Soleia Mermaid is a perforMER on a mission to elevate landfolks’ confidence and consciousness. Otherworldly in her imaginative approach, Soleia Mermaid makes you believe in magic and yourself. Her favMERite activity is dancing, and she joyfully engages young and old to boogie down like no one’s watching. A SHELLf-proclaimed Eco-WarriMER, she trashcrafts beauTAILful accessMERies and MERcussion instruments from waste. She is a certified TeachMER, who inspires creativity, self expression, and LitMERacy as a StorytellMER.
Soleia arrived on a dreamwave that washed over Shannon Hancocks one September morning. Shannon Hancocks (aka Shannon Grooves)’s primary focus is on inspiring comfort and confidence in people. She cultivates inviting, safe, free-spirited, stress-free, mixed level gatherings where you will leave feeling like family.
Shannon is an Arts Educator dedicated to freeing creative expression.
She is an Ontario Certified Teacher with more than twelve years of classroom experience. Her journey continues as a licensed Facilitator of The World Groove Movement, a Dance Coach (in school & private), a Drama Teacher for all-abilities and children, a performing artist, a Belly Dance Teacher, a Private Tutor for elementary through adult levels, a certified Drum Circle Facilitator for Rhythm to Recovery for Social and Emotional Development, a private caregiver, and a Thai Massage Practitioner.
Pirate Drumz is a peacenik pirate who marches to the beat of his own drum. A scavenger of forlorn waste, Pirate Drumz rescues and repairs sunken junk into verifiable treasures! He makes drums that capture the essence of the ocean and the heartbeat of the land. He builds art installations that sparkle with joy and call everyone to come aboard!
Pirate Drumz eMERged when Jimi Drumz began his artistic collabMERation with Soleia Mermaid. Jimi is a drum maker, drum circle facilitator, workshop leader, and performer. His drums – each as unique as the person playing them – have travelled the world, inspiring people to connect with themselves and their community through rhythm. He is an educator and entertainer for young and old with over twenty years of experience, vending and leading circles all across North America. Jimi is passionate about sharing his knowledge of drum making techniques, creating instruments from found materials, and facilitating the democracy of drumming for everyone.