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Wali Shah

Discipline: Storytelling
Homebase: Mississauga
Languages: English

Wali Shah is an advocate for inclusion, bullying prevention, and mental health. Via workshops & keynotes -- Wali delivers a message youth can relate to. 15 years old, and labelled at-risk, a teacher introduced him to poetry. Being Muslim, being Pakistani, and being a teenager wasn't easy -- but with the right mentors and a coping strategy, it became easier. Now, Wali speaks to students, educators and parents about the power of mentorship. He's toured with WE Day, and has multiple TEDx talks. He's performed for President Barack Obama, and he's even freestyled with hip hop artist, Kendrick Lamar.

Performances & Workshops

NEW ARTIST for 2020-21 School Year

Rhythm & Poetry

Grade Suitability: K-12
Duration: 45 mins.
Capacity: 1000
Tech Requirements: Wireless Mic, Projector, Sound System
Fee Range: $1045-$1295 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)

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

Wali leads the audience through fun and interactive skits, talks about the challenges that sometimes exist living in the western world as a youth and as an immigrant, and handling the struggles of fitting in. In his keynote, he speaks about how sometimes we feel at odds with our parents, our culture, our values, and how we can rise above issues like bullying and mental health. We create who we want to be for our future. With the right mentors, and by following our passions, we can change, and we can change the world. Wali's passion for his art-form of spoken word was able to do just that for him. It provided an outlet for him to express himself and create a future for himself where he could use his voice, and his narrative to share his experiences with other youth who face the same challenges.

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