We have an incredible line up of speakers and performers to round out your experience at Halal Food Fest TO!
Tae Kwon Do Demonstration, Main Stage, May 22 @ 3:30pm
Martial artist Saud Juman has dedicated over 20 years into his training as an internationally certified black belt in taekwon-do. Saud received his black belt under his teacher, 8th degree black belt holder Master Seymour Creighton. Saud is the head instructor at Energy Athletics, an organization committed to teaching authentic martial arts fused with Islamic character development. As he puts, "We teach our students martial arts with an Islamic Twist". Saud continues to train in taekwon-do everyday and brings the discipline and beauty of martial arts and Islam into his life as a father, husband and entrepreneur. For more information, visit Energy Athletics.
Hodan Nalayeh is a change maker, known for her commitment to self empowerment, entrepreneurship, and Somali communities. She is a passionate Journalist who is the Founder/Host of the First English TV for Somalis, Integration TV. A popular Keynote Speaker & Host at events, Hodan is currently working on her first book to be released this year.
Performance, Main Stage, May 21 @ 7pm
Aman Ali is an award winning storyteller in New York City and one of the most engaging social media personalities in the Muslim community today. His passionate and animated tales he regularly posts to Facebook continue to go viral by the thousands daily.
He is also one of the only young American Muslims in the public spotlight today. He's made appearances on dozens of media outlets such as the New York Times, CNN, NBC News, HBO, BBC, and NPR to talk about the shenanigans of being an awkward brown kid from Ohio.
He is currently the co-director of the documentary "Two Gods" about a group of Muslim morticians trying to stop gang violence in Newark, New Jersey. The film was featured at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and continues to garner buzz in the industry.
He was recently named by YouTube and Google as a "Content Creator to Watch" for his channel "Homegrown Homies," a storytelling channel telling human stories about the Muslim community.
He first shot to fame for being the co-creator of the social media phenomenon 30 Mosques in 30 Days, a 25,000 mile road trip he took to all 50 states in the U.S. with the mission of telling groundbreaking and profound stories about Muslims in America.
Amanda Saab is a social worker, passionate home cook and food blogger at amandasplate.com. She was most recently seen on MasterChef 6 on Fox, competing with the best home cooks in the country! Amanda's recipes have been featured on the Huffington Post, Seattle Magazine, The Feed Feed, James Beard Foundation and The Detroit News. Amanda loves combining traditional Mediterranean flavours with American classics. She especially loves pastry! Amanda Saab completed her Masters Degree in Social Work at Wayne State University before moving to Seattle with her husband, Hussein.
Shakil Akram Khan
Islamic Geometric Design Mural
Shakil Akram Khan is a self-taught Canadian engineer turned artist creating modern Islamic geometric art based on tessellations of square kufic calligraphy. Inspired by the tessellation artist M.C. Escher he has developed a great passion for creating and teaching mathematical and geometrical art. His artwork has been selected in over twenty-five juried exhibitions and is he is active in giving lectures and workshops in Islamic and geometric art.
Nasheed Perormance, Main Stage, May 21 @ 6:30pm
Mustaqeem is an up and coming contemporary acapella Nasheed group. Brothers Jibreel and Bilal write and produce all their original songs. Find their first original CD (which includes their brother Yaseen) on iTunes. Watch them on their YouTube channel MustaqeemOfficial and follow them on their Face Book page MUSTAQEEM and Instagram @MustaqeemOfficial