In addition to the great speakers we've lined up for this year's conference, TEDxToronto 2012 is proud to present six talented performers that will grace the stage at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts on Oct. 26.
Elysha PoirierPoirier is a visual artist, designer and illustrator who works in various forms of new media. Her techniques in painting and design have been adapted to video for live performances, which she has showcased locally and abroad.
BADBADNOTGOOD is composed of musicians Matthew Tavares, Chester Hansen and Alex Sowinski, who first met in Humber College's Music Performance program. Since then, the group has released a series of critically acclaimed independent releases, and have performed at Coachella, the famed music and arts festival in California.
Ahmed is a 16-year-old spoken-word poet who currently attends Jarvis Collegiate Institute. His work talks about world issues and everyday life. Ahmed's love of poetry began at age 10, when he started using it as a way to interact with his sister.
Im, also known as 'krNfx,' is a two-time Canadian Beatbox champion, a two-time world finalist and a finalist on Canada's Got Talent. Im grew up playing the piano, flute and drums. He first began beatboxing after trying to imitate the sound of drums, using his mouth.
The Lemon Bucket Orkestra is a self-described Balkan-klezmer-gypsy-party-punk band that plays folk music across Toronto. Formed in 2010, the group grew out of a conversation between a Breton accordionist and Ukrainian fiddler. Today, the Orkestra continues to play anywhere and everywhere, busking by day and crashing parties by night.
Lagan's musical career started at age 3, when he began playing the piano. In middle school, he picked up the tenor saxophone, eventually joining the Humber College Community Music School at 14. As part of the Jazz.FM91 Youth Big Band, Lagan has performed with jazz icons Lew Tabackin, Kelly Jefferson and Al Kay.