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David Myles joins J Herbert Smith Centre at the University of New Brunswick as Cultural Fellow

Author: UNB Newsroom

Posted on Jun 12, 2024

Category: Press Releases

The J Herbert Smith Centre at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) is pleased to announce the appointment of award-winning musician and cultural advocate David Myles as its new cultural fellow. In this role, Myles will bring his extensive experience in the arts and his passion for fostering cultural growth to the Centre, examining the connection between creativity, innovation, technology and the arts.

David Myles, a celebrated Canadian singer-songwriter, boasts an impressive career with two Juno Awards and numerous other accolades. His relentless work ethic and musical sense of adventure have resulted in 16 albums, spanning classic folk traditions to sweltering R&B, in both English and French. In addition to his musical achievements, Myles hosts the popular podcast "Myles From Home," where he engages in insightful conversations with diverse personalities such as Shad, Jonathan Torrens, and Alan Syliboy, exploring the inspirations that drive artists.

"We are thrilled to welcome David Myles to the J Herbert Smith Centre," said Dr. Dhirendra Shukla, chair of the J Herbert Smith Centre. "David's contributions to the cultural landscape and his innovative approach to the arts make him an amazing addition to our team. His insights and experience will undoubtedly enrich our programs and inspire our students to explore the intersections of culture, technology, and entrepreneurship."

As cultural fellow, Myles will engage with students through multiple sessions focused on various aspects of creative and entrepreneurial development. These sessions will cover the Canadian cultural ecosystem, the intersection of art and technology, creativity as part of the entrepreneurial process, the role of artists as entrepreneurs, and strategies for social media marketing.

David Myles

"I'm absolutely thrilled to be taking on this new role at the J Herbert Smith Centre! The Centre is a super innovative and exciting environment to be in. I'm honoured. The students are top notch, from all over the world and their commitment to entrepreneurship and imagining new possibilities is totally inspiring. Can't wait to get more involved!" said Daid Myles, cultural fellow at the J Herbert Smith Centre.

Myles is not only a world-class entertainer but also an accomplished speaker and event host, known for his ability to connect with audiences and uplift them with his performances. He has received two honorary degrees, most recently an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Mount Allison University, recognizing his contributions to the arts and community.

The J Herbert Smith Centre is dedicated to advancing innovation and entrepreneurship through education, research, and community partnerships. By welcoming David Myles as a cultural fellow, the Centre continues to strengthen its position as a leader in fostering interdisciplinary collaboration and promoting cultural and technological advancements.

Photo caption (left to right): Zain Ul Mustafa, Anuj Sharma, Kingsley Okoro, Santhosh Janakiraman, Alex Khoshbakhtian, Doris Onyema, Matt Ryan, David Myles, Oluwaseun Rotimi, Adebayo Onafowokan, Safia Naznin, Olumide Kusimo, Folasade Oyedepo, Semako Zannu and Andu Dukpa.

Media contact: Kathleen McLaughlin, Media Relations Strategist at talktous@unb.ca.