Francis Arevalo is a Filipino-Canadian hip-hop artist and mental health advocate with roots in the poetry slam community, born and raised in Vancouver, BC. He is the founder of the A Night With Friends artist showcase and he collaborates with his creative family The Lions We Are (TLWA). He released his first mixtape ‘Love & Basketball’ in January 2017, and the “TLWA” record with The Lions We Are will release in Summer 2017. He is a 2008 graduate from the East Van Cultural Centre’s IGNITE! Spoken Word Intensive, 2009 Inaugural Youth Poetry Slam Champion, and 2011 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Finalist. He has been featured in the 2011 24 Hours Newspaper “Top 24 Under 24” series as “The Poet,” and in the 2014 UBC Student Leadership Conference “Faces of Today” showcase.