MISSION STATEMENT
IN BLOOM celebrates Kurt Cobain 20 years on to inspire Toronto youth to reflect on mental and emotional well-being, and engage with the theme of "identities" to create art that grapples with what it means to come of age in the 21st century.  Whether it's anxiety, depression, bullying, addiction, poverty, or struggles with identity, everyone wrestles with experiences that affect emotional wellness.  IN BLOOM aims to reduce the stigma around youth mental health and to encourage a spirit of creativity, community, and generosity among Toronto's teens.  Moreover, we seek to raise funds to support Delisle Youth Services' ongoing commitment to mental health and arts programs, pioneering efforts to support LGBTQ youth, and promotion of what it has identified as "young philanthropy"--creative acts of kindness, youth-led community building, and peer-to-peer leadership that advances the welfare and opportunities of underserved and struggling youth and their families.  

A CELEBRATION OF TEEN SPIRIT AND THE ARTS
Frontman of legendary 90s band Nirvana, Kurt Cobain penned music that captured the raw energy of teenage angst and disillusionment, while crusading against the commodification of art, apathy, sexual abuse, and all forms of discrimination.  He also struggled with addiction and mental illness, and his tragic death by suicide at age 27 shocked and saddened people the world over.  Celebrating Cobain 20 years after his passing, IN BLOOM: A CELEBRATION OF TEEN SPIRIT AND THE ARTS highlights his artistic talents and human rights advocacy, his struggles with addiction and mental health, as well as his suicide to wedge open conversations with youth about mental and emotional well-being, identities, and the incalculable value of the arts in shaping teen experience.  

IN BLOOM's 2013-14 theme, "identities," aims to incite a Toronto-wide, youth-led exploration of what it means to come of age in the 21st century, and encourage an ethos of young philanthropy among the city's diverse landscape of teens.  In partnership with professional artists, the Toronto International Film Festival's Special Delivery program, teachers, and students from Laurence Park Collegiate Institute and Etobicoke School of the Arts, as well as youth from across Toronto via Delisle Youth Services, IN BLOOM will culminate in an awareness-raising Multi-Arts Show that will also raise funds for Delisle.  Toronto arts professionals will mentor senior arts students and Delisle youth in the creation of works leading up to the Multi-Arts Show.

Additionally, IN BLOOM will host a fundraiser concert for Delisle on May 6 at The Great Hall called COME AS YOU ARE. Presented by SiriusXM, COME AS YOU ARE will feature some of Canada's top musical acts performing covers of Nirvana songs, as well as art and musical performances created by participating youth for the Multi-Arts Show. 

THE IN BLOOM TEAM

NICOLA SPUNT 
Nicola is a producer, writer/editor, and award-winning literary scholar. She is a Content Producer for Pop Quiz (E! Canada), has produced two short films--The Scan (a Bravo!FACT-funded short written and directed by Esta Spalding) and McGillicutty (co-written by Adam Pettle and Joe Pernice), and has several film projects in development. She also founded and hosts After School, a salon-style speaker series that reimagines higher learning outside the university. After School has featured speakers such as former Toronto mayor David Miller, Mark Kingwell, Astra Taylor, Shary Boyle, Vanessa Dunn, Petra Collins, Dorion Sagan, Elle Flanders, Tamira Sawatzky, Michael Cobb, Jeff Warren, and Emily Southwood.  Nicola holds a PhD in English and has published articles in the Oxford Literary Review and the Henry James Review.

LIANE BALABAN
Liane is an actor and web-producer. She is the co-creator of Crankyfest, an online film festival for shorts about periods, and the Gemini-nominated Crankytown.ca, an interactive website about menstruation.  Her film debut in Allan Moyle's New Waterford Girl earned her a jury citation at the Toronto International Film Festival and a Canadian Comedy Award nomination.  Liane has since appeared in many films and television series, including Definitely MaybeLast Chance HarveyOne Week (Genie Award nomination), SupernaturalAbroad (Gemini Award nomination), NCIS: LANumb3rsSeven Times Lucky (Vancouver Critics Award nomination), Covert AffairsAlphas, and the 2011 Oscar-winning short film The New Tenants.  In 2014, she will appear in Don McKellar's The Grand Seduction opposite Brendan Gleeson and Taylor Kitsch, and on CTV's Saving Hope and Played.

KATHLEEN MUNROE
Kathleen is an actor in television and film.  Her credits include AlphasCSI: NYNCIS: LASuspect (dir. Guy Ritchie), Beautiful People, HavenStargate: UniverseRepublic of Doyle, and the Gemini-Award nominated series Durham County.  She had a lead role in George A. Romero's Survival of the Dead, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, and she was awarded the 2010 ACTRA Award for Outstanding Female Performance for her work on Flashpoint.  She is currently on air in the award-winning HBO Canada series Call Me Fitz for which she earned two nominations at the Monte Carlo TV Festival, and shared a Gemini-nomination for Best Ensemble.  In addition to acting, Kathleen writes and makes music.  Her latest project, Resurrection, will begin airing on ABC in 2014.