Feasting Our Words Artists

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

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

Wordplay and Rhythms for the Spirit!

VPL_Joseph A. Dandurand-164_330x440_0 (1)

Joseph A. Dandurand

Poetry

Director of the Kwantlen Cultural Center, Joseph A. Dandurand brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to his role as a storyteller. A member of Kwantlen First Nation located on the Fraser River, Dandurand has been a storyteller since he was a young man. His talent and passion for words and sharing stories has followed him through the many journeys of his life.

NicolaCampbellHS-3 (1)

Nicola I. Campbell

Poetry

Nicola Campbell (Nłeʔkepmx, Syilx and Métis) is an award winning author of adult and children’s free-verse poetry, fiction, and non-fiction prose. Currently a UBC Okanagan student, her Ph.D. research draws upon Indigenous scholarship with a focus on contemporary and traditional Indigenous storytelling practices.

Jules A. Koostachin Headshot (Poet) square

Dr. Jules Arita Koostachin

Poetry

Dr. Jules Arita Koostachin (Swampy Cree and band member of Attawapiskat First Nation) is a recipient of an Award of Distinction and an Academic Gold Medal for her documentary Remembering Inninimowin. A mother, published writer, performance artist, academic, and filmmaker, she is the voice of Layla on the animated series Molly of Denali.

DJ O Show

DJ O Show

Music

Orene Askew; aka DJ O Show (Afro-Canadian and and a proud member of the Squamish Nation) remains true to her love for hip hop and R&B, incorporating magnetic beats to ensure you never want to leave the dance floor. Coming from a diverse background, O Show is driven by her passion for music and cultural backgrounds, and she strives to incorporate the teachings she has learned into everything she does.

IMG_2465 square

Blue Moon Marquee

Music

From the Badlands of the Rocky Mountain prairies come Blue Moon Marquee performing original compositions influenced by early blues, swing, and ragtime. A.W. Cardinal (Metis of Cree heritage) howls out smoky vocals and strums a hot guitar while Jasmine Colette on rhythm wields the upright bass, singing sweet harmonies.

Talking Stick Gala Comes Full Circle!

1_Jordan Waunch Promo Pic

Jordan Waunch

Host

Jordan Waunch is a Vancouver based Métis performing artist, public speaker, and emerging filmmaker. A BCIT Film & TV Production grad, Jordan has gone on to build a career as a professional camera operator and casting associate Studio 3 Media in Vancouver. In 2020 he directed “Sisters Of Sorrow” via StoryHive’s 1st Indigenous Storyteller Edition and is currently producing an Indigenous language documentary.

George lawson - kookum red hat

DJ Kookum

Music

Cheyanna Kootenhayoo; AKA Kookum is a DJ and multi-media maker from the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation, and Cold Lake First Nations. Based in Vancouver, Kookum has been making a name for their self across the country and is no stranger in the community. An open format DJ, Kookum is inspired by EDM and Hip Hop. A diverse mix-diva on the decks, Kookum always keeps the party hype, fresh, and unpredictable.

Supernaturals_1 (1)

Supernaturals

Fashion

Supernaturals; an Indigenous boutique modelling agency focusing on healthy and high-end cultural representation was co-founded by two renowned Indigenous changemakers, Joleen Mitton and Patrick Shannon. Their mission is to celebrate and make visible Indigenous peoples at a high level in media arts, culture, community, land-based wisdom, and the global market.

Monday Blues

Monday Blues

Burlesque

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.

RainbowGlitz

RainbowGlitz

Burlesque

Vancouver’s own love medicine and resident rainbow slut, RainbowGlitz (Haida, Squamish, Musqueam, and black) started her burlesque journey in 2013. With a passion for mixing pussycat doll hip-hop with a nerdy and exotic (stripper) twist, RainbowGlitz is a founding member of Virago Nation. When she’s on stage this colorful slut will heal you with her medicine.

Nyla-Talking-Stick

Nyla Carpentier

Spoken Word

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.

IMG_2465 square

Blue Moon Marquee

Music

From the Badlands of the Rocky Mountain prairies come Blue Moon Marquee performing original compositions influenced by early blues, swing, and ragtime. A.W. Cardinal (Metis of Cree heritage) howls out smoky vocals and strums a hot guitar while Jasmine Colette on rhythm wields the upright bass, singing sweet harmonies.