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A Natural Talent: Shannon Gibbs

14 Jul

Shannon Gibbs

This young talent is making a name for herself.  She is currently working on getting her Bachelor of Design Honours Degree at York University. Her work is fresh, vibrant and unique. Versatile with her work, she is able to adapt her photography skill for the event and theme that she wants to capture. Shannon Gibbs was the photo booth photographer at the Dance Xpression website launch party.

We are excited to have Shannon display her work at Night of Essence.

Today is the last day to get your advance tickets to Night of Essence. CLICK HERE for ticket information and CLICK HERE to purchase your tickets NOW

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She is multi talented and her work will be displayed at Night of Essence

14 Jul

Zelica Alexander

We are so excited to have this talented artist featuring her work on Sunday. This post is special to me because I went to school with Zelica and she has always been a talented woman, however it wasn’t until recently I found out that she paints, and not just paint, she’s freaking amazing at it. Her work is authentic, and fresh. I’m pretty sure you will look at her work and connect with what you see.

Today is the last day to get your advance tickets. Purchase your tickets online or go  to Play De Record. Group tickets are also available. CLICK HERE for more information on tickets and CLICK HERE to purchase your online tickets NOW

Melonie Hamilton is ready to take charge

14 Jul

This young small fire bomb is definitely ready to make a name for herself and we are more than excited to be the place that she showcases her choreography for the 1st time.

 

With dancehall in her blood, she wants to show the world that anything guys can do the ladies can do it better.

Yes yes, you read correctly. She’s ready to bring it. We can’t wait to see this dancehall performance at The 2nd Annual Night of Essence Dance and Entertainment Showcase.

Today is the last day to get your advance tickets. Purchase your tickets online or go  to Play De Record. Group tickets are also available. CLICK HERE for more information on tickets and CLICK HERE to purchase your online tickets NOW.

 

Enjoy a nice spoken word performance at Night of Essence

6 Jul

Tricia Henry is back to share her work with us. A multi talented individual, and a great person we are really excited to have her on stage.

In her own words here is what Tricia has to say about herself.

“I am a free spirit! I love life and I love to express myself creatively,. Right now I’m working on my second short film, and working on building up my blog. My biggest motivation and inspirations are my parents, because they mean the world to me, and I want to do everything I can to help them, since they’ve helped me so much in my life. I’m all about love, God, and positive surroundings. I am confident in the direction of my dreams, and I will live the life that I’ve always imagined. “

Get to know this vibrant person, and come listen to her on July 15th 2012.

  • Twitter-@misstrishmin
  • Facebook-Unique Tricia
  • Linkedin – Miss Trish
  • Youtube- MissTrish85
  • Vimeo- Unique T Henry

GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY

Tickets for the 2nd Annual Night of Essence Dance and Entertainment Showcase are now available online.

$20 advance and $25 at the door

Group tickets for 5+ are available please email info@nightofessence.com for details.

CLICK HERE to get your tickets today

CLICK HERE to visit the Night of Essence Website

 

Happy to have Shannon Boodram as our Host again

4 Jul

We really can’t get enough of Shannon Boodram. Don’t know what it is, but I adore her..she tells me she loves my dancing and I tell her, I just adore you, I’m a fan..and I’m not going to  hide it.

Smart, funny, outrageous, actually the word is WILD..if you don’t know about Shannon you need to. She and her clever best friend Andrea Lewis created www.ThoseGirlsAreWild.com a really great blog that gives readers everything from entertainment, knowledge, inspiration and a real talk.

Many may know of Shannon’s adventures from her blog, and you may have seen her on TV or jumping up at Caribana, but did you know she is a photographer.You have to visit her photography website and take a look at her work. Love it CLICK HERE

Shannon made us laugh and entertained us last year, so it’s only right that we bring her back.

Last year she got her own private pole dance lesson on stage, she showed us she can dance to dancehall, and she did it all with a straight face lol..

Shannon getting her private pole dance lesson from Elisabeth

 Getting the audience involved

 Shannon getting in down lol

She is really a trooper and she is our favorite WILD girl..

I hope your ready for what she has in store, she may call you out.

GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY

Tickets for the 2nd Annual Night of Essence Dance and Entertainment Showcase are now available online.

$20 advance and $25 at the door

Group tickets for 5+ are available please email info@nightofessence.com for details.

CLICK HERE to get your tickets today

CLICK HERE to visit the Night of Essence Website

Jennifer Cortez will be performing at Night of Essence

28 Jun

This young Diva has been doing some great things for herself, and we are glad she’s hitting the stage on July 15th.

Not only will she be performing, she is performing her new song that will get you guys moving.

About Jennifer

Jennifer Cortez comes from a long lineage of musical talent and natural performers, so it was her inevitable destiny to become a performer one day. It all started in Quito, Ecuador, with Jennifer’s grandmother, Fabiola Pinto who was a singer/performer herself active within the music scene who then imprinted her passion for music onto her daughter, Teresa. Jennifer’s Father, Mario Cortez was also musically gifted, playing electric, acoustic and bass guitar in a local band in Quito.

Born in Toronto, Canada Jennifer, inspired by her mother, began her own journey into music. She began singing at a young age, began writing music lyrics at age 16, and continued to grow within her artistry. In 2008, Jennifer released her record “The Latin Anthem” (Himno Latino), which was dedicated specifically for the women of her culture, words of empowerment to remind them to always follow their dreams. This record was embraced by the Hispanic community and added onto radio stations in Toronto, U.S. and South America. A remix was then created featuring Juno nominee, Arabesque adding an urban twist to the record; which then was embraced and played on station New Flow 93.5 in Toronto.
On March 26th, 2010 Jennifer released her debut album “Through the Rain”. “Through the Rain” is a heartfelt, personal album to Jennifer covering the triumphs over adversity in her life. Recognition of her hardwork led to a nomination for a MARTY award, which is an award celebrating the arts and the achievements of artists. Jennifer was nominated May 13, 2011 as an “2011 Emerging Performing Arts Nominee”.
Very proud of her Ecuadorian roots, Jennifer has high ambitions for her future and the future of the female Latin artist. Jennifer holds her head up high hoping to continue to inspire the women of her culture.

Watch Jennifers New Video

Visit www.jennifercortezonline.com

GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY!

Tickets for the 2nd Annual Night of Essence Dance and Entertainment Showcase are now available online.

$20 advance and $25 at the door

Group tickets for 5+ are available please email info@nightofessence.com for details.

CLICK HERE to get your tickets today

CLICK HERE to visit the Night of Essence Website

Why we choose the Great Hall to house the 2nd Annual Night of Essence Showcase

27 Jun

The Great Hall is an awesome event venue located in the art of our city on the trendy and electic Queen Street. I’m amazed that this hidden gem is tucked away and not many know about what is inside. The space was built in 1889, and housed the 1st YMCA in Toronto.

The 1st time I went to The Great Hall, I was in shock, and I was captivated. I was in shock because I have never heard of or seen this place before. And I was captivated because I loved the look and the feel of the venue. It gave me retro, urban and great at the same time. What was also nice was the size of the venue.

The history of the venue is just as great, CLICK HERE to read about the history..I promise you, it’s short and to the point. Who would have known that The Great Hall went through so many transitions.

Well of course I was inspired and I seen how this space could house The 2nd Annual Night of Essence Dance and Entertainment Showcase.

MsToya Robinson and I both used our imagination and creativity to figure out how we can utilize the space, and make it comfortable for our guest and audience to enjoy. We will have the show in the main hall. The main hall is where all the performances will take place. We have the media room. This room will have all the performers information, sponsors and an area designated for you to take pictures.

Art work will be displayed in both rooms.

It’s going to be a great night of entertainment.

We will have dancers, singers, spoken word, an amazing after party, swag bags available to the first 50 people, plus great prizes to be won from our raffles.

Overall the night is going to be HOT…

Come out and enjoy the HOTTEST Dance and Entertainment Show of the summer and it’s taking place in one of Torontos Historic Landmark.

GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY!

Tickets for the 2nd Annual Night of Essence Dance and Entertainment Showcase are now available online.

$20 advance and $25 at the door

Group tickets for 5+ are available please email info@nightofessence.com for details.

CLICK HERE to get your tickets today

CLICK HERE to visit the Night of Essence Website