Announcing Our Host and Performers for TEDxToronto 2018

With the conference just around the corner, we have a few highly anticipated people left to reveal. So without further ado, here’s a glance at the host and performers set to hit the stage at TEDxToronto on October 26. 


Meet Our Host


Hoodo Hersi


Hoodo Hersi is a Toronto-based comedian who recently was selected as a Homegrown Talent at the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal and as an Audible New Voice at SF Sketchfest. She has performed in comedy clubs and festivals across major cities in Canada and the United States, opening for acts like Baron Vaughn, Gina Yashere, Moshe Kasher, Eric Andre and others. As a writer, she has penned articles for Hello Giggles, Essence Magazine, and Vice Canada.


Meet Our Performers


Big Smoke Brass Band


A high-energy brass band that got its start busking on the streets of Toronto in the summer of 2017, Big Smoke Brass has come a long way. The band has since moved onto Toronto’s club scene and earlier this year, recorded their first album. Whether playing on the streets or the stage, the band is always a powerful, positive force of horns and music that is not to be missed. 


DJ Shub


A Mohawk DJ, music producer and member of the Six Nations of the Grand River, DJ Shub is considered the Godfather of PowWowStep, beginning his career as a member of the award-winning trio A Tribe Called Red. Since branching out on his own, Shub has become a highly respected DJ competing in prestigious DMC World DJ Championships and winning back-to-back Canadian titles. DJ Shub will bring his non-stop body-moving experience to the TEDxToronto stage and feature traditional Indigenous dancers performing in full traditional regalia.




Storytellers, comedians, feminists, and women of Caribbean descent Liza Paul and Bahia Watson are proud to present Mashup. Using humour, they explore the relationship between the identities we choose and the identities that are cast upon us, and the differences between the two. Get ready for a tightly curated selection of songs and sketches filled with fresh Toronto swag that are sure to get you out of your seat and cheering. 




Presented by Toronto-based foresight studio, From Later, comes a performance of Compersia featuring recording artist, Zaki Ibrahim. With songs intending to provoke critical dialogue about where we are headed, Compersia is written as though it was created in a distant future environment. Buckle down to explore futuristic relationships through song in this spectacular live performance.


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