President / Artistic Director

Wynn Holmes 

Synthesizing emotive movement with narrative, Holmes explores the politics of the body as they intersect with feminism, class, gender, and race in movement and dance. Her work has been featured on stage, film, and publications such as : SHOWstudio, Vogue, V Magazine, i-D, W Magazine, DAZED digital, NOWNESS, Lincoln Center’s Out Of Doors Festival, Cannes Film Festival Short Film Selection, Paris’ Fondation Ricard, Brooklyn’s Vazquez Gallery, Montreal’s Societe des Arts et Technologies, & New INC. In Collaboration with the New Museum, NY.

Holmes is the artistic director of the Gemini award winning dance-docu-series Ils Dansent (aired in Canada, France, UK, and Switzerland), the director of LFDT – a performing arts company that creates and produces dance-based work spanning contemporary culture, and the company’s counterpart: Lo Fi Dance Theory – a genre-breaking class series that uses dynamic movement and dance-based practices to ignite connection, creativity, and community.

 

Director of Development + Communications 

Julia Kidder –  Editor and creative director, Hobo Magazine

Julia Kidder (MSc., BA.) is a Canadian-born documentarian and producer based in Oslo, Norway. Julia’s academic work is focused around issues of urban planning, social justice and climate change.

Her photos and written work have been published in The Guardian, Hobo Magazine, Huck, Vice, GoodSport Magazine, Bergens Tidende, Dagens Næringsliv and BilledKunst Magazine. She has worked in arts communication, publishing and co-produced various TV & Film projects.

 

Graphic Design & Creative Direction 

Jaymes Moore

Jaymes Moore is a multidisciplinary designer, whose work identifies artists and institutions with contemporary culture through the creation of multi-faceted visual systems and sensorial experiences. With more than 8 years of experience running his own independent practice, he has had the privilege of working with a diverse and dynamic clientele spanning both the cultural and commercial sectors.

 

Secretary

Nicolas Archambault – Dancer

Dancer and actor Nicolas Archambault has worked as a dancer with some of the worlds biggest stars. Frequently stepping away from center stage to pursue his passion as a creative producer & stage director, his work has been presented across a multitude of international platforms.

 

Board Members

 

Serge Denoncourt – Stage Director

With more than a hundred productions to his credit, Serge Denoncourt enlivens and disrupts Montreal and international theatrical circles. Former director of Théâtre du Trident, co-founder and artistic director of Théâtre de l’Opsis for ten years, Serge has – over the years – combined his love of the great classics (Racine, Chekhov, Gorky, Molière), his interest in a twentieth-century repertoire (Botho Strauss, Steven Berkoff, Bertolt Brecht, Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams) and Quebec drama (Michel Tremblay, Michel Marc Bouchard) to create versatile and dynamic performances.

Serge also works in Opera – with productions such as; TOSCA, THE NOZZE OF FIGARO, COSI FAN TUTTE – and in variety programs. He was director of Arturo Brachetti’s shows since 1999 (Molière du Meilleur One Man Show, 2000) and has also collaborated on the creation of the visual and artistic concept of the world tours of Italian singer Eros Ramazzotti (2003-2004 and 2009).

Finally, Serge Denoncourt is very involved with Roma youth in Serbia. He has also edited GRUBB – Gypsy Roma Urban Balkan Beats (RPOINT, 2011); a musical show presented around the world since its inception.

 

Mary Haus – Director of Communications and Marketing, Whitney Museum of American Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Mary Haus has been an art editor, writer and communications specialist for 35 years. Beginning in 1984, Haus chronicled art and artists in New York and Europe for more than a decade. As managing editor of ARTnews and a contributor to many publications, she interviewed artists early in their careers, including Nan Goldin, Cindy Sherman, James Welling, and Matthew Barney.

Following a stint as managing editor of Benetton’s Colors, Haus was communications director for the Whitney Museum of American Art for another decade, until 2003, overseeing the strategies for six Whitney Biennials and dozens of other landmark exhibitions. Since 2007, she has been head of marketing and communications for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and is currently managing communications for the Steven Holl Architects master plan for the redevelopment of the museum’s 14-acre campus. Haus received her B.A. in art history and political science from Brown University, in 1983.

 

Kevin Calero – Film Director

Following a decade of intensive training in music, dance and film, Kevin Calero began making fashion-driven short form content in 2009. By 2015, his love for all things pop music led him to dive into directing music videos.

His work has now premiered on Nowness, Dazed Digital, i-D, Vice, Complex, SSENSE and V Magazine in addition to having screened in Cannes, Paris, Milan, London, Amsterdam, Lisbon, Brussels, Toronto and Montreal. His critically acclaimed dance trilogy for FOXTROTT earned two Vimeo Staff Picks and a UKMVA nomination. While his strength lies in his ability to adapt to a variety of mandates and target audiences, he continues to refine a recognizable style that draws from his foundations.

Previous clients also include Aldo, Beyoncé’s Parkwood Entertainment, L’Oréal Professionnel, Shelly’s London, Simons, Jaguar and Estée Lauder.

 

Béatrice Martin – Composer

Ten years ago, Béatrice Martin became known to the world as Cœur de pirate. Over the past decade, she has sold over a million albums. Released in September 2008, her self-titled debut went platinum in Canada and diamond in France.

Blonde (2011) – her more pop-oriented sophomore release – also went platinum in Canada and in France. The album earned Béatrice the Félix awards for Pop Album of the Year and for Female Performer of the Year in 2012. Roses (2015) reached gold status in Canada and in France, with over 200 000 copies sold. In 2016, Roses also earned Béatrice the Félix award for English-Language Album of the Year and a Juno nomination for the Fan Choice award.

 

Dax Dasilva – CEO, Lightspeed / Founder,  Never Apart

Dasilva founded Lightspeed, a cloud-based POS and eCommerce solution for independent retailers and restaurants, in 2005, and it continues to be one of Canada’s leading technology success stories. Strengthening his entrepreneurial footprint in 2015, he started Never Apart, a non-profit based out of Montreal, bringing communities together for social change through arts and culture. Dax has been named Ernst & Young’s Quebec Entrepreneur Of The Year for the Information Technology category. With over 40,000 clients in 100 countries, his net is cast wide; helping entrepreneurs, creatives and the LGBTQ community find their footings into the realm of tech.

 

 

Roseanna Roberts – Creative Strategist 

A curious and creative type by nature, Roseanna’s interests in global culture and expression of beauty and style led her to a career in trend forecasting where she has spent over 10 years identifying and evaluating trends in the creative realm. Since 2011, she has run a consulting practice helping global brands understand how emerging cultural and industry shifts impact their consumer and business. During that time, she successfully spearheaded the launch of the Beauty Forecast at the Color Association of the United States, where she served as Director of Color Trends.

She has been invited to speak in front of audiences across the US, in Europe and the Middle East and quoted as a trend expert in major publications such as TIME and WWD. She regularly shares her insights on digital media platform BeautyMatter and recently became a contributing editor to beauty retail trade publication, Counter Intelligence. Her passion lies at the intersection of beauty and wellness, where she has worked to become a specialist on the future of these industries.