Race, Mentorship, and Change


In Conversation with Jasmyn Burke of Weaves

The Hart House Music Committee presents their first Coffee House of the year, with special guest, Jasmyn Burke, who is most widely known as the lead singer and songwriter for the Toronto-based band Weaves. Jasmyn will be joined by Ely Lyonblum for an informal and important evening discussing the experiences of women of colour in the music industry, the importance of mentorship and working with young people, and will offer steps people can take to get involved in changing the music industry from the ground.

All are welcome to this event, and we invite your questions and contributions to the conversation!

When: Fri., Nov. 23, 2018, 7-8:30 pm
Where: Debates Room, Hart House
Cost: Free / Registration required

If you have an accommodation request, please email: marco.adamovic@utoronto.ca

Guest Bios:

Jasmyn Burke (Artist, Musician)is an artist, musician, entrepreneur, and the lead singer and co-founder of Juno- and Polaris Prize-nominated band Weaves. Jasmyn says, “I’ve always been a driven person, and I stick to my guns and do what I want to do, and I think other people should do that and be positive. We should be allies, not just hate each other. You don’t have to be in music but in whatever you do – to go after your goals, and I think that’s important that people lead by example and hopefully younger people don’t feel confined to whatever position they’re in.” – Quote from Hart House Demo Magazine, Issue 14, February 2018

Ely Lyonblum (Moderator) is Senior Advisor to the Hart House Music Committee, and Research Grants Officer at the Faculty of Music. Ely’s work focuses on education, equity, and economic development in the arts. He trained as a documentary filmmaker at the Centre for Visual Anthropology at Goldsmiths, University of London, and recently completed a PhD in Music at the University of Cambridge. Ely was a co-producer of various arts and culture festivals and conferences across the City of Toronto, and contributed to the development of bridging and training programs for newcomer artists as Chair of the Board of Directors at Airsa. His work has been presented and exhibited by the MIT Media Lab, CBC Radio 1, the Smithsonian Institution, the British Library, and various universities internationally.


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