Jermaine Henry is a Social ARTrepreneur who uses Hip Hop and philanthropy to build within various communities in Canada. Born in Oshawa, Ontario to Guyanese mother Dawn Coleman and a British/Jamaican father Merv “Smoothkeyss” Henry. He engages audiences around the country with an infectious energy as an emcee and host.
Aside from using his art to bring about social change, Jermaine creates braver spaces as he artfully & vulnerably expresses his story and the virtues of freedom love, and equity. His music is a blend of Hip Hop, soul and spoken word, and has been described as therapeutic & soulful.
His artistry has been nurtured by his arts collective & independent label “The Heard,” (formerly Spoke N’ Heard). Jermaine’s most recent project features artists who have been a part of his journey as an artist and social entrepreneur, including; Ayrah Taerb, David Delisca, Erik Flowchild, Jordon Veira, I.V, and Xolisa. .
Jermaine’s has released two solo Hip Hop projects. March 2015 saw the release of his debut project: My Perspective & November 2016 Jermaine released his second project Preview Vol 2: PAST THESE STRUGGLES. While touring these projects around Ontario for his P.T.S.D Tour,(Past These Struggles: Deciphered), Jermaine’s music connected deeply with the stories and experiences of young people in Turtle Island (Canada).
Jermaine and team independently released the We Made It (LP), produced by Erik Flowchild and recorded at The Xove, Summer of 2018.
A CLOSER LOOK
I am passionate about creating a social impact and enterprise through my involvement in community arts and social entrepreneurship. I am pursuing mastery as a coach, performer, and host. Presenting on themes surrounding Hip Hop, Mental Health, Equity, Youth/ Community Engagement and Spirit.
During my final year of university, I became very interested in community outreach and development. I began to participate and help various camps, retreats and programs focused on art, mental wellness, and leadership. In this short time, I learned so much about who I am and how I can impact others in a positive way.
I went from being heavily involved in community-based activity to performing, hosting and speaking at seminars and facilitating programs. It didn’t take long to realize that this is where I was comfortable. I felt confident, and most importantly, I was able to see that I was having a positive impact on those around me. I knew then that this was my passion...my vocation. I have since had the honour of supporting various events and workshops that work to empower grassroots movements including Spoke N’ Heard, The New Mentality, AVNU, Youth Social Infrastructure (YSI) Collaborative and Grassroots Youth Collaborative (GYC).
Education, Training & Fellowship
York Region Arts Council's ARTreprenuer Program Certificate, Cohort 4, 2017
LePlayground (R)evolutionary Leadership, 2016
Art of Hosting: Beyond The Basics, 2015
School for Social Entrepreneurs LaunchPad & Fellowship Program 2015
PATI (Performing Arts Training Intensive) Watah Theatrical Institute; July 2014- April 2015
Art of Facilitation Certification, AVNU x ArtReach x NIA Centre for the Arts, 2014
Grassroots Youth Collaborative Mentorship Program, AVNU Certificate, 2014
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, York District School Board, 2014
Restorative Justice Facilitation Certification, George Brown College 2014
Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, Youthdale Treatment Centres, 2012-2013
Expert Academy x Elite Life Coaching Certification, 2013
High Performance Academy, Achiever’s Training on Advanced Psychology, Physiology, Productivity, and Persuasion, Online Master’s Course by Brendon Burchard 2013
World’s Greatest Speaker Training Advanced performance and promotions training for the world’s greatest speakers, by Brendon Burchard, Bo Eason and Roger Love, 2013
Dialectical Behavioural Therapy Training Part 1&2, Centre of Addiction and Mental Health, 2012
Dialectical Behavioural Therapy Training Part 3, Oshawa Psychotherapy Training Institute, 2012
Member of Psi Chi International Honour’s Society in Psychology, 2012
Bachelor of Psychology, Minor in Religion, Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI; May 2012
Academic article published in North American Journal of Psychology, 2012
Awarded an Undergraduate Research Scholarship, 2011
Who Have I Worked With?
4Rs Youth Movement
Albion Boys and Girls Club
Canadian Alliance Black Educators
Canadian Mental Health Association- Toronto Branch
Canadian Mental Health Association- Thunder Bay
Centre for Social Innovation
Children’s Peace Theatre
Engineers Without Borders
Grassroots Youth Collaborative
Hamilton- Wentworth District School Board
Institute for Canadian Citizenship
International Association for Youth & Mental Health
L.I.G.H.T (Lead Inspire Grow Hope Transform)
L.I.F.T (Let's Inspire For Today)
Malton Black Development Association
MEC- Outdoors Nation
Neptune Youth Committee
R.A.Y (Rathburn Area Youth Project)
Spoke N' Heard
Success Beyond Limits
Studio-Y @MaRS District
Toronto Pearson Airport- Community Investment
Toronto District School Board
Toronto Community Housing
The New Mentality of Children Mental Health Ontario
Watah Theatrical Institute
York Centre for Community and Education
York District School Board
Youth Social Infrastructure Collaborative