Jaime Martino, Executive Director
A Kitchener native, Jaime grew up dancing. After obtaining a BA from the University of Ottawa, she pursued a career as a dancer that took her across the world, and she hasn’t stopped dancing since. Following the completion of her Master’s degree in Dunedin, New Zealand, she co-founded the Aha Dance Collective, a contemporary dance company dedicated to exploring gender and movement through a feminist lens and incorporating collaborations with musicians and visual artists. Now back in Canada, she is proud to perform with Momentum Dance Toronto.
Since 2013, Jaime served as Director of Operations for Pride Toronto, steering one of the largest LGBTQ celebrations in the world, with over 1.5 million attendees every year. In 2014, she was officially recognized by the City of Toronto for her contribution to WorldPride, called a “historic and overwhelming success”, and received a Rainbow Warrior award “for outstanding support for international LGBT solidarity and LGBT culture” as awarded by the International Lesbian and Gay Cultural Network. As part of the Leadership Team for PrideHouse TO during the 2015 Pan Am Games, she helped create a safe space for queer athletes and spectators, successfully fulfilling the organization’s goal of creating the most inclusive multi-sport games in history.
Jaime believes deeply in the power of art to transform lives and the world that surrounds them. She is committed to furthering Tapestry’s mandate to challenge structures, invest in new art in a way that reaches emerging artists, and carve out space at the edges of the mainstream, where creative disruption lives.
To contact Jaime, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call at (416) 537-6066 ext 222.