Sedina (pronounced Seh-deh-nah) Fiati is proudly femme, queer and of Ghanaian/Trinidadian descent. Her name means a gift from God in the Ghanaian language Ewe and she hopes to be that to the world. Born and raised in Tkaronto (where the tall trees stand, where 3 rivers meet, recognizing the Mississauga of New Credit as the current keepers of this land) she is a performer, creator, producer and activist for the stage and screen. She was a member of the R3 Collective and an artist and administrator at b current performing arts. Most recent appearances include: Les Femme Fatales burlesque show, Heels on Wheels Toronto Show, WriteOn Open Mic Black History Showcase, Queer Futures at the Rhubarb Festival (co-curated and performed), hosting Unapologetic Burlesque Showcase and Right 2 Dance Showcase, Last Dance (one person show) and Driftwood Theatre’s The Odyssey. She is currently working on a project with keiron lyn to create an artist run centre for queer people of colour called The Building. Upcoming, she is producing 30 People Watching at the Aki Studio in October/November 2014 and her one person show, Last Dance in 2015. Sedina believes firmly that no one is free unless all of us is free and hopes to be a good ally/fighter in the struggle for a socially just world. She loves cookies, children, high heeled shoes, shaking it like nobody’s business, and glittery people and things. She can sometimes be found working the door at Cherry Bomb, a monthly party for queer women and friends. Check her out at www.sedinashow.com.
A daughter of the diaspora, Arawak, West African, Indian and Dutch, hailing from Trinidad and living currently in Toronto. Kim Katrin Crosby (Milan) is an award-winning multidisciplinary artist, activist, speaker and educator. Addressing audiences at Princeton, in Montreal at the International LGBT Film Festival and University of Texas in 2014 alone, her work has taken her across North America speaking on equity, liberation and care. She is co founder and executive director of The People Project, 8 years in the making; a movement of queer and trans folks of color and our allies, committed to individual and community empowerment through alternative education, art activism and collaboration. This year she was recognize by ‘The Root’ the premier news, opinion and culture site for African-American influencers as a young. Black feminist to watch as well as one of Autostraddle’s 100 LGBT Black Women to know sharing the list with Angela Davis, Marsha P. Johnson & Mia McKenzie. She has completed a residency both under D’bi Young and Buddies In Bad Times Theatre and has curated exhibitions, cabarets events and performed at stages across Canada. She is currently producing and co-curating the Buddies In Bad Times Cabaret Insatiable Sisters with Gein Wong. She also engages in community based healing initiatives including teaching Queer and Brown Girls Yoga, and hosting yearly healing retreats for femme identified Folks of Colour and Indigenous Folks.