CHLOE WILDE: HOST
Adored for her genuine enthusiasm and positivity, Montréal native Chloe Wilde emerged in 2013 as the winner of the Much VJ Search and has since brought her fresh perspective and outgoing personality to her role as host of E! in Canada. Most recently, Chloe added Reporter for Canada’s #1 Entertainment Show, ETALK, to her ever-growing resume.
Setting the tone for Toronto’s largest street party, Chloe co-hosted THE 2016 IHEARTRADIO MMVA RED CARPET, where she welcomed global superstars such as Nick Jonas, Fifth Harmony, and Gigi Hadid. She has also interviewed some of the biggest names in entertainment, including Julianne Moore, Robert Downey Jr., Kate Winslet, Jake Gyllenhaal, Zac Efron, David Foster, and Tori Kelly.
Growing up, Chloe dreamed of following in her grandparents’ footsteps as entertainment insiders – her grandmother was a pioneer in the Montreal Burlesque scene and her grandfather worked behind-the-scenes for a news station. After completing a degree in psychology from McGill University, Chloe’s strong interest for science lead her to pursue a degree in nursing. While in school, Chloe hosted THE DAILY BRIEF, a current events web series for AskMen.com, which reignited her desire to work in the entertainment industry. With a passion for music festivals and concerts like, Osheaga, Cavendish, and Bonnaroo, as well as, musical influences including Kygo, Halsey, Chet Faker, X Ambassadors, and Flume, Chloe ultimately decided to put her nursing career on hold, relocate to Toronto, and start a new chapter in her life in front of the camera.
Chloe immerses herself in all-things pop culture and is hoping to one day snag a dream interview with the likes of Meryl Streep, Ellen DeGeneres, Tina Fey, Angelina Jolie, and the cast of Friends, if ever they reunite.
SHAMELESS MAYA: YOUTUBE STAR
Maya Washington is a multifaceted Actor, Creative Producer and YouTube Star. “What would happen if I shamelessly promoted myself for 365 days?” was the question and social media experiment marking the start of Maya’s online self-discovery back in 2012. Maya has since amassed over 68 Million views and more than 900,000 subscribers on YouTube. While combining her passions for performance, technology, beauty and personal growth, Maya has created a shameless lifestyle for her audience to live by. Through the creation of her production company, House of Shameless, Maya continues to inspire millions of viewers to abandon shame and fear in order to live out their dreams.
REBECCA BLACK: PERFORMER & SPEAKER
Rebecca Black first catapulted to international stardom in 2011 when a music video the then 13-year-old created to share with her friends and family went viral nearly overnight. “Friday” was viewed by hundreds of millions of people and became the fastest growing viral video, ranking No. 1 on YouTube in 2011. Later that year, Rebecca’s positive attitude and charismatic personality landed her the title of “Choice Web Star” at the Teen Choice Awards. Her viral fame led to many appearances on TV chat shows as well as a guest starring role in Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night” music video and “Friday” went on to be covered by high profile celebrities like Justin Bieber and on Fox’s popular television show Glee. While the singer-songwriter became a household name when she was just child, that was only the beginning of her story.
Rebecca has spent the last few years writing, creating and producing content for her sophisticated digital audience – including over 1 million YouTube subscribers – sharing her thoughts on music, beauty, travel and more. She produces them herself and is always finding creative ways to engage, entertain and inform her fans.
Her journey hasn’t always been easy, but Black, armed with belief in her talent, recognized her opportunities and used her skills, smarts and creative prowess to tell stories from her unique perspective. Her message is one of self-confidence, strength and believing in yourself – something she’s keen to share with her community. Older, wiser and confident in her talent, Black is excited to finally share her original music and herself with the world – on her terms.
ALX VELIZ: PERFORMER
Alx Veliz is an artist whose emergence comes at a great time in music – a time when dancing rules, where cultures embrace, and when optimism rides high. Alx Veliz brings an electrifying, synth-driven pop with Latin rhythm which calls to one’s heart. More than that, Dancing Kizomba is a declaration and a call to the dancefloor.Alx Veliz and his music are products of the multicultural fabric of Toronto, a blend of histories, renewals, and currents. As he says, “in a society with various cultures, upbringing and dialects there is one thing we all have in common: love. I’ve always been a hopeless romantic so it was only right for the dominant theme in my music to be just that, love.”
Coming from a musical family (on his mother’s side, nearly everyone sings, plays, and writes), it was nearly predetermined that Alx Veliz would too find his artistic heart. That music would become a consuming passion asserted itself early and has never diminished. As a child, Veliz couldn’t sit in church, being inspired to sing and dance amid the pews. Years later, he naturally went on to lead the band at service. At age 10, he was writing music and rapping. Over the next couple of years, Veliz added the rhythmic fundamentals of bass and drums to his repertoire and went on to hone his skills as a producer while still a teen.
NATALIE PANEK: LIKE A GIRL BOSS PANELIST
Natalie is the 2013 recipient of the University of Calgary Graduate of the Last Decade Award and the Northern Lights Award Foundation 2013 Rising Star in aerospace. She was also named one of CBC’s 12 young leaders changing Canada, a WXN Top 100 award winner in 2014, on Forbes 30 under 30 in 2015, and one of Flare Magazine’s inaugural 30 under 30 in 2015. Natalie was also recently named a member of the prestigious Explorer’s Club and Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society.
MEREDITH SHAW: SPEAKER
Meredith Shaw is a creative force & curvy style authority. She first made her mark in Canada as an award-winning singer/songwriter and now can be heard daily on 104.5 Chum FM & iheart radio Canada, seen regularly as a style expert on CTV’s The Social, The Marilyn Denis Show and Your Morning and read monthly in Canadian Living Magazine as the creator of Canada’s only plus size style column #WeTheCurvy. Meredith’s modeling career has landed her campaigns for Eloquii, Hudson’s Bay, Sears, Penningtons & Calista Bridal, multiple national television appearances, walking the runway at Toronto Fashion Week, working with Ashley Graham to model her lingerie line for AdditionElle and a cover on Canada’s curvy fashion bible: Dare Magazine. Meredith cares deeply about issues effecting women and girls and works closely with Girls Inc., Girl Talk Empowerment and Shoppers Drug Mart Run For Women. Despite a hectic schedule, she remains full of energy, quick to smile and is always ready to help someone wanting to follow in her footsteps.
TAYLOR LINDSAY-NOEL: SPEAKER
Taylor Lindsay-Noel is a passionate and enthusiastic 23-year-old Toronto, Canada native. After a gymnastics accident left her a quadriplegic in 2008, she sought out a new medium to express herself. That inevitably led to her discovery and love affair with words and the immense power they wield. She is currently finding the balance of being a writer, motivational speaker, podcaster, recent university graduate and soul-searching young adult.
SHERIKA POWELL: SPEAKER
Sherika Powell is on a purpose driven journey! Her passion is encouraging and helping women reach their full potential. She believes we can go from surviving our adversities to thriving through them anything is possible with faith. Sherika Powell not only has a heart for women and girl empowerment, she is also a child abuse survivor. Her mission is to break the silence from this epidemic that continues to plague our society. As a speaker her mission is to share her journey and encourage others that they too can strive to live their BEST life! Sherika’s many platforms consists of , Motivational Speaking, Amazon Best Selling Author of “A Woman Unchained”. As well as her latest platform, Rogers TV Talk Show Host of “Women on the Rise” in Durham Region, Ontario. Sherika is also a recipient of the award for the Top 100 Black Women To Watch In Canada by CIBWE in 2016.