CCAI is honored to present this year's Excellence in Arts Award to Rosina Kazi.
Rosina Kazi is an artist, activist, community organizer and social justice advocate. She embodies them all for Toronto-based electronic duo LAL.
The lead singer of the band LAL, she has recorded with State of Bengal, Toronto Tabla Ensemble, Titonton, Moonstarr, Abacus, da grassroots and more. She has been instrumental in the growth of many of the city's artists and DJ's, providing venues and forums for their musical expression. More importantly, she has managed to add an air of consciousness and political awareness to many of those events, and this awareness is the most distinctive component of the music, lyrics and poetry that she writes.
She grew up in the Canadian-Bangladeshi community where politics and art went hand in hand. Singing and dancing traditional Bengali folk music she went on to establish an expansive catalog of politically charged, innovative recordings - five of her own and featured appearances on over ten others. A harmonium player, she composes using samplers and laptops and has created a style that incorporates her singing voice and her love of reciting poetry; all of which are very much informed by Bengali, hip hop and spoken word cultures.
Her passion is connecting with different communities and having a conversation through words and music. Rosina has been a programmer for a number of community-based programs and festivals, and also works with youth facilitating spoken word, song-writing, and experimental sound making workshops. She is very grateful to have had the opportunity to support organizations such as the Mayworks Festival, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Parkdale Street Writer's, The Royal Conservatory of Music, Sagatay Native Men's Shelter, and many more.
CCAI is pleased to recognize Khaled Iwamura,as the recipient of Excellence in Art Service Award 2017. Khaled is the founder of insauga.com, inbrampton.com and inhalton.com, TV host and producer, MC, TEDx Speaker and a part-time pro wrestler.
insauga.com, www.inbrampton.com and inhalton.com have quickly become the biggest media companies in the GTA, reaching 50 million a year.
This summer he started a new talk show concept by creating a new Facebook Live only talk show that can be seen anywhere in the world. It will be a Canadian Talk Show with the backdrop on Mississauga that will be shot at Celebration Square.
He also was the moderator of the first Live Mayoral Debate at the Living Arts Centre in 2014.Khaled has emceed major city events at Celebration Square that attracts large number of people. Khaled is also serving on the board of the Living Arts Centre . A Canadian of Egyptian and Japanese heritage Khaled studied at TL Kennedy and later joined Sheridan Collage to further his education.
Khaled has been supporting local arts and cultural events with is avid interest and support with outreach and developing interesting effective mathods to curate information in a city that has no mainstream news outlets.