Aya Mhana is a Syrian-born singer, songwriter, and loud player. Also has a bachelor’s degree in education, worked as a community broker for being passionate to help others also she is a graduate student in the digital marketing field as a way to keep up with the changes in our life.
Since emigrating to Calgary, Canada, in 2016, Aya has performed at the Calgary Stampede and Globalfest, and with the Kensington Sinfonia. Also, got invited to Folkfest. In 2020, for her outstanding commitment to the community and art, she received the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society New Canadian Artist Award and the Portail De L, immigrant Association(PIA) award. Also, Got nominated for the 2020 YYC music award.
She was a resident artist in the Central Library in 2020 as a rewarding position for her contribution to the art seen in Calgary.Aya’s musical journey is deeply influenced by her Syrian roots, Which was obvious in her album (Homeland) the combination of two homelands that she has Canada and Syria.
Hailing from Sweida, she taught herself to play the oud (a string instrument similar to the lute) during high school and graduated from the University of Damascus with a degree in education. She volunteered with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, working with families displaced during the Syrian war.
Inspired by her volunteer work, Aya used her music to explore the human capacity for hope during wartime and performed her compositions in her home city. In Canada, she translates the rich culture of her homeland for audiences who often know little of Syria, but are eager to embrace her soulful melodies.
As an artist who inhabits the crossroad between nations, Aya is committed to speaking out about issues on exile and Diaspora, and to celebrate the importance of home. She hopes that her music helps shape Canada’s vision for a peaceful and vibrant cultural mosaic.
Aya can provide information in the following areas: - Opportunities for performances around Calgary - Community engagement - Tips to navigate the arts community as a performing artist in Calgary - Resume review and more
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