Meet The Judges!

Meet Judge David Keystone:

Dave Keystone is a Canadian television host, humorist, storyteller, writer, and producer, best know as the host of Corus Entertainment’s cooking competition series Cook’d on YTV!  To check out more of Dave’s work, and for booking information visit: www.DaveKeystone.com! And for fun stuff follow him @DaveKeystone!

David Keystone

Meet Judge Moze Mossanen:

Moze Mossanen is an independent filmmaker who has created a body of popular and critically acclaimed work that have included a unique blend of drama, music and performance.  These films include the award winning feature length doc, “Dance for Modern Times“ and the six-part series, “The Dancemakers”, as well as numerous works created especially for broadcast such as:  “The Rings of Saturn”; “Year of the Lion” (winner of three Gemini Awards and the Jury Prize at the Yorkton Film Festival); “From Time to Time” (nominated for three Gemini Awards); “Roxana” (winner of two Golden Sheaf awards, the CSC Award for Cinematography and two Gemini Awards); and “Nureyev” (winner of the Golden Sheaf Award and two Gemini awards, including one for Best Direction for Moze).  His most recent films, “Love Lies Bleeding” and “Romeos & Juliets” both of which were nominated for four Canadian Screen Awards, aired for CBC in 2012.  He also co-created and directed the digital dramatic musical pilot, “Rise” for ABCSpark. His most recent doc, “Unsung”, a documentary about the world of show choirs, won the Canadian Screen Award in 2015.

Moze Mossanen

Meet Judge Shahi Teruko

Shahi Teruko is an award winning singer, songwriter, and recording artist based out of Toronto, Canada. She has toured internationally and is one of the fastest rising names in Toronto’s Soul/R&B  scene.

Born to a Guyanese family, Shahi’s passion for music was first influenced by listening to her grandmother sing hymns around the family home. By the age of 8, Shahi became the lead singer of her church’s choir. She later attended Wexford Collegiate School of The Arts where she majored in Musical Theatre, honing her skills in singing, acting and dancing. It wasn’t until her early twenties that Teruko started pursuing music seriously. Music has allowed Shahi to tour the world from the south of France to Guinea, West Africa and she often incorporates her knowledge of the French language into her songwriting.

In 2010 Shahi moved to New York City earning a living as a performing musician and dancer while continuing her studies of African Dance at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. She even worked with several West African dance companies (ijo Vudu/ Lua Shayenne & Co.) and headlined many R&B and Soul venues in the downtown core. One of Shahi’s most recent successes was her television debut on the first season of ‘Canada’s Got Talent’ where she was voted into the Top 20 for her sultry jazz style vocals.

Shahi has recently established herself in the theatre world as her credentials include starring roles in the following musicals: ‘Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story’ (Classical Theatre Project) and Deon Denton’s hit musical, ‘Piece Of Me’ (Promise Productions). Shahi has also toured internationally with the Broadway Production of ‘Hair’ (Classical Theatre Project). However, theatre-goers remember Shahi most for her portrayal of Miss Motormouth Maybelle in Lower Ossington’s Production of ‘Hairspray’.

Outside of the realm of theatre, Shahi has played with some of Canada’s most renowned musicians including: Jully Black, Gary Beals, Shamakah and she can be seen regularly performing with The Soul Motivators, The Universal Boogie Band and The Magen Boys. She has performed on Toronto’s City News, The TD Toronto Jazz Fest and Luminato: Toronto’s Festival of Arts and Creativity. Shahi is currently working on her upcoming album (Release 2016). http://www.shahiteruko.com

Shahi Teruko

 

 

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