This sea­son’s line up of tal­ent­ed Indige­nous artists, per­form­ers and music professionals.

Check out our Show Sched­ule to find out more about their vir­tu­al events.

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A Gathering of Hearts & Spirits Gala Event

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Chief Ian Campbell  Host

Chief Ian Camp­bell is one of 16 Hered­i­tary Chiefs of the Squamish Nation. Cur­rent­ly serv­ing his sec­ond term as an elect­ed Coun­cil­lor for the Squamish Nation Chiefs and Coun­cil, he was appoint­ed as a Polit­i­cal Spokesper­son. He has been employed as the Cul­tur­al Ambas­sador & Nego­tia­tor for the Inter­gov­ern­men­tal Rela­tions Depart­ment of the Squamish Nation since 1999.

Aman­da Nahanee  Host

Aman­da Naha­nee works as a his­to­ry edu­ca­tor, and engages in cur­ricu­lum devel­op­ment, research, analy­sis, and report­ing. As a Per­form­ing artist she is an actor, mod­el, First Nations sto­ry­teller, First Nations singer, and dancer.

Eagle Song Dancers Cul­tur­al Dance

Spak­wus Slolem, (translated,”Eagle Song Dancers), are mem­bers of the Squamish Nation. Their pre­sen­ta­tions brings out “Chi­ax”, the pro­to­col and laws of our canoe cul­ture, for their Long­hous­es. Their per­for­mances of singing /​ drum­ming and dance pro­vides a glimpse into the cul­ture, tra­di­tions and his­to­ry of their peo­ple trav­el­ling across the waters in great canoes to vis­it Fam­i­ly in dis­tant land.

Git Hayet­sk Cul­tur­al Dance

Git Hayet­sk means the peo­ple of the cop­per shield. Our dancers are bond­ed by their com­mon ances­try to the Sm’algyak speak­ing peo­ples with dis­tinc­tions in their fam­i­ly ties to the Hai­da, Tlin­git, Hais­la, and Musqueam Nations. Since 2003, they have shared songs and dances at cer­e­mo­ni­al and pub­lic events through­out Cana­da, USA, Aus­tria, Malaysia, Ger­many, and Japan.

Dancers of Damelahamid Cul­tur­al Dance

The Dancers of Dame­la­hamid is an Indige­nous dance com­pa­ny. Their rich his­to­ry of masked dance inspires a com­pelling per­for­mance, cel­e­brat­ing the diver­si­ty and time depth of the many Indige­nous cul­tures across Cana­da. Through dra­mat­ic dance, cap­ti­vat­ing nar­ra­tive, intri­cate­ly carved masks and elab­o­rate regalia, the Dancers trans­form time and space and bridge the ancient with a liv­ing tradition.

V’ni Dan­si Cul­tur­al Dance

V’ni Dan­si is a Van­cou­ver-based tra­di­tion­al Métis and con­tem­po­rary dance com­pa­ny ded­i­cat­ed to shar­ing the dances, sto­ries and cul­ture of the Métis. Ground­ed in the teach­ings of their elders and the med­i­cine wheel four direc­tions, the dancers inno­vate through both tra­di­tion­al and con­tem­po­rary dance expres­sions to AWAKEN and IGNITE a Mitchif world­view inspir­ing peo­ple of all nations.

Nyla Car­pen­tier Poet­ry

Nyla Car­pen­tier (Tahltan, Kas­ka, French, Scot­tish) is a mul­ti­fac­eted per­form­ing artist. She is a poet, a pow­wow dancer and work­shop facil­i­ta­tor. Nyla per­formed her new solo Dis­sec­tion of a… Mixed Her­itage Woman (Vic­to­ria and Van­cou­ver Fringe Fes­ti­val). Draw­ing on her expe­ri­ence as some­one of mixed her­itage — her goal is to blend the past, present and cre­ate new works for the future.

Wayne Lavallee Music

Wayne Lavallee is an actor, musi­cian, score com­pos­er of film and dance. He’s been nom­i­nat­ed and award­ed by notable estab­lish­ments such as the Cana­di­an Indige­nous Music Awards, Cana­di­an Folk Awards, Leo Awards and Juno awards. He is inspired to cre­ate music that is root­ed in his Indige­nous cul­ture, a hybrid of unique mod­ern sounds with old world sounds that evoke the ancient spir­it within.

Tzo’kam Cul­tur­al Music

Tzo’kam means “chick­adee” and “vis­i­tors are com­ing” in the Stl’atl’imx lan­guage. Flo­ra Wal­lace and her fam­i­ly have always sung togeth­er but in 1997 they expand­ed their efforts to share the cul­ture by per­form­ing, tour­ing and record­ing. Under the direc­tion of Rus­sell Wal­lace with lead singer and fam­i­ly matri­arch Flo­ra Wal­lace, Tzo’kam works with­in their com­mu­ni­ties to teach, share and main­tain a tra­di­tion kept alive by ded­i­cat­ed elders.

Tasha Faye Evans Dance

Tasha Faye Evans is a dance and the­atre artist from a lega­cy of Coast Sal­ish, Welsh, and Euro­pean Jew­ish grand­par­ents. Her work con­sists of a col­lec­tion of col­lab­o­ra­tions and per­for­mances with nation­al and inter­na­tion­al Indige­nous artist. She has pro­duced three fes­ti­vals and cre­at­ed the first two of five house posts being raised along Port Moody’s Shore­line Trail as part of a life­long exhibit.

M’Girl Cul­tur­al Music

M’Girl is an ensem­ble of Indige­nous women with sto­ries and songs on the gifts received from Moth­er Earth. The mes­sage in the music is an emer­gence of cul­tur­al ideals and world­views from their per­spec­tives of Metis, Nê-heya-win, (Cree) Anish­naabe and Saul­teaux (praire Anish­naabe) cul­tur­al backgrounds.

Ost­welve Music

Ost­welve aka Ron­nie Dean Har­ris is a Stō:lo/St’át’imc/Nlaka’pamux mul­ti­me­dia artist. Over the years, he has worked on num­ber of media projects, as an actor, com­pos­er and a lead char­ac­ter. Ron­nie has been very active in cre­at­ing and facil­i­tat­ing work­shop pro­grams for youth in media arts and hip-hop and in deliv­er­ing pro­gram­ming around the con­cept of colo­nial relations.

Rez Blues

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Pura Fe Music

Pura Fé, Tuscarora/​Taino Indige­nous activist, singer-song­writer, and sto­ry­teller. A found­ing mem­ber of the Inter­na­tion­al­ly renowned Native Women’s a cap­pel­la trio Ulali, Fé helped to cre­ate a move­ment through­out Indi­an Coun­try. She is on many movie sound­tracks, tele­vi­sion com­mer­cials, toured world fes­ti­vals and has been rec­og­nized with a French Gram­my (L’A­cad­e­my Charls Cros Award) for her music.

Crys­tal Shawanda Music

Crys­tal Shawan­da grew up on the Wik­wemikong reserve on an island in Ontario, Cana­da. A singer /​ song­writer and gui­tarist in the coun­try and blues genre, she’s release sev­er­al albums that have won awards includ­ing Juno, Abo­rig­i­nal Peo­ple’s Choice Awards, Cana­di­an Coun­try Music Awards to name a few. Her rise to fame was doc­u­ment­ed in as six-part series Crys­tal: Liv­ing the Dream.

Mur­ray Porter Music

Mur­ray Porter’s music career has tak­en him all over the world for the last 40 years. He is a proud Mohawk man from Six Nations of the Grand Riv­er Ter­ri­to­ry in south­ern Ontario. His music was rec­og­nized with a 2012 JUNO Award for and was nom­i­nat­ed at the 2019 Native Amer­i­can Music Awards for ‘Best Blues Record­ing’ and ‘Best Male Artist of the Year’.

Art Napoleon Music

Art Napoleon is host and co-pro­duc­er of APTN’s pop­u­lar show Moose­meat & Mar­malade, an inter­na­tion­al food series where he show­cas­es Indige­nous foods, tra­di­tion­al knowl­edge and out­door cook­ing tech­niques. He facil­i­tates cul­tur­al aware­ness work­shops, tours reg­u­lar­ly as a keynote speak­er and also serves as a juror and board mem­ber on many arts, cul­ture and her­itage orga­ni­za­tions across Canada.

Clyde Roulette Music

Clyde Roulet­te’s roots are in Man­i­to­ba where he was first inspired to play music. He is an Ojib­way Indi­an who devel­oped his abil­i­ty to cross cul­tur­al and musi­cal bound­aries start­ing as a blues gui­tarist and cross­ing paths with Win­nipeg musi­cians Gord Kid­der and Bar­ry Dun­ford to form a trio. He also per­formed with local gui­tar greats Brent Parkin, Col­in James and Ter­ry Barnett.

From Talking Stick to Microphone

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Nyla Car­pen­tier Host

Nyla Car­pen­tier (Tahltan, Kas­ka, French, Scot­tish) is a mul­ti­fac­eted per­form­ing artist. She is a poet, a pow­wow dancer and work­shop facil­i­ta­tor. Nyla per­formed her new solo Dis­sec­tion of a… Mixed Her­itage Woman (Vic­to­ria and Van­cou­ver Fringe Fes­ti­val). Draw­ing on her expe­ri­ence as some­one of mixed her­itage — her goal is to blend the past, present and cre­ate new works for the future.

Tawahum Bige Spo­ken Word

Tawahum Bige is a Łut­selk’e Dene, Plains Cree poet and spo­ken word artist from unced­ed Musqueam, Squamish & Tsleil-wau­tuth Ter­ri­to­ry (Van­cou­ver). Bige has per­formed at sev­er­al fes­ti­vals and at over 50 dif­fer­ent venues across Cana­da with his mix­ture of poet­ry & hip-hop. He has been pub­lished in over a dozen dif­fer­ent lit jour­nals & mag­a­zines and has three self-pub­lished chap­books with poet­ry collections.

Justin Per­ci­val Spo­ken Word

Justin Per­ci­val is from the Nisga’a (Nish-ga) nation. His ances­try stems from the frog clan on his mom’s side, and eagle clan on his dads. As a part of a matri­ar­chal soci­ety his birth tribe is the frog clan. Justin’s tra­di­tion­al name trans­lates to “fear­less”. He is a tra­di­tion­al dancer, spo­ken word artist, and performer.

Zofia Rose Musiej Music, Spo­ken Word

Zofia Rose Musiej is a Pol­ish and Car­ri­er First Nation, singer/​songwriter, poet and inter­dis­ci­pli­nary per­former. She is a slave to the muse, cur­rent­ly work­ing on her first EP and first poet­ry man­u­script, a grad­u­ate of The Writer’s Stu­dio at SFU (2019), and her poet­ry has been pub­lished in Prism, Room Mag­a­zine, and Salt Chuck City Review

Jil­lian Christmas Spo­ken Word

Jil­lian Christ­mas is a queer, afro-caribbean writer. She works as an artist, edu­ca­tor, con­sul­tant and cur­rent spo­ken word cura­tor for the Van­cou­ver Writ­ers Fest. She has won numer­ous Grand Poet­ry Slam Cham­pi­onship titles and rep­re­sent­ed both Toron­to and Van­cou­ver at eleven nation­al poet­ry events. She was the first Cana­di­an to per­form on the final stage of the Women of the World Poet­ry Slam.

Zoey Pricelys Roy Spo­ken Word

Zoey Pricelys Roy is a Cree-Dene Metis poet, emcee, edu­ca­tor, activist, film­mak­er and author. She has per­formed on stages around the world and toured with a 94-Piece orches­tra shar­ing orig­i­nal works of the late Zac­cheus Jack­son. She has been rec­og­nized by work and prac­tice through numer­ous awards includ­ing the Queen Dia­mond Jubilee II Medal and the Ind­spire Award.

Nimk­ish Music

Nimk­ish is a ris­ing Indigiqueer pop artist based out of Van­cou­ver, B.C. Her debut album chart­ed #1 on the CiTR Dis­corder Charts the week of its release, and has since received nation­al radio play on CBC Reclaimed. The sec­ond album, Dam­age Con­trol, is a snap­shot of the young artist’s life as she moved through the uncer­tain­ty brought by the last few years.

InterSocial Nations: A Virtual Dance Party 

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Jor­dan Waunch Host

Jor­dan Waunch is a Van­cou­ver based Métis per­form­ing artist, pub­lic speak­er, and emerg­ing film­mak­er and a grad­u­ate of BCIT’s Film And Tele­vi­sion Pro­duc­tion Pro­gram. He recent­ly direct­ed the project “Sis­ters Of Sor­row” through StoryHive’s first ever Indige­nous Sto­ry­teller Edi­tion and is cur­rent­ly pro­duc­ing an Indige­nous lan­guage doc­u­men­tary sup­port­ed by the Indige­nous Screen Office and Netflix.

DJ Kookum Music

Cheyan­na Kooten­hay­oo AKA Kookum is a DJ, mul­ti media mak­er and an open for­mat DJ inspired by EDM and Hip Hop music. Kookum is cur­rent­ly per­form­ing vir­tu­al­ly for online fes­ti­vals and events, host­ing online work­shops and mak­ing beats in the stu­dio. Kookum is also the music super­vi­sor for a children’s TV series and works with the Indige­nous Matri­archs 4 Media Lab to host a new podcast.

DJ O Show Music

Orene Askew, aka DJ O Show brings ener­gy and exper­tise to every event she hosts and DJ’s. She is an inspi­ra­tional speak­er, an elect­ed mem­ber of the Squamish Nation Chief & Coun­cil, a host of numer­ous high pro­file events and busi­ness and recip­i­ent of the 2015 Indige­nous Busi­ness Award and the Stand Out Award from the Van­cou­ver Pride Society.

Mon­day Blues Dance

Mon­day Blues is one of the newest mem­bers of Vira­go Nation. This fiery femme is an Afro-Indige­nous (Togolese-Secwepemc) life coach, semi-retired show­girl, advo­cate & activist. Soon to be your new favourite day of the week, Mon­day plans to leave you weak in the knees.

Sier­ra Tasi Baker Dance

Sier­ra Tasi Bak­er is a con­tem­po­rary dancer and one of the chore­o­g­ra­phers for But­ter­flies in Spir­it, an Indige­nous dance group that rais­es aware­ness for Mur­dered and Miss­ing Indige­nous Rela­tions. She began per­form­ing as a pro­fes­sion­al fire and cir­cus per­for­mance artist in 2013. She also teach­es “Decol­o­niz­ing Spec­ta­cle” work­shops to fur­ther the con­ver­sa­tions around Indige­nous resis­tance in performance.

Sparkle Plen­ty Bur­lesque

Sparkle Plen­ty is Van­cou­ver’s gla­me­di­an, weird­les­quer and word-mak­er-upper who has been deliv­er­ing beau­ti­ful­ly bizarre bur­lesque acts for over 10 years! This fiery god­dess is Cree with mixed her­itage and is a proud sis­ter of the first-ever all Indige­nous bur­lesque group, Vira­go Nation. You can find her teas­ing and emcee­ing on stages and screens all over Van­cou­ver, Toron­to, Las Vegas, and more.

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