The organizers, street artists, graffiti writers, deejays, emcees and street dancers have been getting together each year for the past 22 years and participating voluntarily to the event for the pure love of Hip Hop culture.
Under Pressure directorMelissa Proietti was born and raised in the city of Montreal. Since a young age she has been involved in different community organizations working with youth in sports and leisure programs. Working with children from preschool age until adulthood Proietti has facilitated and taught different subjects from English, to arts, film, sexual health and sports and physical education.
Having attended Under Pressure International Graffiti Convention in her youth, Proietti was drawn to the sense of community and belonging at the festival. Getting involved as a volunteer, she began to develop the links between what was happening at the festival and what could be happening with the youth she worked with. Several years later, she became the head co-organizer of Under Pressure and wrote her Masters thesis about urban arts programs in school settings.
Working closely with many local artists, she has developed a curriculum which can be used by teachers as a guideline for incorporating urban arts culture into their classrooms. This French language curriculum has been distributed across the city. With the experience and drive to bring this culture to the classroom, Proietti has started her PhD at McGill in the department of integrated studies in education. Her research is based around bringing the visual urban arts into the curriculum at James Lyng high school in Montreal. This will be the first school in Canada to attempt a curricular focus on the urban arts in a high school setting.
Recently Proietti also developed the first Montreal event to focus entirely on women in the urban arts. The Queens Creation festival features women graffiti and street artists, dj’s, dancers and emcees for a day long celebration of women in the culture. Now in its fourth year of existence the event also hosts workshops and panel discussions as a way of inviting young women from local youth and community centers to meet women active in the urban arts.
Currently Proietti works at a YMCA in Montreal as teen programs coordinator, continues to run Under Pressure as it heads into its 22nd year of existence and is the president of the not-for profit organization which oversees all the activities offered and run by Under Pressure and the affiliated Fresh Paint gallery.
Fresh Paint's directorGraduated from the UQAM with a B.A. in Art History, Ana was always interested in the arts. She first started as a volunteer in the first phase of the Fresh Paint gallery project in Montreal March 2012, she gradually took more responsibilities and became the artist’s liaison and project coordinator for the gallery. Years later, Ana has become a specialist in running the gallery and the projects involved around it such as indoor and outdoors public and private events, curating powerful art exhibits and maintaining the overall management of the gallery.
Street dance's organizerAt the head of MTL Bboying; an organization created to promote street dances in Canada, Afternoon has organized various events, competitions and youth projects. Active leader in the street dance community for more than a decade, he\’s had the opportunity to travel internationally with his craft performing, teaching and participating in various dance competitions.
He\’s currently working on sharing his knowledge of dance while inspiring the youth and perhaps next generation of dancers through the School Breaks youth program.
Adida Fallen Angel
ArtistHaving been an outcast throughout most of his life, Adi Khavous also known as Adida Fallen Angel found in art and music a refuge where he truly belongs.
Born in Israel, Adida is an adventurous and insatiable character. Terrified of routine and normality, he has an incredible longing to explore the world and all its different facets. He has been travelling for the past 17 years, spending some time in Brazil, New York, San-Diego, Rotterdam, Berlin, and Paris and has now chosen Montreal to be his newest home.
His acute curiosity also translates in the art he performs. Exceptionally diverse, he is a multi-faceted artist. He went from doing classical art and sketching to exploring photography, cinematography, graphic design and street art and is now getting deeply involved in music and the art of Tattooing.
Christina Marie Phelps
Kid's Zone organizerChristina Marie has been practicing and teaching visual arts for over fifteen years, both in schools and in the community and believes strongly in the value of play and collaboration as a tool for artistic expression. Her own practice is concerned with exercises in mixed media and ephemeral street art installations, drawing, painting, sculpture, and light-based media. She has been sponsoring, curating, and facilitating the UP Kids\’ Zone Art Area activities for nine-years at the annual Under Pressure Festival.
CommunicationChani Caron Piché works in the field of communications and events for more than 5 years. In 2010, she graduated in political science and Hispanic Studies at Concordia University and then finished her higher education in communications, event planning and protocols in Madrid (Spain) at the ESDEN management school. During her stay abroad, she founded with a friend the urban culture blog “Show the Game” which received more than 28 000 readers in its first year of existence. Since her return to Montreal in 2013, she works with several cultural organizations, both in management and communications. She joined the team of the Fresh Paint gallery in 2014, with the will to contribute to the development of urban culture in Montreal and to get involved in a project that has a real impact on the community. She is currently assistant manager of the communication department at Outremont Theatre.
Project's directorBorn and raised in Annecy, a lakeside city in the French Alps, Adrien is specialised in street art project management. From 2011 to 2015, he lived in Montreal where he improved and mastered this field thanks to the the festival Under Pressure. To list some of his accomplishments, he created the event Beaux Dégâts, put together the itinerant exhibition Out For Fame, directed a couple of videos, opened 3 pop-up galleries Fresh Paint and played a part in the creation of the International Convention of Street Culture. Today, Adrien is back in his hometown where he works with the gallery Art By Friends since 2016. His implication with the festival is still big as he is the artistic director for the walls but also as an embassador for Europe.
AdministrationHe is an accountant passionate by the artistic community. He offers his services for free to organizations whose purpose is to support the artistic development and local artists. Having done a little of art himself, He likes to meet artists and help them to develop their projects and adapting their work to the economic realities of their region in which there are located in order to gain a revenue from their art.
CPA-CMA since June 2016. Full time employee for a private company; He offers his services on his free time.