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CHRYSTAL GOMES



chrystalgomes99@gmail.com

A proud member of an industry which spreads the
feeling of well-being that humour and laughter create.




FEATURED ON THE FOLLOWING TV & RADIO SHOWS:


Salt & Light TV's "Catholic Focus" with Host Gillian Kantor

CH-TV "News" Interviewed as a Presenter at the Hamilton "Living Well With MS: Mind Matters Session"

CBC (Halifax) Radio One's "Mainstreet" with host Heidi Petracek

CBC-TV's "THE NATIONAL MAGAZINE" with host Anne Petrie

TVO's "More To Life" with host Mary Ito

TVO's "Person 2 Person" with host Paula Todd

CHTV's "Comedy @ Club 54" with host Ben Guyatt

COGECO Community-TV's "Public I" Show about the "Benefits of Humour"

CFMT's "South Asian Newsweek" with host Angie Seth

CFMT's "Ishtyle-TV" with host Mo-D

CKLN 88.1 FM Radio's "Masala Mix" with DJ Zahra



FEATURED IN THE FOLLOWING PUBLICATIONS:

MS CANADA, article by Avril Roberts

The Toronto Star Newspaper, article by George Gamester

India Today (International) Magazine, article by Eugene Correa

CanIndia Weekly Newspaper, article by Eugene Correa

GOA-Herald Newspaper, article by Frederick Noronha

The Catholic Register, article by Paula Antonello Moore

MS ONTARIO National Magazine, article by Cindy Des Grosseilliers



SOME PAST HIGHLIGHTS:

Actually, they were all highlights - each and every event where there was an opportunity to connect with people in the healing spirit of laughter and/or in the hand-extended spirit of sharing truths (the good, the bad, the ugly...and the funny...for as long as I can laugh about it, I will be able to live better with it) about living with a chronic and debilitating illness.

Co-organized the February, 2005 "Fun-d-raiser for the Toronto Special Olympics" ( www.torontospecialolympics.com ). Emceed by TVO's Mary Ito! Afternoon Event included complimentary Hors D'Oeuvres, performances by Comedians, Juggler/Variety Entertainer, Illusionist, Hypnotist, Elvis Impersonator...Silent Auction Table, Balloon Pops, Door Prizes and a SurPrize(!) Grand Door Prize. Thanks to much-appreciated support, the 2005 Fun-d-raiser was able to raise $9,000.00+ in much-needed funds, enabling special athletes with mental disabilities to have continued sports training, programs and tournaments.

Co-organized the 2004 "Fun-d-raiser for the Toronto Special Olympics". A fun-filled Sunday afternoon in February that included a variety of entertainment (comedians/magician/variety entertainer/hypnotist/Elvis impersonator), complimentary hors d'oeuvres, silent auction, balloon pops and door prizes, and raised $9,100.00 for the TSO!! Audience of 200+ people. Madison Avenue Pub, Toronto

Received the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada's 2004 "Ontario Division Award of Merit for a Member...recognizing an outstanding contribution by a member of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada in furthering our mission". MS Society Awards Gala, Delta Chelsea Hotel, Toronto.

Profile of the Month (May, 2004) on "People with MS" page of the Multiple Sclerosis International Federation's website www.msif.org. The MSIF was established in 1967 as an international body linking the activities of National MS Societies around the world. London, England.

Interviewed by Margaret Ann Varner (Peggy), a writer for the "Culture.ca" website www.culture.ca. Culture.ca is an initiative of the Federal Government of Canada, administered through the Department of Canadian Heritage. This Web portal, launched in November 2003, promotes Canadian culture online to a broad audience. Since launch, they have climbed to 8,000 to 10,000 visitors per day to the Culture.ca Web site. The interview, about comedy in our culture, was added to Culture.ca's website in the Fall of 2004. Canadian Heritage. Gatineau, Quebec.

Performance at the Ceremonial Dinner for the retirement of Chief of Police, David J. Boothby & the welcoming of the new Chief of Police, Julian Fantino. Hosted by the South & West Asian Consultative Committee of the Toronto Police Service. Audience of 600 people included Barbara Hall (former Mayor of Toronto), Neha Bhopal (Global TV), Jake Dheer (Rogers Television), and members of Provincial and Federal Parliament. La Suhaag Banquet Hall, Brampton.

Performance at the South Asian Family Support Services' 10th Year Celebration and Annual Fundraising Gala. Audience of 480 people included Howard Hampton - Leader, NDP; Suhana Meharchand - Anchor, CBC Evening News; Margaret MacAdam - SHARE Award Advisory Board. La Suhaag Banquet Hall, Brampton.

Numerous events of the Multiple Sclerosis Society in BC, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, throughout Ontario as well as in Tennessee, New York and Florida.

Debut performances at Caroline’s Comedy Club & Stand-Up New York Comedy Club in New York City .

Please scroll down for a list of more events where Chrystal has performed stand-up comedy and/or shared her personal experience of life with MS.




CHRYSTAL HAS PERFORMED STAND-UP COMEDY AND/OR MADE PRESENTATIONS AT:

14th Annual First Canadian Humour Conference – St. Joseph’s Hospital

70th Birthday Dinner-Dance Celebration

Aldona Association Social

Area 25 Toastmasters Club Meeting

Brant Masons of Hamilton – Ladies’ Night

Bridal Shower

Business & Professional Women's Clubs of Ontario – North Toronto Club Meeting

Business & Professional Women's Clubs of Ontario – 53rd Annual Provincial Conference

Calangute Association Social

Chip Charity Dinner Dance (Twice)

CIMA Chartered Institute of Management Accountants – Fundraising Dance for Doctors Without Borders

Clinidata Staff Christmas Party

Conros Corporation Staff Christmas Party

Conros Corporation 5th Annual International Golf Tournament Dinner & Dance – Fundraiser for the Kidney Association of Canada

Context/Edge Associated Gala (Twice)

Danny Gayle’s Piano Concert (3 Times)

Dig Foundation’s Beach Volleyball Tournament Event to Benefit the NMSS (Syracuse, New York)

Dynea Canada’s Christmas Party

ESS Etobicoke Services for Seniors' AGM

Forward Speakers Toastmasters Club No. 3032 Meeting

George Hull Centre for Children & Families’ Festive Party

“Living in Hope” Fundraising Dinner Dance

Jacinta Luis & The Groove Concert

“Lunch ‘n Dance Fundraiser for Kristopher”

Mac's Convenience Stores Inc. Staff Christmas Party

May Queen Dinner Dance

Miss Canada-India Beauty Princess Pageant (Twice)

Mississauga Newcomers & ACORN Club’s Christmas Party

MS Society of Canada - 5th Annual MS Volunteer Recognition Evening

MS Society of Canada - 41st Ontario Division Annual General Meeting & Fall Conference – “Living Well With MS: Managing Fatigue” Workshop

MS Society of Canada – British Columbia Division’s Annual Conference & Annual General Meeting (Nanaimo, BC)

MS Society of Canada – Durham Chapter’s Christmas Party & Annual General Meeting (Twice)

MS Society of Canada – Hamilton Chapter’s Annual General Meeting

MS Society of Canada – Kingston Chapter’s “Partners in Progress” Education Seminar

MS Society of Canada – Leeds-Grenville (Brockville) Chapter’s Education Seminar

MS Society of Canada - “Living Well With MS: Managing Fatigue” Public Education Series (Sudbury, Kingston, Toronto)

MS Society of Canada - “Living Well With MS: Mind Matters” Public Education Series (Ottawa, Halifax, Hamilton, Toronto, Vancouver)

MS Society of Canada – Manitoba Chapter’s “Getaway Weekend” (Gimli, Manitoba)

MS Society of Canada – Mississauga Chapter’s Annual General Meeting

MS Society of Canada – Newmarket Chapter’s Christmas Dinner

MS Society of Canada – Ontario Division Office Staff Orientation Session

MS Society of Canada – Ontario Division’s 12th Annual Brampton-to-Guelph Bike Tours

MS Society of Canada - Scarborough Chapter’s Christmas Dinner (3 times)

MS Society of Canada – Scarborough Chapter’s Mixed Signals Self-Help Group (Twice)

MS Society of Canada – Toronto Chapter’s Christmas Luncheon

MS Society of Canada – York North Chapter’s Christmas Party (Twice)

MS Society of Canada – York South Chapter’s “Evening of Thanks to Volunteers”

MS Society of Canada – York South Chapter’s 21st Annual MS Golf Tournament

MyBindi Comedy Night

National Multiple Sclerosis Society – South Florida Chapter’s 5th Annual Women’s Retreat (Miami, Florida)

OCSCF Ontario Catholic School Council Federation Event

Ontario Provincial Police Veterans’ Christmas Party

Retirement Party

Sales Awards Dinner

Scarborough Optimist Club Dinner Dance

ShareLife Trust’s 4th Annual Corporate Golf Tournament Dinner

South & West Asian Consultative Committee of the Toronto Police Service Ceremonial Dinner

South Asian Family Support Services 10th Year Celebration & Fundraising Gala

Syme 55+ Seniors Centre’s Annual General Meeting

Tanzanite 20th Anniversary Dinner Dance

Terra Cleaning & Restoration 9th Annual Fundraiser for the Community Child Abuse Council of Hamilton-Wentworth

Teva Neuroscience & Multiple Sclerosis Foundation’s “Laughter is Good Medicine: Living Well with MS & The Choices We Make” Event (Knoxville, Tennessee)

Toronto International Goan Convention Dinner Dance

Toronto Rehabilitation Institute’s Multiple Sclerosis Rehabilitation Symposium

Toronto Special Olympics Fundraiser

Tusker Golf Classic Dinner & Dance (Twice)

WPARA Windsor Professional Auto Repair Association’s Christmas Party

Young Adult Catholic Network’s Dinner Dance (3 Times)

Yuk Yuks’ Broad Appeal Comedy Show



As well as numerous performances at the following locations since March 10, 1998:

Jeff Healey's Restaurant
Brainstorm Lounge
The Laugh Resort Comedy Club
Tom Foolery's Comedy Club & Events Theatre
Club 54 (Burlington)
Comedywood Comedy Club
Diesel Playhouse
Yuk Yuks Comedy Club
Raxx Lounge (Brampton)
Groundhog Pub
Monarchs Pub, Delta Chelsea Hotel
Spirits Bar & Grill
Free Times Cafe
Guv'Nor Pub
Artful Dodger
Lido's in the Beaches
Casa Cafe & Deli
Corona's Restaurant & Nightclub
Clinton's
NOW Lounge
Ein-Stein Cafe & Pub
The Idler Pub
43 Below
The Red Spot

March, 1998: 5-minute performance on 'Amateur Night' (first actual comedy club performance) at the Laugh Resort Comedy Club, Toronto.

February, 1998: First stand-up performance (5-minutes), for fellow students in the 'Advancement of Excellence', 8-week personal enrichment course run by Context Associated, Toronto.



COMEDY COURSES TAKEN

July 1999
Received full scholarship to participate in the one-week Humber Comedy Workshop with instructor Stephen Rosenfield from The American Comedy Institute in New York City. Humber College, Toronto.
Selected as student to be featured on "A Class for Comics", segment by Anne Petrie of CBC-TV's "THE NATIONAL MAGAZINE".

September 1998
Participated in one-week Stand-Up Comedy Workshop with instructor Stephen Rosenfield. The American Comedy Institute, New York City.

July 1998
Participated in the one-week Humber Comedy Workshop with instructor Stephen Rosenfield from The American Comedy Institute in New York City. Humber College, Toronto. Was one of three students selected to perform 2 ? minutes of stand-up comedy at Yuk Yuks Superclub on a Friday night late show. Toronto.




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