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Zine culture, Music Composition, and the Image+Nation Film Festival

This month I’m excited to announce that I’ll be participating in several creative events in Montréal! First is the Expozine Awards Ceremony to be held at VICES VERSA TUESDAY NOVEMBER 20th. Co-founder and director of Expozine Louis Rastelli invited me to MC so I’ll be serenading those in attendance en anglais et français mais oui! We will also be celebrating the installation of a Distroboto Machine so bring your deux pieces. Expozine celebrates its’ sweet 16 this year so mark your calendars Nov 24-25 – FREE ZINE FAIR.

Photo credit: SARAH GILBERT

On SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24th, General Audience #15: MUSICAL COMPOSITION & SONGWRITING is happening at the Rocket Science Room. This series offers an opportunity to share experience, knowledge, research, creative projects, and ideas in a comfortable and friendly environment. “4 incredibly talented musicians, composers, performers and producers will be bringing us all into their fascinating creative world of songwriting, music and sound.” I’m excited to talk about my composer trajectory + play the songwriting machine game with those in attendance and to enjoy Tanya Davis, Keiko Devaux & Jordan Perry’s offerings. $5-10 suggested donation.

The third is the IMAGE+NATION Film Festival is ON NOVEMBER 22nd-DECEMBER 2nd! “31 Years of [Re]volutionary Storytelling | 31 Ans d’histoires a Partager.” Director Gail Maurice et Producteur-acteur Mélanie Bray ont créé un court métrage “Rosie” that is a part of the Queermont Québec short film program at Centre Phi. Je serai à la projection avec le réalisateur / producteur. Venez voir ce que les cinéastes dans cette belle province ont à offrir!

Rosie, October 2018
Live script reading of “Rosie” at Imagine Native Film Festival. TIFF Lightbox Theatre, Toronto.

imagine NATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival

WelcomeGatheringComing up for air and slowly getting back to Montréal life after stepping into the creative, fully immersive world of the the Imagine NATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival in Toronto Ontario. Mîkwêc! I took in over 20 short and full length films, Immersive VR films at the iNdigital Space, Exhibitions at several 401 Richmond galleries, Indigenous Feature Script Live Reading (photo of ROSIE being read at TIFF Lightbox), How to Get To Sesame Street (pictured below) as well as the Welcome Gathering and opening night screening of Falls Around Her (photo below of cast/crew at Hot Docs Theatre).

The premiere of Gail Maurice’s (pictured below winning the NFB/imagineNATIVE Digital and Interactive Prize) short film ROSIE was well received and attended! It was co-produced by and stars Mélanie Bray  and introduces the amazing 6-year old actor Aleah Hachey-Brown. Gail & Mélanie chose three songs from my repertoire that fit perfectly! Such a treat to be able to experience it on the big screen at TIFF Lightbox and celebrate it with cast and crew in person (post screening photo op below)!

Pictured below is a pin symbolizing the Four Directions Teachings offered to all present at the Welcome Gathering at Native Canadian Centre of Toronto – a gift from Elder Pauline Shirt. And a few top picks: Generations, Nakon i’e, Undiscovered Country, Moa Ma Le Pinko, Geoduck, WIÑAYPACHA and Marks of Mana.


Are you ready for KIDS POP fun!? Ever wanted to write a song but didn’t know how to begin? Come to “Krista’s Songwriting Machine” workshop at the KIDS CRAWL Saturday, September 29th from 12-2pm and join in the songwriting game! FREE. Ages 5+. No musical experience necessary.  Sunday, September 30th from 2-3pm is the FAMILY STYLE extravaganza with kids of all ages performing as well as a special LEDERHOSEN LUCIL  appearance! FREE AFTERNOON CABARET! Harvesthosen.png