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Carlene Ling, Founding Director

Carlene Ling began her artistic career in performing arts at a young age as a singer, dancer and model presenting in TV, and stage. 

 

After many years of piano, dance, vocal/musical theatre training and several Canada wide local and International performances. An honours graduate of both Humber College and HBI College, Ling entered into commercial work including corporate as well as nonprofit agency administration/fundraising, job development, customer/client service, outbound/inbound sales, promotions & marketing.

Ling's extensive corporate and nonprofit services career has included assisting senior management with event coordination for such organizations as Sick Kids Hospital, YMCA Employment Services, Sheridan College Community Employment Services, Job Skills, Employment Services, Humber River Hospital, Pharmacia, and Chuck E. Cheese’s restaurant. With experience in event planning, venue scouting, business administration, contract negotiation and corporate projects administration, she has worked alongside CEO'S, Directors, health care professionals, regional government management  & officials as well as nonprofit community groups and private citizens to create unforgettable events, workshops, presentations, project management meetings and conferences.

Born on the beautiful Caribbean twin island republic of Trinidad & Tobago, W. I., Carlene has a lot of experience in the performing arts and business industries and has ties to these areas both on a personal and professional level. Through paternity Ling is the niece of the late Kenneth Ling founder of Hamilton Ontario’s annual Mardi Gras Parade aka "Hamilton Caribana" which ran (the week after the Toronto Caribana parade) from the late 90's until his passing from cancer in 2007. On her mother's side Carlene is also the niece of Juliet (Brereton) Hamilton founder of the Burlington Multicultural Festival which ran for many years at Spencer Smith Park in Burlington, ON. in the mid 90's and she is the second cousin to Canadian calypso singer Sheila Brereton-Robinson also known as "Lady Pearl " and has performed at live shows with her in the past. Ling has been around entertainers or those that like to entertain her entire life her late uncle and godfather Earlvin "Patsy" Brereton often hosted large parties that included many international soca and calypso artists as regular guests until his sudden death while visiting his beloved Trinidad for Carnival in 2013. Carlene is a mother of 3 daughters all of which have inherited her musical talent for singing her oldest daughter goes by the stage name "Adria Kain” who is an accomplished singer and songwriter with tracks played on various radio stations in Canada and abroad. The company name was designed to honour her family members by incorporating the family names of Brereton and Ling as well as Carlene's love of all things Big, Bold and Beautiful!  She has legally resided in Queens, New York, USA, but has lived permanently in Ontario, Canada as a citizen for over 35 years.  She spent many of those years residing in Halton region but has also lived in Toronto /GTA and spent time visiting various Caribbean islands and also London, England in the past which gave her a diverse understanding and knowledge of a variety of multicultural traditions as well as arts & entertainment forums.

Carlene is also a social advocate and a humanitarian who not only has a passion to in some way carry on the legacy of her elder relatives by producing and promoting entertaining events, artists, individuals and groups; but she also promotes individual artists and groups that are active in community development, philanthropic, health and social service work on a local and/or global scale.  

 

Together with her team of  staff , arts & entertainment industry partners whether it’s a trendy  casual cocktail party,  traditional elegant sit down dinner , fundraiser, large scale outdoor/indoor event or private social party; Carlene  can  and will collaboratively work with you and/or your organization to give your upcoming event a unique "BLing" effect with a  balance of Canadian pop culture and related multicultural entertainment experiences that will leave your guests with memories that last a lifetime ...and perhaps  make a real difference in their lives as well.