Rev. Ayanna Solomon is Founder and President of Festival of Praise International, sponsor of the Jesus in the City Parade. She was born in Toronto and has ministered in a number of nations in the Caribbean and South America.
Immediately after graduating from Bible College she established a Bible Institute in the West Indies, where she worked as a missionary for three years. She has served as Worship Pastor in churches in Toronto, St. Kitts and Atlanta.
Her vision is to network with churches and organizations to further God's kingdom, by communicating the Word of God through the arts, music and culture and to also train and mobilize individuals to reach their full potential, purpose and destiny.
As part of her ongoing ministry, Ayanna conducts Praise and Worship seminars and teaches on Leadership, Motivational Gifts and Ministry Gifts among other subjects
Festival of Praise International was established in 1999 as a non-profit community network, cooperating with churches and organizations to spread the Word of God through music, dance, theatre and the visual arts and to develop programs to meet spiritual and social needs.
On September 11, 1999 the first parade was launched in Toronto, celebrating 2000 years of Jesus Christ and recognizing the new millennium. It featured all the books of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation with live Gospel music, floats, costumes, banners and flags. Public and media response was favorable, and the mayor issued a proclamation.
Since then Festival of Praise has sponsored a number of public events including worship conferences, a Revivalists & Reformers Symposium and an Ethno Music Gospel Fest bringing together the sacred music of the nations. It has also organized a Historical Bible Fashion Show with music and drama from Bible days to the present. Future projects include music scholarships for disenfranchised youth and a Festival Art Institute equipping artists in Worship, Music, Theater, Design and the Visual Arts.