The recording of the Culture Jam live stream is available to watch on YouTube.

Enjoy the afternoon performances from 2 to 5 p.m. with hosts Elvira Kurt and Kim Roberts, featuring Kardinal Offishall, Ali Hassan, Digging Roots, Zaki Ibrahim and more.

Elvira Kurt

Elvira Kurt is a comedy legend, gay icon and award-winning national treasure. Her many credits include Baroness Von Sketch Show, Canada’s Drag Race, The Tonight Show and This Hour Has 22 Minutes.

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Elvira Kurt

Kim Roberts

Kim Roberts is an internationally renowned actor and co-founder of prominent Canadian Black theatre company Obsidian Theatre. Credits include The Handmaid’s Tale, Schitt’s Creek, The Strain, The Doodlebops, Being Erica and Killjoys.

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Kim Roberts

Ali Hassan

Ali Hassan is a stand-up comic and actor, best known as the host of CBC’s Laugh Out Loud. His film credits include Breakaway, French Immersion and Goon.

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Ali Hassan | Photo Credit: Pierre Gautreau

Ariko

Ontario-based family band Ariko embraces vibrant Franco-Ontarian musical and cultural traditions, celebrating their musical heritage through unique arrangements of traditional French-Canadian songs, original compositions and fiddle tunes.

Members of the Ontario-based band, Ariko, in front of a barn.
Ariko

Austra

Katie Austra Stelmanis, or Austra, has been writing, recording and performing music for over 10 years. “Risk It,” her first single since 2017, marks a new chapter in Austra’s career.

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Austra | Photo Credit: Virginie Khateeb

Cris Derksen

Juno-nominated Cris Derksen is an internationally celebrated Indigenous cellist and composer. She has worked in choral, symphonic, film, theatre and dance and performed globally and across Canada.

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Cris Derksen

DATU

Blending traditional Filipino music with hip hop, electronic and alternative, DATU works with a revolving roster of dancers and guest artists, producing innovative music videos and show-stopping live performances.

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DATU

d’bi.young anitafrika

Recently described as a legendary Black Canadian playwright by CBC’s Amanda Parris, d’bi.young anitafrika is a triple Dora-award winning author, poet and musician, and a world-renowned artist.

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d’bi.young anitafrika | Photo Credit: Che Kothari

Digging Roots

Bursting from Turtle Island (Canada) with their global blues, reggae and soul sounds, Digging Roots breathes life into songs from bandmates ShoShona and Raven’s land and Indigenous Anishinaabe and Onkwehonwe traditions.

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Digging Roots

Emmanuel Jal

A former child soldier, Emmanuel Jal is an acclaimed recording artist and peace ambassador. His charity Gua Africa supports those affected by war and poverty from South Sudan.

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Emmanuel Jal

Fay and Fluffy

Toronto-based drag stars Fay Slift and Fluffy Soufflé offer drag storytimes, supporting families with LGBTQ2S parent(s) and gender variant children, reading culturally diverse books and providing a supportive and inclusive environment.


Fred Penner

Children’s music icon Fred Penner has been entertaining and educating families for decades. The Juno, Canadian Folk Music and Western Canadian Music Award-winning artist is still out to make a difference.

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Fred Penner

Gadfly

Gadfly’s artistry sits where urban dance roots and other creativity collide and tune together. Their body of work includes full-evening works as well as performances at Ted Talks, Nuit Blanche, Luminato and more.


Good Lovelies

Since forming at age 13 in 2006, Juno Award-winning roots-pop trio the Good Lovelies have released four widely acclaimed studio albums, two Christmas collections, two EPs, a live album and a #1 single.

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The Good Lovelies

Humber College 40th Anniversary Tribute to O Canada

40th anniversary tribute to O Canada performed by Humber College Music students and produced by students from the Faculty of Media & Creative Arts. Humber College is a global leader in polytechnic education, where students receive in-depth theoretical learning and hands-on experience with applied research and extensive industry connections.

Music students of Humber College performing on a stage
Humber College Music Students | Photo Credit” Sanja Antic

Jay Douglas

In over 45 years of entertainment, Juno-nominated Jay Douglas has developed a wide-ranging repertoire of American Blues, West Indian Rhythms and Jazz Standards combined with fancy footwork and incredible on-stage charisma.

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Jay Douglas

Jesse Cook

Juno-winning guitarist Jesse Cook is known for his intoxicating fusion of world music. He fosters this spirit of cultural exploration visually through his photography on Instagram and videos on YouTube and Facebook.

Jesse Cook performing on a stage, seated with an acoustic guitar in his hands.
Jesse Cook | Photo Credit: Jarek Pepkowski

Joy Lapps

Joy Lapps leads The Joy Lapps Project, a steelpan-led ensemble exploring Afro and Latin-Caribbean Jazz.

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Joy Lapps

Kardinal Offishall

Toronto’s own Kardinal Offishall is an international star, known for his signature tongue-in-cheek rhymes, spirited stage performances and captivating persona. Offishall has performed in some of the most acclaimed stadiums, arenas and festivals worldwide. Entwining patois and a dance-hall style with singles like “Bakardi Slang,” “Ol Time Killin” and “Maxine,” he has earned musical success and rap respectability as a top-ranking artist in the industry. Offishall’s awards include MMVAs, Junos and multiple ASCAP and Socan awards, and he is the first ever Canadian rapper to chart a song on Billboard’s Hot 100 with his smash hit “Dangerous.”

 

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Kardinal Offishal

Larnell Lewis

Larnell Lewis is a Grammy-winning musician, composer, producer, educator and member of Snarky Puppy.

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Larnell Lewis

Lexxicon

Known for blending his Jamaican roots with quintessential mainstream sounds, Jamaican-Canadian Lexxicon is the definition of passion and persistence. Infectious energy radiates through his music and dynamic live performances.

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Lexxicon

Lua Shayenne Dance Company

Lua Shayenne Dance Company presents contemporary dance and live music rooted in the aesthetics and values of West African dance, rhythms and culture, aiming for social good and spiritual progress.

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Lua Shayenne Dance Company | Photo Credit: Dahlia Katz

Lucas Silveira

Lucas Silveira, the first out transgender man ever signed to a major label, has toured with Cyndi Lauper, Tegan and Sarah, Blondie, and more as frontman for Canadian rockers The Cliks.

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Lucas Silveira

Mathew Magneson

Mathew Magneson is a 19-year-old Indigenous singer-songwriter and busker from Toronto. He pulls his sound from a variety of styles, including rock, folk, alternative and lo-fi indie sounds.

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Mathew Magneson

Marissa Magneson

Marissa Magneson is a Cree-Métis artist, photographer and workshop facilitator based in Tkaronto. Her work is centred around cultural reclamation, community building and knowledge sharing.

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Marissa Magneson

Mehran Aminian

Mehran Aminian is an Iranian-Canadian lyricist, composer and vocalist. After living through Islamic revolution in Iran, he gravitated to rock music and has been recording since 2009.

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Mehran Aminian

Molly Johnson

A highly-respected philanthropist and Officer to the Order of Canada, Molly Johnson is a celebrated singer and songwriter, blending jazz with funk, soul and groove.

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Molly Johnson | Photo Credit: Chris Nicholls

Moskitto Bar

Performing a blend of sounds from Ukraine, the Balkans, Iraq, Algeria, Brittany, Canada and more, Moskitto Bar is a party band that is a uniquely Torontonian experience.

Moskitto Bar band members
Moskitto Bar

Okan

Okan, from the word for heart or soul in the Afro-Cuban religion of Santeria, fuses Afro-Cuban roots with jazz, folk and global rhythms in songs about immigration, courage and love.

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Okan

Okavango

Okavango African Orchestra brings together practices from several African cultures, creating new music, harmonizing different tunings, rhythms and timbres. The Juno-winning artists represent a continuum of traditions and cultures.

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Okavango | Photo Credit: Abdulmagid Alfgany Algid

Phade

Jessey Pacho, known as Phade in Toronto’s graffiti community, is an aerosol artist dedicated to community, arts education and mural making, managing artist teams and delivering programming in schools K–12.

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Phade

Quique Escamilla

Juno-winner Quique Escamilla is a Chiapas-born and Zapatista-influenced modern troubadour performing a unique combination of the “music of the Americas,” mixing cumbias, blues, huapango and reggae.

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Quique Escamilla

RISE Edutainment

RISE Edutainment seeks to create safe and inclusive spaces for youth and emerging artists to express themselves in a positive way. Featured artists: Joe Callender, Randell Adjei, Rudy Ray, Tracey Kayy and Zakisha Brown.


Sharron Matthews

Sharron Matthews is an award-winning Canadian artist, actress, singer, comedienne, writer and producer. Her acting credits include CBC’s hit period crime drama Frankie Drake Mysteries and cult classic Mean Girls.

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Sharron Matthews

The Second City Canada Day Sketch

Hilarious tips on how to enjoy Canada Day at home by the Toronto cast. The Second City develops talent through its locations in Chicago, Toronto and Hollywood. The Second City shifted online in response to COVID-19 and produces online sketch shows and classes.

Travis Knights

Tap dancer extraordinaire, performer, choreographer and speaker Travis Knights has worked in film, on stage and even in video games, performing for audiences in Shanghai, Dusseldorf, Paris, New York, Vancouver and more.

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Travis Knights

Witch Prophet

Witch Prophet is a self-managed, queer, Ethiopian/Eritrean singer-songwriter and CEO of Heart Lake Records, combining vocal layers, loops, raps and harmonies on a bed of hip-hop, jazz and soul-inspired beats.

Witch Prophet with DJ Sun Sun
Witch Prophet with DJ Sun Sun

Zaki Ibrahim

Zaki Ibrahim, known for her multiplicity of influences and identities, brings together spoken word, hip hop, soul, house and 70s pop, filtered through lenses of personal, historical and scientific relativities.

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Zaki Ibrahim