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EXECUTIVE / ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Vikas is the mastermind behind all things MonstrARTity. His expertise includes constantly pushing the envelope and his creative ideas keep us on our toes. He holds an Honours Degree in Mathematics & Philosophy from the University of Toronto, an MBA from the Schulich School of Business and a CFA. As an award-winning film composer and music producer, he is known for fusing together genres as varied as punk, classical and Bollywood pop. He has received the Trailblazer Award from the ReelWorld Film Festival, Voice Achievers Award and a MARTY award from the Mississauga Arts Council. Vikas sits on the Mayor’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee for the City of Mississauga, Polyphonic Ground, and Mississauga Partners in Music. He has been profiled on ET Canada, CBC The National, The Globe & Mail, The Hindustan Times and Zee News.
Lauren has a degree in Media Studies and a diploma in Public Relations. She has an excellent memory for birthdays and is the personal calendar for all her friends, so it’s only fitting that she’s our go-to for project management. On top of keeping us organized, Lauren brightens up our meetings with her love of sparkly things and frequent “yay”-saying. Her appreciation for the arts includes a love of all things dance, including her former days as a competitive tap dancer.
Marisol has a Masters from the London School of Economics and Political Science in Gender, Development and Globalization. She has worked with non-profits, social enterprises and incubators across the Greater Toronto Area to roll out development plans that include prospect research, individual giving, major asks, sponsorship and cases for support planning. At the end of the day Marisol likes to wind down with a warm cup of tea, while listening to suspenseful crime podcasts, and watching cat videos.
Once known as “Hot Sauce” on the basketball courts of Toronto, Amadeo is now more of a Tabasco sauce on the courts but still fire on the keys and percussion. On the stage, Amadeo enjoys performing Latin and funk music. Off the stage, Amadeo is an expert when it comes to project planning, outreach, and fundraising in the non-profit arts sector. As a development specialist, he has been involved with multiple festivals, post-secondary institutions and charities.
PR & MARKETING
Filip has a diploma in Marketing from Georgian College and a degree in Communications from Laurentian University. He is known for the most enthusiastic high-fives around and his record is 350 in 26 days. As our main videographer, Filip creates and curates the image of MonstrARTity with amazing visuals. His favourite part about being a videographer is interviewing other passionate creators. He’s lucky enough to have interviewed prominent CEOs, famous musicians, mayors, and celebrities internationally.
PR & MARKETING
Cassandra has a degree in Communication Studies from York University. Fiercely passionate about the arts, she has been working in cultural industries since she was 17. Like any good publicist, Cassandra has a knack for writing, loves social media, and is addicted to coffee. She’s always loved live music and spends her evenings taking photos at concerts. As a photographer, Cassandra has been fortunate enough to cover prominent festivals like Festival d’été de Québec, WayHome, Canadian Music Week, Field Trip, and Toronto Urban Roots Fest.
Coming from a traditional East Asian dance background, Cindy studied Communication and Culture at York University, specializing in politics and policy. She became an arts administrator in 2008 to provide a stronger voice for culturally specific arts organizations. Outside of the office and off stage, Cindy enjoys exploring new dance forms and their communities. Cindy loves travelling and going on adventures, some of which have included driving solo in the Middle East, almost losing her way in the middle of the Mauritian rainforest, and taking out someone’s side view mirror. She relaxes by doing aerial yoga and dangling upside down like a bat.
As a graduate of University of Western Ontario and The Harris Institute, Sari is both tough and fearless. Fluent in music promotion and technical production, you’d want her on your side as an unparalleled production manager, stage manager, and more. She has worked with multiple festivals and every band you can think of.
Brandon holds a BFA in Music and a B.Ed in Music Education from York University. As a larger-than-life voice and personality, it’s hard not to listen to him. And based on his musical expertise, you’d be missing out if you tried anyways. He is our resident music arranger and by day he teaches music theory to the next generation of musicians at schools in Toronto.
VENDORS & SPONSORSHIPS
Kamdar is the powerful force behind all the food, clothing and jewelry at our festivals! He is responsible for the overall management and coordination of all vending operations at our larger-than-life productions. Be sure to say hello and tell him who your favourite vendor is if you see him at our events!