In addition to the keynote, panel sessions and posters, there will be a variety of engaging and thought-provoking artistic displays and performances at the National conference (Ottawa) including dance, song, spoken word and photographic exhibits.
Note: Artists whose names are followed by an asterisk (*) will be featured in the portions of the conference that are livestreamed to the satellite events.
Dandelion Dance Performance Company exists to show that every girl – regardless of background, body type or ability – has a valuable perspective to share with the world. Every year, a group of young women comes together to create and share their own works on the social issues that matter most to them, which often evolve from personal stories and experiences. Dandelion Dance Performance Company challenges traditional notions of who can be a dancer, calls out stereotypes about young women from all walks of life and showcases the power of art as a tool for social change.
Maya Basudde (MayaSpoken)
Spoken Word Artist, Author, Keynote Speaker
Program/Workshop Facilitator, Youth Ottawa
Maya Basudde (MayaSpoken) is an award-winning spoken word artist, author, keynote speaker, workshop facilitator and program facilitator. Since winning her first poetry slam in 2015, in which she shared her story of overcoming abuse and racism throughout her years in high school, she has performed spoken word around Ottawa spreading a message of hope and empowerment. Maya is also founder of the Tell ’Em Girl Women’s Spoken Word Showcase and author of Warriors in Broad Daylight. She is recipient of numerous awards, including the 2017 RBC Spirit of the Youth Capital Award and the 2018 CBC Ottawa Trailblazer Award in 2018.
Ottawa-based social development program
OrKidstra is an Ottawa-based social development program that gives children from underserved areas the opportunity to learn life skills – such as teamwork, commitment and responsibility – through the joys and challenges of singing and playing music together. The program began in 2007 with 27 children and the passionate belief in the transformative power of music. It has since grown to include over 700 children, ages 5 to 18, from 42 cultural and linguistic backgrounds, and has become a world-class example of why music is called the universal language.
Unequivocally Family Project
Underpinned by the founders’ lived experience with the subject matter, Unequivocally Family is the visual platform through which the lives of LGBTQ2 families in Canada are brought into mainstream discourse on family dynamics. Through contemplative photography, Unequivocally Family seeks to broaden our understanding of what a LGBTQ2 family “is” and “how it operates’” in day-to-day life. (Photo by Louise Lafleur Photography)
Part of the Canadian Military Wives Choirs (CMWC)
The CMWC Uplands choir is part of the Canadian Military Wives Choirs (CMWC), a group of women with various connections to the military, with common shared experiences, such as frequent moves, deployment stress and lack of family support. CMWC has choirs in bases across Canada, comprised of women supporting women, all singing from the same songbook regardless of which CMWC they’ve joined – an instant community sharing fun, fellowship and song.