As an organization, we have hiring preferences because it’s critical to our identity, and it is how we work towards continuously improving SQx and our programming and performances to ensure our work considers the experiences of diverse audiences and participants. Our goal by ensuring diverse artists are at the forefront of creation is to give voice and visibility to vulnerable populations. Each artist brings knowledge and experiences that influence the social inclusivity outcome of our works.
Carmen (she/her) graduated from Mount Allison University and from London Contemporary Dance School. In 2017, on behalf of SQx, she is the winner of the BC Social Innovation Youth Award as well as Shaw Canada's 150 Award.
Kaitlyn (she/her) began working with SQx in 2018 and has had the opportunity to work with Indigenous communities, rural communities and people of diverse abilities throughout Turtle Island (colonially known as Canada). For SQx, Kaitlyn has also had the privilege to work with underserved populations in Morocco, Portugal, and Mexico.
Margaux (she/her) is a Queer Franco-Manitoban artist from Treaty 1. Her voice echoes from her roots within the tall grass prairies as she seeks to unite her passion for story-telling and social activism through movement. Margaux is a graduate with distinction from the Dance Program at Toronto Metropolitan University. She joined SQx in 2020 and has since worked with underserved youth across Turtle Island and Portugal.
Gwen (she/her) graduated from the School of Toronto Dance Theatre in 2019, where she expanded her modern dance training and worked with esteemed choreographers. While at the School, she was honoured to receive the KathrynAsh Scholarship, recognizing work ethic and artistic / technical accomplishments.
Miles (he/him) is an established composer, producer, and songwriter from Toronto, ON. Miles has composed music for Visa, Freedom, Mobile, S'Well Paralympic Games and was the scoring composer and theme song writer for CBC's hit show Kim's Convenience for all 5 seasons.
From Dallas, Texas, Adroc (he/him) has lived in Toronto since 11. His experimental sound is influenced by jazz, hip hop/808 sounds, deep/detroit/chicago house, io-fi, ambient music, indie, folk, garage, juke, and R&B.
Sydney (she/her), is a dance artist from a small town in Nova Scotia and is currently studying dance at York University in Toronto. In the past, she has danced with Votive (a jazz company based in Halifax) in their Jazz Initiative Program.
Sophia (she/her) is an emerging dance artist from Treaty 1, currently studying at the School of Contemporary Dancers in affiliation with the University of Winnipeg. Sophia is passionate about making the arts more accessible for youth of diverse backgrounds. She is grateful to do so by teaching dance lessons to youth in her community, and by working with SQx to provide arts education across Canada.
Magaly (she/her) is a queer dancer from Mexico who is keen to share her passion for dance. She graduated from the Dance Performance Program at Centennial College and has a bachelor's degree in Psychology from the Meritorious Autonomous University of Puebla. Magaly is also a Dance Therapist, member of the International Dance Council by UNESCO.
Anushka is a young Georgian electronic music producer, whose work is featured in film and theatre. Anushka’s innovative music has been celebrated in Georgia and abroad, with recognitions including the Tsinandali Award for Music, a “feature on the artist” article by the Calvert Journal, and a nomination for the 2020 European Independent Album of the Year Award, thanks to her debut album Halfie.
Anastasia is an artist with experience in acting and dance. Anastasia currently dances with CIRCE - Experimental Platform for Dance and Theatre, based in Tbilisi, Georgia, and has been actively involved in CIRCE’s projects since 2019. She is interested in developing modern dance techniques and contemporary ballet.
Cecilia is a distinguished dance artist from Tbilisi, Georgia. She has trained with the Chabukiani Classical Ballet School, and now dances with CIRCE - Experimental Platform for Dance and Theatre. Cecilia’s passion for art is expressed not only through her love for modern ballet, but also through music and photography.
Bethany (she/her) is a movement artist originating from Ottawa, Ontario. Bethany is a dance and environmental studies graduate of York University. She is passionate about the intersections of art, social activism and the environment.