Celebrity Speakers


2 PM Saturday, March 2nd

Tony Okungbowa
from the Ellen DeGeneres Show
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Actor, producer, DJ, and America’s favourite sidekick on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Tony Okungbowa has turned like-ability into an art form. Recognized by audiences around the world for his charm, style, sense of humour and the ability to make Ellen dance on a daily basis, Tony is bringing his infectious energy to DJ the Main Stage fashion show at 2 pm on Saturday, March 2nd! Grab a seat for Tony’s Q&A and stick around to meet him after the fashion show.

He was raised in London and Lagos by Nigerian parents in a house where music reigned supreme, and has since carved a niche for himself in America. He received an undergraduate degree in Drama from Middlesex University in England before pursuing a graduate study at Lee Strasberg in New York. His career took off in Manhattan with roles on shows like The X-Files and NYPD Blue. He moved to L.A. to pursue acting and music, and soon found himself spinning at celebrity photo shoots for Hollywood’s top names. It was at one of these shoots that he met Ellen DeGeneres and the rest is history. Ellen became the first ever talk show to hire a DJ for live musical accompaniment, and Tony has been a fixture on the popular show for its incredible 9-season run.

Tony O. is in constant demand to play at high profile events around the world including the Grammys. He has recently starred in and produced two Sundance Festival official selections – “Mother of George” premiered at Sundance Festival 2013 in January, and “Restless City” came to the big screen in 2012 after its Sundance premier. Under his Turntable Studios banner, Tony continues to expand his horizons as an entertainer and visionary. He’s broken ground, charmed the world, and the best is yet to come!


1 PM Sunday, March 3rd - Main Stage

Joshua Morrow
"Nicholas Newman" on The Young and The Restless

Handsome heartthrob and veteran daytime star Joshua Morrow will be gracing the Main Stage at the inaugural Spring West Coast Women’s Show at 1:00pm on Sunday, March 3rd. Morrow joined the cast of The Young and the Restless as Nicholas Newman in 1994 and has routinely been named the favourite male star in daytime television by top two soap opera magazines.

On screen, Nick’s love life is described as “messy and convoluted,” but in reality Morrow is a loving husband and doting father of four. An all-around athlete, he grew up wanting to be a professional baseball player and enjoys snowboarding, basketball, soccer and tennis. Morrow is a star player on several celebrity basketball and softball teams that raise money for charity. His favourite charity event is the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Pro/Celeb Race, which he has competed in three times.

Morrow was born in Juneau, Alaska and raised in Oklahoma, New Mexico and Southern California, where he landed his big break on Y&R. In 1996, Morrow won a Soap Opera digest award for “Outstanding Younger Lead Actor,” and was nominated for five consecutive Daytime Emmy Awards from 1996 to 2000. He has been described as one of the most underrated actors in daytime TV and remains a favourite among Y&R fans everywhere.

One thing’s for sure: Joshua Morrow has staying power, and we hope he doesn’t go anywhere anytime soon!


7:15 PM Friday, March 1st - Main Stage



Back by popular demand, the 2013 Hall of Flame Calendar Firefighters will be strutting their stuff on the Spring West Coast Women’s Show catwalk! The Hall of Flame Calendar Firefighters Fashion Show is taking place at 7:15pm Friday, March 1st on the Main Stage in support of the Firefighters Charitable Foundation. This year, the guys of 2013 will be passing the flame, so to speak, to some of the 2014 Calendar hopefuls. Come cheer on the guys, show them your appreciation, and remember, it’s all for a good cause.

The 26th annual Hall of Flame calendar will be on sale at the Show, so don’t miss your chance to get an autograph from your favourite “Mr.” 100% of the proceeds from calendar sales benefit the Firefighters Charitable Foundation and other selected charities.


One Show per day! See the Main Stage Schedule for Show Times

International Award Winner, 'Samira' "Truly Tina"

International Award Winner, 'Samira' "Truly Tina" brings the high energy, physicality and vocal power of Tina Turner in her prime.  She has performed in Australia, China, Guam, Vegas, Mexico & entertained our troops in the Middle East.  "You want some action?"  She'll show you some action!

Barbara Halcrow
THIS IS OUR TIME! Moving ourselves forward in Spirit, Strength and Purpose

Women's positive, life-affirming energy is moving forward on this planet more than ever before to create the balance our world needs. Women are natural, transformative leaders, healers and creative geniuses. We all play a significant role with our strong voices in an era of local and global change. Barbara Halcrow, MSW, and author if Spiritual Intelligence: How Your Spirit Will Lead You to Health, Happiness and Success, will deliver a heartfelt and inspiring presentation that will ignite the appreciation of your own spirit, strengths and special purpose at this pivotal time in our lives.

Barbara Halcrow, MSW, RSW
Author, Presenter, Healer has worked in a wide range of areas that include: drug and alcohol counselling/education; mental health; child abuse and protection and family counselling; domestic violence, people with disabilities, sexual abuse survivors; sexuality and relationships.


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