About The Turtle Project
The Turtle Project will be an evening of live entertainment and the pinnacle fundraising event for the Anne Marie D’Amico Foundation. Inspired by Anne Marie’s character and in remembrance of her spirit, The Turtle Project will be held on December 3rd each year. It will be a culmination of the foundation’s fundraising and awareness efforts while commemorating Anne Marie’s birthday each year.
The meaning of the turtle transcends Anne Marie’s childhood nickname. It is a symbol of strength, stability, and longevity symbolizing the endurance of the foundation. The turtle also represents wisdom, peace, and good luck. The turtle’s charming demeanour represents tranquillity and their hard shell acts as a barrier protecting against the world’s hardships.
MC – Comedian
Mega Magic – Featuring Mike D’Urzo
Mike D’Urzo is an international award winning magician & mentalist. As the founder and creative director of Mega Magic, he performs in hundreds of shows annually for some of the largest corporations, theaters, theme parks, festivals and television networks. Mike was the winner of the “Canadian Entertainer of the Year” award by the Canadian Event Industry Awards. He was the 6-time recipient of the “Performer of the Year” award presented by Festivals & Events Ontario. He was awarded in the “Top 10 Magicians Worldwide” by the Wedding Industry Experts Awards and the Reader’s Choice Award for Best Entertainer by Special Events Magazine. He was also named in the Top 5 Magicians in Toronto by BLOG TO and won the Toronto Choice Award by Event Source. Mike is a member of the prestigious Canadian Association of Magicians and the International Brotherhood of Magicians.
Alfie Zappacosta – Singer
Black Stars Collective – Dance Group
Our group came to life in 2012 under the visionary direction of Esie Mensah, one of the top professional dancers and choreographers in Canada. The Black Stars is a coalition of afro-influenced dancers committed to becoming nowadays leader group of AfroFusion Dance. Their pallet of skills combines more than 7 African dance styles including Azonto, Kuduro and Ndombolo that they talently showcase as one flawless artistic expression.
While staying true to the art of African dance, every single dancer involved in this project doesn’t dream about what this dance represent today but what it will be tomorrow. Each of their previous individual experiences alongside renowned artists such as Janelle Monae, Nelly Furtado, Flo Rida, Jully Black and appearances in popular shows like So You Think You Can Dance Canada complete the puzzle of a bigger picture. The Black Stars tend to set the highest climax you can refer to when it comes to AfroFusion Dance.
Pepper – Singer
Musical Performances From The Band Including:
Vito Rezza – 5After4