Our Mission

FabCollab is Toronto’s newest live music initiative. We aim to address the challenges facing the music and arts community as a result of the pandemic and are committed to amplifying minority and underrepresented groups, particularly BIPOC and female-identifying artists. Founded by five of Toronto’s key performing artists and arts advocates, FabCollab fosters artistic creation and collaboration with a focus on minority voices, at a time when unprecedented circumstances are keeping us physically apart. 

Our Team

Tamar Ilana

Executive Director

Tamar Ilana grew up singing on the road as the daughter of a travelling ethnomusicologist and is of Jewish, Indigenous, Romanian and Scottish descent. A pivotal presence in the Canadian music community and beyond, Tamar has been producing events for over a decade. She was one of the first Toronto-based artists to seized the opportunity afforded by live-streaming during the COVID-19 pandemic, successfully making the move to online as a presenter, performer and teacher. Tamar continues to push the Canadian music industry forward as a joyful pioneer of the digital space.

Ali Wasti

Creative Director

Ali Wasti has more than 12 years of hands-on experience in the fields of industrial design, product strategy, design process, and user experience design. He has led projects for Canada’s top banks, start-ups, and telcos; the oil and gas industry; and for the medical and transportation sectors. Ali has also taught design at the Information Technology University and sits on the board of SOS Children’s Villages Toronto.

Lia Grainger

Communications Director

Lia is a National Magazine Award-winning multimedia journalist with bylines in the Globe and Mail, National Post, The Walrus, The Atlantic, and many others. Lia also works as a professional dancer and arts producer, managing, presenting, and promoting music and dance across Canada and throughout Europe for much of the past decade.

Justin Gray

Sound Director

Justin Gray is a Canadian musician, producer, and engineer working across genres with artists such as Josh Groban, Hilario Duran Baba Maal, and Abida Parveen. He has been recognised by the Junos, Canadian Folk Music Awards, and Canadian Screen Awards  for his outstanding production and engineering work.

Michael Fisher

Video and Technical Director

Michael is an industry expert with more than 20 years of experience in the field. He has worked with world-renowned artists such as Heather Rankin, Ian Thomas, Marc Jordan, John McDermott, Jane Bunnett, Larnell Lewis, Robi Botos, and Monkey House across North America in video, lighting, audio, wireless technology, music, live streaming, online broadcasting and virtual events.

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