Sumiko Wilson is a student and writer based in Toronto. Since getting her start in poetry, she began to explore different forms of writing and finally decided to pursue journalism at Ryerson. She now writes a column for HOLR Magazine and contributes freelance content to NOW Magazine and NewInHomes, the Toronto Star’s real estate subsidiary.
Nader aka FunkyWhat is a forward-thinking beatmaker based in Montreal. The sophistication of his beats can be attributed to his background as a guitar player and his immersion in rock and skate culture. The amalgamation of these factors makes for stand-out hip-hop and R&B beats with an edge.
Audre is an emerging artist from Scarborough. She seamlessly switches from fire freestyles to silky vocals to tell unique stories and create well-rounded tracks. Her infectious energy is juxtaposed next to her smooth vocals and moody beats from her producer IVI.
By day, Sarah Barrable-Tishauer is a marketing consultant for major brands. By night, she is DJ Me Time, a self-proclaimed ‘bass witch’. Since her character Liberty Van Zandt graduated on Degrassi, she has spent a decade putting in work in the marketing industry and has recently transitioned to freelance life to make room for more Me Time practicing behind the decks.
In their Twitter bio, BizZarh describes themselves as ‘two intuitive girls from the hood’ but it’s clear that they are so much more. The genre-bending duo rap and sing over a diverse array of beats to create a variety of vibes that can’t be defined or contained.
Kim Esquila is a designer, DJ and event producer from Toronto. She has dabbled in fashion as a production assistant for Nomad and has collaborated with Soho House’s Monique Hinds and Thank You Kindly to create the Take-Out Social Club, where she championed IRL experiences with some of Toronto’s most prominent influencers.
Beatrixx is a bicoastal beatmaker, originally from the Philippines. Just as she splits time between Toronto and Vancouver, between beats she moonlights as a graphic designer. As a woman in a very male-saturated industry, each of Beatrixx’s beats breaks barriers and bops.
Sisi Berhe is a PR maven who has quickly ascended from associate to executive with MSL Group, where she specializes in lifestyle, beauty and fashion. After her 9-5, she works with L’Ame Inconnue (Unknown Soul), a creative collective working to bring the designs of African designers to the forefront of the industry and to change the mainstream perception of African fashion. Staying true to her Eritrean roots, Sisi’s work with L’Ame Inconnue is setting the foundation for borderless future for African designers.
Jacqueline Ashton is a self-taught photographer and self-proclaimed ‘good gyal’ based in Toronto. Since studying film and dance in high school, she transitioned into photography, where she captures subjects through her signature raw, filmy lens. Her work has been featured by CBC, Vice, The Fader, Kastor and Pollux, and Lola Who.
This emerging genre-bending musician has already caught the attention of Into the Gloss, Wonderland, Dazed and fashion industry fave Petra Collins. Drawing inspiration from Marilyn Manson, Eminem and the Backstreet Boys, her diverse influences transcend to her broad online reach.
With over 11k Instagram followers, Dana receives 410 likes per post and 2.5 video views, on average. Last year, Dana’s music was streamed for 29k hours in 57 countries on Spotify, where she currently received 5286 listeners each month.
Desiree Shaka is an emerging model rep’d by the Toronto chapter of Elite Model Management. Her striking feature and signature cropped ‘fro has been seen in work with Andrew Coimbra and on cover of The Kit Compact.
Lizz Jardim is a Bushwick babe who splits her time between bartending and making jewelry. Her eponymous line is comprised of bracelets, earrings, necklaces and rings that exude both angst and elegance. Most notably, her pieces have been worn by Zoe Kravitz. When she isn’t working part time or building her jewelry brand, you can find her posing in her signature bold, colourful outfits along her Instagram timeline.
Tory Lanez, Jorja Smith, and Skepta have all been captured through Vonny Lorde’s signature grainy lens. Vonny is an emerging photographer born and based in Toronto who specializes in digital and analog forms. From editorial work for the likes of Sony, Chanel and Complex to photos of Toronto’s party scene for her platform, FILMFORFUN, her work seeks to highlight young creatives in Toronto.
Odessa Paloma Parker works double-time as contributing fashion editor for the Globe Style Advisor and head of content for Toronto cannabis giant Hiku and their sister brand Van der Pop. She also moonlights as DJ Weird Dad. Odessa wears multiple hats while wearing her signature bold outfits, characterized by masterfully mixed patterns that you would probably see if you were on the best high ever.
When she isn’t doing marketing for York University or backstage at shows for Oscar de la Renta and The Collections, Patricia Yeboah is behind L’Ame Inconnue (Unknown Soul), a collective working to bring African designers to the forefront of the fashion industry and to expand the mainstream perception of African fashion, beyond just textiles. Staying true to her Ghanian roots, Tricia’s work with L’Ame Inconnue is setting the foundation for a borderless future for African designers.
Monique Hinds is a master dot-connector. During the day, she coordinates membership and DJ Programming for Soho House’s Toronto chapter. Once she clocks out of her day job, Monique continues to hustle as a freelance DJ consultant, Event Producer and Project Manager.
According to Talia Wray’s Instagram bio, she is an “actor, queen of comedy, parts model, and food blogger.” As an actress, Talia’s credits include films like Everything’s Gonna Be Pink, Odd Mom Out and The Heist, as well as commercials for Marshalls and Adore Me. The Brooklyn-native also starred in Kendrick Lamar’s first music video, ADHD, directed by Vashtie.
Lola Plaku, aka ILuvLola, is an industry insider who catapulted her career from fast food cashier to hip-hop journalist to artist development expert, supporting the careers of artists like Dej Loaf, Kehlani and Drake. After applying her OG industry wisdom to her role as manager for French Montana, Lola now takes care of marketing and brand development for Belly and Safe.
As Lola’s following soars past 70k, each post received over 2k likes, with an overall engagement rate of 3.3%.
Jay Strut is a blogger, content-creator and front-row staple at fashion weeks around the world. After years of well-curated and envy-inducing snaps of her lifestyle, she has amassed an impressive following and has secured her place as one of Toronto’s foremost fashion bloggers and influencers, with collaborations with HP, Google, Chanel and Versace under her belt.
Every photo from her international escapades gets an average of 1.1k likes from nearly 61k followers.
When she isn’t mixing drinks at Oak Island, Sydney Beaumont is a go-to model for emerging Toronto designers. She is a fresh face in the fashion scene but a staple in Toronto’s social sphere, with a bold look and effortless style that can easily be considered synonymous with ‘cool’.
Jayemkayem is a DJ, writer, and marketing consultant committed to amplifying good music and underrepresented voices. After thriving through Toronto’s DJ scene she created her own community radio project Istolethesoul, which hosts pop-up broadcasts around Toronto. Between pop-ups she still spins her own well-rounded mixes around the city, where she plays everything from rap, trap and grime to drill, garage and bass.
Stacey Sexton is definitely one of the coolest people to come out of CBS, Newfoundland. Once she’s done ‘slinging juices’ at a vegan restaurant and studying at school, she creates bold graphics and upbeat mixes. She is also part of the DJ collective Something Special alongside Karim Olen Ash.
Whether or not you have heard of Dre Ngozi, you have probably seen her behind the decks at Toronto’s best parties or dancing with Miguel and Travis Scott in a music video. Her own mixes incorporate her eclectic, diverse music style and make it impossible to stay still. With collaborations with Absolut and Covergirl under her belt, she is quickly rising to the top of Toronto’s DJ scene and breaking the boys club that has reigned for far too long.
Vaughan is a Toronto-based DJ dedicated to creating space and visibility for women of colour. Through her work with Chippy Nonstop’s Intersessions, Karim Olen Ash’s Something Special, Vaughan is gradually working to disrupt the dominant male presence in music.
Katie Lavoie is a Calgary-export currently based in Toronto. Since her big move, the self-proclaimed prairie girl has become a fixture in Toronto’s DJ scene. Her sets incorporate a wide array of genres and styles, from punk to jazz to disco to club, and though they’re unpredictable, they are always thoughtfully and masterfully mixed.