Whoever said millennials were lazy definitely hasn't paid a visit to Toronto. Across various fields and professions, Toronto is home to a ton of young people achieving some pretty incredible things.
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Though Toronto has thousands of awesome young people, we've narrowed it down to 9 Toronto millennials who are making a mark on the city in their own ways. From musicians to entrepreneurs to artists, we can't wait to see what they'll accomplish this year.
Dahae Song is a South Korean artist who is based out of Toronto. Her interdisciplinary work focuses on the digitization of human existence and "expresses the intersections and the symbiotic relationship between physical and virtual worlds." After graduating from OCAD last year, we can expect Song's impressive body of work to continue to grow in 2017.
One look at Liat Fainman's LinkedIn profile is pretty much guaranteed to make you feel bad about yourself. At only 18 years old, the Queen's University student has already has 5 (!) startup businesses under her belt. Some of Liat's notable achievements include founding SeniorIT, a startup that matches youth with seniors for tech tutoring, and leading Compass, a non-profit intended to help integrate Syrian refugees into Canada. 2017 will see the Toronto native invest her energy into her university community through her roles on the Queen's Product Development Team and the Queen's Entrepreneur's Competition.
Michelle August is the 24 year old founder of spin studio SPINCO, which has three different locations across Canada. Though Michelle is an Okanagan Valley native, the young entrepreneur recently made the move to Toronto to open and run a brand new SPINCO location, which has garnered a ton of buzz since opening last year.
Mayaan Ziv is a Toronto-based photographer and entrepreneur, as well as a recipient of the David C. Onley Leadership in Accessibility Award. In 2016, Mayaan launched AccessibleNow, an app that maps out accessible locations in cities across the world. This year, Mayaan will continue to grow and improve the influential app in her role as CEO, all while continuing to broaden her photography portfolio.
Argentinian Antonella Martinelli moved to Toronto at 15 to study at Canada's National Ballet School, where she received the prestigious Peter Dwyer scholarship. After her schooling, she joined the National Ballet of Canada's RBC Apprentice program, and is now a member of the Corps De Ballet. Martinelli has an extensive repertoire, including productions such as Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker and Romeo and Juliet, among others.
Robert Ball is a neo-Soul singer and songwriter based out of Toronto. Ball has performed in major shows across the world in London, Toronto, Dubai, Sydney, and Shanghai. 2017 is guaranteed to be a huge year for Ball, as the musician will release his highly anticipated sophomore EP this spring.
Cat Williams is not your average fashion blogger. By day, the stylish Torontonian works as an online producer for Entertainment Tonight Canada, where she creates original video content and writes entertainment news articles. In her spare time, Cat works on Pop and Press, an online entertainment news publication that she co-founded, and somehow still finds the time to regularly update her personal blog and Instagram. 2016 saw Cat featured as one of Toronto's "Best Dressed," so we can't wait to see how the producer/blogger will continue to grow this year.
Dylan is a Toronto-based model whose career really took flight in 2016. Last year, the 22-year-old was spotted everywhere from a spread for GQ Japan to a campaign for H&M to the runways of New York. On top of all those accomplishments, he also found time to graduate from Ryerson's prestigious Journalism program. Sigh. Showing no signs of slowing down, Dylan kicked off 2017 with with a high profile campaign for Holt Renfrew.
Zachary Roher is the founder and president of Collectif NUDE, a company that provides artists with exposure through "event curation, talent management, and explorations of culture." Since founding Collectif NUDE, the McGill grad has worked with the likes of Travis Scott and Kaytranada. With several high profile events lined up already, 2017 is sure to be a big year for the young entrepreneur and Collectif NUDE.
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