Category Archives: Local Talent

Daily Dose: Toronto Board Meeting

This past Saturday, September the 8th was this year’s Toronto Board meeting. What is this board meeting about you may ask? Not unlike Kollaboration, it is an annual event in which a group of people that share a passion for what they do, come together and display their love for their lifestyle.  Now what is it they do you may be wondering? Roughly a thousand people (mostly from Ontario) ride long boards through the streets of Toronto dressed up in dress shirts and ties (get it? Board Meeting). Long boards if you haven’t seen them around are essentially long skateboards. The biggest functional difference is that they’re much more effective for getting around. Especially in the downtown area, long boards have become much more common and have been growing in popularity.  Last year there were just over 900 long boarders but this year, despite the rain, a total of 1003 people made it out.

On that note, if you like seeing talented people battle it out, come out to the show because it’s going to happen rain or shine this Saturday September 15th!

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Daily Dose: Rock Art

Artists always strive to be unique. They may do this with certain techniques not commonly used with mediums or they may go as far as inventing their own thing. When they start to get really good at their own thing, you really begin to realize the level of depth one can achieve with art in the conceptual sense. You begin to realize the boundless possibilities that are only allowed through art.

Rocks are as old as the galaxy and the earth. They’ve been used for primitive cave man drawings and over time they’ve been repurposed for sculpture, etc. Taking such a heavily used commonplace material and using them as a basis for a unique type of art is by no means a simple feat. Rock balancing has been around for a while but by no means is it a simple discipline.

While walking to Queen Street I noticed a crowd around what appeared to be rock sculptures. At the center of it all was a man extremely carefully balancing a concrete block on top of some rocks. The look of focus in his eyes kept the crowd silent while the annoying sounds of traffic on the street beside became so ever more apparent. I looked into it and the man behind it goes by the name of Peter Riedel, a Torontonian Photographer. I can only wonder how he has the patience to do what he does.

Kollaboration Shoutouts

Kollaboration Toronto receives support from various artists in the community.

Here’s a recap of some supporters this season:

Check out the finalists one more time!

Buy your tickets at:  http://bit.ly/PcEDmw

Daily Dose: Hunter Lee

A year ago, I was living in California. It was a normal day and I was looking through Reddit when I stumbled across this picture:

This picture had been submitted in a griptape design contest, and he had won. This year after joining Kollaboration, I met the person in this picture: Hunter Lee (the blogger you all know and love). These kinds of awesomely random coincidences go to show how art brings people together, and to different places all around the world. Not to mention, I’m currently blogging from California while looking back at how slim the chance was for me to have made a full circle, seeing this picture here, then going to Toronto, meeting Hunter, and reflecting on this while in the states.

While he might not look like your typical artsy person, Hunter does some amazing(ly unique) artwork, some of which is shown below. After looking at the artwork he’s put up on his Facebook, one thing I notice is that most of it takes a REALLY long time and dedication to finish (i.e. spidey, pictured below). Props.


KOLLABORATION TORONTO 2012

 

 

 

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s the event you’ve been waiting for! Months and months of hard work have gone into this. That’s right – TD presents Kollaboration Toronto 2012 – featuring the very best local Asian-Canadian talent in singing, dancing, and other performing arts! This show will feature some stunning guest performers, 6 groups of very talented finalists and more!

 

As indicated, we are proud to announce our guest performers: Joseph Vincent, Dumbfoundead and Dj Zo!
Check out our event page for more information, and our twitter for quick updates.

In case you’ve forgotten the faces of our finalists –

Come show them some love on September 15th!

Kollaboration KoffeeHouse Kickoff!

On Friday, August 3rd, Kollaboration Toronto Koffeehouse guests, performers, staff and volunteers enjoyed a night of music, refreshments, and lasting memories on a private floor of the Black Swan Tavern.

This year, Kollaboration Toronto implemented Independant Volunteer Projects (IVP’s) to spread awareness, give back to the community, and raise money. A successful Blood Donation IVP took place in June. This Koffeehouse IVP was lead by HR Associate, Michelle, and her group: Brian, Jess, Elizabeth, Hamy, Cindy, Stephanie, Gabe, and Julian.

The event celebrated, “Empowerment through Entertainment” as fresh, local talent hit the stage. The venue quickly filled up with 100+ guests, comforted in leather seats, as Marketing Director, Chris, introduced the performers.

  • Rachel Jong opened the night with an acoustic rendition of  “Love on Top” by Beyonce.
  • The hip-hop duo, Fly, mixed rap, vocals, and live instrumentals for an up-beat performance.
  • Kenneth Yeung impressed the crowd with his unique acapella beats and vocals with his loop machine.
  • Ryan Flores shared soothing original songs and a special medley.
  • Markham’s Got Talent winner, April-Joyce Bulangcao effortlesly powered through an Adele cover.
  • Daniel Oh pleased the audience with his unique renditions.
  • Kollaboration Toronto 2011 runner up, Pat Simeon, ended off the night with a stellar performance.

The Koffeehouse-A night full of music, chatter, and laughter-segways into Kollaboration Toronto‘s show on September 15th at the Toronto Centre for the Arts.

Don’t forget to purchase your early bird tickets here. 

Kollaboration Toronto sincerely appreciates all the performers, guests, staff, and volunteers who continue to support!

Composer and Vocalist: Kenneth Yeung

Meet Kenneth Yeung, a vocalist and composer who brings a unique, authentic spin on acapella arrangements. See him live at the Kollaboration Koffeehouse – only a few days away!

1) Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Kenneth Yeung, I’m a singer from Toronto.  I’ve been singing and composing for various local jazz and R&B groups for many years now.  These days I’m creating acapella arrangements live, using just my voice, a microphone and a loop machine.”

2) What inspired you to become a singer?
I grew up listening to groups like Boyz II Men, and jazz greats like Bobby McFerrin and Take 6.  They inspire my music.  But my biggest inspiration is my high school music teacher.  She taught me what it means to work hard at something and about the importance of being yourself.”

3) Define success.
To me, success simply means finding something that you’re passionate about, something you love doing, and being able to use that to have a positive influence on other people.”

4) Do you have any advice for API (Asian and Pacific Islanders) youth aspiring to become artists?
My advice is the same for anyone: don’t worry about everyone else and just focus on what you do best.  Be the best at being you.”

5) Favourite song of all-time?
Too many to list!”

Enjoy drinks, food, and live music this Friday, August 3rd!

Musician and Singer: Daniel Oh

Meet Daniel Oh, a talented musician and vocalist!

 

1) Tell us a little bit about yourself.
“I’m a 17-year old student from Toronto, Ontario. I have been a performing singer since I was 14, and have since performed at such places as the World Expo in China. I will be attending the University of Toronto next year for Commerce.

 

2) What inspired you to become a singer?
“Nothing, specifically. I’ve just always enjoyed singing. In addition, I’ve been an avid musician for most of my life, and I consider vocals just another instrument that I can play.”

 

3) Define success.
“Success is when you accomplish something that you have set out to do.”

4) Do you have any advice for API (Asian and Pacific Islanders) youth aspiring to become artists?
“Practice and find places that you can play – this means anywhere: school, venues, etc.”

5) Favourite song of all-time?
“I don’t have one song that I can name as my favourite, but at the moment it seems that I’ve been listening to “(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons” by Sam Cooke a lot recently.”

 

Join Daniel and other talented performers at this Friday’s Kollaboration KoffeeHouse!

Musician and Singer: April-Joyce Bulangcao

Join Kollaboration Toronto for our first ever “Koffee House” this Friday, August 3rd at 8pm in the Black Swan Tavern (154 Danforth Ave, Toronto). Enjoy live music, refreshments, snacks, and a chance to win great prizes! (For more information, visit and RSVP on our Facebook event)

Now meet one of our performers, April-Joyce Bulangcao!

1) Tell us a little bit about yourself.
“My name is April-Joyce Bulangcao (April-Joyce). I am thirteen years old and I love to sing. I started singing when I was seven years old. I learn music at Ontario Conservatory of Music, and  I take piano and vocal. I like to sing because many people inspire me to inspire others, and my motive is to serve and inspire.”

2) What inspired you to become as singer?
“When I was a young kid, I would listen to music all the time and try to sing it,but when it came to performing in front of the public I would become very shy.But now, I got used to performing so I don’t become nervous that much. Also people with different talents inspire me to try my best in what I’ve got and become the person who I am today.” 

3)  Define success.
“To me,success is setting out a goal and staying determined until you have achieved that goal. Success is also taking the opportunities that will lead to success.For example,whenever I see auditions being held for a talent search I go for it,and I’ll do my best. It is not just about winning because sometimes it can turn out to be a great experience for you.”

4) Do you have any advice for API (Asian Pacific Islander) youth aspiring to become artists?
“Advice that I can give for API is to always do your best when you’re performing and to be different and unique.At times you can be very proud of what you have achieved,but you always have to put in your mind that you have to be humble around people. Also,to always put your heart and soul into your work,and never give up.”

5) Favorite song of all time?
“My favourite song of all time is Hero by Mariah Carey.”


Come see April-Joyce perform with a great line up of talent this Friday!

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