A new voice has emerged in the Canadian creative scene; MODECANADAROCKS has formed an initiative that seeks to highlight Canadian greatness in music, food, fashion, and art.
Spearheading this organization’s work is the forthcoming ‘MODECANADAROCKS ’21’, a night of partying and celebration amongst a cornucopia of creative showcases set to be held at REBEL Nightclub in Toronto. Net proceeds from the evening will benefit Eva’s Initiatives for Homeless Youth, a charitable organization with 3 locations across the GTA that support young people facing homelessness. Though the annual event was originally set to have its inaugural night this year, Covid-19 has delayed it until 2021. In the mean time, MODECANADAROCKS has refocused its efforts to online engagements meant to stoke conversations on the nature of creatives and creativity in the artistic landscape of Canada. Their latest endeavour is the boldly titled ‘INCLUSION REVOLUTION’, a digital event aimed at promoting BIPOC voices in fashion, design, culture, and media.
“ it’s about 2 things. INCLUSION – bringing diverse perspective, ways of being. Diverse bodies, ages, and ways of thinking into the design fields. REVOLUTION – comes with the speed of change, change happens incrementally in design, but now we have this amazing opportunity to accelerate the bringing of these diverse perspectives, INCLUDING them in the decision that we make”
– Dori Tunstall –
Dean or Faculty of Design – OCAD.
INCLUSION REVOLUTION is a two-pronged event, first being the INCLUSION REVOLUTION CONVERSATION, a Zoom event held at 5-6:30 pm EST, Wednesday, November 18th, featuring 9 of Canada’s top business and creative panelists, INCLUSION REVOLUTION(ISTS). These accomplished individuals include Dahabo Ahmed-Omer (Executive Director, BlackNorth Initiative), Len D. Henry (Founder and CEO, Delectant Media | Founder, MODECANADAROCKS), Riley Kucheran (Assistant Professor, Ryerson University School of Fashion), Susan Langdon (Executive Director, The Toronto Fashion Incubator), Paulo Leone (Brand Strategist and Creative Collaborator), Bernadette Morra (Editor-in-Chief, FASHION Canada), Anjli Patel (Moderator | Lawyer & Trademark Agent), Sage Paul (Founding Artistic Director, Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto), Elizabeth (Dori) Tunstall (Dean, Faculty of Design at OCAD University). Together they will explore initiatives that generate equitable opportunities so all BIPOC creatives will be able to express themselves without limitation. The second phase is a public IG activation held for people to post their own stories of “What Inclusion Means to You”. Participants with the most likes on their Instagram posts will receive a beauty and lifestyle prize pack from ‘INCLUSION REVOLUTION’ partners.
MODECANADAROCKS has partnered with MPWR, a company driven to empower young leaders to learn and grow, to help amplify the voice of INCLUSION REVOLUTION. After all, the goal of the event is to put Canada squarely at the forefront of positive change, to engage with fresh creative perspectives, and to generate new business opportunities for future generations. The louder the INCLUSION REVOLUTION is, the greater the reach it has; and the greater the reach, the greater the impact. INCLUSION REVOLUTION will take place on Wednesday, November 18th, 2020 from 5-6:30 PM EST. It will serve as a significant reference tool that will invite consumers and industry members to recognize, encourage, and support BIPOC success in Canada’s various creative disciplines, thus becoming Inclusion Revolutionists themselves.
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