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Jason Brock is a North Bay musician and artist focused on the unique electric bass instrument called the Chapman Stick where he has received recognition from specialists on the instrument. He began playing the Chapman Stick in 2000 after discovering it allowed him to still play music despite a work place injury that left his right arm partially disabled. His first CD Medicine Stick has 21 original compositions ranging across several genres (Celtic, contemporary, light jazz, progressive, and folk). Since 2015 Jason has been researching and building custom pedal-board effects processing to expand the musical capabilities of the Chapman Stick in live performance.
Samay Arcentales Cajas is a (Kichwa) digital media and community artist born in Toronto. In her creative practice she explores the sense being uprooted, the migration experience, and the meaning of urban indigeneity. Through multimedia work and performance she tangles and untangles her mixed ancestry by including the voices of her family and community. Her first short stop motion film “Rimanakuna”, was premiered at imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival, 2014.
Thirza Jean Cuthand has been making short experimental narrative videos and films about sexuality, madness, youth, love, and race, which have screened in festivals internationally. In 2015 she was commissioned by ImagineNATIVE to make 2 Spirit Introductory Special $19.99. She is of Plains Cree and Scots descent, a member of Little Pine First Nation, and currently resides in Toronto.
Joseph Lewis Erb is a computer animator, film producer, educator, language technologist and artist enrolled in the Cherokee Nation. Erb created the first Cherokee animation in the Cherokee language, “The Beginning They Told”. He used his artistic skills to teach Muscogee Creek and Cherokee students how to animate traditional stories. Erb teaches at Univ. of Missouri in Digital Storytelling. Natasha Francis is of Mi'gma decent from Indian Island First Nation. After studies in Theatre and Education at University of New Brunswick, Natasha is finding film to be a wonderful new territory of exploration.
James Kirkpatrick from London, Ontario is a dynamic multi-media artist. He is known for his participation in the early Canadian graffiti movement and as the avant-garde hip-hop artist Thesis Sahib. He is also active in a variety of media including drawing, painting, sculpture, zines, mask-making and experimental sound improvisation. His artwork has been shown extensively throughout the US and Canada including shows in New York, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Halifax, Toronto and Vancouver. In recent years, his work has incorporated sculptural, kinetic and auditory elements. By combining his 2D aesthetic with custom-built circuit-bent electronics, Kirkpatrick creates hand-held sculptures that function as both musical instruments and experimental sound machines. The sculptures are extensions of Kirkpatrick’s drawing and painting practice and are also used in his collaborations and live performances.
Casey Koyczan – Inspired by history, culture, and their interactions with the human world and technology, Casey Koyczan’s art seeks to bridge the gap between visual and audio, while subtly recognizing aboriginal values and politics. His media and music spans across an array of interests including: sound design, multi-instrument live looping, graphic design, short documentaries, 3D modeling, and visualizations. With art installation, his large-scale artworks provide compositional value and experimental techniques to achieve his unique aesthetic; previous installations take on traits of amorphous beings that are invading or reclaiming space in modern architecture.
Pierre-Luc Lecours is a composer and sound artist based in Montreal. His musical practice covers several mediums and aesthetics. His music is characterized by a search for emotional expressiveness in works exploring the hybridization of acoustic and digital sources, drawing as much on the currents of contemporary music, instrumental and electroacoustic as on experimental electronic styles. He is part of the QUADr and ILEA projects. His works were honored by the Composition Contest of the 2014 Destellos Foundation, the SOCAN 2014 Young Composers Contest, and the CEC 2014 Times play contest and were presented at several international events including MUTEK (CA), Elektra ( CA), BIAN (CA), Akousma (CA), Currents (US), Muslab (MEX), Resonances Électriques (FR) and Hot docs (CA).
Beric Manywounds is a Tsuut'ina/Anishnaabe Twospirit Filmmaker, Performer, and Storyteller.
Conor McNally (Métis/Otipemisiwak) is based in Edmonton Alberta, Canada. Bypassing formal film training, Conor creates works though a combination of instinct, hands-on trial and error, and a keen ability to make friends who are talented and helpful. He has made numerous short films, with his most recent being ôtênaw (2017). Conor McNally is a proud father, a consummate garlic grower, and a yerba mate connoisseur.
Caroline Monnet is a multidisciplinary artist from Outaouais, Quebec. She was nominated for a Canadian Screen Awards for Best Short Drama for Roberta. She won a Golden Sheaf Award at the Yorkton Film Festival for Best experimental film for Mobilize. As a visual artist, she has exhibited her work as part of Rencontres Internationales (Paris/Berlin/Madrid) as well as at Axenéo7, Plug In ICA, Arsenal Montréal and Museum of Contemporary Art (Montréal).
jackson 2bears is a kanien’kehaka (mohawk) multimedia installation/ performance artist and cultural theorist from six nations who is currently based in lethbridge alberta, canada. since 1999, 2bears has exhibited his work extensively across canada in public galleries, museums and artist-run centres, as well as internationally in festivals and group exhibitions.
Natasha Barrett 's works span concert composition through to sound-art, large sound-architectural installations, collaboration with experimental designers and scientists, acousmatic performance interpretation and more recently live electroacoustic improvisation. Barrett is inspired by acousmatic sound and the aural images it can evoke, particularly in terms of the evocative implications of space and the projection of 3-D sound-fields. Over the past 20 years she has been a specialist in the creative application of very high-order ambisonics and precision spatio-musical forms. Her composition has received numerous recognitions, most notably the Giga-Hertz-Preis (Karlsruhe, Germany, 2008), Nordic Council Music Prize (Scandinavia, 2006), Bourges International Electroacoustic Music Awards (France, 1995, ’98, 2001, ’06), Edvard Prize (Norway, 2004), Noroit-Léonce Petitot (Arras, France, 1998, 2002), 9th IREM (2002), Musica Nova (Prague, Czech Republic, 2001), Concurso Internacional de Música Eletroacústica de São Paulo (CIMESP ’01, Brazil), Concours SCRIME (France, 2000), Festival Internacional de Nuevas Tecnologías, Arte y Comunicación Ciber@RT (Ciber@RT International Festival of New Technologies, Art and Communicaton) (Spain, 2000), Prix Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria, 1998), and Luigi Russolo Competition (Italy, 1995, ’98). Her work is available on numerous recording labels, including Albedo, Aurora, Centaur, Elektron, empreintes DIGITALes, Euridice, Mnémosyne Musique Média, and +3dB.
Myriam Boucher is a video and sound artist based in Montreal (Canada). Her sensitive and polymorphic work concerns the intimate dialogue between music, sound and image, through visual music, immersive projects and audiovisual performance. Her work was won prizes in the 2015 and 2016 (first prize) JTTP awards, the Videoformes 2017, the 2015 JIM Electroacoustic Compositions Competition and the Bourse Euterke 2015, and has been presented at many international events. After a bachelor’s degree in electracoustic at the Université de Montréal, she began her PhD in the fall of 2016. Her research focuses on image/sound relationships applied within a contemporary musical context and of an acousmatic writing.
Sandy McLennan Sandy McLennan is a multidisciplinary artist thriving on reinvention. A Sheridan College Media Arts graduate (1981), he worked as Audio-Visual/Computer Technician in schools until 2014, residing near Huntsville since 1986. He is compelled to reproduce docu-drama evidence of the world around him, via photography, motion pictures, audio, installation and performance. After decades away he is back in a home darkroom, enlarging prints and hand-processing motion picture film. He employs both a portable darkroom and portable cinema to take film to the streets. Sandy McLennan has twice received Artists in Education grants from the Ontario Arts council for teaching pinhole photography. McLennan's experience includes performing with the Canadian Opera Company at age 7, shooting slides in Hong Kong in 1972, tape recording R.Murray Schafer’s lake opera in 1981, documenting a canoe trip on 16mm film, mounting solo and group exhibitions of photography, installation, audio and motion pictures and installation/performance collaborations with Beverley Hawksley for Nuit Blanche North.
Dermot Wilson , born in Dublin, Eire and living in northern Ontario, works in various media including digital video, time-based installation, digital imaging, computer animation and performance to create works that include meditations upon his relationships with the community and the environment. He has lived and worked in Victoria, B.C., Stratford, ON, Calgary, AB, Saskatoon, SK, Hamilton, ON and St. Catharines, ON. He has shown his artworks across the country. As well as his video and performance works, he is currently producing multiple series' in mixed media. Also a writer and curator, Wilson’s fiction has appeared in various Canadian literary and arts magazines. He has curated international and national group and solo exhibitions for the past ten years as the Director of the WKP Kennedy Gallery in North Bay, Ontario. Wilson has also worked for several Media Arts collectives and organizations across Canada. He was the first Director of Paved Arts in Saskatoon, founder of N2M2L in North Bay, first curator for the Ice Follies Biennial and recently joined the Board of the Media Arts Network of Ontario. He is currently a member of the Nipissing Region Curatorial Collective and of the Hyperboreal performance group. he is also an administrator for the Northern Arts and Crafts Movement in North Bay.