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Featuring: M’Kayla Kongnetiman, A.N., Okechukwu Nnamchi, and Dizzy Walka
Welcome to TD Amplify 2023-24, a season of unexpected and unmatched Calgary performers brought together by curator and spoken word icon Wakefield Brewster. Part live show and part underground DJ party - make TD Amplify part of your Friday or Saturday night in downtown Calgary.
Calgary’s sixth Poet Laureate, published writer, and recording artist, Wakefield Brewster's vision for this four-part series of shows is titled PeoplePuzzle: Some Assembly Required, asking whatit takes for a person to accept the pieces that make up their own puzzle of an identity.
Part 2 of this Amplify season centres the artistic riches of four undeniable Black artists in Calgary.
M’Kayla Kongnetiman fuses her training in ballet, tap and jazz dance with her identity as a first generation Canadian from Suriname, the smallest country in South America.
A.N. is a name you'll hear soon across music (her debut album is I’m Not Afraid to Die Anymore), journalism (read her award-winning CBC article), and arts entrepreneurial circles - if you haven't already - as she finds new ways to express her spirit and speak truth to power.
Okechukwu Nnamchi is an Igbo man from Enugu, Nigeria, who is quickly making waves in Alberta as a spoken word artist, writer, and thinker, and counts Wakefield Brewster as a mentor.
Dizzy Walka moved to Calgary from Botswana in 2020, and has already sold out beloved venues like The Ship & Anchor, Broken City, and Commonwealth Bar & Stage with his honest and raw Hip-Hop style, as he promised his father he would.
Join Arts Commons Presents and Wakefield Brewster for a 60-minute showcase of these artists, plus a post-show party featuring a local DJ.