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The Exchange Toronto

In addition to keynote speaker Samantha BeeThe Exchange Toronto event lineup includes:


Layne, The Auctionista ignites the power of philanthropy with their signature high-octane, live fundraising style. A bold and entertaining “Philanthro-tainer”, Layne raises millions of dollars for charities every year. Layne performs across Canada as a Benefit Auctioneer Specialist, Professional MC and Speaker.


Amanda Parris, a multi-faceted and multi-talented CBC host, will moderate a one-on-one Q&A with Keynote Speaker Samantha Bee. By day, Amanda writes a weekly column for CBC Arts, hosts three CBC television series (CBC Arts: ExhibitionistsThe Filmmakers and From the Vaults), and is the radio host of Marvin’s Room on CBC Music. By night, she writes stories for the stage and screen. Her play Other Side of the Game was co-produced by Cahoots Theatre and Obsidian Theatre Company in 2017 and was published by Playwrights Canada Press in May 2019. In 2014 she was named one of Grenada’s top 40 individuals under the age of 40. In 2018, she was named one of Toronto’s Most Inspiring Women by Post City; a Local Hero of Toronto Film by Now Magazine; and the African Heritage Educators Network named their 2018 Student Arts Award after her.