Intriciti | IMAGO
On Being In-BetweenBeauty & Brokenness
DATE: March 17, 2021
TIME: 12:00 P.M. to 12:45 P.M. Eastern Time
Much of life is spent in the in-between, the place where we wait. In this second session, we will examine how one season prepares us for the next and the gift that unexpected pauses can be to us and all of those around us.
The session will conclude with a Live Q & A.
Alana Walker Carpenter
John Franklin has served as Executive Director of IMAGO a Toronto-based arts initiative since 1998 and was formerly professor of philosophy at Tyndale. His current work is at the intersection of faith, art and culture. He is an Adjunct Professor of the Divinity faculty at Trinity College University of Toronto and has taught in the area of theology and the arts. He is currently overseeing Crossings a major public art exhibition focusing on Stations of the Cross – to take place in Toronto in Lent of 2022 -March 2 – April 14.
Singer | Songwriter | Pianist
Multi award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter, pianist and CBC Music national radio host Laila Biali has headlined festivals and venues spanning five continents from New York City’s Carnegie Hall to Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts, and supported international icon Sting. This year, Laila was honoured by SOCAN Music with the Hagood Hardy Award for Excellence in Songwriting. In 2019, Laila’s eponymous release won her a JUNO (Canada’s GRAMMY) for “Vocal Jazz Album of the Year.” The year prior, she was awarded top prize at the Canadian Songwriting Competition in the Jazz category. Laila was also the youngest-ever double winner at Canada’s National Jazz Awards when she was named “SOCAN Composer of the Year” and “Keyboardist of the Year.” She received her first JUNO nomination for Tracing Light (2011), and a spot on DownBeat Magazine’s “Best Albums of the Year” for Live in Concert (2013). In September of 2017, Laila was brought on as the host for CBC Music’s national radio show, Saturday Night Jazz, a weekly show broadcast to listeners across Canada. While Laila continues to earn high honours in the Jazz world, her signature sound transcends genre as she “masterfully mixes jazz and pop, bringing virtuosity and unpredictability to songs that are concise and catchy” (Washington Post). Laila’s highly anticipated album, Out of Dust, which features multiple GRAMMY nominees and winners including Lisa Fischer, Alan Ferber, John Ellis, and Larnell Lewis, released March 27, 2020.
Mental Health Advocate
Dave Addison’s life is one of both personal and professional transformation. Dave spent 25 years in various corporate leadership roles in business development and general management, but values conflicts and a mental health crisis convinced him to make changes in his life.
In 2013, Dave responded to the call to be the Executive Director of Toronto City Mission (the oldest and longest running mission in the City). After 5 years in the role, Dave is again in transition.
Combining his vocational experience along with his journey with Bipolar Disorder and 11 years of sobriety, Dave feels called to be a mental health advocate in the business marketplace.
Dave sits on the Board of Families for Addiction Recovery and is an active lay leader at St. Paul’s Bloor Street.