Host Annie Brass is Saulteaux-Cree from Kawacatoose First Nation in Saskatchewan, Canada. She excels in her abilities to promote healing and recovery while having fun. Whether it's through a participating in a workshop or enjoying a Stand-up Comedy routine, your experience is sure to be memorable and is sure to leave you smiling.
Lori Blondeau is a Cree/Saulteaux/Métis artist and curator based in Saskatoon. She is a co-founder and the current director of TRIBE, one of Canada’s most innovative and exciting Aboriginal arts organizations. Blondeau’s performance, photo, and media-based work has been presented nationally and internationally. She is currently completing a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Saskatchewan.
Michel Boutin is a practicing artist and arts educator originally from Redvers, Saskatchewan. Michel is a Canadien/Metis whose artwork explores themes of assimilation and authority. The work employs an iconoclastic low-brow aesthetic incorporating iconography and traditional art styles reflecting his cultural roots. He graduated from the University of Regina in 19965 with a BFA in sculpture/drawing and has been exhibiting regularly since 1990.
Modeste Mckenzie is 16 years old and currently lives in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. He considers himself a Dene Métis from the Deninukue First Nation in the North West Territories. Modeste was taught to jig by Yvonne Chartrand of Vancouver’s Compaigni V’ni Dansi, and Maria Campbell of Fire Weed Productions, and has been jigging for three years. Modeste is dedicated to sharing his love for traditional Métis jigging with others.
Dallas Boyer is A 21 Year Old Metis & Old Time Fiddle Player From Saskatoon, accompanied on guitar by his father Phil Boyer. They play traditional music all around Saskatchewan. Dallas began learning fiddle at the age of 9 and learned from many fiddle players including Lenny Dumont, Evarette Larson & John Arcand. Dallas got the chance to attend the 2010 Olympic Opening Ceremonies where he represented his Metis culture dancing in the Athletes Parade. Recently, Dallas & Phil attended Back To Batoche Days in July 2010 where they performed a number of times with Master Fiddler Darren Lavallee and his band, and also won Metis Got Talent where they got the opportunity to open for country singer Michelle Wright.
Alison Kimbley is working toward the completion of her education degree at the Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher's Education Program. She has been involved in RUAS (Regina Urban Aboriginal Strategy) for three years and now is the co chair. She is also the vice president of the Indigenous Students Association. She is involved in dance in Regina dancing with the Riel Reeler. She has lived and travelled in Europe, working as a nanny and a relaxation therapist. Since returning to Regina Alison's focus has been on community development.
Erroll Kinistino is a graduate of the Saskatchewan Federated College’s Indian Communication Arts Program and has written for The Saskatchewan Indian and for the Maysaynagun newspaper published by Winnipeg’s Indian Métis Friendship Centre. He also writes short fiction and song lyrics. A busy actor, his credits include ‘Leon’ on North of 60, a 70-show tour of the play “Raven Stole the Sun” with Redsky Performances, and bartender “Phil Kinistino” on Corner Gas. Erroll has also mentored youth through several theatre and cultural initiatives.