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Timaj Garad is a Toronto-based creative consultant, community organizer, and award-winning artist and educator. As a multi-disciplinary storyteller, she uses poetry, theatre and music to bring her stories to life. Her art is auto-biographical, working at the intersections of a black Muslim woman challenging injustice, unearthing truths and healing. Timaj is well known for creating and leading community arts programs such as Stellar (R)evolution: a poetry & theatre series for Black Muslimahs, Project Heartwork and LUMINOUS Fest – Canada’s first Black Muslim arts festival, to name a few.

She was recently honored as a finalist for 2018 Artist of the Year at the Muslim Awards for Excellence (MAX), and named as one of this year’s 8 Muslim Youth Making an Impact by CBC. Timaj has graced over 250 stages and facilitated several arts-based workshops, and joins NCCM as coordinator for a retreat program for Muslim artists and storytellers.