Ola learns about the world around her by simply examining its idiosyncrasies and the people that inhabit it. She is fond of capturing culture in unconventional ways, whether it be through aerosol paint-covered walls in urban cities (street art), food markets, live music and everything in between. She can be found rocking a Canon Rebel T5i around her neck or over her shoulder.
Between May 2014 and June 2015, Ola spent time documenting Toronto’s vast Caribbean community by delving into a facet that defines most cultures: food. She produced multimedia feature, Toppa Top 10: Best Caribbean Eats in Toronto for Large Up. Throughout the project, Ola was well fed and connected with many friendly members of the community.
Ola conquered Osheaga for the first time during the civic holiday weekend (July 31 to August 3) at Parc Jean Drapeau in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The annual music and arts festival celebrated its 10th anniversary with utmost girth by bringing out some of the most internationally-renowed artists. Amidst the chaos of waiting in long line-ups, running from stage to stage, sneaking in to the VIP media area and sore feet, the park’s natural, tranquil setting offset all for a truly rewarding and memorable experience.
Sonia Aimy is all about movement; it’s in her voice, performance and modus operandi for life. She is a progressive, innovative artist in an emerging world music scene in Toronto (and abroad!) that blends African, Italian and Canadian culture through her art.
“Con i piedi per terra,” she says. “You are a servant to the earth through your art. Once you understand your purpose – you need to get your in, your purpose. The spirit of the art leads and guides you. The work will speak for itself.”
Ola is also on the air.
Ola is host and producer of The Fold Podcast. The series engages listeners with an array of innovative, progressive changemakers from Toronto and around the world. Here, they share their unique stories, and how they have been able to accomplish personal growth and cultivate community – in every sense of the word.
It’s an inclusive sonic space for people to unfold, exploring the foundations of their work. It’s a chance to learn about how their personal journey is reflected in developing authentic connection and meaningful collaboration practices, bringing people into the fold.
Photo © Ola Mazzuca | Gelato Bidnez | Urbino, Le Marche, Italy | 2011