Kama La Mackerel is a tio’tia:ke/Montreal-based performer, poet, story-teller, community-arts facilitator and multi-disciplinary artist whose work explores aesthetic practices as forms of resilience, resistance and healing for marginalized communities. Using performance, poetry, story-telling, textiles, installations, water-colour and photography, Kama’s work is both deeply personal and political, articulating an anti-colonial praxis through cultural production.
Lateef Martin is a multi-disciplinary artist, from music production and cosplaying to graphic design. He identifies as an illustrator with a taste for video games, comics, sci-fi and 80s Saturday morning cartoons. He is the founder of the Miscellaneum Studios production company , whose goal is to deliver great entertainment while representing people of color, women, the LGBTQ community and other marginalized communities in a non-stereotypical way. The first project is called Z’Isle, a comic book series set in Montreal 7 years after a zombie apocalypse. Presently on issue #5, a video game and soundtrack is presently under development.
Leona is an educator, gardener, mother and grandmother living in rural Manitoba, Canada. She is a feminist, and an advocate for marginalized people. As a member of a group called Steinbach Neighbours for Community (SNC), she is working to open minds to LGBT people in her community.
Kristin Norderval is a performer, composer and improviser whose career split between vocal performance and composition. She is interested in representing the stories of our time on stage, especially stories that further the cause of global human rights. She is in Montreal at the time of this episode for the premiere of her opera, The Trials of Patricia Isasa. Patricia Isasa was a 16-year old student union organizer when she was abducted by the Argentinian military government, tortured, and held without trial for 2 years. 30 years later, she brought her perpetrators to justice.
Lenore is a multitalented artist and social organizer who runs a low-key sewing business out of her home, among many other projects. She also heads up “Taking What We Need”, a collective that raises and distributes money to low-income transfeminine people in the Montreal area.
Athena Holmes is an artist, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and performer. They are a feminist and a queer person of colour. Their performances are energetic, and their music has been described as soulful and very danceable. They currently make music under two different umbrellas – Ms. Holmes is their singer/songwriter persona, and BiG SiSSY makes queer dance pop.