Brazilian born and raised Claudia Balladelli, has resided in Canada for 18 years. Since her arrival in North America, Claudia has attained a linguistic proficiency in both English and French. In addition, she is fluent in Portuguese, her native tongue and in Spanish. Her post secondary accomplishments include a degree in travel and Tourism, in Ottawa, as well as a degree in Early Childhood Education in Brazil and Linguistics, course been interrupted by moving to Canada.


Initially starting out in the organization in a limited capacity, Claudia’s involvement with Mercury Lounge, a prominent Music Venue in Ottawa, Canada has evolved with a multi-disciplinary role; Claudia currently oversees music programming and events co-ordination acting as a promoter and publicist as well. Speaking 4 languages makes her a natural fit for assuming the role of cultural attaché, fulfilling the incumbent responsibilities associated with the areas of international relations and artist management, these duties include closing deals, the logistics of artist itinerary and accommodations, obtaining working visas, contractual compliance and rider fulfillment.

With a music heritage deep-rooted in Brazilian jazz, samba and bossa nova, Claudia’s years spent abroad have exposed her to a variety of different sounds; from old funk, soul, afrobeat and jazz to the new sounds of house, disco, drum n’ bass, broken beat and hip hop. Claudia now has a succinct understanding of the evolutionary process that has influenced numerous types of modern jazz. As her musical evolution continues, her range of appreciation has significantly grown since her debut with the Mercury Lounge in 1998.


Born in Havana, Cuba, Yasmina was straight into the arms of a musical family.  All her influences pointed her in the direction of an arts career, covering all possible aspects of music, dance, and drama.  Her interests took her to China in 2000 with the totally unique experience of acquiring her Masters diploma in Theatre Arts from the Beijing Central Academy of Drama.  She stayed in China until 2008, conducting extensive research on classical Asian performing arts throughout India, Indonesia, China and Japan.

Ms. Proveyer taught History of Drama in Havana at the Arts University for five years from 1995 to 2000.  During that period, she assisted with the coordination of the International Theatre Festival and toured with a theatrical show to Curacao, Aruba, and the Netherlands.  Ms. Proveyer has been organizing and delivering workshops throughout her career on the history of Asian theatre and how contemporary theatre has incorporated elements of Eastern culture.  She has taught all age groups of adults, using an exceptionally broad, culturally diverse framework for delivering trainings.  She speaks fluent Mandarin, English, Spanish, and French.


Yasmina moved to Canada in 2008 seeking a way to further develop her career.  She chose to settle in the National Capital Region. During this time she has been actively helping newcomers to adapt and integrate into their new country. She has engaged in Orchestras in the Park Festival, Ottawa Blues Festival, TD Ottawa Jazz Festival, and the Ottawa International Children’s Festival.  Yasmina was a member of the Coalition of New Canadians for Arts and Culture since 2009 by contributing to the development of a mentoring program supporting new immigrant artists.


Since 2011 she has been managing the agenda of the Cuban pianist Miguel de Armas and his Latin Jazz Quartet among other world music projects. She has produced several shows that celebrate diversity and multiculturalism.

She has been recipient of grants such as ARTicipate Endowment Fund, TD Then and Now Black History Month Series, City of Ottawa’s Arts Funding Program in the Creation and Production Fund for Professional Artists, OAC Access and Career Development Program and the Arts Abroad program from the Canada Council for the Arts.

She has served as jury for the OAC’s Popular Music and Skills and Career Development programs, the AOE Arts Council as well and the City of Ottawa.

Member of the Shenkman Arts Centre Community Consultative Group, the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition (OMIC), the Women of Color in the Arts (WOCA) and the Cultural Support Funding Services Equity and Inclusion Committee with the City of Ottawa

Co-Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Juno Awards in the World Music Category and voting member of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS)

She has served as jury for the OAC’s Popular Music and Skills and Career Development programs, the AOE Arts Council as well and the City of Ottawa.

Since 2015 she has been participated at the World Music Expo (WOMEX), the world music conference/market Mundial Montreal since 2014 and she has attended the Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) since 2016. For the last 4 years she is part of the programming team of SUNFEST (World Music and Jazz) festival based in London, Ontario.




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