MEET THE CAST
concept, lyricist, music creator, vocalist
Dr. Roz Roach
Dr. Roz began her professional career as a Registered nurse in the early seventies. With a bachelor’s degree in applied Social Sciences, a Master’s degree in transcultural Psychiatry with training in Psychotherapy/Psychoanalysis.
She also holds a Doctorate in Health and Human Sciences and later received training as an Acupuncturist. Dr. Roz is the founder and president of Nu-Life and Longevity, an international practice supporting the promotion of optimal health and wellness. Dr. Roz is the first Black woman in Canada to negotiate with three levels of government to negotiate four million dollars to build Dr. Roz’s Healing Place where she is the current Executive Director. Dr. Roz’s Healing Place is a centre for abused women, children, youth, and youth at risk with a mandate to eradicate violence locally, nationally, and globally. Dr. Roz also has an artistic side, and over 20 years ago she began writing and using music as a therapeutic tool. As a lyricist, she wrote, composed and performed in many venues. She is also a very prominent costume designer and producer, and for more than twenty years, she has designed and produced costumes for carnival celebrations in several countries. This includes Toronto’s annual carnival festival where she served as band leader for several years.
Known in the music industry as Ken Masters, Atiba began his professional career as a lyricist and rapper over twenty years ago. He began volunteering as a Child and Youth Worker at the age of 18 year as a facilitator for youth at risk at Dr. Roz’s Healing Place. He later held a position as a Child Advocate Worker, Child and Youth Worker, Program Developer and Community Outreach Worker. Twenty years ago, he created the Vital Intervention for Betterment and Empowerment Program (VIBE) for youth. As well as the Media and Music Interactive Programs which is still run at the Healing Place, York Region School Board and a number of youth detention centres in the Caribbean. He is the owner of an independent record label [XYZ Records], Co-Owner of a music management company [XYZMG] Partner at the restaurant Come See Me and the nightclub Libertine. Owner of the Corporate events consulting company
Roxanne Christian, Trafalgar Castle School and Berklee College of Music alumni, has over a decade of experience working with physical, mental, emotional, and cognitive needs within district school boards, municipal nursing homes, psychiatric hospitals, and other populations globally. Roxanne is an international board certified music therapist. She is board certified through the Certification Board of Music Therapists in the USA and the Canadian Association for Music Therapy. Ms. Christian is the founder of Live Love Life Music.
A performing artist for life, Michelle has dabbled in all aspects of stage performance from a very early age, coming from generations of artists and singers. Learning from very varied experiences, and from multiple professional leaders in the arts and culture industry, Michelle counts among many highlights in her performing life: supporting vocalist for prominent Caribbean artists including The Mighty Sparrow, Shadow, Chalkdust, Denyse Plummer, Calypso Rose, David Rudder, among countless others. Michelle isa current member of David Rudder’s Toronto band The Contra Band, has recorded lead and background vocals on a number of albums, including Kobo Town’s Jumbie in de Jukebox, MOKA’s Dis Is MOKA, and Calypso Rose’s Far From Home, the latter being internationally recognized and receiving France’s highest music award, Victoire de la Musique. Her vocals are also recorded in the music for this project SISTAS CALLING, by Roz Roach.
Natacha is committed to the development of the radio and television industry in Trinidad & Tobago and by extension the entire Caribbean Diaspora. Over the many years in the industry Natacha has met the most tremendously talented people and has capitalized on these relationships to create meaningful and innovative work that is empowering and entertaining. She is passionate about issues surrounding women and children and produces and hosts a weekly radio programme, Every Woman, on Heartbeat 104.1 that is an empowerment programme introducing her listeners to amazing guests.
A graduate of Brock University, Canada, with over 20 years of experience in the media, Natacha has an in- depth knowledge of radio and television production. A competent producer and director as well as writer, Natacha has developed and produced many successful productions, music videos and documentaries. Her warm spirit has made her very people oriented and an asset in her work as fan interviewer and team player. She works with many vibrant NGO’s including Adult Literacy Tutors Association, Kids in Need of Direction (KIND) and Women’s Lives Matters 2. She is also an actress both on television and stage.
Shayle Graham is a passionate educator working within the Toronto District School Board for the past 9 years. With a heart for community activism, she advocates for equitable opportunities among marginalized youth in an effort to bridge gaps in achievement. As an entrepreneur in the cosmetic industry for the past 6 years, she developed an organization “Black E.S.T.E.E.M.” which empowers and reinforces positive perspectives of young Black females, inspiring them to pursue aspirations in the areas of; Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.).
It is Shayle’s goal and mission to create experiences that restore marginalized groups of females to their rightful posture, in a world that often devalues them. It is her hope to leave a lasting footprint to honour those that came before her and pave the way for those that have yet to come.
dance team choreographer
Fizz Oladiran is a Dancer/Choreographer that has been dancing competitively for over 10 years and is the Creative Director of a professional dance team called Reverb. His crew has performed around the GTA, New York, and LA.
Trained by multiple industry professionals on the fundamentals of Hip Hop, he has been able to also perform overseas with another team called Rockstars and has made it to the finals of the world street dance championships in 2014. He also performed at the Panam games opening ceremony under the guidance of Luther Brown, Steve Bolton and Danny Davalos as well as performed at the NBA All Star Games in 2016, danced on a TV show called The Next Step, has worked with Billie Eilish and is Currently a choreographer for various up-and-coming artists.
Jovan Jovanov professionally known as Jay Jay, is a well-known Macedonian-Canadian Songwriter, Composer and Producer of Pop, Dance, R&B, Hip-Hop music. He began his music education when he was six years old. He graduated from Music Academy in Skopje. Now based in Toronto, Canada Jovan has received many awards and acknowledgements. His songs have more than 150 million views on YouTube.
Jovan has been working for 15 years with many famous singers of Europe composing and releasing over 500 songs. With his production and mentoring, his artists have reached millions of fans. He is the owner of Mississauga-based recording studio Global Music Entertainment
marketing and advertising manager
Natassia is a seasoned arts and marketing professional with over a decade of experience in arts, marketing, event management, and communications. She is a graduate of the Creative AdvertisingProgram at Seneca College where she completed an internship at award-winning advertising agency, BBDO Canada, and has since held positions in marketing and related fields within various sectors:architecture, arts and culture, and community arts.
Natassia is currently the Operations Manager at a Toronto Local Arts Service Organization where she leads the marketing team and manages all internal and external communications. She is also an accomplished writer, dancer, and choreographer, and is currently co-writing a new play entitled: How Jab Jab Saved the Pretty Mas.
Greg and Charlene Hines
Greg and Charlene Hines are seasoned dance professionals who started their dance careers with legendary Hip Hop choreographer Luther Brown from “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Next Generation”. Dancing for artist such as Mariah Carey, rapper Eve, Jully Black, Shawn Desmond, Christina Aguilera, Maestro Glenn Lewis, Boomtang Boys, Kardinal and more.
Award shows like "The Canadian Urban Music Awards", The 2000 & 2001 Juno Awards”, 2001 The Teen Choice Award, they never imagine that their dance careers could take them to places they never thought possible!
DOAHL Academy was born out of genuine love for the art of dance. Greg and Charlene seek to pass on their deep passion for dance to a new generation of dancers. DOAHL is their family – and they can’t wait for you to be part of it!
Established in 2003, DOAHL Academy is York Region’s premier urban traditional dance studio featuring a dance curriculum in Hip Hop, African, Latin, Ballet, Tap, Contemporary, Lyrical, Musical Theatre and Acro. Located in Markham, Ontario, Canada, DOAHL Academy has a multicultural faculty who use their industry experience and training to instruct and inspire.
We strongly believe that dance should be for everyone! Our classes are offered for students age 3 and up at recreational, part-time competitive, and full-time competitive levels. At DOAHL we carefully review everything from choreography, to costumes, to musical selections with a critical eye. We take pride in making choices that build up our students in their skill, self-esteem and spirit.
Dance On A Higher Level – come dance with us!