Workshop Instructors

Bubz

Kedre Browne

Artist Name: Bubz

Art Form: Bboying and Graffiti

Biography:

Kedre Browne, also known as BUBZ, is a Bboy and Graffiti Artist. Kedre has had the chance to work with and inspire people from all walks of life and has been a Graffit Artist for 10 years. At 13 he began Graffiti Writing and since has landed many gigs and opportunities. Kedre has had the chance to work with many different businesses and agencies… some of these include: Toronto Police, Toronto Crime stoppers, Toronto Argonauts Foundation, Unity Charity, Drew Hidebrand Teen Benefit Fund, Involve Youth in Scarborough, Community Cave, The Bridge Prison Ministries, Young Minds (Art Show), Luminato, and Invisible People to name a few. In addition Kedre has been recognized for his efforts in the arts and community by the means of the Crime Stoppers Student of the Year award, CSI Community Builder of the Year award and a letter from the Premier of Ontario thanking him for the community work he has done. By doing what he loves and using his passion, Kedre has been able to reach out to youth from all walks of life and educate them about the hip hop culture using graffiti as the driving tool to do so. Furthermore Kedre Browne has been recognized for his work with the community by media agencies such as Toronto Sun, Toronto Star, Global National and City TV. Kedre was also featured in a book… “Six String Nation” for the completion of the Six String Nation Guitar mural, during Toronto’s annual Luminato Festival. He has also traveled to New York as a key kote speaker at the #140 Conference. From this event the Mayor of Toronto took notice of the “legal graffiti” / community building efforts in his city done by Scot Mills, Jessey Pacho and Kedre Browne. Currently Toronto is working towards more opportunities for graffiti artists and is revisiting its bylaw around graffiti murals. Kedre Browne is actively pursuing his career in the arts.
Eric Richardson

Eric Richardson

Biography:

Eric RichardsonIn the classroom is a guitar player and teacher from the Toronto area. His passion for music developed at a young age, and sees him fiercely dedicated to furthering his practice to this day. Eric has studied under some of Toronto’s most prominent instructors and players, including Timothy Smith, Drew Henderson, and Nichol Robertson. In his 6 years of teaching, Eric has become a fixture and a favoured teacher at Lowe’s School of Music in Port Credit. Aside from his tenured teaching at Lowe’s, Eric has been a part of furthering the musical education at Kitchen Music Studios, Erin Mills Youth Centre and The Conservatory of Music Enhanced Education. Eric has spent the last few years playing shows across the GTA, honing his craft. His band has played the stages of high capacity venues such as The Horseshoe and Lee’s Palace. In the classroom Eric creates an atmosphere that fosters creativity and a love for music in students of all ages and all playing abilities. Eric is strongly motivated by inspiring his student’s musical confidence. His love of music is infectious, and his love for teaching is undeniable. Eric is mentoring DHTBF’s In School Guitar Group Workshops. Eric instructs up to 6 students per workshop, 6 classes in total, and 1.5 hours in length per workshop.

Jessey Pacho

Artist Name: Phade

Art Form: B-Boying (Break dancing) and Graffiti

Biography:

With many titles to his name Jessey Pacho is first and foremost PHADE… a Bboy and Graffiti Artist. Jessey has had the chance to work with and inspire people from all walks of life. Jessey has been a professional artist since the age of 19. At age 14 he began Graffiti Writing and since has landed many gigs/commissions & job titles. Some of these include: Freelance Mural Artist/ Mural Artist (Harbourfront Community Centre)/ Mural project Facilitator (Harbourfront Community Centre), Mentor Artist (Flemingdon Neighborhood Services and Unity Charity). In addition, Jessey has had the chance to work with and exhibit work for many different organizations such as: Luminatio, Amnesty International, Toronto Argonauts foundation, Toronto Crime Stoppers, Durham Youth Gang Services, Flemingdon Neighborhood Sevices, Harbourfront Community Centre, Arcadia Art Gallery, Young Minds (art show), Second Base Youth Shelter, Port Credit Hyatt Club, Clarkson Community Centre , Community Cave, The Bridge Prison Ministries, Drew Hidebrand Teen Benefit Fund, Invisible People and Unity Charity. By doing what he loves and using his passion, Jessey has been able to reach out to youth from Toronto to Halifax to Calgary and educate them about the hip hop culture using Graffiti as the driving tool to do so. He has also traveled to New York as a key note speaker at the #140 Conference. From this event the Mayor of Toronto took notice of the “legal graffiti” /community building efforts in his city done by Scot Mills, Jessey Pacho and Kedre Browne. Currently Toronto is working towards more opportunities for graffiti artists and is revisiting its bylaw around graffiti murals. Jessey Pacho has been recognized for his work with the community by media agencies such as Toronto Sun, Metro News, Toronto Star, 24hours news, CBC News radio, CBC News and Global National along with others. In addition to these ventures Jessey has been documented internationally and was featured in a book for the completion of the Six String Nation Guitar mural, during Toronto’s annual Luminato Festival. He has also received a lapel pin from the province of Ontario for his work in the community. Jessey was recognized by the House Of Commons and received a congratulatory certificate from Robert Oliphant, Member of Parliament, for the completion of a mural dedicated to the fallen troups of Canada under his watch. Currently Jessey is a Mentor Artist for UNITY Charity and a Mural Project Facilitator for Flemingdon Neighborhood Services and is actively pursuing his career in the arts.

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