• A Festival of Ideas
  • May 2 - 5, 2024
  • Guelph

2024 Presenters

Aedan Corey is a writer, visual artist, and Inuit tattooist from Iqaluktuuttiaq, Nunavut. Author and illustrator of the chapbook Inuujunga (Coven Editions, 2021) and short story Unikkaannguaq (Nipiit Magazine, 2020), they began creating art at a young age. Aedan’s work…

Ajay Heble was the Founding Artistic Director of the award-winning Guelph Jazz Festival from 1994-2016. An accomplished pianist with a long background as a performer, he released his first CD, a live set of improvised music with percussionist Jesse Stewart, in…

Anjeline de Dios is a musician and teacher from Manila, Philippines. Her sound practice explores themes of identity and healing in transnational spaces of art, popular culture, and meditation. She was recently selected for the Goethe Institut-Southeast Asia’s REFLEKT Residency…

Seasoned in international intermedia performance, recording, and installation, Anne Bourne creates electroacoustic sound fields from emergent microtonal cello, voice, and field recordings. Anne imparts the listening practices and text scores of Pauline Oliveros independently, and as faculty at the Center…

Deep Listening: the Story of Pauline Oliveros has been Daniel’s primary focus since a conversation with Oliveros started them down this path. During the process, Daniel created documentary shorts on the work of Oliveros: Don’t Call Them Lady Composers, and…

Currently based in Toronto, Ontario, Emily Laurent Henderson is a Kalaaleq (Greenlandic Inuk) and Settler writer, speaker, community organizer and consultant. A 2020 University of British Columbia graduate in Anthropology, Emily’s work and writing centres Inuit and Indigenous self-determination in…

Ikumagialiit is a performance art band made of Inuit and Cree artists. Join the remarkable, award-winning artists Christine Tootoo, Cris Derksen and Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory in their journey to the depths to discover something wrong in the centre of the…

IONE is an author, director, and performer whose works include the critically acclaimed memoir, Pride of Family: Four Generations of American Women of Color, Listening in Dreams, and This is a Dream!  She is the playwright and director of several…

Janice Grey is a Haitian-Inuk writer from Aupaluk, Nunavik. She draws inspiration from the land and her upbringing in the north while using stories as means to process the unique experiences of contemporary Nunavimmiut. The eldest daughter, auntie, and dog…

Canadian drummer and percussionist Joe Sorbara (they/ them) has spent decades developing a reputation as a dedicated and imaginative performer, composer, improviser, collaborator, organiser, listener, writer, and educator. A consummate sonic adventurer, Sorbara’s music draws on a vast array of…

This Oneida Wolf Clan, Six Nations born-and-bred independent singer/songwriter describes her music as “Indigenous Soul” — grown from a passion for making music since she was a little girl. To keep up, check her out on Social media or her…

During Ahmed Moneka’s formative years in Iraq, he learned traditional songs and drumming in a family tradition that was brought to Iraq in the 8th century. Later, he was accepted into one of Iraq’s top high schools for the performing…

Nora Bateson is an award-winning filmmaker, research designer, writer and educator, as well as President of the International Bateson Institute based in Sweden. Her work asks the question “How we can improve our perception of the complexity we live within,…

Rosary Spence is a traditional vocalist with a powerhouse of a voice and soulful Indigenous styles. She is Cree from Fort Albany First Nation, a remote community on the western shores of James Bay in northern Ontario. Rosary strongly believes…

Taqralik Partridge is a textile artist, writer, and spoken word poet originally from Kuujjuaq, Nunavik. She is currently based in Guovdageaidnu, Sápmi, Norway.

Dr. Adriana Alvarez, Iris Morales, Mabel Weber and Monica Lozano, four fronteriza (border) women unite and creatively merge their disciplines, visions, and purpose to incite positive social change by creating “What Remains”, a project that combines fine art, visual arts, design,…