Spoke N' Heard

We are a collection of diverse thinkers/artists that provide

a platform for the voice of art in Toronto.



Who we are

Spoke N’ Heard is a collective of artists, entrepreneurs and social innovators, united by our passion for social change and community empowerment, with a focus on the holistic progression of humanity through the arts. This organisation was started out of a desire to provide youth/young adults with a safe space where they can share their stories and experiences. Through our events, programs and campaigns we aim to spread awareness regarding mental health stigmatisation and address issues of equity facing individuals from marginalised and racialized communities.

Community Partners 

We work with the following amazing community partners to get the word out, host events, workshops and programs, and make Spoke N’ Heard a reality. Without these resources, we wouldn’t be where we are today.

The Team


Founder & Director

Jordon ‘JV’ Veira was born in Toronto Ontario, in April of 1993, to an African Canadian mother and Jamaican immigrant father. He is an entrepreneur, spoken word poet, motivational speaker and the Founder/Director of Spoke N’ Heard.

Spoke N’ Heard is an arts-based social enterprise that works to support young artists with “ARTrepreneurial” development, equipping them with the tools to create art that destigmatizes mental health and promotes resiliency and resistance against oppression. Through the power of storytelling, JV hopes to empower communities and individuals to self-actualize and follow their intrinsic purposes.  JV began writing and performing spoken word in 2007, and has been blessed to grace stages in Toronto, New York and most recently Italy.

To connect with Jordon, email: director@spokenheard.ca


Events Curator

Duane Hall is an artist, social change agent and youth worker who is passionate about utilizing a more creative approach to mental health. He is a founding member, as well as the Event Curator and Assistant Director of Education at Spoke N’ Heard.

Spoke N’ Heard is a collective of diverse, multi-disciplinary artists that provide a platform for the voice of art in Toronto through community programs, creative events and spreading awareness regarding community issues and mental health stigmatization. His desire is to use his talents and ideas to spark an evolution of consciousness that will impact, empower and inspire humanity.

To connect with Duane, email: events@spokenheard.ca


Director of Education

Jermaine is Social ARTrepreneur who is passionate about connecting and inspiring people to self-actualize. Through drama, emceeing, facilitation and spoken word, he aims to co-create meaningful moments rooted in compassion and kindness. Jermaine has had the privilege to perform and facilitate arts-based community programs, events and initiatives for various schools boards, community agencies and companies including York District School Board, Children’s Mental Health of Ontario, York Centre of Community and Education, Watah Theatrical Institute and  Studio Y-MaRs.

Jermaine is Director of Education at Spoke N’ Heard and active member of grass-roots organizations including Grass-roots Youth Collaborative (GYC), Youth Social Infrastructure (YSI) Collaborative, and The New Mentality. His mission is to use his artistry and facilitation skills to curate brave spaces for people to be their full-selves and connect with our humanity.

To connect with Jermaine, email: jermaine@spokenheard.ca


Education Administrator

Radha Pithadia is the Health & Wellness Education Coordinator at Spoke N’ Heard, Founder and Director of True Therapy, a health and wellness conglomerate, and a talented visual artist, poet and speaker. She has attended OCAD University’s Advertising & Design program, studied Ayurvedic Therapy from the Center of Ayurveda and Indian Systems of Healing (CAISH) and graduated from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy (CCMH) with her Massage Therapy Diploma.

Radha is now a Registered Massage Therapist and blossoming entrepreneur who believes in a holistic approach to healing that focuses on the balance of mind, body and spirit. She aims to educate and empower the community to take control of their own health through inspiring talks, seminars and therapeutic workshops.

To connect with Radha, email: info@spokenheard.ca


Bookings, Artists & Repertoire Manager

Born in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, raised in West Palm Beach, Florida , David Delisca is a spoken word poet, actor and comedian. A versatile artist, he uses stories of the immigrant and diaspora experiences, as well as other various human realities, to bridge realms of communication. He is a four-time member of the Toronto Poetry Slam’s National Team, a finalist at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word (CFSW) Saskatoon, in 2012 and a National Champion at CFSW Montreal, in 2013. He has travelled and performed across Canada, from Victoria, BC to Halifax, NS, to share his words at many literary festivals and venues. His work has been published in various anthologies and magazines, such as “The Great Black North” (Frontenac House), “Basodee” (General Store Publishing House), Scarborough Big Art Book (2013) and Poetry Is Dead Humour Issue (2014). David also published his first collection of poetry, entitled “I Grew Up Right Beside You”, in February 2012.

David has the experience of sharing his craft to enlighten, encourage and inspire his audience through facilitation and programming with organizations such as Young People Theatre, Manifesto Community Projects, Unity Charity, More Than A Haircut, Literature For Life, One Heart Canada and now Spoke N’ Heard.

To connect with David, email: bookings@spokenheard.ca


Director of Training & Development

Nicolle ‘Coco LaRain’ Veira is an award-winning Motivational Speaker and Life Coach, as well as a renowned Vocalist and Spoken Word Artist. She has over 20 years of experience working with, motivating and inspiring over 100,000 children, youth and adults since beginning her speaking career in 1992.  In 2001, Nicolle founded Inspired by Coco, an community organization with a strong focus in youth development and empowerment. She is currently writing her first book, entitled “Bellas Letters”, which shares her life’s journey, from teenager mother to Motivational Speaker.

To connect with Coco, email: info@inspiredbycoco.com


Executive Assistant

Tristan Dryden is the current Executive Assistant of Spoke N’ Heard.  As a writer, performer, and feature hip-hop artist, he encompasses numerous elements of the real and unreal within his work to ensure that his art not only imitates reality, but also mirrors the imagination as well.

In the past, he has been featured on two critically acclaimed EP’s, entitled “WinterSpeakers” and “The Road”.  In the future, he looks to use his ideas to formulate concepts that help broaden the scope of the arts scene in Toronto.


Director of Research & Development

Jamar Barclay is the Director of Research & Development at Spoken N’ Heard. A blossoming expert on all things research, finance and African Studies, Jamar is an Honours Graduate from The University of Guelph Humber, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. He aims to utilize psychological principles to aid people in improving their psychological, physical and financial health. He is working towards attaining a Masters Degree in the near future and desires to walk with people on their journey towards loving themselves.

To connect with Jamar, email: research@spokenheard.ca


Top 5 Best Painters of the World in 2017

Irrespective of whether we understand art, all of us know to admire it. So here is a list of top 5 painters and artists of the world of 2017 who will create a positive change in the art world. The list is in no particular order so let’s get started.


Marcello Barenghi:

Marcello Barenghi, the Italian artist, is sure to take the top place no matter who gets to list the top 5 renowned artists of 2017. He is well-known for the artistic works that he brings out three-dimensional figures. With so much of realism in art, he can simply bring an object to life with a paper and pen. He is one of the best artists in the world, and no one can simply outwit him at least as far as these 3D images are concerned.

Akiane Kramarik:

Akiane Kramarik is an American personality. She is both a poet and an artist. Though she began drawing at the age of 4 you simply cannot take the fact that she got to the top 3 artists at a tender age of 23. Her artwork of Jesus Christ is one art that your eyes simply cannot forget once you see it. With this work she gained international recognition and then there was no turning back. Her best-known work till date is ‘the Prince of Peace’ drawing, which she drew at the age of eight, quite a prodigy.

Paul Cadden:

Paul Cadden was born in the year 1964 in Scotland. He is popularly known as a hyperrealist artist. It is a general perception that artists take their own time to complete an artwork. They need not have to be systematic at least when it comes to time. However, Paul Cadden is a bit different. Without fail he can produce a maximum of 7 artworks per year. Do not mistake hyper-realism for 3D. They are different concepts. He is extremely real when it comes to drawing a real-life person.

Philip Guston:

Philip Guston is an American artist. Most of the artworks of Philip Guston are cartoonish in nature. He is also widely recognised as an extremely good expressionist. He was a part of a lot of art movements as well and was quite a rebel as early as in the 1900s. Art needs freedom of expression, and if denied they can never be expressed in their purest form. That is when Philip Guston rose to prominence.

Tania Bruguera:

Tania Bruguera is one of the modern day artists who spoke about the importance of art being a part of activism. Artworks are simply not for admiration and fun. They can also play a part of social cause and activism. She is probably the first person to coin the term ‘Artivism’. She coined the term as a means to tell people that artworks can help you both protest and promote social issues. Though a lot of artists did the same before her, it was Tania Bruguera who took it internationally.…

Top 7 Best London Art Exhibitions you shouldn’t Miss in 2017

Art exhibitions are things that you simply cannot miss if you are in London. However, the problem is that there are too many of them to visit in a short span. So here we are listing the best 7 art exhibitions that you cannot miss in 2017.

London Art Exhibitions

The British Museum:

The British Museum is the largest expanse in the whole of London that houses under its roof a lot of exhibits that portray the history, art and culture of London. It is one of the oldest museums in the whole of France that came into existence in the year 1753. The British Museum is a public institution that was built to preserve the human history, art and culture. Since it was a non-governmental body, it was the first of its kind when it was opened in the 1700s.

Modigliani Exhibition:

Modigliani Exhibition is a place that has all the memorable artworks of the 19th and the 20th century. This is one of the technologically advanced museums in the world. The visitors are enabled with the facility to view the artwork of 20th century through virtual reality facility. This VR experience that people get to enjoy here makes this museum a standout amongst its contemporaries.

The Barbican Center:

The Barbican Center is not only a place to exhibit your art, but a lot of things happen under this roof. Art, music, dance, theatre, visual arts and almost all other art forms are performed here. As a part of the art exhibition, the one thing that you cannot miss is the collections of Basquiat, the American artist well-known for his enigmatic epigrams.

The Courtauld Gallery:

By visiting the Courtauld Gallery you can get associated with a lot of forgotten artworks of the history. The Courtauld Gallery also gives school children the opportunity to learn better history with the help of workshops and permission to visit the place as they please. The other academicians need not have to worry because there are lectures and seminars given to you people as well. So if you want to more about the British art and history visit the Courtauld Gallery

The Royal Academy:

The Royal Academy is a privately funded museum and is the hub of the best artworks of artists from around the world. It is not just a place where you can visit and admire things. You can learn and debate as well. The Royal Academy was launched in 1768 to promote the artworks and designs of the Britain artists.

Cartoon Museum:

Despite having collections from the 18th century, it came into existence only a decade ago. Cartoon Museum is a place where you can see, enjoy and recollect beautiful childhood memories that as you glimpse things related to your favorite childhood cartoons. There are a lot of books, comics and several exhibits related to cartoons. The museum was started with the aim of preserving the British Cartoons and caricatures that will never be forgotten by History.

Monochrome Art Exhibition:

Black is not always a color that exhibits melancholy or horror. Even in a world that has gone colorful and bright, a lot of artists still love to keep it conventional. They prefer their artworks to stay in black and white. They are simply people who express modern thoughts through age-old fashion. Monochrome Art Exhibition is the right place for such artists. A monochrome art exhibition is a place where only the black and white artworks are displayed. It is one place where you can understand the world is beautiful even if it is in black and white.…

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