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Jessica D’Angelo

Founder, Creative Director, and Host

Sami Huda

Blog Editor and Host

Johanna Quispe

Marketing and Media Manager

Riham Hagona aka Lovebonez

International Partnerships, DJ, and Host

Micah Domingo

Art Director and Designer

Mia Salaveria

Website Developer and Designer

Shababa Huda aka Shabz/Vivrant

Digital Community Manager and Ottawa Representative

Allisa Lim

Writer, Host, and Event Manager

Bianca Jada

Host and Writer

Destinie Ly

Music Writer

Fiona Ham

Writer and Montreal Representative

Siobhan Murphy

Writer and Hamilton Representative

Ketsia Lunt

Contributor and Graphic Designer

Naomi Senwasane

Video Editor & Video Producer
Jessica D'Angelo

Jessica D'Angelo

Founder, Creative Director, and Host
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Jessica is a multi-hyphenate professional specializing in creative direction, production, and digital marketing. Freelance event production pulled Jessica into the vibrant ecosystem of DJ culture and DIY nightlife, and Jessica used @seriousbetty (at the time her personal Instagram account) to promote the events and independent artists she was encountering. Her Instagram audience responded with curiosity, and between 2018 and 2019, Jessica developed Serious Betty into a dynamic media brand.

What led you to the place you’re at now?
Working for Yvonne Reidy and Danielle Gulic (founders of LoversLand) from 2015 to 2017 really changed things for me. I always wanted to build something of my own, and when I managed an independent singer/songwriter, I gained firsthand insight into the structural and financial barriers that the Canadian industry posed for music creatives. I also have to thank Josephine Cruz aka Jayemkayem for seeing potential in me and bringing me deeper into Canada’s underground entertainment scene.

What are you passionate about?
Helping independent music creatives and artists make a sustainable living off their art and music, and giving work opportunities to women and NB folks.

What’s your all time favourite album?
It’s a tie between Z by SZA and Black Messiah by D’Angelo.

Sami Huda

Sami Huda

Blog Editor and Host
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Born in Dhaka, Bangladesh and raised in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and Ottawa, Canada, Sami loves to tell a good story and throw an even better party. He has previously worked as a publicist for INK Entertainment’s Rap Season for artists like Yalla Wolf, DAVE, Loud Luxury and more. Outside of SB, Sami is the Marketing and Community Manager for Ebay, the artist manager for Eyesenterspace and Naseha, and is in the process of producing a Toronto street-fashion photobook shot in 35mm film.

What is your personal brand?
Laidback

What led you to the place you’re at now?
Learning to trust that people have good intentions.

What do you love about music and entertainment?
Good music gets you moving and grooving ‘til you’ve escaped the stresses of everyday life and a good DJ is the gatekeeper to that magical realm.

What’s your all time favourite album?
I’m a sucker for the “Punk Goes —- ” albums.

Johanna

Johanna Quispe

Marketing and Media Manager
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Johanna was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and raised in Toronto, Canada. She’s a marketing professional with over four years of experience creating impactful, fresh, and innovative content, specializing in a variety of multimedia and digital platforms. Outside of SB, Johanna is the Social Media Coordinator for a digital marketing agency, and is passionate about creating work and spaces that bridges different creative communities.

What is your personal brand?
I’m a curious and empathetic person. I take genuine pleasure in getting to know others and I enjoy seeing the people I care about do well.

What led you to the place you’re at now?
About three years ago, I started looking for a community, a network of creatives with similar interests that could guide me and who I could work with. Communities like Manifesto have opened my network to so many people that without them I wouldn’t be pursuing my passion to work in the entertainment and music industry.

What do you love about music and entertainment?
From a very young age, I was captivated by music. With music comes art, fashion, and culture, something that I find tremendously fascinating. I take inspiration from American urban businesses like Roc-A-Fella Records, Bad Boy Records, and Cash Money Records. I think these brands have lived beyond the music – they were really movements of the culture. There is an artist incubator named NEON16 and they have this motto that I love that goes “Fear nothing, impact everything.”

Riham Hagona

Riham Hagona, aka Lovebonez

International Partnerships, DJ, and Host
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Growing up a third culture kid, Lovebonez was exposed to a variety of sounds and crowds from a young age. She’s a Sudanese-Canadian who’s lived everywhere from Damascus to New York to Melbourne to London, which inspired and informed her DJing and curating. She’s DJd all across Toronto, in LA, DC, London, and Johannesburg – her sets are deliciously eclectic with elements of African or Afro-inspired music. She recently began her own radio show on DropsliveFM, a UK-based international online radio station, and is the co-founder of Pull Up!


What led you to the place you’re at now?
I was unemployed for the last 6 months that I lived in London so I went to events alone. I started DJing around London, and boom! My creative side was activated!

What do you love about music and entertainment?
That it’s all about the individual and how they perceive something/want others to perceive their work. No two people’s art is the same!

What are your all time favourite albums?Top 5 are Erykah Badu Mama’s Gun, Lil Wayne No Ceilings, Bryson Tiller Trap Soul, JAY-Z Reasonable Doubt, and Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.

Micah Domingo

Micah Domingo

Art Director and Designer
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Micah is a multi-disciplinary creative specializing in music-related motion graphic design. She has worked with Jessie Reyez, DVSN, and Rapseason, and helped develop Serious Betty’s branding and merch line. She is currently expanding her skillset to elevate her motion graphics work and feed her neverending curiosity, and is working with more artists to create visuals for digital content, live events, and livestreams.

What is your personal brand?
Passionate, artistic, ambitious.

What led you to the place you’re at now?
The need to know how things work, building strong friendships, and always experimenting/learning.

Which artist do you STAN for?
Since he dropped his debut album, I’ve been a fan of Lucky Daye. I was blessed to be able to go to his first concert in Toronto thanks to Rapseason. He’s an amazing artist and that album was on loop for months.

Mia Salaveria

Mia Salaveria

Website Developer and Designer
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Mia was born in the Philippines, moved to New Jersey when she was 8, and finally migrated to Toronto, Canada when she was 15, which she now considers her true home. Mia is a front end developer having worked with TouchBistro, Deciem, and Serious Betty, and is an underground dance music DJ who’s played Jerk, ISO Radio, Everbloom festival, Night Shift Toronto, and Cold Tea in Toronto. She’s passionate about learning and creating cool things that connect people through music, dance, design, or technology.

What is your personal brand?
Laidback, ambitious, passionate, and fun.

What do you love about music, entertainment, art, and DJ culture?
I love the exchange of energy when sharing art because I believe it’s the best way to see someone’s true soul shine. The dance floor is where I can let go and be my truest self and I want everyone else to experience the beauty of feeling alive. The coolest events to me are the ones that use many mediums of art to create multi-sensory experiences.

Which artist do you STAN for?
FKA Twigs – she is a master of many forms of art and she inspires me to do the same.

Shababa Huda

Shababa Huda aka Shabz/Vivrant

Digital Community Manager and Ottawa Representative
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Shababa was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh and grew up in Ottawa, Canada. She recently graduated from Global Development at Carleton University and is currently indulging in volunteer work and developing ideas for her own brand as an artist and community leader. She runs a social justice-oriented club at Carleton called the Justice Club that provides local resources and education to the Ottawa community.

What is your personal brand?
Bubbly, vibrant, laidback. Your go-to person for comfort and chill vibes.

What led you to the place you’re at now?
The naivety of dreaming of a better, more colourful world. At every crossroads or major decision I’ve had to make in my life, in the back of my mind I’ve thought about how my choices would contribute to my end goals of leaving people and places better than when I found them.

What are you passionate about?
Contributing to a more just and equitable world. I want to make people feel through my art, reminding them of their souls. At the same time, I want to put in the ground work by being an active member of the community, wherever I may be, by helping others and myself pursue our ambitions.

What’s your all time favourite song?
“What I Smoke” by Miraa May. It’s my feminist anthem.

Allisa

Allisa Lim

Writer, Host, and Event Manager
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Catch Allisa chilling at a coffee shop or dancing to live music in her vibrant, art-centric neighbourhood of Kensington Market in Toronto. In addition to being part of SB, Allisa is the Programming and Events Manager and CRO at Sheridan College, creating memorable events for students including concerts with Lil Yatchy, Smoke Purrp, Anders, Metro Boomin, Boi 1 Da, The Arkells, and Scott Helman. She is also the Production Director for Fashion Forward, the founder of the Menstrual Project, and runs Its A Coffee Club, where she visits and reviews independent coffee shops across Toronto.

What is your personal brand?
Bubbly and extroverted nurturer! I’m that stranger who can make you feel comfortable enough to laugh and be all the weird you want.

What led you to the place you’re at now?
Definitely a lot of hours hustling to figure out what my purpose is and how to use my passion in projects.

What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about helping people. I make sure that everything I do makes a positive impact in different communities.

Bianca

Bianca Jada

Host and Writer
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thedeepnd.ca

Born and raised in Toronto, Bianca’s upbringing was filled with memories of music from R&B and hip-hop/rap to house and alternative to reggae and jazz. She’s currently a full-time journalism student at Ryerson University, and her charismatic, empathetic, and intuitive personality has made her the perfect host for the video series, Serious Talks, where she’s gone beyond the music with rising Canadian stars Charmaine, Zenesoul, BadChild, noiir and Rochelle Jordan. She’s passionate about feminism, human rights, and fighting against racial injustices and oppression, which has led her to develop her own media publication and podcast, TheDeepnd.

What is your personal brand?
Creative, sociable, ambitious, and an old soul. I pride myself on my ability to dream big and push past my own boundaries to cultivate new opportunities and connections.

What led you to the place you’re at now?
I was never good at translating my thoughts but something about writing helped me reach higher levels of clarity and peace. In grade 6 I started writing poetry to cope with my depression which served as a form of therapy. From there, I began exploring other forms of writing like stories and scripts.

What do you love about music?
I’ve always had an intense love for music and the arts. My mom told me she used to sing to me when I was in her stomach, so from a very early age I was surrounded by music. Even at family gatherings with my mom’s side playing traditional Italian music to my father’s side playing reggae/dancehall. Both of my parents loved R&B so that’s what feels like home to me.

What’s your all time favourite album or song?
So hard for me to pick because I’m such a lover of all different styles of music! But The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill is an all-time fave.

Destinie

Destinie Ly

Music Writer
destiniely

Destinie is an R&B singer/songwriter from Markham, ON. She’s passionate about addressing mental health wellness within the music community and hopes to one day start her own non-for-profit to fund and support musicians’ and artists’ mental health needs. Outside of writing for SB, she’s currently making music and working as a freelance social media manager.

What is your personal brand?
Easy-going, passionate, and creative.

What do you love about the music industry?
Music makes me value community. I love collaborating with other creatives and coming together to support one another’s art. Hearing other artists’ experiences and the stories told through their music motivates and encourages me to do the same. Making music has really helped me get through a lot of tough times growing up and even presently. It’s an escape and often a place where I can truly be myself and fully express my emotions.

Which artists do you STAN for?
I’m a huge fan of Mariah Carey and Alicia Keys, and one of my favorite albums (out of many haha) is A Seat at the Table by Solange.

Fiona

Fiona Ham

Writer and Montreal Representative
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Fiona is a magnet of good vibes, life changing moments, authentic connections, and everything electronic music. She was raised in a small village called Saint-Césaire in the Montérégie area of Québec, and has lived in Tübingen, Germany; Groningen, The Netherlands; and Milan, Italy – thanks to all her time abroad, she now speaks five languages! Fiona is the Head of Operations of a new music technology company called MusicTeam®, a tool for independent and emerging artists. She also runs her own consultancy company called studio HAUSOFHAM. With a keen interest in metadata, copyrights, and music licensing, Fiona advocates for more transparent practices and less data siloing.

What is your personal brand?
I would think that I am pretty laid back but my friends would argue that ‘outgoing personality’ is more accurate.

What are you passionate about?
Languages and cultures, and I’ve devoted my career to emerging technologies and new trends in the music industry. I fully support the implementation of best practices in music rights management and the empowerment of artists.

What do you love about music?
I love the story behind every moment music is being consumed. Music has helped me push through all my university years, and has been the soundtrack to every single road trip, journey and adventure.

What’s your all time favourite album or song, or which artist do you STAN for?
I’m big into House (all type of house), Rominimal, German Techno, German Hip Hop, Alternative, Folk and Blues, but the song that triggered my desire to be part of the music industry is Little Bird from Cass out of In Search of Sunrise 5 – Los Angeles mixed by Tiësto. Free from Ultra Naté is a classic and one of the most remixed house songs ever produced. Finally, it would be hard to not mention Peculiar from Ricardo Villalobos where he sampled Marvin Gaye’s ‘Ain’t That Peculiar’.

Siobhan

Siobhan Murphy

Writer and Hamilton Representative
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Siobhan has never lived in one place for more than three years, which contributes to her passion for and interest in multiple industries. She’s lived in Niagara Falls, Hamilton, Fredericton, Sydney, Seoul, Hanoi, and New Zealand and loves contributing to a cause bigger than herself. She’s currently an assistant to Grammy-award winning drummer and composer, Larnell Lewis, and Joy Lapps-Lewis, and has supported Annamie Paul’s communications team as she successfully campaigned for leader of the Green Party of Canada. In 2020, Siobhan launched her platform Frissonic Shivers and has been learning what running a label or music agency might look like.

What is your personal brand?
Insightful, intuitive, adventurous.

What led you to the place you’re at now?
Honestly…a mind-altered state at a music festival I was volunteering at in New Zealand.

What are you passionate about?
I’m passionate about music, politics, urban planning / design, cats, and going off the beaten path.  I think we’re all better off if we lift each other up and design our society to be equitable where everyone has every opportunity to build a life that is sustainable, fulfilling and safe.

What’s your all time favourite album?
All time fave album is Ernie by Fat Freddy’s Drop. I wore that CD out as a youngster.

Ketsia

Ketsia Luntadila aka Kets

Contributor and Graphic Designer
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Born and partially raised in Congo, Kinshasa, Ketsia is driven to better the communities she’s part of. Her family immigrated to Canada and lived in Montreal before settling in Brampton where she spent most of her teenage and young adult years. She’s passionate about being true to herself, being empathetic, kind and thoughtful towards others, and fighting for justice for all marginalized people. Ketsia sells her own crochet goods @kitoko.stiches, is a bilingual marketing and communications coordinator at Cossette, and is currently working on a community gardening project, Uproot, with The Kickback.

What is your personal brand?
100% laidback depending on the situation. I’ve always been a pretty easy going person. Unfortunately it doesn’t take much to disturb my peace. Yes, I’m an Aries. Yes, I’m working on it!

What led you to the place you’re at now?
Not listening to everything my parents told me to do within my personal life or academic career, and trusting my intuition and God. I followed my own direction and passions which led me to work in the arts and fashion.

What do you love about music, entertainment, and art?
I love that music, entertainment, and art can make you feel like you’re in two places at once. It can be a very transcending experience.

What’s your all time favourite album, song, or artist?

OMG! I could go on about this! Some of my current faves are: Sebastian by Yeek (I STAN so hard), Torches by Foster The People, “Will He” by Joji, Wanderland by Kelis, and Stereo by Omar Apollo (yes stan stan 100%! My first ever concert). I’m also obsessed with Blood Orange.

Naomi Senwasane

Naomi Senwasane

Video Editor & Video Producer
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Naomi is a multidisciplinary creative specializing in Video Production and Digital Media. She began her creative journey in her teenage years, but shifted to a professional approach while attending the University of Toronto studying Art and Art History, Visual Culture and Cinema Studies. Operating under the alias ‘EyesofNomes,’ she’s learned a lot and experimented with videos through her involvement in school clubs and councils. Recently, Naomi has worked closely with numerous emerging artists in the GTA and around the world, and has gained a great deal of experience. She chose to work in the music industry because she loves the perfect pairing between visuals and sounds; how both mediums have the ability to take us into a new world or relive a moment in time. Naomi aspires to build a platform that will allow her to motivate, teach, and help other young females navigate creative industries.

What is your personal identity?
Laidback!

Your all time favourite song?
“Jungle” by Drake

SUBMIT MUSIC

We platform artists at all stages of their careers! Submit your music to be featured or premiered on our blog, radio show, newsletter, and social media.

Send one email to Jessica D’Angelo (sup@seriousbetty.ca) and Sami Huda (hi@seriousbetty.ca) and include:

  • Press release for the single/project/video
  • Your artist bio or artist story
  • Press photos and photographer credit
  • Cover art and designer credit
  • MP4 visual(s) and credit for social media
  • A listening or viewing link
  • MP3/WAV file

For consideration for our radio show, include an MP3 or WAV file. Make sure the file is labelled w/ your name and song title.

We look forward to checking out your submission!