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Words Matter is an initiative of UPlift Black with the support of the Barrie Public Library. Created to demonstrate the power of language. The words we use can encourage and uplift spirits or contribute to creating an environment that is emotionally and psychologically destructive.
Join host Gillian Scobie, Director of Advocacy for UPlift Black as we celebrate and feature local artists:
- Tyneisha Ternent 'Ty the Poetess' - (Featured Spoken Word artist)
- Tyanna Chambers - (Spoken Word artist, dancer and choreographer)
- Michelle Guy & Brad Hiliker - (Musicians)
- Makena Beaver-Pitre - (Dancer)
- Jayme Tyreese Gladstone Turner (Dancer, Choreographer)
- Dawn Cain - (Spoken Word artist)
Tyneisha Ternent (Spoken Word)
Spoken Word piece for Words Matter Event: Say Word, Words Matter
Toronto-born writer and poet, Tyneisha Ternent now lives in Barrie, ON. Tyneisha published her first book of poetry titled Bearing Fruit in November of 2020. This anthology has become a bestseller and may be found in libraries across both Canada and the United States. Writing has been a passion of Tyneisha's for as long as she can remember whether through songs or poetry. Writing always came easy to her, and her words always touched those who heard them. Follow Tyneisha on Social Media through her pseudonym ‘Ty the Poetess’, and watch her Spoken Word videos on YouTube.
Jayme Tyreese Gladstone Turner (Choreographer, Dancer)
Jaymee Tyreese Gladstone Turner is a Hip-Hop dancer and music artist based out of Toronto, Ontario. Jaymee has over 10 years of dance experience, and his style is influenced by Les Twins. Jaymee has won multiple 1st place awards from competitions
including Candance, Bedazzled and On The Floor. Jaymee is currently studying at York University for his Dance Major. His purpose is to spread his joy of dance. Jaymee often hosts dance workshops for elementary students, high school students and other groups to give back to his community.
Tyanna Chambers (Spoken Word, Choreographer, Dancer)
Spoken word title: This Skin I’m In
Tyanna is a 19-year-old dancer who has attained many years of experience due to years of dance studies. Aside from dance, she also has a passion for Spoken Word artistry and filmmaking. Her dance highlights include various performances in “Culture Shows,” her high-school’s own “We Were Here- Spring Dance Showcase,” performing
around Toronto with dance ensembles and much more. Tyanna has choreographed several dance pieces and musicals including the original musical Below by Alinka Angelova.
She is currently teaching students ages 4-17 at Infinity Performing Arts Studio in Barrie.
Over the past couple of years, she has focused on working with youth both in and outside of dance. She was a mentor for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Peel and received the Ted Rogers Scholarship award to continue her studies post secondary for filmmaking. Tyanna began her love for dance, mentoring youth, creative writing, and filmmaking at an early age and has not stopped since.
Makena Beaver-Pitre (Choreographer, Dancer)
Makena is a 16-year-old singer and dancer who began her performance studies in Montréal, QC with Extravadanza Dance School, and continued her studies with Ballet Ouest and École Supérieure de ballet du Québec. Makena was also a student in the Broadway Stars Program of the Segal Centre Academy at the Segal Centre for the Performing Arts where she appeared in the productions The Funny Pages and Hansel
Presently, she is a member of the competitive dance team of Active Arts in Wasaga
Dawn Cain (Spoken Word)
Spoken word title: Scales of Justice: A Reflection of Modern Life
Dawn Cain is a multidisciplinary artist who works within the realm of photography, creative writing, acting and digital art. She is an emerging artist from Barrie, ON who has travelled across Canada in pursuit of inspiration while experiencing the beauty of this land. Currently she is enrolled in the Film Writing Program at Toronto Film School and wants to further her studies in Film Production to bring her own original scripts and screenplays to life. Her writing and poetry often reflect the struggles and triumphs of her Black culture as a female and multiracial citizen. Dawn aims to challenge societal norms; her themes often include nihilism, oppression and human behaviour. She looks forward to the next chapter of her life while building connections within her community.
Michelle C. Guy & Brad Hilliker (Voice and Guitar)
The STATION is the combination of Michelle Guy’s rich and smooth vocals and Brad Hilliker’s full rhythmic guitar style. Their sound draws on a wide range of influences including Blues, Folk and Rock & Roll.
Before making the move to Simcoe County, Michelle formed her first duo and band in 1999 and started singing in dinner and lounge venues in Toronto. She picked up the electric bass in 2002 and focused on the duo dinner/lounge act. Later she started working on acoustic guitar and writing original songs.
Brad made the move from Crystle Beach to Toronto in 1989. Where he immersed himself in the music scene and performed original music in the GTA for 11 years. He also dabbled in creating music and props for theater productions. In the year 2000 Brad relocated to Simcoe County and continued writing.
In 2005, Michelle and Brad met and formed The STATION duo.
The duo was nominated for Best Blues Song at Barrie’s New Music Fest in 2012 and Michelle was nominated for best Blues vocalist. They continue to perform and create original music that tells the story about the human experience. Their music for lovers will leave you wanting more.
Gillian ‘Rawberri’ Scobie (MC)
Gillian has been a resident of Simcoe County for over 20 years, after growing up throughout Southern to Central Ontario. Raised within a policing household, ‘Rawberri’ was familiar and interested in law
enforcement but decided to follow her belief in fighting for the rights of herself and others, obtaining her Paralegal Diploma. Through navigating the school systems and workforces as a visible minority, she quickly learned that there were many policies and procedures in place, for protection of those who are often unaware of how to obtain that
protection when it was needed.
As the Co-Vid19 pandemic provided the perfect opportunity to further her education in Systemic Racism and its effects throughout the community, she formed an alliance with Shelly Skinner, as the Director of Advocacy of UPlift Black.
The Words Matter event is supported by the Government of Canada's Healthy Communities Initiative
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