Matt Olson of the Star Phoenix did this little interview with me. You can read the full article here:
Apologies for the poor audio coming from my webcam…
I had the opportunity to do a little interview with Graham Wall at Toast about 落叶归根::falling leaves return to their roots. You can read the full article here
As part of Remai Modern’s online programming during COVID-19, I got to answer their questionnaire to share my personal perspective and experience of the pandemic lockdown. Here is an excerpt:
“I share the same enthusiasm for my bed as Chibi Maruko-Chan”
“5. What are you letting go of? What are you holding on to?
Trying to let go of the feeling of needing to prove my worth through doing rather than just being. Getting in touch with my own enjoyment rather than doing things for other people. Observing myself, learning my needs and understanding how I function. Using this time to practice being actively gentler with myself and holding onto how it feels to be my own best friend.”
You can read the full questionnaire here
I had the honour and privilege of composing an original score for this beautiful animated short doc by Anne Koizumi. The story is one that is personally tied to Anne, but the film’s themes of shame, guilt, regret, loss, and love are universally relatable and is deeply moving. To me, it reminded me of how racism and classism felt as a kid, but we don’t yet have the tools or vocabulary to understand these until later on when we’re adults. You can stream the full film on CBC Gem and YouTube.
poster by Marigold Santos and Julien Charbonneau
For this year’s Trans Day of Visibility I got to join fellow non-binary pals G. R. Gritt, Kimmortal, and Evelyn Charlotte Joe for this little interview with our friend and icon Rae Spoon. Here is an excerpt:
In 2019 Miriam Webster chose the non-binary pronoun “they” as the word of the year. Some people started calling 2019 the year of “they.” What was your reaction to that?
respectfulchild 敬兒: To be honest, I didn’t really pay attention to it…I think it felt like getting validating approval from the mainstream and I don’t really care for that kind of momentary recognition. What about next year? Will we be forgotten once “they” is no longer trending? The comfort, safety, and space I have to explore and express my identity is due to the work of all the gender revolutionaries that came before me. Recognition and visibility are nice, but seeing allies celebrate these sort of milestones feels kind of shallow when what we need as a community is more education, empathy, safety, and supports. If we don’t have those things in place, then visibility can just make us a target for more danger.
You can read the full interview here
photo by Lindsey Rewuski
“I think the greatest border we have to overcome is the one that’s stifling our imaginations. We’re taught throughout our lives to accept so many things, whether they’re political boundaries, gender norms, or musical conventions, that we forget how to dream of other possibilities for ourselves and our collective future. For me, it’s really important to learn about and know where I am coming from in order to see how things can change and grow.”
Read the full interview here
photo by Chris Graham Photography
I was completely surprised to be presented with this award and bursary from The Derek Bachman Foundation. This was my acceptance speech on social media the next day:
“So at the Saskatchewan Music Awards presented by @saskmusic this past Thursday, I got completely surprised by receiving the Breaking Borders award and bursary from the @derekbachmanfdn. It meant the world to have it presented to me by my friend and role model @megannashmusic, who I’ve looked up to as both a touring artist and amazingly funny human being for many years. I never got to meet Derek, but I know that the work he did and belief he had for SK artists created the foundation for the opportunities artists like me have to travel and share our music abroad. Hopefully without dishonouring his memory, I’d like to expand on what it means to me to be Breaking Borders.
All borders are fake, including this rectangle we call Saskatchewan. All borders are created by the powerful and are used to control, exclude, separate, and break up communities. We also have borders around ideas, ideology, societal structures. We have borders around gender, bodies, class, and race. Borders limit our thoughts and imaginations. Borders are barriers. They’re maintained by convincing us to believe they are real and accepting them as natural. By buying into the idea of borders we enable, justify, and perpetuate the divisive violence enacted on marginalized communities and cut off our abilities to dream of how things can be different.
I need to clarify that I am Not describing some naive Colour-Blind-We-Are-One-World. We can live in all our complexities without homogenizing ourselves. Freedom of movement already exists, it’s just only available to the rich and powerful.
I’m not one for awards, but I’m definitely receiving this one in the spirit of DESTROYING ALL BORDERS. Whether they’re fake lines on a map or fake lines in our minds, we do not have to accept things as they are.”
Thank you to Creative Saskatchewan’s Market Travel Grant that helped fund my trip and performance at Linecheck 2019 in Milan, Italy!
I like using spreadsheets to organize my thoughts and tasks, so here is part of a work-in-progress: an (incomplete) list of Canadian music festivals and their application deadlines. The full sheet can be downloaded from here and used for your own projects! I’ve enabled commenting so that any missing or incorrect info can be noted and rectified.
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