The Dream Catchers Workshops
The Dream Catchers workshops took take place across the country, one in every province and territory. These were opened to youth between the ages of 11-15 years-old. During these one-day workshops, attendees worked with indigenous and non-indigenous facilitators and creators to share hopes for their futures, and for the future of our country, with a focus on the environment, justice and reconciliation. Workshops were facilitated by dream catcher Artist Nick Huard, Playwright and Associate Artistic Director of The Charlottetown Festival Mary Francis Moore.
Each workshop featured a different regional performing artist taking part, giving each workshop its unique focus and character.
Mary Francis Moore & Nick Huard
During the months of February and March, our team traveled to every province and territory in Canada. The following workshops took place:
Feb. 4th – Summerside, PE - Trinity United Church Community Hall
Feb. 11th - St. John’s, NL – MacMorran Community Centre
Feb. 18th – Montréal, QC - Boys and Girls Club of LaSalle
Feb. 21st - Pincher Creek, AB – Pincher Creek Provincial Building
Feb. 23rd - North Battleford, SK – Battlefords Boys and Girls Club
Feb. 25th - Williams Lake, BC – Boys and Girls Club of Williams Lake and District
March 4th - Halifax, NS – Mi'kmaw Native Friendship Centre
March 6th - Miramichi, NB – Boys and Girls Club of Miramichi
March 11th - Thompson, MB – Boys and Girls Club of Thompson
March 14th - Toronto, ON – Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club
March 16th – Iqaluit, NU – Inuksuk High School
March 18th – Yellowknife, NWT - Mildred Hall School
March 21st – Whitehorse, YK - The Heart of Riverdale Community Centre
Twenty-two year old Acadian artist Caroline Savoie seduces with the warmth of her powerful voice, her distinctive tone and timbre, her great vocal control, and her disarming naturalness that are all part of her unique signature. Since her debut on stage in 2011, the young singer-songwriter has had an impressive track record, including two acclaimed EPs, one full length album with label Spectra Musique and performing more than three hundred shows spanning several Canadian provinces, the United States, Belgium and France. In 2015, she was crowned the overall winner of the prestigious Festival international de la chanson de Granby (47th edition). Caroline has received more than 15 awards, including the coveted SOCAN Best Song Award for her song Y'en aura, the Yves-Gagnon Public Award, and the Jacques-Cossette Press Award.
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
Paper Lions are a chart-topping, multi-award winning Indie Pop band from Prince Edward Island. They have performed at the northernmost human settlement on Earth, opened for CAKE, played for the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, and toured extensively throughout North America and Australia. Paper Lion’s music is streamed over 15,000 times a day, and their video for Travelling has over 8 million views. They have brought international attention to the music scene in PEI, and on September 16, launched 'Full Colour,' their most ambitious album to date, with songs written to make your day, a show prepared to startle your senses and a purpose to lift you from the daily cycle – into a peak moment to take with you to the grave. They are Colin Buchanan, John MacPhee, Rob MacPhee, and David Cyrus MacDonald.
NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR
Romesh Thavanathan (Tiny Emperor)
Romesh Thavanathan is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, best known as a core member of the band Hey Rosetta! where he plays a wide variety of instruments, often switching between cello, guitar, keyboards, and percussion. After graduating from Memorial University of Newfoundland with a Bachelor of Music (Honours) degree in performance, he has toured internationally with Hey Rosetta! for the last 8 years while producing and composing material under the moniker Tiny Emperor.
Twin Flames takes the audience on a musical journey across Canada and the Arctic, they sing in English, Inuktitut and French. Together they unite the North and South of Canada and prove that music has no boundaries. This duo combines Jaaji an Inuk/Mohawk from Nunavik and Chelsey June an Algonquin/Cree Métis from Ottawa. Twin Flames Raging Fire: This powerful duo won Aboriginal Songwriters of the Year at the 2016 Canadian Folk Music Awards. Their debut album 'Twin Flames Jaaji & Chelsey June' was also nominated for two Native American music awards in the United States: Best Folk and Best New Duo earlier this year. Both solo artists before the creation of Twin Flames, Jaaji's solo album 'Nunaga' won Best Indigenous Language Album in 2015 at the Indigenous Music Awards in Winnipeg and Chelsey June's Album 'Finding Me' was nominated Best Folk Album the same year.
Calgary-born of French, German, Irish and Mohawk bloodlines, the trilingual (English, French and Spanish) Starr is a genre-defying artist blazing her own influential trail. Entirely self-trained, Starr moves from hip hop to art-pop, folk to spoken word to EDM with eclectic grace. Her music is fearless, intuitive, politically charged and melodic, challenging listeners while making them bounce and nod. In 2000, after leaving Mercury/Island/DefJam, she was one of the first beatmakers to mix pow wow and hip-hop/EDM. on her trilingual underground classic Red % X which featured Ulali. Starr produces her own music, making her one of the 5% of female producers worldwide - a growing populus she spearheads by example. She investigates the complex conversation around the gender gap in music production and authorship with her 2016 feature length documentary, Play Your Gender, directed by Stephanie Clattenburg in collaboration with Starr, produced by Sahar Yousefi, and co-written by all three women.
Khodi Dill is a Bahamian-Canadian spoken word artist, emcee, and educator who lives and works in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Combining literary and hip hop elements in his writing, he’s best known for his riveting stage performances and biting social justice themes. Dill received his Master’s degree in the area of Anti-Oppressive Education from the University of Saskatchewan in 2013. His award-winning thesis, titled “‘The safest place’: Anti-oppression in Spoken Word Poetry” can be read online. His debut hip hop mixtape, New Technology, is available on iTunes, and much of his spoken word poetry can be seen on YouTube. Khodi is married to Saskatoon artist and educator, Carly Brown.
Daniel Maté is an acclaimed composer-lyricist, recently returned to his hometown of Vancouver following ten years in New York. Honours include the Edward Kleban Prize (a US$100,000 award given annually to “the most promising lyricist in American musical theatre”), and the Cole Porter Award and Jonathan Larson Grant for music and lyrics. Musicals include The Longing and the Short of It, Middle School Mysteries, and the Kafka-inspired The Trouble With Doug, soon to be receiving its European premiere this May in Fredericia, Denmark. Daniel has led songwriting classes for underprivileged youth from Brooklyn to South Central Los Angeles, and co-led workshops on parent-child relationships with his father Dr. Gabor Maté in Vancouver and Edmonton.
Nikki is a multi-award winning comedian, writer and actor. You may have seen her on your television as she has been on many Canadian programs such as CTV’s “Satisfaction,” which won her a Canadian Screen Award, The wildly popular Much Music’s Video On Trial, and NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.” That’s not all!! Soon you’ll be able to hear her voice on Teletoon’s “Bagel & Becky” in 2017!
City Natives is a 10 time award winning aboriginal group, consisting of three members: IllFundz, Gearl & BnE. Originating from New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, this highly calibrated team of artists have achieved a lot in their short time of being together. Their drive, work ethic, unique style and diversity is what differentiates them from other artists. Not only have they built a name for themselves, but they’ve built a solid resume for themselves as well. From performing with acts such as Bone Thugs N Harmony, YG, SonReal and Madchild to touring Canada with Wu-Tang Clans own; Raekwon, these group of guys have solidified their reputation as established artists. In 2015, they completed their first Canadian wide tour performing in 27 cities across Canada.
An acclaimed entertainer for more than 4 decades, Fred Penner, with wisdom and humility, delivers a simple, yet powerful message, “Never underestimate your ability to make a difference in the life of a child.” This message extends to the families of the ‘Fred-Head’ generation who grew up with his CBC - TV series Fred Penner’s Place. This three time Juno award winner continues to stretch his creative wings as he performs in theatres and festivals across the country and will be releasing his 14th CD ‘Hear The Music’, in the spring of 2017. He encourages all to ‘take good care of each other’.
Emm Gryner is a Canadian songwriter, singer and musician with over 15 albums to her credit. At the age of 24, Emm performed in David Bowie’s band and appeared on the recording, “Bowie At The Beeb”. Gryner has been nominated three times for a Juno Award, twice for Best Pop Album and three times for a Canadian Folk Music Award. She is a founding member of the Canadiana trio, Trent Severn. Hailed as the first music video created in space, “Space Oddity” as performed by former International Space Station commander Chris Hadfield was a collaboration between the astronaut and Gryner. The video received over 200 million views worldwide. Gryner appeared in the acclaimed Canadian film “One Week” and in 2016, made her theatrical debut in The Grand Theatre’s production of “Joni Mitchell: River”. Photo credit: Jessica Weiser.
LAAKKULUK WILLIAMSON BATHORY
Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory is interested in the bodily effects of feminism, the physical aspects of using one's political voice and the artistic value of playing with each of these concepts. Laakkuluk is an artist that uses uaajeerneq - Greenlandic mask dancing - as the praxis for live performance, an eyehole for writing and a foundation for her ways of thinking about human beings. Well recognized in both Canada and Greenland, Laakkuluk has traveled much to collaborate and perform with many other artists who are dear to her heart. An academic published in peer-reviewed journals, a poet known for how her word holds sway, a dancer that creeps through being beastly and mischievous and an outspoken advocate for creative spaces for gender equality and indigenous political voice, Laakkuluk lives in Iqaluit with her family. She is a founding member and organizer of Qaggiavuut!, where she currently works as a Programme Manager.
Carmen Braden is a composer and performer from the Canadian sub-Arctic. Her music company Black Ice Sound is based in her hometown of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Hailed as “a talented, bold musician,” Carmen is a life-long Northerner whose music has been described as “drop-dead gorgeous.” Carmen’s vocal, instrumental, and electroacoustic music is greatly tied to her soundscape. She draws from the environment by examining natural phenomena through sonic, visual, sensual and scientific ways of understanding. Carmen often collaborates with other mediums including dance, theatre, film, and storytelling. Photo credit Hannah Eden.
Riley ‘Eazy’ Simpson-Fowler has been breaking since he was 11 years old and now he is a member of Whitehorse’s one and only Bboy crew, Groundwork Sessions (GWS). Since 2011 he has been competing across North America and Europe with his crew. Riley has performed at the 2014 MMVA’s with Kiesza and Ariana Grande. From November 2014 till June 2016 Riley was back in Whitehorse, investing all his time in to growing the Hip Hop community around the Yukon.