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Wali Shah

Discipline: Storytelling
Homebase: Mississauga
Languages: English

Wali is an advocate for issues such as inclusion, leadership, bullying prevention, and mental health. 15 years old, and labelled at-risk, a teacher introduced him to poetry. Since then, it became an avenue for Wali to share his story. Being Muslim, being an immigrant, and being a teenager wasn't easy — but with the right mentors and a coping strategy, it became easier. Now, Wali speaks about the power of mentorship & self-expression. He's one of the faces of Bell Let's Talk, WE Day, and RBC's Top 25 Canadian Immigrants. He's even performed for President Barack Obama.

Performances & Workshops

Rhythm & Poetry

Grade Suitability: K-12
Duration: 45-60 mins.
Capacity: 500
Tech Requirements: Wireless Mic, Projector, Sound System
Fee Range: $545 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)

Lower Mainland
Fraser Valley & Howe Sound
Vancouver Island Lower
Vancouver Island Mid
Vancouver Island North

In his keynote, Wali shares poetry and stories pertaining to contemporary social issues. Wali writes on, and speaks to, what matters to students and teachers right now. This powerful and informative keynote stems from Wali's personal narrative growing up as a minority, and dealing with bullying, anxiety, and depression as a student. Themes: Mental Wellness, Toxic Masculinity, Diversity and Inclusion, Leadership, Asian Heritage SENIOR (Gr 7-8, & 11-12) * Embracing leadership and setting an example * Focus on asking good questions * Performance pieces based on relevant and timely issues: BLM, COVID-19, Use of Social Media * Focus on detailed messaging * Extended Q & A JUNIOR (Grades 4-6, & 9-10) * Preparing for a leadership role and following good role models * Performance pieces based on relevant and timely issues: BLM, COVID-19, Use of Social Media * Focus on simple messaging * Time for Q & A

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