Celebrating Film’s Local Heroes by Norm Wilner

Whether onscreen or off, these people helped change the landscape of the film scene, and the effects will be felt for years to come


T.O.’s Most Inspirational Women: Amanda Parris  by Catherine Hernandez

A look at 12 incredible Torontonians who conquered 2018 by making a difference through their work and inspiring people all across our city and country.


#HowIMadeIt: Amanda Parris, TV and Radio Host

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Amanda Parris discusses Other Side of the Game.

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Interview: Q&A with Other Side of the Game’s Amanda Parris

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Interview: Other Side of the Game’s Amanda Parris

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5 Questions with Amanda Parris About Her Play Other Side of the Game

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CBC Host Amanda Parris with Lisa Nicole Bell

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Season Finale: An Interview with Amanda Parris

“In which we talk to Amanda Parris about the magic of art, the importance of guac, and whether Canadian art can be made great again.” To listen to the podcast, please click here:


Amanda Parris: A Star is Born by Priya Ramanujam

When Amanda Parris first started as host of the Canadian Broadcast Corporation’s “Exhibitionists”, it was like starting from the bottom all over again. To read more, please click:


Local Hero: Amanda Parris Returns with Marvin’s Room and Exhibitionists by Chaka V. Grier

“It’s been a big year for Amanda Parris. Her second season as host of CBC TV’s Exhibitionists started October 9, she debuted her R&B-focused CBC Radio 2 show Marvin’s Room, which returns on Friday (November 4), and she co-hosted this year’s Polaris Prize gala. Parris is also the co-founder of Lost Lyrics, an alternative education organization. She talks to NOW about exploring Canada through the lens of some of our most daring artists, the powerful history of R&B and what keeps her inspired…” To read more, please click:


Amanda Parris: 8 Books That Changed My Life

“It’s unclear when Amanda Parris finds time to sleep. On top of hosting two CBC shows –Exhibitionists on CBC-TV and the newly launched music program Marvin’s Room on CBC Radio 2, she’s also an actor, playwright, producer and – most importantly – an avid reader. In her own words, the multi-talented artist reflects on the eight books that have changed her life, from the magic realist tale she cancelled meetings to read to the classic she couldn’t stand…” To read more, please click:


Let’s Talk About Lemonade with Matt Galloway

Amanda Parris, host of CBC Arts’ Exhibitionists, sat down to talk about what Beyonce’s new album means to her as a black woman. To listen and watch, please click:


Respectfully Washed featuring Amanda Parris

On this week’s #GYALCAST @JaeFiasco & @Griergxsm talk clickbait headlines, chemistry and adding some colour to Canadian media with CBC Host & Playwright Amanda Parris! To listen, please click:


CBC Exhibitionists Amanda Parris Leads Keynote Address for South Etobicoke Youth Assembly’s International Women’s Day Luncheon By Tamara Shepherd

“Desperately wanting to straighten her curly hair consumed Amanda Parris’ thoughts as a black teenager in England. Parris read Sweet Valley High books, mesmerized by the author’s poetic descriptions of the female characters’ long, flowing blond locks. Parris’ mother set her hair every morning before school in two or three large braids. One day, a female classmate asked why Parris’ hair “stuck out”. “I thought gravity was a law. Why doesn’t your hair follow the law?” the girl asked…” To read more, please click:


The New Black: Challenging Musical Tropes by Ryan Parker

“On Saturday, February 20th, The Music Gallery hosted a panel discussion on the contemporary idea of what black music is, what it looks like and feels like. It featured moderator Alanna Stuart (Bonjay), alongside Val-Inc, Witch Prophet, Garvia Bailey (JazzFM) and Amanda Parris (CBC). The two hour discussion was lively, positive, and people walked away feeling inspired. You can now watch the discussion in the video above…” To read more, please click here:


Amanda Parris, Host of CBC Arts’ Exhibitionists Takes the Proust Questionnaire by Leah Collins

“Ask Amanda Parris what she does, and here’s what’ll be running through her mind: “Hmmm. Which answer will I give you today…” Parris is an actor, a playwright, a producer and an academic. She’s an educator, too — a former managing director of The Remix Project, a Toronto cultural organization that helps at-risk youth, and the co-founder of Lost Lyrics, a program offering alternative education through the arts. One more title for you, an answer to that quintessential question: Parris is the host of Exhibitionists, the arts and culture show premiering on Oct. 4 on CBC….” To read more, please click:


Playwright, Educator, Change Maker: Amanda Parris 

Aged just 29-years-old, Amanda Parris is already making an impact that exceeds what might be expected of someone her age. Born in England to a Grenadian mother, Amanda’s move to Canada as a young adolescent opened up a new world of opportunities. To read more, please click:


Piece of Mine Festival Worth More Than the Ticket Price by Cameron DaSilva

“Other Side of the Game, written by Amanda Parris and Keisha Monique, began the evening. With a simple set, including lights, four chairs and Monique delivering narration, Amanda Parris, alongside Ania Soul, Kayla Carter and Shomari Downer, clearly demonstrated the current struggle many individuals and families in the black community face…” To read more, please click:


Youth activist/artist wins Michaëlle Jean Bursary by Ron Fanfair

Visiting Kenya five years ago was enlightening and eye-opening in a few ways for youth activist and artist, Amanda Parris. As an exchange student in the International Emerging Leaders program, Parris had an opportunity for three weeks to share the same living space with her hosts and interact with other incredible young women…” To read more, please click:


William Waters Scholarship Recipient Amanda Parris Aims to Help Marginalized Youth by Fred Michah Rynor

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Aneemah’s Spot Touches on Violence, Death and Loyalty by Kiah Welsh

“If you are looking for a theatre production with raw emotion, self-reflection, and overall food for thought, Aneemah’s Spot is a play worth going to see. It’s a theatrical mix of dialogue, rhyme and spoken word that draws on the heart’s strings revealing issues about violence, death, and loyalty…” To read more, please click:


Reviews: SummerWorks 2012 by Donna G

“The moment she steps onto the stage, you can feel the worries and exhaustion that cloud Amanda Parris’ character Aneemah, as she takes off her shoes and sits down on the couch in her apartment. Soon, she is joined by Wan (Araya Mengesha), but not before director, Dian Marie Bridge gives us time to absorb Aneemah’s silent burden. And there are more moments of silence in this play, moments that ring true when the situation concerns people on the day of a friend’s funeral…” (To read more, please click here:


Aneemah’s Spot – “Authentic, Entertaining and Moving as Hell”

Now if you’re like me, reading the words “spoken word” in a synopsis immediately fills you with apprehension. So let’s get this out of the way right now – ANEEMAH’S SPOT is a theatre-going experience that is authentic, entertaining and moving as hell.  The writing (by Motion) is exceptional.  Haunting performances by Amanda Parris (as Aneemah) and Araya Mengesha (as Wan) prove their talent as young actors, but also point to the skill and vision of director Dian Marie Bridge. ” (To read more, please click:


Aneemah’s Spot by Kyle Capstick

As the lights dimmed to blackout for the beginning of the show, I heard an audience member behind me whisper to his friends, ‘this show is intense’, and it was. The production engaged me from the first subtle moments.” (To read more, please click:


Aneemah’s Spot 2012 SummerWorks Review by Tavish McGregor

A play about gun violence in Toronto is now more than timely. But Aneemah’s Spot, produced by MotionLive and Cric Crac Collective for this year’s SummerWorks  festival, elevates the discussion of this hot button issue beyond mere polemics. Through the eyes of two vivid characters, it looks at the complicated ways that art and love stay afloat in the wake of tragedy…” (To read more, please click:


Aneemah’s Spot Mini-Review by Glenn Sumi

There’s a timeliness to MOTION’s two-hander about a poet and an emcee grieving the violent death of a childhood friend. What the play lacks in dramatic beats and structure it more than makes up for in the power of its poetry and the deeply felt performances by actors Araya Mengesha and Amanda Parris. The evocative soundtrack helps establish various moods, too.


Lost Lyrics Hosts Alternative Education Conference by Tendisai Cromwell

“This past weekend, the alternative education initiative Lost Lyrics hosted the conference The Roots of the Rose which marked their five-year anniversary. On Saturday June 2, Ryerson University’s Student Learning Centre was bustling with attendees eager to share in the discussion on the symposium’s theme: Building an Alternative Education Movement. Ideas were shared through workshops and lectures on hip hop education, indigenous knowledge, understanding money, gender and race, among other topics….” (To read more, please click here:


Building an Alternative Education Movement by David Seitz

“Lost Lyrics works with youth in the city’s Jane-Finch and Malvern neighbourhoods, making space for artistic and leadership development and critical conversations about social issues. But with its focus on the concept and practice of alternative education, the organization goes beyond fashionable programming trends. The upcoming conference creates space for conversation about how education in Toronto links up with a broad, radical vision of social justice, says Amanda Parris, who co-founded Lost Lyrics with Natasha Daniel….” (To read more, please click here:


Scattered Homelands Unite Artists by Noel Ransome

The sensations, emotions and perceptions that come with the status of “foreigner” is something we’ve all experienced in some form, whether we go by its literal meaning or not. It’s those moments when you find yourself in an unfamiliar place or environment, where the safe havens and traditions you were used to seeing no longer apply. There are many ways to illustrate this sense of displacement, but nothing can beat the very real impact of experiencing these emotions face to face. It’s one of the many messages T-Dot Renaissance tried to convey through its Diasporic Journeys art installation, where guests were voluntarily asked to witness and go through a varied amount of feelings and experiences within a single intimate venue…” (To read more, please click here:


Profile: Amanda Parris (Wombmanifesto) by Emily Mills

Congrats on your role with Manifesto. Can you briefly tell us what you do and how you’re contributing to the festival this year? Thank you for the congratulations.  I was brought on to the Manifesto Team this year to help shape the creative vision for the inaugral Wombmanifesto showcase.  Wombmanifesto: The Rebirth is the first ever celebration of women and trans artists in Hip Hop culture happening at the Manifesto Festival in Toronto….” (To read more, please click here:


Tough Talk in a Tough Town by Ashante Infantry

You have to figure Friday evenings as prime time for teens, who have any number of ways to while away the end of the week. Any program that has them back in a classroom when their peers are out on the town must be something special.  A dozen or so youths from Malvern and Jane-Finch kick off their weekends on post-secondary campuses downtown, reflecting on their lives, as participants in Lost Lyrics, a program that uses arts (theatre, dance, poetry, film and music) to reach students who struggle in the education system and can wind up labeled as having behavioural problems….” (To read more, please click here:–tough-talk-ina-tough-town?fb_action_ids=10100972130305360&fb_action_types=og.recommends&fb_source=aggregation&fb_aggregation_id=288381481237582)


Gaining Influence Step by Step: Young Leaders Talk About Following Their Passions by Yonge Street Staff

Leadership isn’t about titles, or how big your organization is, it’s about influence…That was one of the ideas that came out of Yonge Street’s March 22 panel on the city’s emerging young leaders. “If you think about leadership in that capacity, there’s no problem too big,” Salima Rawji, co-chair of theEmerging Leaders Network, told the audience gathered at ING Direct Café…” (To read more, please click here:


Community Connex: Lost Lyrics Launches Saturday Workshops by True Daley

“In 2006, gun violence was at an all-time high in Toronto’s low-income neighbourhoods. Dubbed, “The Summer of the Gun” by mainstream media, local citizens were desperate for new resolutions to a growing crisis. It was also around this time, best friends Amanda Parris and Natasha Daniel, felt the desire to support youth who were falling through the cracks of the municipal school system. They instinctively drew on their mutual passions of hip hop culture and human rights to create Lost Lyrics…(To Read More, please click here:


Q&A with Community Arts Organizer Amanda Parris by Samuel Getachew

“Amanda Parris is behind many inspiring initiatives throughout Toronto. From the Remix Project, a youth-led urban arts organization, to being a co-founder of Lost Lyrics, the Trethewey resident is making a name for herself. Sway catches up with the York University graduate as she reflects on her work as well as Black History Month…” (To read more, please click here:


Think Outside of the Gift-Giving Box this Holiday Season by Tendisai Cromwell

“Infuse meaning into gift giving by supporting the local artists and independent businesses that give Toronto its eclectic character. Perhaps you should take a tip from Amanda Parris. As the co-founder of the youth arts program, Lost Lyrics and with numerous theatrical performances, Parris is a familiar and beloved face in the urban arts scene.  Parris says that she is surrounded by incredibly creative people whose artistic works are often overlooked as potential gifts.” (To read more, please click here:


Unsung Heroes of the Third City by Simon Black

“2011 will be remembered as the year when inequality moved from the margins to the mainstream of public discourse. No longer just the purview of anti-poverty activists, progressive economists and the political left, this year figures as unlikely as Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney felt pushed to publicly acknowledge the widening gap between the rich and the rest, or as the Occupy movement has put it: the 1 per cent and the 99.  In Ontario, the loss of high-paying manufacturing jobs, the growth of precarious employment, the dismantling of the social safety net, and the weakening of a trade union movement that once was a strong force for a more egalitarian society have allowed inequality and poverty to grow relatively unchecked for close to three decades….” (To read more, please click here:–unsung-heroes-of-the-third-city)


The We Generation: Getting Kids to Give Back Hosted by Cheryl Jackson

When is the best time to teach your kids about giving back to community? Our experts have lots of experience with kid activists and have great advice…” (To view the episode, please click here:


This is the Remix by Alison Isaac

“Relatively speaking, Toronto is not a city known for successful urban (read: hip-hop) acts. Nonetheless, in the heart of the city there’s a space open to those willing to take a chance. The Remix Project is open to youth aged 16–22 who are interested in pursuing careers in urban arts. About more than becoming the next big rapper, Remix uses hip-hop as an engagement tool and gives aspiring artists and entrepreneurs practical tools to turn dreams into goals, and goals into reality. Amanda Parris, in charge of outreach and community partnerships for Remix, has been working with the project for almost two years. “It’s been really incredible to see someone come in with just a hint of something they’re sort of interested in and go from that to building a concrete plan, and see real, tangible things come out of it,” she says…” (To read more, please click here:


The New Racism Hosted by Cheryl Jackson

There may be less overt racism in our society, but it still exists. The panel discusses how parents and educators can identify the subtler forms of racism that kids experience, and what they can do about it…” (To view the episode, please click here:


Educating & Inspiring Through the Arts by Shauna Trainor

“Amanda Parris is working to redefine Toronto as an educator, a student, an artist, and a revolutionary. She is the Co-Founder of Lost Lyrics, a mobile and innovative education movement that empowers youths to create a bridge of knowledge between the streets and the classroom…” (To read more, please click here:


Amanda Parris – Woman with a Story by Pauleanna Reid

I met amanada three years ago when I was a student of the Remix Project. I can’t even begin to tell you how blessed I am to know this woman. She has inspired me in so many ways and is always a guiding light when I need assistance professsionally or personally. In the beginning of 2011 I went to see her one woman play called 32C. It was a moment to rememeber and I cried like a baby through most of the show as she poured her heart out in each action and every word. What I love about amanda is that she wears her heart on her sleeve and is extremely passionate in everything that she does…” (To read more, please click here:


Help Wanted: More People like Amanda Parris by Andrea

Where were you when you were 25? If you’re not 25 yet, where do you want to be when you get there? I’ll tell you one thing, after meeting Amanda Parris, what you thought you wanted will change. Born in London, England, with Grenadian and Venezuelan roots, Amanda grew up with just her mummy. At 10 years old the two of them left England and an incredible amount of family in the heart of London to relocate to Malvern, Scarborough. Talk about culture shock…” (To read more, please click here:


Profile by Martha Diaz

A multimedia research project currently being incubated at the Hip-Hop Education Center at NYU’s Metro Center, Fresh, Bold, & So Def: Women In Hip-Hop Changing The Game was created to empower and cultivate women in Hip-Hop through a social enterprise solution’s model that is both educational and entrepreneurial. The objective is to promote positive images and motivational stories of powerful women in diverse roles and leadership positions within Hip-Hop culture through an educational resource book that can be used in classrooms, libraries, museums, community centers, forums, employment centers, and correctional facilities…” (To read more, please click here:


Stream of Consciousness: Karma Camera Looks at Black History Month by Sarah Taylor

Like many people I have mixed emotions towards Black History Month. Dedicating just one month out of the year to Black History seems ridiculous. However, I do feel that it serves to remind us how much more needs to be done towards our struggles to achieve equality, peace, and systematic change. I wanted to engage, invigorate and explore what it really takes for us to personally affect the positive change we want to see in our communities and in the world. I had some passionate conversations with dedicated people whose own stories have inspired their tireless work educating young people on the importance of understanding where you’ve been before you can determine where you’re going. The hope is that no matter what colour our skin is or where we were born we are headed towards freedom…” (To see accompanying video, please click here: