1 Girl 5 Babes: An Interactive Panel on Gender and Racism in Local Music

by Babely Shades

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released July 25, 2015


Annette Ejiofor
Layla Brown
Ade Boluwatife
Amanda Lowe
Willow Cioppa

Annette is a journalist, artist, feminist, and activist. She engages every instance with love and honesty as she seeks change. Annette loves music, writing, and Beyoncé.

Layla is a web designer+developer//writer//artist//practicing womanist but will often say feminist to avoid a plodding discourse. She is the author of the ever-evolving zine Harsh Tokes + she loves quick wit, her new-found confidence, computing and bad movies.

Ade is a queer, black creative originally from London, UK. They spend most of their time surviving this hell hole of a world, writing poetry, DJing and laughing too much with the loves of their life.

Amanda is a Sri Lankan feminist, singer-songwriter and grant writer. When not fighting for equality, she spends her time volunteering, jammin' and making the creepiest faces/voices.

Willow is a black feminist, sincere activist, music fanatic, and weird queer kid. When she is not sleeping in past her alarm clock she is doing all those cool artsy things that keep her alive and listening to bands that her mama doesn't like.


Elsa Mirzaei

Elsa is an angry brown femme whose activism centres around the voices of folks of colour. She loves making music and dancing with her beautiful friends.



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Babely Shades Ottawa, Ontario

Babely Shades was created out of the need for a safer space within a small local music community, in which folks of colour & marginalized genders are often underrepresented and mistreated.

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