Maneesa Veeravel | VIBE Spotlight

This is VIBE Spotlight: a weekly series that celebrates and shines a light on VIBE Arts’ roster of talented artists. Each Monday, our Instagram and website feature a different VIBE Artist and provide a look into their craft. Stay tuned and get to know the diverse talent that makes up our organization and community with #VIBESpotlight.

On this VIBE Spotlight, we’re shining a light on Maneesa Veeravel, an artist working in acrylic, ink and mixed media on VIBE’s emerging artist roster.  

VIBE: What has been one of your favourite moments while being on the VIBE roster?

Maneesa: While being on the VIBE roster I got to offer poetry and movement workshops for toddlers with The 519. It was very fulfilling to be working with the 519 after 7 years. This organization supported me and my peers when we were in high school so it meant so much to be reconnected.

 

VIBE: What has been one of your greatest accomplishments to date?

Maneesa: One of my greatest accomplishments to date was when WAVAW chose one of my ink pieces as a front cover for their Recognition zine. It is an especially proud moment for me because my art commemorating victims of gender based violence ended up being on the cover for a zine that amplified trans and queer writing on sexual harm. This opportunity deepened my relationship with myself and my artwork as a survivor, I also published and performed a couple poems in the zine which was very empowering.

 

VIBE: Is there anything you are currently working on that you would like to share?

Maneesa: I just published a new webshop and I would love to share it with everyone for prints, stickers, magnets, commissions or collaborations!

 

VIBE: What is one of the greatest lessons you have learned thus far?

Maneesa: One of the greatest lessons I have learned thus far is that belonging starts within.

 

VIBE: What are some of your future goals? 

Maneesa: My most important goal is to gain a strong sense of stability and regulation through creating. I am looking to consistently play and learn throughout life. I hope to explore new avenues and mediums like digital animation and documentary filmmaking.

 

VIBE: What changes would you like to see in Toronto’s Art community?

Maneesa: I would love to see more process based opportunities rather than project based initiatives in Toronto’s art community.

 

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Ruben ‘Beny’ Esguerra | VIBE Spotlight

This is VIBE Spotlight: a weekly series that celebrates and shines a light on VIBE Arts’ roster of talented artists. Each Monday, our Instagram and website feature a different VIBE Artist and provide a look into their craft. Stay tuned and get to know the diverse talent that makes up our organization and community with #VIBESpotlight.

On this VIBE Spotlight, we’re shining a light on Ruben ‘Beny’ Esguerra, a music and spoken word artist and educator on the VIBE Artist Roster. Since last fall, Ruben has delivered digital music programming to over 100 children and youth across the GTA through VIBE’s Art Beats program.   

Far left is a quote that reads "Sharpen your chosen skills and live within the means that your chosen skills provide." Middle image is an image of Ruben on stage lifting his right arm up. Far right is an image of Ruben in front of a microphone, wearing a bright yellow shirt.

VIBE: Is there anything you are currently working on that you would like to share?

Ruben: My upcoming album–A New Tradition VOL 3–combines spoken word and hip hop with Latin rhythms and melodies set to be released in the fall of 2021.

 

VIBE: What has been one of your greatest accomplishments to date?

Ruben: Balancing a career as a freelance artist, musician, arts educator, community worker and full-time father to three talented children. Career accomplishments include: A 2018 JUNO nomination for World Music Album of the Year and recently honoured with the Ontario Arts Foundation Artist Educator Award given annually to an Ontario resident who exemplifies excellence in arts education and continues to maintain an active arts practice.

 

VIBE: What has been one of your favourite moments while being on the VIBE roster?

Ruben: Safely delivering virtual Beat Making workshops to schools, libraries, detention centres, shelters and community centres in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

VIBE: What is one of the greatest lessons you have learned thus far?

Ruben: Sharpen your chosen skills and live within the means that your chosen skills provide.

 

VIBE: What are some of your future goals? 

Ruben: Continue the path I’m on.

 

VIBE: What changes would you like to see in Toronto’s Art community?

Ruben: More initiatives that work towards a Universal Basic Income for independent artists and arts educators.

 

Support Ruben: Instagram: @newtraditionmusic | Facebook: New Tradition Music & @BenyEsguerra | Website: www.newtraditionmusic.com

 

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