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FabCollab is a Toronto-based arts presenter founded in 2020 by five Toronto performers and arts advocates passionate about presenting and amplifying global music and dance, and facilitating new collaborations between diverse artists.
Today, FabCollab has presented or collaborated with over 200 artists and arts professionals from a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines, and continues to spotlight minority voices with a focus on BIPOC women and gender-diverse artists.
Executive and Artistic Director (Co-Founder)
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.
Creative Director (Co-Founder)
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 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 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.
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.
Marketing and Digital Communications Lead
Alina Kuzma is a musician and arts manager, specializing in marketing and project coordinating, and works to create unifying cultural experiences. She has worked in the US and Canada with municipal arts foundations, large performing arts companies and educational institutions. With independent artists and grassroots projects, she has planned events, tours and the founding of organizations. Alina holds a certificate in Arts Management from Toronto’s Humber College.
Past Team Members
Digital Communications Assistant
Marketing and Design Intern
Completed internship Dec 2021
Board of Directors
Blues Singer and Activist
Linear and Interactive
Marketing Strategist and Event Planner
Executive Director, Scarborough Arts
Wealth Management Finance, RBC
Ventanas House Band
Oud and Keys
Upright, Electric and Basse Veena
Violin and Viola
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