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Celebrating Black Excellence In Music & Deed

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Learn of the community outreach by The Congress of Black Women of Canada & share in the Black experience lived by a renowned musician.

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Nikisha Evans is an inspirational speaker, author, and licensed Paralegal of The Law Society of Ontario. She is also the President of The Congress of Black Women, London Chapter, an organization promoting education and community service that empowers the black woman and her family. She is also a scholarship recipient of the International Black Women Public Policy Institute, Dorothy I. Heights Leadership Academy. She has obtained a Bachelor of Science in Professional Management and Honors in Paralegal Studies.

Nikisha values integrity and honesty, characteristic traits that are engrained in everything she does.

When she is not being an advocate, giving back to her community or sharing inspiring messages, her time is spent with family and friends.


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Marque Smith studied classical piano at The Royal Conservatory of Music and jazz piano at Humber College. He was the accompanist of The Nathaniel Dett Chorale from 2000-2004 and was the music director of The Caribbean Chorale of Toronto as well as The DAREARTS Choir. Marque has taught music at Royal St. George’s College and also has performed at events honouring such world leaders as Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Theatre engagements include Evita with Etobicoke Musical Productions, The Secret Garden with The York Weston Players and Cinderella and Bye, Bye Birdie with No Strings Theatre.

Marque is also a very experienced choral musician who has been a member of The Nathaniel Dett Chorale, The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, The Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir, The Canadian Children’s Opera Chorus and The Karen Schuessler Singers. He can be found on the Marquis Classics recordings Listen to the Lambs: The Music of R. Nathaniel Dett and An Indigo Christmas…Live with The Nathaniel Dett Chorale. He can also be found on the recordings Live Off The Floor with Elizabeth Paddon, Don’t Rain On My Parade with Cindy Ashton and Love with Angus Sinclair.

Since moving to London, Ontario in 2007, Marque has music directed Nine and White Christmas with Musical Theatre Productions, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee with Saunders Secondary School, The Producers with Pacheco Theatre, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, My Son Pinocchio, School House Rock, Assassins, Honk and I’m Sorry The Bridge Is Out, You’ll Have To Spend The Night, Xanadu and Robin Hood’s Merry Outdoor Adventures with Original Kids Theatre Company, Rocky Horror Show with Simply Theatre, Seussical with Catholic Central High School, Beauty and The Beast with London Community Players, Songs For A New World with Theatre Woodstock and The Fantasticks with St. Mary’s Community Players.

Marque is the 10:30am Director of Music at Riverside United Church and is the Artistic Director/Accompanist of The Broadway Singers along with Artistic Director/Conductor Paul Grambo. Marque was also the Recipient of the 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal from the Governor General for dedicated service to his peers, his community and to Canada.

Marque Smith studied classical piano at The Royal Conservatory of Music and jazz piano at Humber College. He was the accompanist of The Nathaniel Dett Chorale from 2000-2004 and was the music director of The Caribbean Chorale of Toronto as well as The DAREARTS Choir. Marque has taught music at Royal St. George’s College and also has performed at events honouring such world leaders as Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Theatre engagements include Evita with Etobicoke Musical Productions, The Secret Garden with The York Weston Players and Cinderella and Bye, Bye Birdie with No Strings Theatre.

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