Kijâtai-Alexandra Veillette-Cheezo | Cinema | Montréal
Born from a Quebecoise, non-Indigenous mother and an Indigenous father from the Anishnabe nation, Kijâtai-Alexandra is currently in the process of cultural reappropriation and works to sensitize various audiences to Indigenous realities by being an ambassador for the awareness workshops of Wapikoni Mobile, Mikana, and the Puamun Meshkenu organization of Doctor Stanley Vollant. She has also directed two short films with Wapikoni Mobile and is currently developing a documentary project on urban Indigenous realities with the support of the NFB. She also participated in the 18th session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York, was part of the group of indigenous/ non-indigenous youth who opened the historic climate march in Montreal on September 27, 2019, and participated in the COP-25 in Madrid. Recently, she participated in the project “Kiciweok : lexique de 13 mots autochtones qui donnent un sens” by Emilie Monnet which was presented at the Centre du Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui in Montreal. (Photo : Ulivia Uviluk)
Frédéric Boivin | Theatre | Matane
For almost twenty-five years Frédéric Boivin has collaborated as a director, performer, actor, dancer or author on various projects in of theatre, contemporary dance, events, slam and audiovisual performance. In 2008, he moved to Matane and founded the multidisciplinary creative company Théâtre des Grands Vents (TGV), of which he has since assumed artistic direction. He is a member of the Fracture collective, a transdisciplinary creation laboratory. He is the father of two boys. (Photo : Mathieu Gosselin)
Fontaine Leriche | Visual arts | Trois-Rivières
Fontaine Leriche works mainly in engraving, drawing, photography and video. The versatility of her approach manifests through her digital method, which guides all of her creations. Her works are trials of playful spontaneity. Fontaine Leriche completed her BA in Plastic Arts in 2001 at the University of Quebec in Trois-Rivières. Born in Labrador, rolled in Témiscouata, molded in Trois-Rivières-Ouest between a parking lot, a swimming pool and an undergrowth. Nourished by repertory films and a video camera acquired on a birthday; blinded by the cathode-ray screen from where she isolates the images to extract the juice. As a member of the Atelier Presse Papier since 2003, she has coordinated a number of ephemeral public art projects. She has published a short graphic novel at Éditions d´Art le Sabord – Les Lalancette – with text by Monique Juteau. She has more than forty exhibitions in Quebec and abroad. Recipient of prizes and grants, she is happy in life as elsewhere.
Sarcloret | Music | Montreuil (France)
Sarclo(ret) is not consensual. Sarcloret disturbs, puts daily life under a magnifying glass and serves it on a tray to make us laugh, cry, disgust us, and wake us up. He swings dramatic songs interspersed with funny spiels. Sarcloret has received several awards throughout his career, including the Prix Brassens in 1990, the Prix Miroir de la Chanson Francophone in 1999 and the Grand Prix of the Festival de l’Humour de Saint-Gervais in 2000. In recent years, he has been running his acclaimed show Sarclo Sings Dylan (in French) everywhere in Europe, in a trio formula with singer Albert Chinet (his son) and the double bassist François Pierron. Renaud described him as “The most beautiful Swiss invention after the holes in the Swiss cheese”. (Photo : Alexandra Brunet)
Leif Tande | Illustration | Québec
Originally from Tømmervåg, located in the highlands of Norway’s mountain ranges, Leif Tande was a part of one of the first waves of Scandinavian migrants to arrive in Canada in the mid-1970s. His parents settled in Loretteville, a rural village in the suburbs of Quebec City. Quickly, the young Leif distinguished himself with his almost supernatural gifts as a ping pong player. In 2010, just before going to represent Canada at the World Championship of Ping Pong in La Paz, he gave up everything to become a comic book artist. Since then, he has not made a living with his art and he sometimes publishes albums of questionable taste. However, unreliable sources cast doubt on this particularly romantic identity. We would rather speak of an author from Quebec, a certain Éric Asselin, who once founded the fanzine “Tabasko!”, co-founded the publishing house Mécanique Générale and would have published more than 13 albums, including some at Éditions La Pastèque and at Glénat. He’s been described as having the the gift of surprising by Le Soleil (Nicolas Houle) in 2010, stating it’s «whether by the diversity of his proposals or by his formal and narrative discoveries». However, DNA tests are not still not conclusive.
Poulin | Music | Montréal
Alone or accompanied, the Saguenay native Poulin lives in the music scene with an assumed feminine rock and a vehemence which deploys through performances devoid of complexities. Montrealer for five years now, she leaves behind the comfort of a tidy life to abandon herself to her fate, and create the music that is always inhabited within. To elevate the quality of her arrangements up a notch, she surrounds herself with Etienne Dupré (Mondouxsaigneur, Klô Pelgag) and Thomas Sauvé-Lafrance (Urban Science, Ilam). Together, they produce pieces that link with the same musical synergy as found on stage. Since their first show in August 2015, the Poulin entity has seeped into bars and concert halls, leaving behind a lasting imprint in the minds of bewitched spectators. The Granby International Song Festival and the Ma première Place des arts competition, as well as Les Francouvertes, have recognized the artist’s raw talent; who, by force of discipline, is now more ready than ever to share her music. (Photo : Andy Jon)
Jenny Cartwright | Documentaire | Montréal
Since 2001, Jenny Cartwright has collaborated in the production of documentaries in Montreal and across the globe. She brought back visions of the world which she distills in sensual and scouring works. Somewhat by accident, she made her first film in 2014. Since then, she has held the task of creating the script, directing, production, editing and distribution of her films. Her years of fighting in the cultural and social spheres taught her to do a lot on tight budgets, which allowed her to tour independently, and to keep intact a punk spirit and a critical view of society. If she constantly wonders about how to tell, going from a classic form to an experimental film and from installation to sound creation, her practice remains resolutely documentary. Whatever tools at her disposal – pencil, recorder, camera – it is the real that she tells and questions.
Alexandra ‘Spicey’ Landé | Dance | Montréal
Alexandra ‘Spicey’ Landé is a Montreal choreographer, dancer, and instructor with more than 20 years experience, 10 of which were devoted to choreography. A major player on the Québec hip-hop dance scene, her passion for the art form was born in the 80’s when she was but a girl. The renowned Bust A Move Festival (2005-2015) was founded and created by Alexandra—a grand event in urban/street dance in Canada. At its close in 2015, she founded Ebnfloh Dance Company, whose mission continues to be to create, produce, and showcase inspired, authentic, and ground-breaking works, and to promote original choreographic language that is essentially rooted in Hip-Hop. The symbiotic relationship between both the language of her work, and her very creations constitute the essence of her artistic signature.
Philémon Cimon | Music | Saint-Joseph-de-la-Rive
We first met Philémon Cimon eight years ago, when he was offering the delicate and melancholic Cuban Sessions. After that, he got musically wrapped up in 2 masterly albums, L’été and Les femmes comme des montagnes. Cimon made a big turn last spring with Pays. A fourth album that sounds like a homecoming of sorts, and which led him back to the Charlevoix of his childhood; like a visceral journey that allowed him to name himself.
Andréane Frenette-Vallières | Poetry | Montréal
Andréane Frenette-Vallières is the author of two collections of poetry published by Éditions du Noroît: Sestrales et Juillet, le Nord (Félix-Leclerc Prize). After working and living in the Côte-Nord region, she completed a master’s degree in literary studies at the University of Quebec in Montreal in 2018. Andréane has published texts in various journals including Estuaire et Littoral, participated in readings in Quebec and in France and at various writing residences. She currently works in publishing and gives writing workshops.