has garnered much attention across Toronto for her angelic and sweet voice, the "voice of an angel". Alesandra captivates her audience with her powerful and stirring vocals, elegant presence and poise. She showcases her Italian culture through song and performs classical romantic melodies. She continues to be a permanent musical fixture in Toronto, showcased in operatic performances, charitable events, notable concerts and special occasions and weddings. Alesandra is excited to share her love of classical crossover music with audiences of all ages at this year’s arts festival. 


Austin and Pedram


As a duo Pedram and Austin have always loved to perform and believe that they can positively impact people using their art. This duo writes all their own music and takes pride in performing original songs. A lot of their songs include spoken portions that come from many past experiences which they believe is something the community can connect with.

Temp Claudene Neysmith

Claudene Neysmith


"Whether you prefer the sultry reggae styled signature song Lovin’ Cup off of her premiere mellow styled CD, or the Mi Corazon Remix off of the EYE C U CD, know this…Claudene is a singer with diverse musical interests and a songwriter with an eclectic vision. Eye C U sends you running to the dance floor. It’ll move your body, and cleanse your soul. Claudene is working with a local Toronto Producer to put out hot material with a very unique flavor. Previously in a Rock and Roll Classics (70’s, 80’s, 90’s) cover band, one of her favorite memories was performing with them at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. As well, she has performed in various venues in Los Angeles and NY. Locally here in Toronto, Claudene has performed at Koerner Hall, Pearson Airport, several bars and restaurants and now here for you! Please note that all original work is copy-written through ASCAP.




Getchnah was a self taught dancer at the age of 10, she started performing at the age of 12 throughout middle school and high school. Getchnah then proceeded to hone in on her musical endeavors and graduated TREBAS Institute, for Audio Engineering in 2017.


    After finishing TREBAS, she joined several dance groups/ companies to further her skills. At City Dance Corp, she trained in Hip Hop, Afro Beats, and Ballet. Then she was apart of Dance Troupe TO, where she extensively trained for Hip Hop. Currently she is part of the dance group called Next Dance Motion, where she choreographs for other artists, curates workshops for women, and create dance videos.


  Currently, she works at the Boys and Girls Club Canada’s INC Recording Studio as a Junior Audio Engineer. At INC studio, her main role is to help execute young artists musical visions with her knowledge of mixing and editing techniques she’s learned throughout the years. During her down time she is working on a debut EP, to be released by the end of summer 2019!


Joel Reid


Joel Reid is an experienced community engager with over 10 years of experience working in the community development sector. His passion for music and youth development has led him to start SoundCheck Youth Arts, an organization that has helped dozens of youth reach their full potential through music. Joel is currently the Executive Director and Founder of SoundCheck and also works as the Program Director for Art Starts. 

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Ruba (Aria)


Starting off his musical journey 'Ruba' (Aria) began playing guitar at the age of 9, exploring genres of Flamenco, Pop, Classical, Jazz, and Latin Jazz. The passion for the arts quickly branched into poetry and story writing at the age of 16, where he began to dabble in songwriting and lyricism. Inspired by artists such as James Arthur, The Weeknd, and Birdy, 'Ruba' tries to add his own unique touch to the genres and styles that inspired him to create something different.


Sentir Venezuela


SV is a non-profit organization that wants to express, promote and encourage interest in Venezuelan culture in Canada, through their traditional music and dance. SV is made up of a childrens and adult dance group. They perform the different styles of Afro-Venezuelan rhythms, such as Calipso, Parranda and Drums, and also Joropo, their national dance.

This year, SV presents its performance ‘Heartbeats for Venezuela’, full of colours, energy and passion, because they always bring Venezuela in their hearts. SV provides classes for adults and children, performances at cultural and private events. 

SV dedicates this performance to all Venezuelan people affected by the current humanitarian crisis. To the most vulnerable, who are without access to either food or medicine. Especially to the displaced families that have been forced to immigrate by land and sea, to escape the situation at home. Get ready to dance with them!!

More artists to be announced!

Performance Schedule

Time Activity Description
11:00am - 11:30 am Maria Montejo Indigenous Storyteller
11:30am - 11:50am Art Starts' Speeches Opening remarks and speeches by Art Starts Staff
11:50am - 12:10pm Music DJ Music by DJ DoloindaCUT
12:30pm - 12:40pm Justice Break dancing performance
12:40pm - 12:50pm TBA TBA
12:50pm - 1:00am Claudene Neysmith Artist will sing 2-3 of their original songs.
1:20pm - 1:30pm MAJE BLK Artist will perform songs of their album ‘Sunny Dayze’.
1:30pm - 1:40pm Austin Alexander & Pedram Ehyaei Artists will perform two original songs, which will include spoken portions.
1:50pm - 2:00pm Ruba Artist will perform an original song.
2:00pm - 2:10pm Sentir Venezuela Artists will perform traditional Venezuelan music and dance.
2:10apm - 2:20pm Alesandra Felicia Artist will sing 3-4 classical songs and popular italian songs such as: Nella Fantasia and O sole Mio.
2:20pm - 2:30pm Getchnah Artist will perform remixes and original songs. The performance will end with an upbeat dance break.
2:30pm - 2:45pm Jaicyea Smith Belly dancing performance.
2:45pm - 3:15pm African Drum Circle A drumming workshop that will teach participants basic techniques. No experience required. All ages welcome.
3:15pm - 3:45ap Belly Dance + African Drums Performance
3:30pm - 4:05pm Music DJ Music by DJ DoloindaCUT
4:05pm - 4:15pm Puppets by Wilex Ly Puppet performance.
4:15pm - 4:45pm Dance Lessons A dance workshop for all ages. No experience required.
4:45pm - 5:00pm Choir Performance All participants will be invited to sing along to the song that will be created during the festival.

Tent Activities

Time Activity Description
11:00am - 5:00pm Art Starts Fundraising table and information booth about the organization
11:30am- 4:30 pm City Councillor Josh Matlow City Councillor Josh Matlow will have the opportunity to engage with community members from the area
11:30am - 5:00pm Community Mural by The Haus of Bellefleur A collective painting that members of the community can add to
11:00am -5:00pm Face Paiting by Isabel Mazzotta Community members will have the opportunity to have their faces painted
11:00am - 5:00pm Paula Solano Local illustrator selling her artwork
11:00am - 5:00pm Daniel Marciana Local artist selling her artwork
11:30am - 5:00pm Make it and Sell it by Rebekah Jaberifard This workshop will teach participants the basics of friendship bracelet making. It is open to ages 7 and up.
11:30am - 5:00pm Puppet Making by Wilex Ly This workshop will teach participants how to create puppets out of socks and paper plates. All ages welcome.
11:30am - 5:00pm Self-portraits for Self-care This workshop will teach participants how to paint a self-portrait with water and ink. All ages welcome
11:30am - 5:00pm Senior's Lounge Seniors will have the opportunity to paint wood crates, fill them with plants and also participate in origami while engaging with other senior and community members
11:30am - 5:00pm Spoken Word & Community Choir This workshop will teach participants to engage with their emotions through warm-ups and writing exercises. Open to all ages
11:00am - 5:00pm The Colour Wheel Project Participants will have the chance to engage with Jackie Comrie to talk about mental health and the use of colour as therapy
11:00am - 5:00pm The Honourable Carolyn Bennett The Honourable Carolyn Bennett will have the opportunity to engage with community members from the area
11:30am - 5:00pm Ukelele Lessons This workshop will teach participants the basics of ukulele. No experience necessary and all ages are welcome

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