Audio Artist Showcase

Saturday 22 October | 11:00am
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Learning Studio A/B

Join us as audio artists programmed as part of this year's Festival discuss their works! 

All audio works are available to the public free-of-charge at imagineNATIVE’s Digital Media Art+Cade, on our website and through imagineNATIVE’s free App.

Audio remains a vital source of information, entertainment and communication for many Indigenous artists and communities the world over. imagineNATIVE remains committed to our annual audio presentation and invites you to attend the Audio Artist Showcase on Saturday October 22 11:00AM at TIFF Bell Lightbox, Learning Studios A/B to hear from attending audio artists.

Big Sky

Daniel Browning (Bundjalung/Kullilli/South Sea Islander/West Indian/Native American)
Australia | 28 min | 2015 Ÿ Audio Documentary

This remarkable documentary takes us on a journey into the Outback and to the shores of a dry lake to tell a compelling story of human occupation and Aboriginal presence on the continent known as Australia. Were the oldest human remains ever found in Australia “discovered” in an archaeological sense, or did Mungo Man and Mungo Woman wilfully emerge from the windblown sands of Lake Mungo? 

A Goori, Daniel Browning is a descendant of the Bundjalung people, whose traditional land is on the far north coast of New South Wales. His paternal family has lived at Fingal on a sand peninsula between the Tweed River and the Pacific Ocean for 120 years. Through his mother, he is a descendant of the Kullilli people of southwestern Queensland and the traditional owners of the Gold Coast hinterland.

Radio Remixes Voices of Binga

Crystal Favel (Cree/Métis)
Canada/Zimbabwe | 16 min | 2016 Ÿ Soundscape

Award-winning audio storyteller Crystal Favel partners with Claudia Wegener of Radio Continental Drift to present a cultural fusion soundscape showcasing Indigenous female voices from Canada and Zimbabwe. This unique project is the result of almost a year of audio correspondence across continents and speaks to the need to revitalize our cultures and to preserve oral traditions, languages and teachings. 

Crystal DJ Kwe Favel is a multidisciplinary audio artist who has won two consecutive First Peoples’ Cultural Council Aboriginal Arts Development Awards for her motivational digital audio storytelling. She also won Best Audio Work at imagineNATIVE 2015. Her mission is to “contribute to the solidarity of her peoples by carbon dating her music through sound ecology, audio anthropology and vinyl sovereignty.”


Reflections of Oka: Stories of the Mohawk Standoff 25 Years Later

Kim Wheeler (Mohawk/Anishinabe)
Canada | 43 min | 2015 Ÿ Audio Documentary

For 78 days, starting on July 11, 1990, an armed standoff between the Mohawk people, the Sûreté du Québec and, eventually, the Canadian Army took place in Oka. The country was transfixed to their televisions and radios as the so-called “Oka Crisis” unfolded and marked a historic turning point. CBC Radio’s Unreserved, hosted by Rosanna Deerchild, marks the 25th anniversary of Oka by taking us behind the lines of an unprecedented event that changed the way Canadians saw Indigenous peoples and the way we saw ourselves.

Kim Wheeler has brought positive Indigenous stories to both the mainstream and Indigenous media for over 22 years. She joined CBC Radio One in 2008 and produced four seasons of ReVision Quest, a radio talk show that mixed personal storytelling, current affairs, interviews and comedy while exploring issues affecting Indigenous peoples. She was awarded a silver medal at New York Festivals for her work on ReVision Quest, along with two imagineNATIVE awards. 

Sasquatch Mixdown

Janet Rogers (Mohawk/Tuscarora)
Canada | 6 min | 2015 Ÿ Soundscape

This sound poem is inspired by visits to the Nass Valley in northern British Columbia and many conversations with individuals who have had personal encounters with Sasquatch. This mix includes Carrier language spoken by elder Mary Gouchie, found sound clips, recorded audio and voice.

Janet Rogers is a Mohawk/Tuscarora writer from the Six Nations band in southern Ontario. She was born in Vancouver and has been living on the traditional lands of the Coast Salish people since 1994. Janet works in the genres of poetry, spoken word performance poetry, video poetry and recorded poetry with music and script writing. Janet is a radio broadcaster, documentary producer and sound artist. 

The Story She Carries

Angela Sterritt (Gitxsan)
Canada | 50 min | 2016 Ÿ Audio Documentary

The Story She Carries follows Indigenous leader Lorelei Williams as she prepares for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women. Her cousin Tanya Holyk was murdered on the Robert Pickton farm and her aunt Belinda Williams has been missing for almost 40 years. This documentary takes us from Vancouver’s Downtown East Side to the offices of Indigenous Affairs to the Pickton farm and is a compelling look into Williams's fight for justice, against all odds. Produced as part of CBC Radio’s DNTO.

Angela Sterritt is an award-winning Gitxsan journalist, artist and writer from British Columbia. Sterritt has worked as a journalist for close to twenty years. Sterritt is now finalist for a Canadian Association of Journalists Award for a text feature she wrote on missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit people. The topic is the focus of a book she is now writing that digs into the cases of those missing or murdered along the Highway of Tears, at the Pickton farm and in Manitoba.