Artists & Collaborators


sarah gavronSarah Gavon, Suffragette: Sarah Gavron (born 20 April 1970) is a British film director. She graduated from the University of York with a BA in English in 1992 and an MA in film studies from Edinburgh University and then worked for the BBC for three years. She went on to study feature film directing at the National Film and Television School in London. She is known for Suffragette (2015), Brick Lane (2007) and This Little Life (2003).


carl bessaiCarl Bessai, Unnatural & Accidental: Carl Bessai is a director, producer, writer and cinematographer. His award winning feature films have won international critical acclaim at numerous festivals including Sundance, Berlin, and Toronto and have been released theatrically around the world. Feature dramas include Johnny (1999), Lola (2001), Emile (2003), Severed (2005), Unnatural & Accidental (2006), Normal (2007), Mothers & Daughters (2009), Cole (2009), Fathers & Sons (2010), Repeaters (2010), Sisters & Brothers (2011), No Clue (2013), and Bad City (2014).He is a member of the Director’s Guild of Canada, the Writer’s Guild of Canada, the Iatse 669 Camera Local, and the Canadian Media Producer’s Association.

Xstine Cook & Jesse Gouchey, Spirit of the Blue Bird


Raised in Red Deer, Alberta, Jesse Gouchey grew up drawing and sketching as a hobby while competing with siblings for best quality art. Learning as much about fine art as he could in school, Jesse took to street art and graffiti to satisfy his need for colour and expression. After working in, then leaving the oil patch to move to Calgary, Jesse began mixing traditional west coast native styles with modern media, and began selling canvasses. Curating, exhibiting and collaborating in many shows he has shown in several galleries around Central Alberta.Jesse received animation training in Quickdraw Animation’s Aboriginal Youth Animation Project and The National Film board of Canada. Jesse was recently a junior artist on an Aboriginal graphic novel, and enjoys how his art has brought him closer to his Cree heritage.

Xstine Cook is a settler ally from Calgary who makes masks, puppets and other interesting objects. She is a self-taught film maker. Xstine studied mask and puppetry in Bali, Italy, France, California, and the West Coast of Canada, and trained at the Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre in California. She is a founder of Green Fools Theatre.  Xstine is currently the Artistic Director and Founder of Calgary Animated Objects Society (CAOS), and Curator of the International Festival of Animated Objects, a biennial festival of mask and puppetry in Calgary. Xstine lives in the house behind which Gloria Black Plume was murdered.  For 11 years she sought contact with Gloria’s family, and searched for an Aboriginal artist to create a memorial mural.  This film is the result of that search.

Please note: Xstine, Jesse and Carl will be available after the program on March 15th for a presentation and question-and-answer session with the audience.

marydore.jpgMary Dore, She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry: Mary Dore is an award-winning documentary producer who brings an activist perspective to her films.  Dore grew up in Auburn, Maine and began her career working with a Boston film collective that produced independent historical documentaries, including Children of Labor (1977) which premiered at the New York Film Festival.  She has produced television series for Maine Public Broadcasting and 13/WNET in New York. She produced and co-directed the feature documentary The Good Fight: the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in the Spanish Civil War (with Noel Buckner and Sam Sills), which screened at the Toronto, Sundance, and London Film Festivals.  She has produced dozens of television documentaries for PBS, New York Times TV, A&E, and the Discovery Channel. Her TV work has won Emmys, Cine Golden Eagles, and Cable Ace Awards.  She lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband and two sons. 

Visual Artists

holly hughes

Holly Hughes is an emerging artist from Edmonton whose interdisciplinary practice is grounded in intermedia and printmaking. She implements the use of everyday materials, video, sound, and her body in installation and performance-based works. Her creative practice functions as a reactionary process to events in her life, exploring personal identity in relation to the social environments in which one lives, and critiquing how these environments can impact an individual’s growth and development.

leila pfouffeLeila Plouffe is currently in her third year of her BFA at the University of Alberta. Themes frequently dealt with in Plouffe’s work include memory, identity and semiotics, often realized through video, photography and sculptural installation; this theme also translates into Plouffe’s work in printmaking and painting. Plouffe’s interest in this theme stems from a desire to explore the ways in which materials and environments influence our identities and to deal with the subtle, fleeting and immeasurable nature of those identities and their formation.

breanna barringtonBreanna Barrignton: Painting, Printmaking, and Intermedia. I am currently developing my artistic practice through these three disciplines as a 3rd year BFA student at the University of Alberta. Recently I have been playing around with the narrative of renaissance paintings to generate contemporary meanings. Because of its unusual power inversion, the story of Judith beheading Holofernes has been a reoccurring theme in my visual work.


angele karosiAngèle Karosi is an emerging multi disciplinary artist with works in private collections across Canada. She attended Concordia University in Montreal, QC for Art History and Studio Artsand MacEwan University for Arts and Cultural Management and open art studies.





adair and meldrumTiffany Adair + Yukari Muldrum: Tiffany Adair is an emerging artist from Edmonton, Alberta. She is currently seeking out new opportunities for her artwork and education and is excited for what lays ahead of her. Yukari Meldrum is a first generation Japanese-Canadian and reads and writes whenever she feels like it. Words simply fascinate her.


Emily Lynn MacDonald is a feminist artist, creative writer, and occasionally a curator. She has a degree in communications with a focus in critical theory, cultural criticism, and creative writing. Her most recent self directed project Other Dis Courses is a night school researching alternative forms of arts education through which she has organized spontaneous public performances, meetings, and screenings. She is currently working on a collection of prose poetry.


Lindexindsey Nagy is a veteran of fifteen years of performing. Audiences have described her as a captivating and engaging artist. Upon hearing Lindsey at a vocal showcase, Jully Black called her “the future of Canadian music.” Ms. Nagy has performed with the Red Piano players, Gateway Big Band, Grant MacEwan Showcase Band, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Edmonton Musical Theatre, and Bobby Curtola. She has performed for David Foster, Jann Arden, Wayne Gretzky, and opened for Bedouin Soundclash. In 2013, Lindsey was nominated for R&B/Soul Album of the Year at the Edmonton Music Awards for her debut album “Proud,” and a FIERCE award in the Empower category. As a graduate of the Grant MacEwan Music Program, Lindsey is well versed in many genres including Pop, R&B, and Jazz. As a soulful singer, skilled songwriter, and accomplished pianist, Lindsey Nagy is a quintessential triple threat.

Singer Anna-Leah King is a student in the Faculty of Education, Policy Studies – Indigenous Peoples Education, at the University of Alberta. She is Odawa and Pottawattimi from Wikwemikong Unceded Reserve, Manitoulin Island, Ontario. She has learned many songs along the way from friends and relatives. Tonight she is willing to share a song in honour of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and their families.

grayXavery Gray is a fifteen year old local singer/song writer, who has been performing since the age of six.  Over the last 5 years she has picked up both guitar and piano, which has further motivated her to start writing and composing her own songs and music.  Xavery has performed on the Telus Stage at K-Days as well as the Family Stage at Big Valley Jamboree.  She has also taken part in competitions, such as the Edmonton Youth Talent Show, where her performance was described as “intense and soulful”.  Xavery is an artist who prides herself on authenticity and is very excited to continue to explore what her musical future holds for her.


katieStarting at the age of three, Katherine Bessette began her lifelong exploration of music. Early on, the study of the violin and piano led to participation in the Edmonton String Academy, and a rich choral experience with the Edmonton Children’s Choir led to participation in Edmonton Opera productions.  Last summer, Katherine moved to Saskatoon to start a classic rock band with her cousins, and upon moving home, joined a blues band here in Edmonton.  Katherine’s interest in music is varied and all-inclusive, spanning instrumentation and genre, and has inspired her academic career.  Recently completing her BA at the U of A, majoring in psychology and minoring in music, and having collaborated with Michael MacDonald and Anna Beaumont over the past year in research looking at the effects of music learning on creativity and community building, Katherine garnered a particular interest in the therapeutic effects of music.  This research has inspired Katherine to pursue music therapy where she can channel her musical gifts and passions into helping others and continually exploring powerful connections between music, community, and individual well-being.



Alice Major

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M.J. Summers

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WIN House sace

Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton

Boys and Girls Club/Big Brothers and Big Sisters Wings of Providence


Multicultural and Senior Women
Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women WAVE


The Landing


Greenlight Awareness


John Howard Society


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Elizabeth Fry Society






Eating Disorder Support Network Alberta Women’s Initiative
Soroptimists International of Edmonton Lucina




Alberta Muslim Public Affairs Council Vote Fair


Web Design

card frontThe Drawing Board was started by Nakita Valerio in 2009. Over the years, we have picked up many new clients and the scope of what we do has changed from writing to full-on marketing support with the offer of eBook publications, newsletter authourship, social media management and much more. We were founded on the principle that talented people should be acting on those talents, whatever their business may be. We are writers. This is what we do. And even though we make it look easy, we are trained professionals in our trade and we make it our mission to uplift you and your business through our writing services.

Poster Design

ryn.jpgRyn Climenhaga is a visual artist and one of the Front of House managers with the Metro Cinema Society in the historic Garneau Theatre. She lives and works in Edmonton, using a variety of mediums to create physical manifestations of the movies she sees on the silver screen of her imagination. Ryn also uses her artistic skills to help Metro Cinema create posters for upcoming films, and always welcomes a challenge. You can find Ryn’s art online at Instagram (@rynchillustrations), and you can chat with the artist via Twitter (@rynchilla)