Kevin Fell – Founder and Program Director
Kevin Fell, BEd (O.C.T.), BA Hon, BA
Kevin is a passionate advocate of social justice and a highly experienced artist-educator. His programs are tools for personal and societal growth. Kevin began his career in South Africa, a graduate from Rhodes University and since then he has worked with numerous Schools, School Boards, N.G.O’s, Theatre Companies and Corporations to help them facilitate learning; personal or professional growth, through the process of Creative Mediation.
Creative Mediation is a holistic process that promotes self-awareness, development and learning by engaging with a creative medium in a creative process.
That the creative process can act as a powerful and effective teaching tool, and help facilitate peaceful changes in our lives and the world, is a founding principle of Kevin’s work.
In Taiwan, Kevin’s work in education was awarded a certificate of excellence by the Ministry of Education, the only foreigner to ever receive such an award.
In Canada Kevin Fell, founded HOZA! Creative Mediation and has worked with thousands of students and educators while facilitating HOZA! workshops in Africa, Asia, and Canada. The company has developed or presented educational programs for clients including: Investor’s Group, TD Bank, The Toronto Public Library, The Royal Ontario Museum, Roy Thomson Hall, The Harbourfront Centre, The Nelsons Mandela Children’s Fund (Canada), The City of Toronto, The School of Canadian Children’s Dance Theatre, Free the Children as well as EVERY School board in the GTA.
In 2011 Kevin was awarded an Exemplary Practice in Education Award by the Toronto Catholic District School Board for his international literacy program, Getting to Know You, which paired learners in Ontario with learners in the Western Cape, South Africa.
Kevin holds a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University in Canada, A Bachelor of Arts, and a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Educational Drama Theatre and Psychology. Kevin is a member of the Ontario College of Teachers, and more recently an alumni of the Social Innovation Residency: Getting to Maybe at the Banff Centre for Creativity and Learning. Kevin is frequently engaged as a personal and professional development consultant and sits on the Board of Directors for The Mankind Project, Ontario.
Derek Thorne – Artistic Associate (Music)
Derek Thorne was born in Trinidad and Tobago and began learning congas in Montreal in 1991. He studied latin and Caribbean percussion with Cuban legend Changuito and Toronto salsa doyen Luis Orbegoso; in West Africa, he learned traditional percussion under master drummers Amadou Kienou and Amara Kanté.
Based in Toronto since 1998, Derek has been a rhythmic staple in the city’s music scene — performing with R&B/funk outfit The Soul Motivators, with Zaki Ibrahim opening for Erykah Badu at Massey Hall, and performing at Canadian Music Week, Luminato, and Panamania. Derek has toured in North America, Europe, and Malaysia with Canadian calypso ambassador Kobo Town, and calypso legend and 2017 Victoires de Musique (a/k/a “French Grammys”) winner Calypso Rose. Television appearances include ET Canada’s New Year’s Eve 2014 with Sam Roberts Band.
Derek’s studio credits include Aline Morales’ JUNO Award-nominated album Flores, Tambores e Amores (2012), and Kobo Town’s JUNO-nominated album Jumbie in the Jukebox (2013).