Singer-songwriter-parking lot attendant Jamie Anderson has played her unique original songs in hundreds of venues in four countries, including forty-seven U.S. states and three Canadian provinces. She’s folk without the Birkenstocks, country without the big hair, pop without the meat dress, and jazz without the weird chords
Maria has been a vital element in the Ottawa Valley music scene for several decades and has travelled across Canada on behalf of government organizations, church groups, Early Child Development Workers, Teachers Federations and many more organizations to deliver confidence building messages. She has been highly honoured over the years, receiving awards such as "Women of Distinction Award", and the "Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal" for her community work
Elaine and Theland Kicknosway
Elaine Kicknosway is Wolf Clan, originally from Northern Saskatchewan, and a member of Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation. She is a singer, women’s traditional dancer, participant in ceremonies and ongoing learner. Elaine supports and helps within drumming circles, ceremonies, talking circles, discussion related to intergenerational impacts of residential school and how child welfare has impacted the family today.
Theland Kicknosway is Wolf Clan, is Potawatami and Cree, and is a member of Walpole Island in Southern Ontario. a singer, a grass & hoop dancer, and helps in ceremonies in many places. He enjoys going to school in the Ottawa region where he is a part of sports teams. He enjoys offering his gifts of song/dance/voice for all.
We say what we think about peace, justice, equality, and politics, and we say it in satricl songs. We write our own satirical lyrics ato familiear tunes, dress in old fashioned "granny" clothes and outrageous hats. We perform at rallies, demonstrations, protest meetings - and sometimes in "guerilla fashion" on our own, in places and at times when we may not be wanted (but SHOULD be!). We never assume, but make sure of our facts.
Barâa Arar stumbled into Spoken Word Poetry in 2010. Since, she has performed individually and on a team, both locally and nationally. She studies Humanities at Carleton University. She co- hosts a “The Watering Hole Podcast,” where she tells many of her tales. You can find her work at: www.livewellspoken.com
Ottawa-born singer-song-writer Rita Carter has become one of her city's most darling and well-respected voices. Rita's reputation as a sincere and talented performer is a testament to her creative ability and faith in music, as a source of personal and communal revelation. Rita's honesty, surety and strong vocal presence have made her a sought-after and much admired performer, as evidenced by her appearances in some of Ottawa's most well-known and loved venues, as well as at House of paint's Annual Urban Art Festival in 2014 & 2017. Her notoriety and acclaim have also helped t taker her soulful music on stages overseas. She recently wrapped up the Wake Up Tour in England, aimed to promote her new single "wake up". Rita Carter's range of experience has prompted her to move into arenas beyond singing and songwriting. She is a host and event organizer, with experience working alongside some of the best in the business at world renowned festivals, RBC Bluesfest and CItyFolk. She has also been a frequent mentor to emerging artists in her city. To Miss Carter music is a weapon, a peace offering, and an expression of deep humanity, humility and strength!
We offer life changing programs that bring girls of all backgrounds and abilities together to use their unique experiences in the collective creation of dance works. Creating together allows the girls to have a voice, develop empathy, break stereotypes, discover and explore their creativity and practice leadership. We extend our reach into the community by creating and distributing dance resources that focus on creative exploration and community building. We offer workshops for social workers and educators so that they may develop the skills they need to build more connected communities through dance.