FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CMCS Speaker and Performance Series I
Moving Forward: An Intimate Evening on Paths, Success, and Love
Toronto, ON (March 3, 2014) – The Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS) proudly introduces its second location The IndustReal Arts Room (688 Richmond Street, Toronto, ON) with premiere event Moving Forward on Saturday, March 29, 2014. A Canadian and Australian joint production, Moving Forward applies media, social justice, and science to empower individual and social change in a cross-disciplinary and intimate setting.
Dr. Louis Massey opens the series with his inspirational talk on empowering individual paths. Dr. Massey holds a PhD in Software Engineering and is professor of Computer Science at the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario. Born in Montreal, he is the author of several articles and book chapters on artificial intelligence and mental information processing. On the fiction side, Dr. Massey writes poetry and short stories. He published “The River: Car ton bras sait porter l’épée” in Canadian Voices Volume 2. As a visual artist, he specializes in photography and oil and acrylic painting. He has exhibited at Gallery 22 in Kingston and was a finalist for the Salon Prize 2012.
Dr. Samita Nandy (www.samitanandy.com) and Emmanuel Lopez (www.motivatorman.com) join for a talk about success in celebrity culture and inner heroism. Lopez, also called ‘Motivatorman’ has been central to understanding the positive effects of movie heroes as cinematic role models for personal empowerment. Featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and City TV’s Fashion Television, Lopez works with live audiences to maximize their passion for films as examples of individual change. Samita Nandy reveals the secret behind the success of celebrities and empowers social change through her individual journey on writing about fame. Featured on CBC, CP 24 and Rogers Television among many more, Dr. Nandy holds a PhD in media and celebrity studies. Her sensual dance Sacred Eco-Feminist Move will debut along with her innovative words.
Myles Wright (www.myleswright.com) is a music composer, arranger and teacher based in Perth, Western Australia. He studied at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts, and completed a Masters at the University of Miami. In addition to jazz, Myles is inspired by many styles of music, including ethnic beats such as those heard in the Sacred Eco-Feminist Move.
Ashima Suri (http://www.ashimasuri.com/) performs the first part of her three-staged performance: ASHES. Ashima Suri is the Artistic Director for Limitless Productions (www.limitlessproductions.ca), a Social Activist performer, a Writer, a Public Speaker, and a certified Life Coach. Featured on Global Television, OMNI TV and FUSIA magazine, she empowers individuals, facilitates meaningful employment and brings social change through worldwide performances, interactive programs, workshops and one-on-one coaching. In collaboration with Choreographic Consultant from inDANCE, Hiroshi Miyamato, Mentor, Takako Segawa, and Visual Artist, Vishal Misra, Ashima tells a story of a woman who, through the reflection of herself in the painting, begins to shed the many layers and expectations of herself to the point where all that is left are ashes. Each stage represents an emotional release of anger, letting go and fearless resolution / re-birth.
7:00 – 8:00 pm – Opening Reception
8:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Panel with Louis Massey, Samita Nandy, Emmanuel Lopez, and Ashima Suri
9:00 – 9:15 pm – Q / A
9:15 – 10:30 pm – After Party
Dress Code: Semi-Casual
Venue: The IndustREAL Arts Room (688 Richmond St., Toronto, ON) next to Queen West
Cover Charge: $10
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