نَسيم عَسگَري
nasim asgari

Artist, Poet, Songwriter, Musician, Arts Educator Visual Artist, Grant Writer 

Education

B.A. Honors 

Human Rights & Equity Studies

York University, 2021

Publications
2022 |   Briarpatch Magazine Shortlist

2022 |   ‘Poetic Alchemy’, RISE Edutainment, Randell Adjei

2021 | Moël, Kopia TV 

2021 | Spoken Word Poetry with Youth from Refugee Backgrounds,
International Literacy Association

2021 |   Pulse Zine, Students of Colour Collective, University of Victoria

2021 | Dooneh Zine ISSUE NO. 4

2020 |   Asgari, Nasim ‘WOKE & LOUD:
A Faith-Based Medley of Muslim Poetry & Spoken Word’,
Edited by Leila Hasib, Inked Resistance Press, 2020

2019 |   ‘Untitled’, Exhibition Folio: Ai Weiwei Unbroken, Gardiner Museum

2018 |   Asgari, Nasim, what was swept under the Persian rug, Poetry Anthology

2018 |   still untitled, untitled still, March Sports Edition, West End Phoenix Newspaper

2017 |   Monica, Abadir, The Curation of Difference, 

Diasporas in Archive: A Living Document Breathing Through Memory,
Social Justice Education Ontario Institute for Studies in Education UofT

2016 |   ‘Letter to Maman She Will Never Read’ ‘Homebound’ Outburst Zine

2016 |   Syed, Fatima  “Speak Out: How an Inspiring New Generation of
Spoken Word Poets Found Their Voices” This Magazine

2015 |   Cole, Desmond,  “Taking Action against Bill C-51: A report from Toronto,
one of fifty-six Canadian cities protest government’s proposed anti-terror law”,
The Walrus

Languages


  • Farsi 
  • English 
  • French

Sync Placements
2022 |   Sort Of, Show, CBC GEM + HBO Max, Season 2 Score, Songwriter 

2022 |   OLG Lotto Max Dream Drop Campaign Commercial,
            Produced by Dean Vision, Performed by Moël, Written by Nasim Asgari

Selected Released Discography
2022 | Parker (Featured on Sort Of Season 2) 

Produced by Dean Vision, Performed by Moël, Written by Nasim Asgari

2022 | Retro (Featured on Sort Of Season 2) 

Produced by Dean Vision, Performed by Moël & Nasim, Written by Nasim Asgari

2021 |   LottoMax+ 9000 (Featured on Sort Of Season 2 + OLG LottoMax Dream Drop)
Produced by Dean Vision, Performed by Moël, Written by Nasim Asgari

2020 |   Hope You Relate (Commissioned by AGYU)
Produced by Solitaire, Performed by Terence Penny,
Named Tobias, Zakisha Brown, Tracey Kayy, Nasim Asgari

2018 |  Don’t Look Back

Produced by Alex Ernewein, Performed by Dey & Moël, Written by Nasim Asgari

2018 |  Set It To The Limit 

Produced by Alex Ernewein, Performed by Dey & Moël, Written by Nasim Asgari


Selected Poetry
2022|   Six Knees2022 |   Black Box2022 |   January 8th,

2021 |   See Through

2020 |   remind me I'm alive

2020 | the day my grandfather died

2020 | depleted: for roua

2020 | undefined

2020 | reminder to self

2020 | burning

2019 | Untitled

2018 | grenade

2018 | Make Ourselves Better

2017 | Forever an Immigrant

2017 | Exotical

2016 | Liminality

2016 | today is her birthday

2016 | grandma’s dentures

2015 | baba’s glasses

2015 | Girl’s Like Me

2015 | Breath of a Warrior

2014 | Stuck At The Border

2014 | Letter to Katy Perrym- From a 16-Year-Old

2013 | Letter to Maman She will Never Read

2013 | Revolution of Butterflies

2013 | Still, a Long Way

2013 | Once Upon a Sunset

2013 | maman’s hands

2013 | For the Prophet

2012 | Dreaming the Dream

2012 | Wake-Up

2012 | Maybe

2012 | Revolutionize the Soul Step by Step

2010 | A Minaret in Switzerland

Selected Performances

2022 |   CUPE National Women’s Conference, Sheraton Hotel 123 Queen St.W, November 28

2022 |   Half A Concert, 915 Dupont, Toronto, September 28, 2022

2021 | X Avant- You In Mind, The Music Gallery, RISE, 918 Bathurst

2021 | Unity Festival, Unity Charity, Gladstone Hotel/
Virtually Broadcasted on Amazon Music Canada

2021 | Art on My Mind, Art Gallery of York University, Virtual

2021 | The Good Time Show T.O, Bickford Park, 400 Grace Street Sept 4, 2021,

2021 | Musicians and Poets for Palestine, Virtual, May 28, 2021

2020 | We Keep Each Other Safe, Toronto Prisoners Rights Project, Virtual 

2020 | Take Back the Night, SSF, Red Dot Project, Seneca College

2020 | Demonstration, No War On Iran, US Consulate, Toronto

2020 | Stories of Truth 2.0, Racialized Young Professionals,
Definitely Superior Art Gallery, Thunder Bay

2019 | Poetry Solidarity & Resilience, GSA Carleton, Carleton University, Ottawa, 04/08/19 

2019 | Don’t Pass It Down: Dismantling Intergenerational Prejudice, Mosaic Institute,   University of Toronto, Mississauga 

2019 | Speakout Poetry, Studio.89, Mississauga

2018 | FOLD: The Festival of Literary Diversity 2018, Brampton

2018 | Racism Talk Series, Ryerson Faculty of Community Service, X University

2018 | 416 RISE, Daniels Spectrum, Toronto, April 27, 2018

2018 | Poetry Evening, Living Arts Centre, Mississauga

2017 | Nuit Blanche, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto

2017 |   Collecting Personal Archives: A Community Arts Space Project, the Gardiner Museum, 

2017 | Creative Time Summit Toronto: Of Homelands and Revolution, Koerner Hall, Toronto

2017 | York Federation of Students Presents: Low Key LiveOpening Performance for Lowkey, York University

2017 | Celebrating our Voices Panel, Toronto Metropolitan University, Toronto

2017 | Protest Against Muslim Ban, Black Lives Matter TO/
Coalition Against White Supremacy and Islamophobia, US Consulate, Toronto

2017 | Urban Legends Poetry Collective, Ottawa

2017 | Newcomer Students Association, Toronto Metropolitan University, Toronto

2016 | Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

2016 | Unity MC and Spoken Word Showcase, Super Wonder Gallery, July 21, 2016

2015 | Launch of the OHRC’s Policy on preventing discrimination based on creed,
Ontario Human Rights Commission, Toronto

2015 | Outburst! Presents: Volume: Sisters Make Noise, Daniels Spectrum, May 21, 2015 

2014 | Legacy of Malcolm X, Concordia University, Montreal

2014 | Unity Festival MC and Spoken Word, July 25, 2014 918 Bathurst

2014 | TedX Rouge River, Toronto Zoo      

Exhibitions
2022 |   Revolution Must Mean Life,  in collaboration with Maysam Khreibeh and Labour4Palestine, Mayworks Labour Arts Catalyst Festival, Whippersnapper Gallery, Toronto, ON.

2018 |   5th Annual (mus)interpreted Exhibit, Artscape Youngplace, Toronto (curated by Truth and Dare Project)

2017 |    Collecting Personal Archives: A Community Arts Space Project,
The Gardiner Museum, Toronto (curated by soJin Chun, Zahra Agjee) 

2017 |    Featured performer in Madeleine Co.’s Listen to the Chorus,
a collaborative large-scale four-channel video installation,
Nuit Blanche, Toronto (curated by Barbara Fischer), Sept 30, 2017

Videos
2022 | BNZA - Problems, Rayu + Mukatl (Video Production Assistant) 

2021 | Ami Starbad Studio (Video Production Assistant)  

2021 | All Right, (collaborative music video with Terence Penny,
Named Tobias, Zakisha Brown, Nathan Baya and Tracey Kayy ),
Black Creek Community Farm, Commissioned by Art Gallery of York University 

2020 | Hope You Relate ( collaborative music video with Terence Penny,
Named Tobias, Zakisha Brown, Nasim Asgari  and Tracey Kayy)
Black Creek Community Farm,  Commissioned by Art Gallery of York University

2019 | Ramadan Dua · He Hears Every Language | Islamic Relief Canada

2019 | CBC Arts Series, “Poetic License: 8 young poets speak their truth in anxious times”2017 |   CBC Arts Series, “Poetic License: Nasim Asgari ‘Forever an immigrant’:
An Iranian-Canadian poet takes on turbulent times”, Jan 31, 2017
Films

2018 |   RISE, experimental documentary by Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca, Emelie Chhangur, Art Gallery of York University, Toronto.2018 |   Not An Apology ft. Nasim Asgari (Short Film), Time Vision, Toronto 
Interviews

2022 | The Story So Far, Interview with Tendisai Cromwell, Silk Road Institute

2020 | The Morning Shift, CHUO FM, Ottawa

2018 | Metro Morning, CBC Listen, Radio One,  Interview with Matt Galloway

2015 | Newstalk 1010, Interview with Desmond Cole

Workshop Facilitation

2017 - 2020 |   Toronto Public Library, Poetry Saved Our Lives, Rexdale, ON.

2019 - 2020 |   All-Star Poetry Series, Toronto, GTA, ON.

2019 | Audi Short Film Award for “Rise”2018 |   Art Gallery of York University. Truth Be Told. Regent Park, ON. 

2014 | Wali Ul Asr School, Scarborough, ON.2013 | Unity Charity, Toronto, ON.

Awards & Grants 

2022 |   Ontario Arts Council - Art Catalyst Grant

2021 |   Ontario Arts Council - BIPOC Artist Development Grant

2021 |   Art Galleries of Ontario Nomination - Community Programming,
Art On My Mind, Hope You Relate

2016 | RISE Edutainment Community Award

2014 | Second place team York Region District School Board’s Poetry Slam

2014 | Unity Charity MVP Award

2013 | First place team of York Region District School Board’s Poetry Slam

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