Land Acknowledgement

SideBiz acknowledges that we exist on the traditional and unceded land of the indigenous peoples. As settlers, we’re grateful for the opportunity to work, come together and live on this land. We thank all the generations of people who have taken care of this land – for thousands of years. We also recognize the contributions of Métis, Inuit, and other Indigenous peoples have made, both in shaping and strengthening this community in particular, and our province and country as a whole.  

As settlers, this recognition of the contributions and historic importance of Indigenous peoples must also be clearly and overtly connected to our collective commitment to make the promise and the challenge of Truth and Reconciliation real in our communities.

For more information about this land, it’s history and active ally-ship, we encourage you to explore the resources below. 


Learn more about the history of your area: 
https://www.whose.land/en/

For artists and producers: 
https://artistproducerresource.ca/tiki-index.php?page=Land-Acknowledgements 

About Ally-ship: 
https://www.amnesty.org.au/10-ways-to-be-an-ally-to-indigenous-communities/

A place to start:  
https://www.amnesty.ca/our-work/campaigns/no-more-stolen-sisters
https://www.amnesty.ca/our-work/campaigns/site-c


Who are We?

SideBiz is an online marketplace that showcases products and services offered by the Canadian arts community.

At a time when the livelihood and sustainability of the arts industry is at stake, SideBiz aims to foster reciprocal relationships with artists and art supporters. Not only do we want to help artists and their side businesses thrive, we also want to create a space that puts a spotlight on many other meaningful initiatives that are bringing the community together.

SideBiz is the place to find someone the perfect birthday present or brush up on your singing technique, while also contributing to local Canadian artists. No matter where you are, welcome to SideBiz and thank you for supporting the arts.


Founder

Kelsey Verzotti

Originally from Calgary, Kelsey is a Toronto based performer with a Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance from Sheridan College. Since graduating Kelsey has performed in theatres across Canada and has also become a dog mom to a spoiled Shiba Inu named Kola. He’s sure to fall asleep at her feet, no matter where her career takes her.

Like many artists, Kelsey is facing the uncertainties of her industry’s future. Inspired by her peers in the theatre community and their never-ending talents on and off stage, she wanted to create a platform to help amplify and promote what our wonderful community has to offer. She hopes that SideBiz has helped you find what you’re looking for, and with a special touch from our vibrant community to you.

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Jacob Sheffield

Jacob is a Toronto based performer and graduate from Sheridan College. Since graduation he has had the opportunity to perform, and work countless jobs in between. 

During the past few months he’s immensely missed the artist community he’s a part of. That’s what has fuelled his desire to facilitate an online community where artists can come together and share their talents outside of the theatre, studio, and gallery.

He is bursting with joy seeing the incredible faith and support from his community and is excited by the unique talents everyone has brought to SideBiz. 

Enjoy browsing and thank you for supporting artists. 

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