Brilliant would not be the event and spectacle that it is today without the skill, talent and passion of our volunteers – an amazing group of artists, models, dancers, hair stylists, makeup artists, musicians and fashion designers who live and work right here in our community. It is with heartfelt appreciation for all they bring to Brilliant that we offer our thanks.
Event Producer – Vladimir Markovich
Vladimir Markovich is no stranger to the catwalk. As the co-founder of British Columbia Fashion Week and former roles as Fashion Director and Media Advisor for the Canadian Gemini Awards and Artistic Director for International Top Model (ITM), Vladimir brings a wealth of creativity and experience to the Brilliant team.
He has spent the last 18 years working on developing, producing, and directing media and entertainment content across a variety of sectors, industry categories and multimedia platforms.
Vladimir relocated from Europe to the Dominican Republic, where he was influential in setting new trends and standards for Latin American broadcasting through the creation of the first live, interactive, virtual show – La Llamada Doradam which became the most watched daily show in primetime.
Master of Ceremonies - Jonny Staub
Jonny Staub is host of the top rated radio show, “Jonny, Holly, and Nira” on Vancouver’s #1 Hit Music Station, 94.5 Virgin Radio.
Jonny is a proud member of the board with local AIDS charity A Loving Spoonful and volunteers his time with Thank Dog I’m Out, which helps rescue homeless dogs from California and find new homes for them in Vancouver.
When he’s not working or volunteering at various events around the city, you’ll find him at Crossfit 604, drawing his own comic books or on a hike with his boyfriend Jason, and their two dogs Tacos and GusGus.
Key Stylist - Ghazal Elhaei
Since graduating from Blanche Macdonald Centre in 2012, Fashion Stylist Ghazal Elhaei founded digital publication ONE1ONE Magazine. After living and working in Dubai and London, Ghazal now resides in Vancouver, where today she is the founder and acting Creative Director at Capital G Creatives, as well as an emerging fashion and food stylist with Lizbell Agency.
Ghazal provides styling services for editorial, commercial, advertising, red carpet, runway and personal shopping clients. Her clients have included Purdy’s Chocolates, Nectar Juicery, Style Republic Magazine, and Lululemon. She has interviewed and worked with numerous influencers in fashion and music – including but not limited to Canadian songstress Fefe Dobson, alternative hip-hop group Jurassic 5, Miss America winner Nina Davuluri, and Dao-Yi Chow & Maxwell Osborne of Public School and DKNY.
Live Sculpture Lead Makeup and Hair - Lyle Reimer
Born in rural Saskatchewan, Lyle Reimer has made a name for himself in the cosmetics industry for his work at MAC in Artist Training and Development. In October 2013, Instagram highlighted Reimer as an artist to look out for in terms of inspiration in the makeup and mixed media world. With almost 100K fans following him at LyleXOX, Lyle continues to live a life surrounded by art in a variety of forms and continues to grow his artistic repertoire.
Backstage Production Manager - Alex Grace
Alex Grace is a Producer and Creative Consultant. Since studying at Blanche Macdonald Centre, Alex has gained experience within the realms of production, styling, creative consultation, and event planning. Alex is currently a Producer for Capital G Creatives. Her clients have included Positive Living Society, Dana Mooney, Nectar Juicery, and Cicino. This will be Alex’s third year on the St. Paul’s Foundation’s Brilliant Team.
Meredith Lacosse - Lead Makeup Artist
Meredith Lacosse is a professionally trained makeup artist. Since graduating from the global program at Blanche MacDonald in 2011, Meredith has been freelancing in the Vancouver area and abroad.
Represented by The Nobasura Clubhouse in Vancouver, Meredith has provided her skills to clients such as Lexus, Cadillac, Toyota, Sport Chek, Kit and Ace and Herschel.
Carlo Atienza- Choreographer
Carlo, one of the most in demand choreographers in the Canadian dance scene, is the founder of multiple-award winning dance team “The Faculty” as well as a director of TwoFourSeven Company, named Canadian Hip Hop Champions for four consecutive years. Carlo also teaches at Harbour Dance Centre where his sold-out classes offer a variety of styles that take inspiration from dance hall, vogueing/waacking, house, hip hop and even contemporary and lyrical. Carlo is a strong advocate for musicality and textures which is something he pushes to demonstrate within his choreography.
Heather Dotto - Choreographer
Heather Dotto is a diverse performer trained in many forms of dance and theatre at Caulfield School of Dance. She has been a member of Move: The Company for seven years and has performed for Simone Orlando, Amber Funk-Barton, Coriograph Theatre, Heather Laura Gray, Caitlin Griffin, Cardiff Stage Productions, The New Pornographers, mmHop, and more recently; Joe Ink. She is also a local and provincial level award-winning teacher and choreographer for K&S Dance Productions.
Production Partner - BRANDLIVE
BRANDLIVE is a leading event production and creative agency and a proud production partner to Brilliant. Based in Vancouver, BRANDLIVE delivers award-winning work for a diverse portfolio of local, national and international clients.
Action Denim by JC, Alex S Yu, Anna Talbot, Atelier Grandi, Earrings and Stuff, Evan Biddell, Evan Clayton, Hey Jude, JAC, Jack Le Goff, Joseph Chanan, Laudae, Park and Fifth Co., Prospekt, Prusa, Town Shoes
I could feel the adrenaline stomped from the heel of each model crash into the bass from the music as it vibrated to my own feet…it was impossible to remain still. Magic was happening at Brilliant!
- Sandra O’Connell, Vancouver Sun