MAD Artist Biographies
2019 MAD Artists ▼
Amish is a comedian and entrepreneur, he loves writing and performing comedy. Over the years he’s produced incredible live comedy shows, garnered local and national media coverage, and acquired funding to produce his own televised sketch comedy show. Amish started his career as a writer when he created a Toronto based, sketch comedy group called Fade to Brown. He created hysterical, crowd-pleasing content that dealt with real-world issues such as racism, gender inequality and cultural identity. With the troupe Amish wrote, performed and produced original sold-out shows all over the city. He has entertained an audience of over seven hundred people at the Panasonic theatre followed by a TV special for Rogers Television.
Staasia Daniels is an R&B singer/songwriter/turtle-lover from Toronto who emerged from her shell and shared with the world her “Hidden Gems” in 2016: a debut EP that garnered attention, fans, and a confirmation that her decision to pursue music seriously after years of singing was indeed the right one. A year later, Staasia reveals another love: of food, with the release of one of her top songs, “Peanut Butter”, which ultimately became a part of her second major EP, “Mood Roulette”. Staasia has received recognition from top publications including NOW, Exclaim!, and Complex, and has electrified the stages at SXSW, A3C, CMW, NXNE, and popular venues including Toronto’s Mod Club and her own headlining shows at Drake Underground and Rivoli.
Waris Virse De
Waris Virse De is a vibrant group of Bhangra dancers, based out of Brampton. They consist of various teams ranging from kids to adults performing on Punjabi folk music. They are not only excellent performers themselves but they can also teach Bhangra, musical instruments, and how to tie a turban!
Peace & Love: Shoba and Dhiraj
Shoba is trained in Carnatic and Hindustani music whereas Dhiraj is a software developer by profession and singer by passion. Together, they have formed Peace & Love to share their musical talents with the world.
Ankita is a Toronto-based singer and performer with a wide portfolio in live concerts. Her genre ranges from pop-rock to Bollywood, and is focusing on stepping into the mainstream South-Asian music scene with her line-up or original productions.
2018 MAD Artists ▼
Uppekha Jain is a former Miss. India Canada Worldwide and the first Indo-Canadian actress to be featured as a permanent cast of one of India’s longest-running, top-rated, prime-time daily soap opera’s Saath Nibhana Saathiya (‘Saathiya’.), on StarPlus. She has been a popular face on Indian television for the last 6 years having been featured in over 30 ads, many with A-List Bollywood celebrities like Shah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra & Katrina Kaif. Uppekha is also a sought-after anchor for various live shows across the world and has hosted a slew of awards nights & events with A-List Bollywood, and Corporate Giants.
Shirsha’s musical career began at a young age. Shortly after moving to Canada, her parents enrolled her into Hindustani Classical vocal lessons which guided her on her path to participate in a regional version of Indian Idol, as an international contestant in 2008. After the competition, Shirsha enrolled herself in a regional arts program at Mayfield Secondary School followed by pursuing a Bachelor’s of Music at Humber College. Since then, her musical career has begun to flourish as in 2014 she won a singing competition which was held by renowned singer Shankar Mahadevan – this led to her recording vocals on his composition called “Laadli”. More recently, Shirsha made her first debut in Bollywood as a play-back singer alongside Ustad Rashid Khan in the film Wedding Anniversary.
RAAG Canada is a group of enthusiastic singers and musicians that came together in February 2018 and now perform in the GTA at various events and music lovers havens. Their three singers Ravneel, Rishabh and Abhinav, all award-winners in Bollywood karaoke singing championship Mere Sung Gaa – a well-known singing contest in the GTA – sing Bollywood songs of different genres (both old and new) with each singer having a completely unique style.
Triple Goddess is a dance and poetry collaboration created by Ria Aikat, Reshmi Chetram and Sheniz Janmohamed. A musical journey that seeks to embody the Goddess’ qualities of wisdom, compassion and grace. Sheniz’s work has been featured at venues around the world, including the Jaipur Literature Festival, TedXYouth and the Aga Khan Museum. Ria is a former artistic director and current dancer for the non-profit dance organization Culture Shock Toronto where she has performed internationally in Los Angeles, San Diego, Washington DC, and Las Vegas. Reshmi is the Creative Director and Choreographer of Tarana Dance in Toronto where she trains and guides students in the art of dance.
2017 MAD Artists ▼
Hip hop artist Noyz strives to represent the diversity at the heart of the Greater Toronto area. His music explores the themes of self-discovery and growth while representing the eccentric energy behind hip-hop park jams. Throughout his career, Noyz has headlined in the United States, UK, and across Canada for popular festivals such as TIFF, SXSW, Canadian Music Week, and NXNE. Complex, VICE, GQ, and the Huffington Post are just some of the platforms he’s been featured on.
Sarah is a young and thriving drummer, currently doing session work with international artists playing Jazz, Fusion, Latin (Cuban and Brazilian), Gospel, Hip Hop, Funk, R&B/Soul, Bollywood, Indian and World music. Performing since age 6, Sarah studied Jazz and World music at York University most recently while being the recipient of the Oscar Peterson Scholarship, the highest award given by the institution, in addition to graduating with the Summa Cum Laude distinction. Some of the artists Sarah has performed with include AR Rahman, Benny Dayal, and various other world-renowned artists in the jazz and contemporary music scene.
Bollywood sensation Aakanksha Sharma is the stunning voice of Sunny Leone in “Main Adhoora.” Nominated twice at the 2017 Mirchi Music Awards for Upcoming Female Vocalist of the Year for her songs “Tu Alvida” from the film Traffic and “Dhal Jaun Main” from the film Rustom, Aakanksha Sharma is bringing her international star power to Canada for the first time in an exclusive #BollywoodMonster debut. As a seasoned performer, the young singer has been dazzling audiences after winning Chhote Ustaad – Do Deshon Ki Ek Awaaz and appearing as a finalist on Jo Jeeta Wohi Superstar on Star Plus, one of India’s most popular television channels.
Peters is a Toronto based singer, musician, composer, music producer with the ability to sing in multiple languages with the versatility to sing songs from various genres. Continuous practice is the motto of his success. His hard work and dedication have given him great opportunities to work with renowned Bollywood music producers such as Vishal-Shekhar and Salim-Sulaiman. In 2015 Pratik won the Salim Sulaiman Live Toronto contest.
Mumbai-based Canadian raised singer, Jonita Gandhi is coming home to take Mississauga Celebration Square by storm on July 22 as part of the festival’s free concert. Her recent hit “The Breakup Song” from IIFA (International Indian Film Academy Award) winning film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is the hit song of the summer with over 200 million views on YouTube, and her single “Gilehriyaan” from the film Dangal recently won a 2017 Mirchi Music Award. As Canadian homegrown talent, she made her singing debut in 2013 with A.R. Rahman and her Bollywood debut in the title track of the 2013 hit film Chennai Express starring mega stars Shahrukh Khan and Deepika Padukone
Abhilasha is a Bollywood playback singer who began her music career after starring in Zee TV’s reality singing competition, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Singing Superstar. Followed by participating in two other reality singing shows, Amul Voice of India as well as Marathi Star where she was a finalist in both. Since taking part in various singing competitions, Abhilasha has gone on to sing in movies such as Malamaal Weekly 2, Miley Naa Miley Hum and Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal.
Stephanie Braganza is a powerhouse vocalist whose performances helped her win a Toronto Independent Music Award for Best Live Artist. The vocalist has performed in a wide array of settings throughout her career, including a private event at the Art Gallery of Ontario which was attended by former president George W. Bush, and at the MuchMusic Video Awards. An outspoken animal rights activist, her latest music video; “Chains of Silence” has won two 2017 Global Music awards for “Best Female Vocalist” and “Best Music Video,” and has received support from Bif Naked, Tony Kanal (No Doubt) and PETA. In celebration of Canada’s South Asian Heritage Month in May 2017, Stephanie was listed in CBC Music’s top “10 South Asian–Canadian Artists You Need to Hear Right Now”.