The panel was moderated by Pull Up!, a collective founded and led by Toronto-based DJs and creatives, Lovebonez and Fresh Moses. Pull Up! will be speaking with Joelle White (Girls Need Love), IMVNZI (KIF Radio), and Sovnd Cvrator (KIF Radio/Excuse My French). The moderators and panelists will be exploring the future of nightlife & live music, digital community building and strategies for creating impactful online music experiences.
IMVNZI (pronounced : IMANZI) is an open-format DJ that now calls Toronto his home. While making a name for himself in the Toronto night scene, he also co-hosts (alongside Sovnd Cvrator) a bi-weekly internet radio show called KIF Radio, showcasing the latest and hottest releases in Afrobeats and R&B. Moreover, he has recently been signed as the official DJ of “Reign Music” record label (a division of “Higher Reign Music Group”).
Joelle White is the Founder and driving force of Gxrls Need Love. Guided by her realization towards the lack of female representation in the Toronto music scene, White felt inspired to bring marginalized, talented women to the forefront. In December 2018, White launched the first-ever Gxrls Need Love playlist, which received a plethora of praise from her local community.
Sovnd Cvrator, Not your regular DJ! Bringing energy to the dance floor, he is the master sound curator through Afrobeats, R&B and Classic Hip Hop with a vast experience across the Toronto nightlife and party scene as the co-founder of Excuse My French 416 an event company created in 2014 with 2 other friends to cover the gap of African parties in the downtown core. They have held residency at Stori Aperitivo Bar, East 36, Socialite to name a few and he was also a weekly host and DJ at Come See Me. His passion for music is now taking him on the radio journey with a podcast called KIF Radio where he is hosting, alongside his fellow DJ IMVNZI, a bi-weekly music show playing sounds from the African diaspora around the world and the classics R&B tracks from the 90s to today’s hits.
Fresh Moses is an open format DJ from Toronto. Her passion for making you move your feet is undeniable as she seamlessly moves between contemporary tracks and the oldies you forgot you loved. Fresh Moses spins music that is an extension of the city she reps— cosmopolitan, vibrant and progressive. She is Co-Founder of Pull Up! which is a collective and event series that highlights the experiences of Black youth in alternative party spaces.
Lovebonez is an emerging Afro DJ whose experience and musical selections come from years of travelling and living in metropolises such as Washington, DC; London, UK; and Melbourne, AU. She is currently based in Toronto—where she also works as a freelance UX designer— but after vowing to break into international markets last summer, she played in LA, DC, and Johannesburg over the next six months. Lovebonez has a vast DJ resume in the GTA, having played in summer day parties in hip Kensington Market, late night hotel bars in the city’s Financial District, and the national NXNE festival. She is Co-Founder of Pull Up! which is a collective and event series that highlights the experiences of Black youth in alternative party spaces.
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