The 2018 IDENTITY Gala will be an evening of celebration. The evening will bring together over 400 LGBTQI2S community members, politicians, labour advocates, business professionals, artists, and allies, representing various industries, organizations, and companies.
The 2018 Egale Leadership Award will be presented to an individual who has made significant contributions towards advancing LGBTQI2S equality for Canadians. Past Award recipients have included Ed Clark, Jaime Watt, Kent Monkman, The Honourable Louise Arbour, Cynthia Peterson, and The Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario.
Martha Chaves is a Proud Lesbian, Nicaraguan-Canadian and a very busy Comic. She is a veteran of multiple Montreal’s Just for Laughs Festival, and of the Winnipeg Comedy Festival. She has also appeared in the Halifax, Edmonton, Vancouver, and Boston Comedy Festivals, and in the “Marshalls’ Women of Comedy,” in NYC. In Spanish, she’s performed in the Festival Del Humor de Caracol, in Bogotá, Colombia.
Her versatile material mixed with her fluency in 4 languages make her an asset to perform for an array of fascinating audiences. For example, the Canadian Peacekeeping Troops (in Alert, Egypt, Israel, and Afghanistan) and The Nobel Women’s Initiative, a delegation of women led by Nobel Peace Prize winners (in Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala).
In 2015, Martha warmed up 43,000 people for the 2015 Pan Am Games – Opening Ceremony and in 2016, she hosted the ACTRA Awards in Toronto.
Her TV credits include two national comedy specials: COMICS! on CBC, and Something About Martha on CTV and The Comedy Network, plus her TV appearances on Just for Laughs, the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, to mention a few.
Martha is a regular on CBC Radio’s “Laugh Out Loud,”, “The Debaters,” and “Because News.”
TOO ATTACHED is two siblings: Vivek Shraya & Shamik Bilgi.
Vivek is a multidisciplinary artist whose album with Queer Songbook Orchestra, Part-Time Woman, was included in CBC’s Best Canadian Albums of 2017. Shamik is a producer and beatboxer who has performed in 15 countries and toured with Method Man & Redman, Bassnectar, and Tanya Tagaq.
Too Attached grew out of Vivek and Shamik’s childhood history of singing devotional songs together in Edmonton, obsessing over pop and r&b as teenagers, and informal collaborations throughout their individual decade-long artistic careers. Their first EP, Bronze, was released in 2015, which they toured across Canada while opening for Tegan and Sara.
Most recently, Too Attached were listed as one of IN Magazine’s 2018 Canadian Artists To Watch and their newest album, Angry, was described by CBC as one of “Canada’s most incisive, radical and galvanizing albums.
TiKA is an artist, DJ, creator, cultural producer, TV/Online personality, activist, and advocate for the empowerment of female artists and creators. Her EP’s, “Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid” + “Carry On” have received critical acclaim in Complex, Noisey, MILK, Afropunk, Saint Heron, The Fader, CBC, The Source for her voice, her energy, her love. Her music. She has opened for heavyweights like John Legend + NAO and is being coined as an incredible performance artist + visual hypnotist. Complex Magazine listed TiKA as “One of the most prolific creatives in Toronto.”
TiKA’s debut album + short film will be released in fall of 2018. Aptly titled “Anywhere But Here,” it serves as a brilliant indication of her unique voice, as well as her distinctive resonance and personality as a developed artist. Completely produced by Redbulll Montreal graduate + multi- instrumentalist & musical phenomenon Casey MQ, the album is an 80’s inspired synth pop sound. “No matter what I am going through, I always want to convey love + light in my music. My lyrics are dark because my reality has been dark. My sound stays in the light. I want people to know that the light is always attainable.”
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