• A Festival of Ideas
  • January 24 - 27, 2019
  • Guelph

Presenters

Natalia Crocker lives in Trout River, Newfoundland. She works at Elephants Head RV Park, and is a member of the Trout River Trail Committee — a new group she co-founded — to restore the town’s hiking trails. She is the…

Kahsenniyo Williams is a spoken word artist from the Mohawk Nation Wolf Clan. Kahsenniyo began utilizing her poetry as a tool for social change and community engagement in 2008. Her work is centered around Indigenous issues. She aims to educate…

Originally from the coastal Cree community of Fort Albany First Nation, off the coast of James Bay, Rosary Spence is a well-recognized Indigenous singer, steeped in time-honoured Aboriginal rhythms and styles. Spence prides herself as an established self-taught vocalist but…

Tanya Lukin Linklater’s performances in museums, videos and installations have been exhibited in Canada, the United States and abroad. Her work centres Indigenous knowledge production in and through orality, conversation and embodied practices, including dance. She considers That which sustains us a…

jake moore is an artist that works at the intersections of material, text, and vocality and a PhD candidate in Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University . moore considers her primary medium to be space; this idea expands the understanding…

Sandra Semchuk is a Ukrainian Canadian photographer and video artist who works across generations, cultures and species. In her book, The Stories Were Not Told, Canada’s First World War Internment Camps, Semchuk uses memory work and photography to create a…

Vanessa de Oliveira Andreotti holds a Canada Research Chair in Race, Inequalities and Global Change at the Department of Educational Studies, University of British Columbia. Her teaching and research focuses on analysis of historical and systemic patterns of reproduction of…

Elwood Jimmy is a learner, collaborator, writer, artist, facilitator, cultural manager, and gardener. He is originally from the Thunderchild First Nation, a Nêhiyaw community in the global north. For close to 20 years, he has played a leadership role in…

Alessandra Pomarico is a curator of international and multidisciplinary residency programs at the intersection of arts, pedagogy, social issues, nano-politics, and community building. Her practice is based on research and context-based art projects, with a focus on social change. Mobilizing…

Nikolay Oleynikov (1976) is a Moscow based artist and activist, member of Chto Delat?, editor for the Chto Delat? newspaper, member of the editorial board of Moscow Art Magazine (2011), co-founder of the Learning Film Group and May Congress of…

The artists of Mix Mix Dance Collective have been extensively training, performing, teaching and competing in various street dance forms for more than 10 years. Their work is loud, colourful, groovy, accessible yet poignant, sharing their love of underrepresented street…

New Chance has performed in art venues, concert halls, dance clubs and public spaces. Her work in music also includes a long-time collaborative practice in contemporary dance. She DJs and organizes queer raves as part of the New Nails collective.…

Petra Glynt is the solo experimental pop project of Alexandra Mackenzie formed in August 2012 in Toronto, Canada. Her first recordings (Of The Land EP) were recorded on a four-track tape recorder in the bedroom of her Bloor Street apartment…

Artist Organizer

Suzy Xu Shuang (徐爽) is a storyteller of traditions, ancient and contemporary cultures. She also explores portraiture and landscape in a poetic way.

ARAHMAIANI is one of the leading figures in the contemporary art scene in Indonesia, working in performance, painting, drawing, installation, video, poetry, dance and music.  She was one of the artists featured in the Indonesia National Pavilion at the 50th…

German Andino was born in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, in 1984. He studied Systems Engineering, specialized in Graphic Arts, and later spent months traversing Buenos Aires and one of Tegucigalpa’s oldest neighborhoods. Using his command of English and access to…

Sidd Joag is a visual artist, journalist, and community organizer working at the intersection of arts, culture, social justice, and human rights for over fifteen years. He is the Managing Editor at ArtsEverywhere.ca and a member of the public art collective Amber…

Qwo-Li Driskill is a (non-citizen) Cherokee Two-Spirit and Queer writer, activist, and performer also of African, Irish, Lenape, Lumbee, and Osage ascent. S/he is the author of several books, including Asegi Stories: Cherokee Queer and Two-Spirit Memory, a finalist for…

Founder of the renowned Zab Maboungou / Danse Nyata Nyata Company, artist-choreographer and performer, philosophy professor and author, Zab Maboungou has distinguished herself on all fronts of artistic and cultural action. Through her works and involvement in artistic and cultural…

Ajamu is a fine art photographic artist and archive-curator whose work has been consistently shown in galleries, museums and alternative spaces throughout the United Kingdom and internationally. He is predominately known for black male portraits, self-portraits and studio-based constructed imagery.

Experimental vocalist and artist Tanya Tagaq won the Polaris Prize for best Canadian album in 2014, for Animism. Those who thought she had then made her definitive artistic statement are in for a surprise. Also in for a shock are those…

Haroon Siddiqui is Editorial Page Editor Emeritus of the Toronto Star, Canada’s largest newspaper; a senior Fellow at Massey College, University of Toronto; and Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ryerson University, Toronto. He has reported or supervised coverage of Canada for…

Esi Edugyan was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, and studied creative writing at the University of Victoria. She is author of the novels The Second Life of Samuel Tyne which was shortlisted for the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award, and Half-Blood…