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Sydney Black

Sydney Black

Nelson International Mural Festival Founder

Sydney Black loves making things happen, especially with teams of amazing people. She was born (and currently resides) in Nelson, BC with her incredibly supportive husband and children. When she isn’t organizing events, you can find her producing and performing in theatrical extravaganzas with her company Black Productions. She is grateful to the City of Nelson and all the sponsors, wall owners, staff and volunteers for their help with making the Nelson International Mural Festival a success!

Amber Santos

Amber Santos

Mural Curator 

Amber Santos is a multi-ethnic, multidisciplinary artist who also has a passion for art education and being part of making big things happen, like the Nelson International Mural Festival, and many community projects and murals over the years. She is excited about how we can shape our public space into a welcoming and inclusive space and how art can inspire conversations and connections. See her work at www.arti2de.com

Dee Landsberg

Music Curator

Dee’s diversity and musical capabilities have taken her all over the world, From Brazil to Israel to Europe. She has an infectiously warm personality, which can be felt by the way she lives through her heart and centres her passion for authenticity in her music. Dee has had the opportunity to collaborate with and be mentored by Renowned Grammy Award Winner Jerry Wonder (The Fugee’s), electronic producer Lorin Bassnectar and multi-instrumentalist Mr. Carmack. 

Mavis Harris

Mavis Harris

PR Coordinator

Ingrid Love 

Marketing Coordinator

Ingrid Love is an interdisciplinary artist and aspiring academic, currently pursuing a degree in English Literature while feeding her growing interest in Anthropology. She is intrigued by the pockets and seams where artistic disciplines overlap and interact with one another, and finds herself constantly studying these interactions as a writer, dancer, and theatre artist.

Brian McIntyre

Brian McIntyre

Mural Coordinator

With over 5 years of experience working for musical festivals, helping in artist hospitality, setting up tents and aiding with the assembly and teardown of art installations, Brian was a perfect fit for the Assistant Mural Coordinator. Brian also has an Associate of Arts Degree at Capilano University in Global Stewardship and is certified in Air Rescue and MEWP. Brian’s favourite part about his job is being given the opportunity to help create art and engage with different parts of the community he grew up in.

Dave Ronald

Technical Director

Dave Ronald is a multi-instrumentalist Music Producer and owner of All Ears Music Productions. Dave loves mixing and mastering music and enjoys working with artists from around the world. He fell in love and laid his roots in the Kootenay’s after attending Selkirk College Professional Music Program. In 2018 Dave teamed up with Bonnie Legion and began releasing music as the  Wav-Legion collective. They have both embraced the technical aspects of collaborating online as Bonnie lives in California. Dave is proud to be involved in the technical aspects of Nelson’s International Mural Festival and performing as well.

Simran Kang

Simran Kang

Assistant Marketing Coordinator

Sonam Perello

Sonam Perello

Admin Assistant / Artist Liasion

Steph Blundell

Stephanie Blundell

Mural Assistant

Adham Shaikh

Festival Technician

Adham Shaikh is a Emmy and Juno Award-nominated music producer, composer, sound designer, and DJ who brings his uniquely powerful global sounds to the world stage and screen, not to mention many a crowded dance floor.

Adham has scored original soundtracks for numerous film and television productions, including National Geographic (Emmy nomination) , Sacred Planet (Disney Imax), Velcrow Ripper’s Fierce Light (National Film Board, Fierce Light Films), Rainbow Jaguars’ Earth Pilgrim, Word Love (Avanti Pictures), Getting Married (TVO), and Secrets: A Parent’s Guide to the Teen Sexual Revolution (CBC’s Passionate Eye, Make Believe Media), for which he received a Leo Award  for Best Musical Score in a Documentary Program. His music has also been licensed to an extensive list of media productions, including BBC Orphan BlacK , Suzuki Speaks (Avanti Pictures). Look out for his latest original work on the upcoming television series The Edge of the World: BC’s Early Years (Knowledge).

Avi Phillips

Technical Assistant

Avi Phillips enjoyed a robust arts education in Toronto, through intensive arts programs in elementary and high school, the Theatre Arts program at Humber College, and performing professionally on screen and stage.  Avi and his family relocated to beautiful Nelson in 2016, where he’s gratefully joined the local theatre community as a performer and director. Avi was proud to be on the live stream broadcast team for NIMF in 2020, as well as Nelson’s ArtWalk 2020 and 2021 live stream broadcast team.

Zak Shaikh

Technical Assistant

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