Festival of All Things Arts

Genres: Workshops 2019

Traditional Leadership – Laurent Isadore

Laurent Isadore is a member of the Driftpile Cree Nation in Northern Alberta. Laurent is a Multidisciplinary Mixed Media Indigenous Artist, Workshop Faciklitarotr, Ceremony Lodge Holder and Motivational Speaker. Laurent’s passion for his work derives from Ancestral Knowledge as well as his own life experiences.





The Myth of the Artist – Dr. Suzanne Steele

Suzanne is an award-winning poet, installation artist, librettist, and scholar. She is Métis, from the Gaudry and Fayant families, families with roots that extend back to the first families. Dr. Steele has taught Métis cultural history, poetry of the First World War, and creative writing in Canada and the UK. Her work has been broadcast to 11 million worldwide (BBC World Service, CBC, NPR), presented internationally, and is studied internationally at the PhD, Master, and high school levels. She has read extensively at literary festivals and given papers in Oxford, London, St Andrews, Scotland, Amiens, France, and other locations. Dr. Steele’s research is in narrative studies, ethics, and the artistic challenge of representing war beyond the tropes of combat. She graduated from the University of Exeter (UK) in 2017, her undergraduate degree is in Music (voice) from UBC, and she has a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Western Ontario.

From 2008-2010 Dr. Steele served as an Official Canadian War Artist, Canada’s first poet sent into a war zone (Afghanistan) in the 101-year history of Canadian War Artists. She was embedded over an 18 month period with the First Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (1PPCLI) and visited them outside the wire in Afghanistan in 2009. In 2012 Suzanne and composer Jeff Ryan premiered their critically successful symphonic/choral work, Afghanistan: Requiem for a Generation, a major commission from the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, a work based on Steele’s observations of a Canadian infantry battalion going to war and returning. This war requiem, sensitively and movingly composed and orchestrated by Ryan, was broadcast nationally and internationally and was recently performed by the Vancouver symphony in January 2017. It was performed by the Toronto Symphony and the Calgary Philharmonic also in 2017, and was recorded for commercial release (TBA).

Dr. Steele would like to extend her gratitude to the Canada Council New Chapter awards for this opportunity to explore the heart of the north, the traditional homelands of her people, to her agent Ian Arnold of Catalyst TM (Toronto), and to composer Neil Weisensel for approaching her with this collaboration in mind. Suzanne lives with musician and adventurer, Jeff Hilberry, and daughter, Ella Speckeen, a Métis fiddler, in Vancouver, British Columbia. In 2015, Steele and Hilberry traversed the North Saskatchewan in their 17’ sailboat, Miss Moose, from the Rocky Mountains to Lake Winnipeg. They were the first sailboat to travel the length of the old river highway since the York boats of over a century ago.



The Producers Lounge

The Producers Lounge elevates and educates female & non-binary identifying music producers, mixers and engineers from BC. If this sounds like you, come along to this workshop to enhance your technical and creative knowledge. Explore the key components of a compelling recording, and learn about accessible technology to help bring your creative ideas to life. This is an inclusive, supportive environment where you’ll be encouraged to ask questions and connect with other creatives in a group setting.




Podcast Workshop

Katie Sage is a queer, uninvited guest, who has the opportunity to live, work and play
on the unceded Songhees (Lkwungen) & W̱SÁNEĆ (SENĆOŦEN) Territories. They are
currently the Program Director at CFUV 101.9 FM, and formally the curator for the
Ministry of Casual Living, artist run centre. Katie has been producing and overseeing
podcast production at CFUV for 4 years. Podcast Workshop Synopsis
Join Katie Sage, Program Director at CFUV 101.9 FM to learn about what it takes to
make a podcast. The questions we will be looking at: How to create and develop stories
that are generative rather than extractive, what equipment to use, how to get good tape,
how to organize your story, what your team could look like.
This workshop is accessible and open to anyone with any level of experience. The
workshop aims to share knowledge and skills, and invites open opportunities for