Internationally recognized sitar master Anwar Khurshid, whose music has been featured in the Oscar-winning film Life of Pi, has performed in Europe, North America and across Asia. Transcending categorization, Anwar pioneers innovative collaborations with musicians from other genres, including blues, jazz, African, Middle Eastern, Japanese and Chinese music. Anwar’s love of music is contagious, and he loves to share this passion in his other role as director of the Sitar School of Toronto.
Shannon Thunderbird is proudly descended from the northern British Columbia Coast Tsimshian People: Gilut’sau Band of the Royal House of Niis’gumiik, Gispudwada (Orca) Clan. She is an Artist/Educator, Professional Singer/Songwriter, Recording Artist (“May Your Spirit Be Strong”, “Wind Centre”), Actor and Author. She is also a well-known Speaker/Storyteller; her fireside talks and original music opens the minds and hearts of audiences to the power, importance and majesty of Canada’s First People.
Tamar Ilana is a powerful and versatile Canadian singer and flamenco dancer of mixed descent, renowned for her ability to sing in multiple languages and collaborate with various artistic communities from around the world. Tamar has recorded three albums with her world music fusion project Ventanas and directs the polyphonic Ukrainian a capella collective Kosa Koliadnyky. Tamar tours with various projects including the Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company, Sultans of String and Jaffa Road.