Pianist/composer Nancy Walker has been recognized with honours Canada-wide, including the
Montréal Jazz Festival’s Grand Prix de Jazz, the National Jazz Awards Keyboardist of The Year
Award, a JUNO nomination for Instrumental Album of The Year, and an induction into the
Mississauga Music Walk of Fame. Nancy has several discs to her credit as leader. Her most
recent, 'Til Now Is Secret', showcases ten of her compositions inspired by landscapes, visual
art, architecture and more. Nancy holds an MA in music composition from York University, and
is professor and program director of Humber College’s Graduate Certificate in Music
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Steven J.T. Campbell
Book and Lyrics
Steven Campbell is a writer and arts consultant. He has written plays, poetry, publications on
the arts, and has directed theatre, opera and videos. His plays include Spire, performed at the
Edinburgh Fringe Festival, A Theatre Guilded, produced by Thatchwork Theatre and Jealous
and with a Gun, workshopped at Theatre Passe Muraille. Two of his poetry collections Maps
Beneath the Skin and Unbuilt Architecture inspired painting exhibitions in Toronto and
Washington D.C. He has read his poetry in Toronto, Washington D.C. and throughout Ontario.
The author and co-author of numerous studies and guidebooks on the arts, and arts and
learning, Steven was awarded the Gaitskill Prize by the Canadian Society for Education
Through Art. He was a keynote speaker at the first UNESCO world conference on arts and
learning. He has an M.A. in Drama from the University of Toronto.
Cote’s First Nations Affiliations are Shawnee, Lakota, Potawatomi, and Ojibway. Moose Deer Point First Nation.
Cote is an artist, an educator, Sundancer, Pipe Carrier and Sweat Ceremony leader recognized by Elder Vern Harper and Floyd Looks for Buffalo Hand. Cote received his Indigenous name Noodjmowin (The Healer) in 1979 from Joe Couture and was made a member of the Falseface Society at the Seneca longhouse in 1992.
A graduate of OCAD University’s Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design in 2015, Philip creates opportunities for teaching methodologies on Indigenous symbolism, language, knowledge, and history. His teaching philosophy comes from his personal experience of Active Participation and experiential learning through his work as an Indigenous knowledge and wisdom keeper, whether it be through ceremonies, the sharing of Indigenous oral stories, or observations through land-based pedagogy. He has been involved in Indigenous cultural practice from an early age and this has led him to recognize that Indigenous people’s identity and language are directly linked to their relationships to land, to the flora and fauna, and to one another.
Drawing on insights from Indigenous Studies, anti-colonial theory, oral history, and grassroots Indigenous social justice movements such as Idle No More and Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, he employs Beaux Arts style drawing and painting and Woodland style painting, sculpture and installation art, and digital design techniques to create visual stories that challenge colonial discourses, narratives, and misrepresentations, and create moments for the discussion of under-recognized Indigenous Knowledge, histories, and epistemologies. A Windspeaker article, referring to his All My Relations mural, which was unveiled in late 2013, wrote, “Toronto, with an Aboriginal population of more than 75,000, it is often called Canada’s largest reserve. However, there has never been anything that has proclaimed the presence of Aboriginal people in the city as loudly and as clearly as All My Relations”. Created on 200 panels (4’x8’) equaling 6400 sq. ft., in a four-month timeframe, and with a budget of $120,000.00, the project was successfully completed within the allowed budget and deadline. During the projects construction phase, he worked with McNally Construction coordinating the installation of hording/application of the dye-bond as well as ensuring the safety protocols on site. In 2005, Cote created a large-scale mural at Fort York National Historic Site entitled Niinwin Dabaadjmowin – (We Are Talking) a 20-panel, 80-foot mural depicting the rich history of the Anishinaabe people with First Nations street level youth and community members. And In 2002, Cote was commissioned to create a 1000 square foot mural Kiinwin Dabaadjmowin (Our Story) Mural for the Mississauga’s of the Credit First Nation.
Cote’s intent is to bring accuracy to the colonial archives through new research via archival and lived cultural practice and deep understanding of cultural symbolism. His great-grandfather is the great-grandson of Tecumseh, and he is engaged in exploring the importance of the Shawnee leaders’ life and spirit. Cote’s Thesis entitled Tecumseh, A Portrait, Dismantling the Myth, as an Agent of Change, re-examined historical and oral accounts of Indigenous leaders spanning 350 years of resistance to colonialism through an anti-colonial lens to re-imagine their visual and historical representations via a series of storied posters that situated these leaders within a broader narrative of colonial resistance against genocide and Manifest Destiny. These posters bring forth an Indigenous perspective and voice into the telling of a ‘new Indian’ history of North America.
Cote has been a tour-guide with First Story since 1999 (originally named the Great Indian Bus Tour) a three-hour tour providing an Indigenous history of Toronto uncovering the last 13,500 years. Cote’s academic practice includes public speaking, land acknowledgements, Indigenous Cosmology and cultural interpretation offered at York University, the Art Gallery of Ontario, University of Toronto, Ryerson University, OCAD University, and the Toronto District School Board through the Aboriginal Education Centre. In January 2017, Cote received a grant from the Toronto Arts Council to create a historical mural depicting the Niagara Treaty for University of Toronto’s Massey College with the theme of Truth and Reconciliation/Canada 150.
Cote’s visual art practice is complementary to Indigenous oral land-based pedagogy. Cote’s public art installations in Toronto recall and provide opportunities for telling the stories of events and people relevant to place. This Land-based storytelling is encouraged by co-present audiences and storytellers within city spaces. In this sense, he sees these artistic deployments as living knowledge intended to foster community, connection to place, and the generational transmission of knowledge. Cote hopes to instill a feeling of pride amongst Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, to inspire and educate, especially youth, by inculcating a greater awareness and understanding of the vital and significant legacy we have inherited as First Peoples and the newcomers to this land.
As an Indigenous artist, the purpose of Cote’s research and art is to unearth and reveal, his cultural experience and knowledge of signs of Indigenous symbols, language and interpretation. Openings are thus created both within the archive/academia and the broader public that enables these embedded stereotypes to transform under the gaze of an Indigenous based interpreted presence and intervene in the cross-generational colonial bias.
Cathie Jamieson is an Anishinaabe artist, dancer and youth advocate from Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, and is fully involved with community activities and traditional culture. Cathie graduated from the University of Toronto and Sheridan College with a joint Degree in Art & Art History. She had participated in many exhibitions and has worked and volunteered extensively throughout Southern Ontario. She continues to serve her community as an elected Mississaugas of the Credit Band Councillor.
View her portfolio here: cathiejamieson.com
David A. Moses
Video Designer and Director
David A. Moses - status Six Nations band member of Lenape (Delaware) heritage. David is a business owner “The D.A.M. Studio Inc.” an audio/video production company and “Timbre Wolf Communications Inc.” recently started for live broadcasting. Both are located on Six Nations territory.
Before starting his own business, David served in several media related positions such as reporter for CTVCKCO- TV in Kitchener and and Ottawa Correspondent for the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN). Other media positions included working at the CBC Broadcast Centre in Toronto where he assisted with radio programs Metro Morning, Ontario Morning and Here and Now. David has also worked over the last 20 years with the Six Nations radio station SONICS CKRZ 100.3 FM in a variety of roles including Managing Consultant, Executive Director and News Director.
David graduated from York University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours degree in Theatre where he studied performance as well as Set, Lighting and Sound Design.
David also served the Six Nations community as the Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Six Nations Economic Development Corporation, Treasurer for Grand River Employment and Training (GREAT) and also volunteered as a member of Six Nations Polytechnic, The Six Nations Legacy Consortium, and the Student Success Consortium. He has also served as a board member for Skate Oakville the largest Skate Club in Canada with more than 2500 members.
Kaytee Dalton grew up around her First Nations Community of the Mississauga’s of the Credit in Hagersville, ON. In 2014 she graduated Sheridan College with a Media Fundamentals Certificate, then moved on to graduate from Mohawk College and receive a Diploma in Creative Photography. Currently, she is continuing her education at OCAD U for a Fine Arts BA as an Indigenous Visual Culture major.
Kaytee grew up going to Pow Wow’s in her community and started photographing the community Pow Wow just for fun; she's been shooting ever since. Her goal is to combine her passion for photography with the love of her culture and community by advancing her education. Now Kaytee plans to focus on photographing Pow Wow’s and more portrait based work revolving around the Indigenous people of Canada. She also spends her time freelancing, photographing weddings and portraits.
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Lisa Martinelli is an active vocalist and educator on the jazz scene in Toronto. At Humber, Lisa was honoured to be a part of many inspiring educational opportunities that helped her to pursue her dream of becoming a professional singer. She toured Ontario in the Bi-Centennial musical theatre show produced by Howard Cable, was a member of the Expo ‘86 Humber College Big Band, she recorded an “LP” with the same band under the direction of jazz great Ron Collier and finished off with an Honours Diploma in Jazz Performance.
After Humber, Lisa continued her studies at the University of Toronto where she received her B. Mus and her B. Ed. Lisa then attended the Banff School of Fine Arts summer jazz workshop in 1996 where British jazz vocalist Norma Winstone was teaching.She continued her studies to receive a Masters in Music from York University in 2011.
Currently, Lisa is a full time Professor of Music and is Head of the Vocal Jazz Department at Humber College.