“Lovely opportunity to spend some time outside, thinking about the earth”
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR | (she/her/hers)
Heather Lamoureux is an uninvited guest on the Coast Salish Territory of the Musquem, Squamish and Tsliel-Waututh nations. Here she is a producer, artist and facilitator. Her work stems from her relationship with the earth and the dedication to walk with generosity. Heather is the Artistic Director of Vines Art Festival, Community Outreach Co-ordinator at Raven Spirit Dance and has worked for other performing arts organization including the PuSh International Arts Festival and Dancing on the Edge. She is trained in Expressive Movement Therapy from Tamalpa Institute under instruction of Anna and Daria Halprin. Heather uses this practice with youth in foster care and runs various youth programs. She has a BFA in Dance with minor in Business Administration from Simon Fraser University. Heather is currently being mentored by Cease Wyss at Harmony Gardens on community engagement in Sḵwx̱wú7mesh. She volunteers at BC Crisis and Suicide Prevention Centre and at kwekwecnewtxw – Coast Salish watch house.
FESTIVAL PRODUCER | (they/them/theirs)
Kanon Hewitt is a sound and projection designer, stage manager, playwright, and performer from Tokyo, Japan. They are thrilled to join Vines Art Festival this year as Producer and support grassroots performing arts environmental justice. Kanon creates and performs for various international stages including Vancouver, Tokyo, and Los Angeles. Highlights include MTV Japan Flashback Int’l, Kusabira (Issey Miyake), ribbon (NAO-TA! Produce), kiseki (Kazunori Kumagai), Camera Obscura (Queer Arts Festival, frank theatre company), and Fragile Forms (PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, MACHiNENOiSY). Kanon creates sensorially engaging and immersive new media, and studies Isadora software. Kanon is certified as a Basic Actor-Combatant with Fight Directors Canada.
RESILIENT ROOTS DIRECTOR | (she/her/hers)
Senaqwila Wyss is from the Squamish Nation, Tsimshian, Sto:lo Hawaiian and Swiss. She is completing her Bachelors in Communications and First Nations studies at SFU. She is an ethnobotanist and warrior entrepreneur. She co-owns Raven and Hummingbird Tea Co. With mother T’uy’t’tanat Cease Wyss using Indigenous plant teachings to share with people of all ages. She is also sharing her knowledge to the next generation with daughter Kamaya. Senaqwila facilitates indigenous plant knowledge workshops and has experience in professional communications and coordination and event planning.
COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR | (she/her/hers)
Erin Kirsh is pleased to be joining the Vines Art Festival team as the Communications Director. Kirsh has worked with several arts non-profits, and formerly held the title of Executive Director of Vancouver Poetry House. In 2016, Kirsh acted as Managing Director of Verses Festival of Words, Canada’s largest alternative literary festival.
In her own artistic practice, Kirsh is an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in journals such as The Malahat Review, Arc Poetry Magazine, Geist, EVENT, and more. She has toured her original works across North America. Kirsh has served as an arts educator for over 8 years and is currently an MFA candidate at the University of British Columbia. Visit her at www.erinkirsh.com.
JESSE DEL FIERRO
YOUTH PROGRAM COORDINATOR | (she/her/hers)
Jesse Del Fierro began her practice as a performer, playwright and dramaturg on Treaty 7 territory and now lives and works on the unceded territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. Her work explores sensation of space and time, and the human’s capacity for empathy. She has collaborated on works presented at PuSh International Performance Art Festival, SummerWorks, and rEvolver Festival amongst others. She trains in theatre performance at Simon Fraser University.
GRAPHIC DESIGNER | (he/him/his)
Ivan So is a multimedia artist and graphic designer who graduated with a BFA at Simon Fraser University. He focuses on topics such as the exploitation of land and the ephemerality of materials, aiming to use paint, poetry and drawings to acknowledge the complex issues. Ivan has exhibited his work at Audain Gallery and collaborated with Arts Club.
EVENT & VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR | (they/them/theirs, he/him/his)
Marcelo is a Mexican living in the unceded, stolen, traditional lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh, and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ nations since 2012. They dedicated a couple years to building HIV and Hep C resources for trans, Two-Spirit, and non-binary youth, and will likely continue working with and for these communities. He is in love with their communities and likes to show that love through sharing meals and stories.
FIELDHOUSE INTERN | (she/her/hers)
Phoebe Huang is a visual artist whose current practice involves a selection of work from installations, photography, performance, and proposals of various form. Her practice takes on an interdisciplinary approach by reframing materials from areas of art history, media, and historical and/ or personal narratives. Currently, she has found collaging and staging narratives fruitful in bearing new knowledges specifically around how land is occupied, how homes are constructed, and how that is represented and disseminated in the production of culture and place. Her curiosity lies in the interconnections between related binaries, such as how the past informs our present, or how intergenerational processes inform our understanding of space and our bodies. It is this interchange– the sifting through what is retained and what is disposed of that Huang finds the most fertile in understanding our contemporary conditions, and a departure point for further investigation.
FIELDHOUSE INTERN | (they/them/theirs)
Thuja is an queer non-binary community theater artist. They are a settler here and have lived unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples for most of their life. Currently, they are working towards a BFA in Theater Performance at SFU. They also hold a Master of Foresty from UBC, an MSc in Conservation and Land Management from Bangor University (Wales, UK) as well as an MA in Linguistics from SFU.
INTERN | (she/her/hers)
Katrina Robinson is a performer, writer, and artist. She has spent the last four years working towards her BFA in the Theatre Performance program at Simon Fraser University. Her past performances at SFU include Thy Neighbour’s Wife, Topophilia, and Hot Pepper, Air Conditioner, and the Farewell Speech, in addition to playing the role of “Fig” in Bitter, Jaded, and Only 24 at IGNITE! Youth Fest 2017
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT | (he/him/his)
Originally from Tehran and based in Vancouver, Arash Khakpour is privileged to be a dance artist who has immigrated to the ancestral and unceded Coast Salish territory including the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh nations.
Arash’s desire is to see whether the theatre can be a place to interrogate the body and to investigate the alternate ways of being – how can one just be a body? He is interested in dance as a way to research human nature and human conditions through historical, social, political and existential interpretations.
Arash is the cofounder of the dance-theatre company The Biting School (alongside his brother Aryo Khakpour), the cofounder of Vancouver’s performance group Pressed Paradise and the founder and co-host of How About A Time Machine a podcast on the history of Canadian performance. Arash is grateful to be the 2017 recipient of Dance Victoria’s Chrystal Dance Prize’.
Photo by Angel Lynne
SARA B. CADEAU
RESILIENT ROOTS ADVISOR | (she/her/hers)
Sara Brooke Cadeau is an Anishnaabe Kwe with mixed European heritage. A ceremonialist, singer, writer, maker of medicines and helper of people. It was not always so.
As a youth, unanswered questions about her ancestry led to both deep suffering and artistry. The power of her voice propelled a journey that stretched from Canada to Europe and India. Searching for women’s medicine teachings landed her many places, including a circus. This odyssey also found Sara locked in an Indian jail for a year. (Smuggling hash for cash can do that, sometimes.)
From there, Sara’s passion for creation led her to deepen her writing practice, explore filmmaking, and perform live on hundreds of stages. Despite the successful veneer of her artistic life, Sara was suffering and coping though “epic” drug and alcohol binges.
Through recovery, she has turned her love of words and spirit into a study of her gifts – ceremonies and medicine songs. This work has given Sara purpose, and she has established herself as an acknowledged hands-on helper with many different nations.
Sara has recently joined M’Girl and Women in the Round, two of Canada’s longest running Indigenous women’s hand drum groups. She is a dog mom of two and has also become an auntie to an incredible group of indigenous youth leaders, artists and warriors whom she is grateful and proud to support, in and out of the amazing Resilient Roots program.
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