Kama La Mackerel
Named after the god of love, Kama La Mackerel is a multilingual writer, visual artist, performer, translator and educator who believes in love, transformation and justice. Their work ventures beyond the borders of disciplinarity and creates hybrid spaces from which to enunciate decolonial and queer vocabularies. Wholeheartedly invested in ocean narratives, island sovereignty, transgender poetics and ancestral healing, their body of work challenges colonial notions of time and space as these relate to history, power, language, subject formation and the body. lamackerel.net // @KamaLaMackerel
Kosisochukwu Nnebe is a Nigerian-Canadian visual artist. Using phenomenology as a methodology, Nnebe’s practice makes use of hesitation as a generative form of affect that opens the viewer and the artist herself up to new forms of understanding. Touching on themes such as the process of racialization, diasporic experience, and epistemic violence and restitution, her work takes her lived experience as a starting point for engaging viewers on issues both personal and structural in ways that bring awareness to their own imbrication and complicity. Nnebe’s work has been exhibited at galleries in Montreal, Toronto, Guelph, Ottawa, Hull and Mountain View, California. She is currently based in Ottawa.
Odeimin Runners Club
The Odeimin Runners Club is a collective of Ogimaakwe– women warriors, Indigenous and Caribbean- whose artistic, curatorial and research practices are inspired by the traditional teachings of the strawberry or heart berry. Adrian Kahgee, (Saugeen First Nation), founding member of Odeimin Runner’s Club, is an artist and Community Arts Educator, currently teaching Visual Arts and Indigenous Studies, with the Bluewater District School Board. She is former Co-Artistic Director and Community Co-ordinator for the Fabulous Festival of Fringe Film. Media and story creator Rebeka Tabobondung is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of MUSKRATMagazine.com a leading digital Indigenous arts and culture magazine established in 2010. Rebeka is also a filmmaker, writer, poet, and Indigenous knowledge researcher with a strong body of work focused on Indigenous birth knowledges. Debbie Ebanks Schlums is a PhD student and Vanier Scholar in Cinema and Media Studies at York University. Her research explores Caribbean diasporic archiving in the Jamaican Diaspora through storytelling and media installation.
Rye is a time-based trans-disciplinary creator. Connect with Rye on social media: Instagram.
Gloria C. Swain
Gloria C. Swain is a MAD multidisciplinary artist [she/her], seniors’ rights and Black mental health advocate working out of Toronto. She works within the mediums of installation, painting, performance, and photography to challenge systemic oppression against Black women and trans folks.
Syrus Marcus Ware
Syrus Marcus Ware is a Vanier Scholar, visual artist, activist, curator and educator. Using painting, installation, and performance, Syrus works with and explores social justice frameworks and Black activist culture. His work has been shown widely, including solo shows 2068:Touch Change at Grunt Gallery, 2018 and Irresistible Revolutions at Wil Aballe Art Projects, 2021. His work has been featured as part of the inaugural Toronto Biennial of Art in conjunction with the Ryerson Image Centre Antarctica and Ancestors, Do You Read Us? (Dispatches from the Future), 2019, as well as for the Bentway’s Safety in Public Spaces Initiative Radical Love, 2020. Syrus has participated in group shows at the Never Apart in Montreal, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of York University, the Art Gallery of Windsor, and as part of the curated content at Nuit Blanche, The Stolen People; Won’t Back Down, 2017. His performance works have been part of festivals across Canada, including at Cripping The Stage (Harbourfront Centre, 2016 & 2019), Complex Social Change (University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, 2015) and Decolonizing and Decriminalizing Trans Genres (University of Winnipeg, 2015).