Performing Artists of Montreal's Dîner en Blanc 2019
Once again Diner en Blanc Montreal was a huge success and we owe a huge thank you to our entertainers who helped set the tone for our great time.
DJ ZO is a Montreal DJ, with more than 30 years of experience. Originally from Madagascar, he grew up and mixed on both sides of the Atlantic, also in Switzerland and now in Canada. He currently works 5 evenings per week in 5 of the most prestigious establishments in the city: Maison St Paul, Seasalt, La Societe, King Crab, Marcus Four Seasons, when he's not on a trip for his bookings (Toronto, New York, Miami, Tokyo, Sao Paulo, Rio, Curitiba, Parati, Geneva, Sicily). He is also very influential in clubs as well as in corporate, cultural and artistics events (partys corpos, openings, product launches, multimedia,
fashions and trends).
Among its regular clients: L'OREAL, HOLT RENFREW OGILVY, OVEN SEASONS, BALNEA, BOTA BOTA BOTA, WHITE DINNER, VIDEOTRON, ROGERS, BELL, OLIVE & GOURMANDO, MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, MUSÉE DES BEAUX ARTS, LIGHTSPEED, JAZZ BALLET MONTRÉAL, DEVELOPMENT MCGILL, AUBERGE SAINT GABRIEL and many others.
SaxoTom (Thomas Nolte) came to Darmstadt to study electrical engineering at the University of Darmstadt. He has been playing the saxophone since the age of 13. As a member of various music formations, he played dance music by composers such as Gershwin, Glenn Miller and Willy Berking at many events in the 1980s. With the big band "Los Colombinos" from Marburg he accompanied dance tournaments up to the European Championship of the S-class.
The enthusiasm for swing, pop, dance music and musical melodies is noticeable. Since several years SaxoTom plays an extensive solo program with titles like Wind of Change, Hello, Father and Son, When You Say Nothing At All, Frauen regiern die Welt, Sexual Healing or The Lions Sleeps Tonight. The program ranges from Elvis to Michael Jackson, Kenny G to Simply Red. Internationally he played at several Diner en Blanc Events, f.e. Paris, New York and Montreal.
illuzaö is a circus compagny active since 2001 and specialized in stilts, fire & pyrotechnics, interactives installations, puppets and characters for animations. Over the years, illuzaö has created a great selections of unique acts and characters. A collaboration is also made with skilled artists to expand the range of propositions offered.
A few collaboration :
National Parade Comity, La Plage des Six Pompes Festival in Switzerland, Festival de Théâtre de Rue de Lachine, Les Sages Fous, Nomadurbains, Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Éloïze, Chasseurs de Rêves, Festival d’Été de Québec, Festival Juste Pour Rire, Linz Festival Pflasterspektakel, etc.
Dominic Lacasse / Circus Company was created in 2011. However, Dominic has more than 23 years of experience in events. He made himself known internationally through his unique performance The Flag Man (2 Guinness World Records, several international awards, appearance at The Ellen Degeneres show ...). Dominic develops shows and performances with his wife Karen and his artistic team and then offers these performances around the world. At the Dîner en Blanc of Montreal 2019, the company was represented by Karen Goudreault and Dominic Lacasse in the following performances: Stilt Walker / Wings, The Flag Man and Aerial Silk.
Coming from the world of music, Félix Imbault is a multidisciplinary artist who specializes not only in percussion, but also in clown art, stilts, youth shows and street theater. Moving between reason, madness and dreams, he is an artist who knows how to reach his audience where he is and he knows how to make you live magical and surprising moments coming from his unique universe.
Morgane Conessa is a multidisciplinary artist active in Montreal and other regions of Quebec. Trained as a trumpet player, she has been performing for more than 10 years in the music business. More recently, she has become more professional in the world of animation, and more particularly in stilt animation.
Melsha is a professionnal fire performer since 20 years now. She made tours in Europe, Japan an South America, and performed for Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Éloize and many festivals: Festival de Jazz, Festival Juste Pour Rire, etc. She is also Sommelière and work for SAQ!
Ukpöng “Mr. Pöng” Etang
Ukpöng “Mr. Pöng” Etang is an artist like you’ve never seen or heard before! His instrument of choice is the Steelpan, originating from the twin islands of Trinidad & Tobago.
This creative musician started playing the Piano at age seven and was introduced to the Steelpan at age nine. After years of honing his skills in a Steelband setting with Salah's Steelpan Academy, Ukpöng decided he wanted to take a try at performing as a soloist in the metros of Montreal, for commuters. It's through his experiences performing underground in the subways that "Mr. Pöng" came to be and an entrepreneurial venture was born!
Today, Mr. Pöng is self-employed, performing at gigs throughout the city. He has also performed in Ottawa, Toronto, and Boston! He still plays in the metros when he can because sharing his passion for the Steelpan, with as many people as possible, is very important to him! He feels privileged to be a part of the movement for the advancement and celebration of the Steelpan community at large, and takes this very seriously! You might be lucky enough to catch him performing at your next private function, corporate event, community gathering or wedding! He is always expanding his repertoire of songs and genres to cover. That said, he is more than a cover artist! Be on the lookout for
collaborations with other artists as well as his first original project in the near future!
At 13, she gave her first fitness class. In a short time, she managed to make a name for herself among several dance schools and fitness centres in Montreal.
Since then, she has been teaching Zumba, Insanity, Piyo, Flamenco, Turbokick, Cize Live.
With Yeli, you will have a wide variety of training sessions, effective and FUN sessions at the same time, a lot of fun, it's guaranteed!
Rodolfo made his first steps in the field of dance when he participated in various corporate events, festivals and television shows in Mexico. He started dancing salsa in 2004 and fell in love with it. He then decided to take classes and became a true professional dancer, which gave him the honour of being part of several major shows in Montreal.
Today, he teaches salsa, flamenco and bachata classes. Go ahead, his wiggle is incredible!
Yelitza and Rodolfo opened Mambo Fit Studio in 2015. A dance and fitness centre located on the plateau Mont-Royal. It offers you the widest variety of group courses in the city.
Katmelo, has been an fire artist for the last 20 years, she did a lot for corporate events, private shows of all kind, big festival and Cirque du Soleil! She is also a circus coach for the advance levels. Katmelo love to travel, but she is mainly a women who loves to dance on all kind of music, she loves people, partys and celebrations and she’s got no problem to manipulate fire around her. She hypnotise you with her mouvements, fallowed by her boby, and it s like if she puts a spell on you with her eyes and makes you travel into another reality!
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