Precarious Artist Bios

Nathan Adler is the author of Wrist, an Indigenous monster story written from the monster’s perspective (Kegedonce Press). He is an artist who works in many different mediums, including audio & video, drawing & painting, as well as glass. He is Anishinaabe and Jewish, a member of Lac Des Mille Lacs First Nation, and resides in Mono, Ontario.

Established in 1974, Artspace is a non-profit artist-run centre that assists artists with the presentation of new work. We change in response to the needs of artists and work to engage and inform the public about their work.

Tara Azzopardi lives and works on 100 acres in Eastern Ontario. She is a poet, musician and farmer.

Derek Bell is an artist and craftsperson who works in a variety of media and disciplines. He’s called Peterborough his home for the better part of the last twenty years.

Media artist Craig Berggold strives to combine social justice activism with a contemporary art practice. His award-winning films have been broadcast on television and screened at film festivals, museums and art galleries around the world.

Jerm IX (aka Jeremy Bertrand) is a graffiti and street artist, poet, urban explorer, photographer and hip hop musician. Recurring themes of mental health, addiciton, and sexual abuse permeate his work as a direct reflection of his existence and experiences. Jerm operates for the most part on the wrong side of the law using the streets as his canvas.

bird, buried press is a small press located in Peterborough, publishing writers and artists from or living in Ontario, and specializing in handmade, one-of-a-kind book objects.

Brad Brackenridge has been a performer and designer in theatre and film for over 25 years. Brad is the creator of The Nervous System, a puppet-based theatre company.

Lyall Brownlee: First introduced to art and illustration through Skateboard and Street culture as a youth, Lyall’s artistic interests have broadened over time but his aesthetic and DIY approach remain true to those early influences. With a focus on narrative, using flat colours with bold black outlines, and choosing simple materials such as canvas, found objects, and wood Lyall’s work comfortably lies in a grey area between Comic, Street, Folk and Fine Art.

Rachael Cardiello is a multi-instrumentalist, freelance musician and recording artist based in Toronto via Montana. Tracks from her 2013 Motown-inspired release Warm Electric Winter and 2012 folk-classical-hybrid EP One for the Wind have been featured in four films to date and toured throughout Canada and the USA with her Toronto-based band. TIDAL MOUTH is an ongoing conversation between Rachael Cardiello and Daccia Bloomfield – Daccia writes the words, Rachael writes the music. Their first song cycle Dead Dad’s Club explores the process of loss and its constituent parts. Five of these thirteen songs will be released in an EP this coming winter.

Sarah Charles-DeCarlo is a mixed blood multi-media artist and facilitator born and raised in Nogojiwanong. She has worked in Indigenous communities locally, and across Canada, for 20 years with a focus on youth and the arts. She has released two albums of original music as a singer/songwriter, and her films have been screened at festivals across North America.

Daniel Crawford developed his expression through experimental cinema, drawing and sculpture while acquiring an Honours Degree in Literature from Trent University, and BFA from NSCAD University. Crawford has shown installation, painting and film work in galleries, public spaces and theatres across Canada and the United States. He currently practices and teaches art in Peterborough Ontario.

CUPE Local 3908: Our Union is made up of over seven hundred contract faculty and student academic workers. Our contribution to the University has become increasingly important as our membership has grown, hence our slogan:“Trent works because we do!” Our goal is to increase support for our work within the University and to improve working conditions for contract faculty and student academic workers at the provincial and national levels.

Sylvie Dasne is a dancer venturing into theatre by coercion! She is trained in contemporary dance, ballet, and traditional Haitian folklorique dance.

Joe Davies’ short fiction has been published in Canada, England, Ireland, Wales, India and the US.  He’s currently between writing projects.

The DBIA represent over 400 businesses in Peterborough’s downtown. Promoting and marketing the downtown as a destination is a main activity of the DBIA while also creating and supporting many events. Beautification and special projects like Win This Space, free WiFi, public art are also functions of the organization as well as advocating on behalf of its members.

Naomi Duvall is a local actor/puppeteer and burlesque performer. She is a graduate of the Professional Theatre Acting program at John Abbott College in Montreal. Currently she is participating in a Puppeteer Mentorship with Brad Brackenridge through the Professional Theatre Training Program offered by Theatre Ontario. She is excited as heck to be involved in this project.

The Electric City Culture Council (EC3) is a new, not-for-profit service organization serving the arts, culture and heritage (ACH) sector in Peterborough and the surrounding region.  Our mission is to develop and strengthen the creative ecology of the region by connecting individuals and organizations and by providing the leadership, advocacy, professional development, information, resources, networking, programming and collaborative partnerships, that will build and support the capacity and infrastructure of the local arts, culture and heritage community.

Evans Contemporary is dedicated to the presentation of creative projects by national and international contemporary artists which transcend the trends of the commercial visual art market. Operating as an amalgamation of artist-run centre, museum, institute, and private foundation, it fills a void in the cultural landscape of the region, plays an important role as a leader in the cultural fabric of Peterborough and the Kawartha region and stands as a signifying site of local culture.

Fleshy Thud is a Peterborough based organization that presents original performance works/opportunities by/for local artists. Recent productions include Myrmidon (2015), Dazzle Ships (2016), and A Certain Place Festival (2016).

Rob Fortin and Susan Newman have spent decades together writing songs for plays. Recent projects have included “damned be this transmigration” for Public Energy and “Life Comes to Resemble Unimaginative Literature (Or, the Moment of My Death)” for A Certain Place: The Bernie Martin Festival. In 2015 they were awarded, along with Beau Dixon, a Dora Mavor Moore Award for “Beneath Springhill: The Maurice Ruddick Story,” for which they provided the songs. They also comprise two thirds of the jazz trio Chester Babcock. In 1973, Rob’s musical adaptation of Browning’s “Pied Piper of Hamelin” was presented by the Northern Ontario Travelling Children’s Theatre.

Rose Katarina Fortin captures the essence of the mystical interactions of humanity and nature through photography. Focussing on the transmutation and alchemical transformation of her subject matter through the changing seasons of the natural world and humanities emotional evolution.

Nicole Gibeault is from Wasauksing First Nation and is a graduate of Trent University’s Indigenous Studies/Cultural Studies program. She freelances as a writer and editor, and supports people and projects in the health, wellness, and arts communities.

Jason Hartwick (@hatsnboots1978
Nourish Project) is a stay at home dad. He works at a grassroots level with a multitude of organizational partners to create better community. His involvement runs through the following initiatives in Peterborough and area: Basic Income Advocacy, Nourish Project (Growing, Cooking, Eating & Advocacy), Active Neighbourhoods Canada, CFICE (Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement), Art Hive Peterborough, Trent Radio, You, Your Community, Your Neighbourhood.

Matthew Hayes is an independent filmmaker and PhD candidate at Trent University. His short films have shown at film festivals throughout Canada, the US, and Europe, although he’s never had the budget to actually attend any of the screenings. He recently premiered his first feature length documentary, Pushback, about poverty and homelessness in Peterborough.

A controversial writer, activist and Pulitzer-prize winner, Chris Hedges is one of the great moral voices of our age. His essays draw on his extraordinary experiences as a journalist – in the U.S and more than 50 countries – but also his conviction that the centers of power in America have been seized and hijacked by corporations, something the American media pays deference to. He currently writes a weekly column for the web site Truthdig, is the Emmy-nominated host of On Contact on RT America, and has taught a class through Princeton University at a state prison in New Jersey where half of the students are Princeton undergraduates and half are prisoners. A play he created with prisoners, Caged, is due to premiere in May, 2018.

Ann Jaeger is a visual artist and author of Trout in Plaid, an online journal presenting context, reviews and profiles of artists in the Peterborough area. She is a passionate advocate for rich and sustainable regional culture.

Miranda Jones (Director/Devisor) is a Montreal-based theatre maker, with a background in physical devised theatre. She apprenticed with Halifax’s Zuppa Theatre Co. and will continue to tour The Archive of Missing Things, a piece she devised with the company, this spring. A proud member of Ring O’ Rosie Collective, she would like to thank Peterborough audiences, Precarious Festival and Kate Story for their continuing support of ROR’s work.

Ryan Kerr is the artistic director of Fleshy Thud and The Theatre on King. He is also a performer, playwright, choreographer, and director.

Sally Lee has been a member of the arts community for over 25 years, serving in her current role as Executive Director of artists’ rights organization CARFAC Ontario since 2015. She has worked at organizations representing a wide range of disciplines, with management and leadership positions at the Toronto International Film Festival, Soulpepper Theatre Company, and the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival. Other groups where she has worked or served on the board or a committee include the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto, the Images Festival, the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre, Artists for Peace and Justice Canada, Samara Canada, Pan Am Path, BorderLines Magazine and the Women’s Press. She currently sits on the board of Wavelength Music, the Advocacy Committee of the Toronto Arts Foundation, and the Advisory Board of Reel Asian. She has also participated in the production of several independent films and music videos. She is active in Toronto’s independent music community, and currently plays bass and sings in the band Long Branch.

Eryn Lidster, as a theatre tech and stage manager, has been involved in the production of over fifteen works in Peterborough over the last two years, and directed her first production in 2016.

Leigh Macdonald has found expression of her imagination in playing with colours and light through paint, camera and musical instruments. She also has a curiosity to understand how the human body works especially moods and cravings.

A member of Ptbo burlesque troupe The Kitten Academy, Shannon McKenzie has been performing on and off the stage for the past 3 years. Working with The Theatre on King for the past couple years Shannon has ventured into Stage Managing and Tech operation.

Justin Million is a poet from Peterborough, ON. Million is currently the Poetry Editor at bird, buried press, and the curator of the Show and Tell Poetry Series. His work has been published in Poetry Is Dead, and three books by Apt. 9 Press.

Victoria Mohr-Blakeney is a curator and creator with a focus on performance. She is currently Performance Curator at Public Energy.

Mike Moring watches people fish for a living, as Director of Photography and Editor for The Fish’n Canada Show. When he’s not doing that, he is an actor and independent filmmaker whose work has been showcased at a variety of international film festivals including Montreal’s Fantasia Fest. He is also co-creator of the Peterborough-based webseries ‘Jobless’.

The Nervous System is a puppet-based theatre company that has created performances for Luminato, Erring on the Mount, Artsweek, Emergency, and A Certain Place: The Bernie Martin Festival, among others.

Brian Nichols is a psychotherapist in private practice who uses expressive arts therapy as the primary modality in his work and in his life.

The Nogojiwanong Friendship Centre strives to enhance the quality of life for Aboriginal People in the City of Peterborough and surrounding area. We provide a place of acceptance and well-being for urban Aboriginal people through a wide-range of community based programs & services.

Laurel Paluck is an arts educator, community arts collaborator and interdisciplinary artist who creates performance and visual works drawn from theatre, literature, fables, myths and dreams. She is the artistic director of Atelier Ludmila, a production house and art lab that invites artists of varying disciplines into the workshop to explore and create annual public performances.

Peterborough DanceWorks is a new contemporary dance collective founded by Ryan Kerr, Victoria Mohr-Blakeney, and Kate Story. The aim of PDW is to provide dramaturgical support and performance opportunities for Peterborough region’s contemporary dancers and dance works.

Peterborough THeatre Users Group is a theatre and performance support organization, dedicated to initiatives that nourish performing arts organizations, artists, and environments that serve under-resourced and emerging performing artists.

Ursula Pflug is author or editor of eight books including her latest, the near future YA novella Mountain (Inanna). She is editing a new anthology for Exile, The Food of My People, with Candas Jane Dorsey. 2018 will see the release of Down From, a new novella from US New Weird publisher Snuggly Books.

Janette Platana is a writer and educator and has been making her living as a writer — in one way or another — for over 20 years. Her short story collection, A Token of My Affliction, was a Finalist for the 2015 Trillium Book Award. She works in primary to post-secondary classrooms using techniques from stand-up and improv to work with writers and creatives. Right now, she is precariously employed by Trent University, putting her MA in Public Texts to good use.For 2016’s Peterborough ArtsWeek, Janette read Moby Dick start to finish aloud in public places. It took 34 hours.

Gabe Pollock is editor-in-chief and of Electric City Magazine. He has been writing about arts and culture in Peterborough for over five years, first on Electric City Live and now in its magaziney successor.

Public Energy is a presenter and animator of contemporary dance, theatre, performance, and interdisciplinary work.  It is dedicated to supporting the creation, touring, and presentation of innovative contemporary performance arts, and to developing audiences that are knowledgeable and passionate.

RC4G* Peterborough provides youth in the Peterborough area with the opportunity to build confidence and community through the creation of rock music. RC4G* uses the medium of rock ‘n roll as a fun and accessible way to encourage and assist campers in: developing new abilities; taking risks within a safe and supportive atmosphere; building communication and teamwork skills; enhancing confidence and self-esteem; and ultimately having a fun and fulfilling experience.

Ring O’ Rosie is a collective of female emerging theatre-makers. Using a collaborative process, we create visceral and intimate stories in unlikely spaces.

ROCK BLOCK! is a drop-in, after-school music program running from 3-6 pm on the 4th Thursday of each month at The Spill Cafe (414 George St. N. in downtown Peterborough). The format is loose, but includes some instrument guidance, skills workshops and the opportunity to jam with other players. The program is open to everyone with a good attitude, some experience and enough confidence to take a risk (play music with new friends). Please note that The Spill is open to the public during Rock Block!, and that RC4G* volunteers are there to provide guidance and support to the independent music makers. Parents/guardians are welcome to stick around. You can stay for as much or as little of the block as you like.

Andrew Root is a writer, improviser and actor, and the senior editor of the online film magazine Bright Wall/Dark Room. He lives in Peterborough with his charming wife and their pets.

Elisha May Rubacha lives, writes, and gardens in Peterborough, ON. She is the founder, editor and designer of bird, buried press.

The Show and Tell Poetry Series curates poetry happenings in Peterborough, ON, such as KEYBOARDS!, a typewritten and live poetry show on the last Sunday of every month at The Garnet, and a monthly STPS: Showcase featuring readings by poets from Peterborough and the surrounding area, such as Jennifer LoveGrove, Angela Hibbs, and Michael Dennis.

Daniel Smith is a local actor and improviser.  Thrilled for audiences to see Invisible, he sleeps on his stomach facing left.

Robyn Smith was born and raised in the small village of Flesherton, to which she credits her passion for outside-the-box, collaborative and slightly weirder art. After a lengthy hiatus from “the stage” (or black box) Robyn has been excited to return, playing roles in productions though Max’s Cabaret, the Motley Collective, Nozhem Theatre and the Theatre on King as well as some exploration of music and dance.

Jill Staveley is a musician and mother of 2 in Peterborough, Ontario. Now that her children are older (ages 5 & 7), Staveley is gaining the time and energy to rebuild her creation and performance career as a musician, and use the experience she has gained working with children and youth in musical jamming and song writing sessions, to create a workshop and performance opportunity that she can consistently offer to her community.

Inspired by love and whiskey, Steelburner is a musical marriage between Matthew Watson’s unique and powerful approach to playing stringed instruments and Jill Staveley’s strong and expressive voice, all held steady by Adam DeMarsh on drums.

Steelburner released their first recording in December 2016,  and are trying to remember how to stay up late to play bar gigs.

Hartley Stephenson was born in Toronto and decided to become an artist in 1984, inspired by Dorothy Caldwell, Joe Lewis and Dennis Tourbin. He did not attend art school. He remembers in Grade 3 his teacher said his collage was no good because it did not have a central focus.

Kate Story is an award-winning theatre artist, sometime festival organizer, and award-nominated writer. This year her third novel This Insubstantial Pageant came out with ChiZine Publications.

Smokii Sumac is a proud member of the Ktunaxa Nation and a PhD candidate in Indigenous Studies at Trent University where their dissertation research examines Indigenous literature through the lens of their lived experience as a Ktunaxa two-spirit person. Angela’s creative work has been published in Canadian literature, Aanikoobijigan//Waawaashkeshi (a project by Anishinaabe/Métis artist Dylan Miner), and The Capilano Review. They live in Nogojiwanong (Peterborough, Ontario) with their cat, Miss Magoo.

The Theatre on King is an intimate black-box theatre located in downtown Peterborough. TTOK is an experiment, a laboratory where both professional and amateur artists explore, hone their skills, and create a sense of community. Run by artistic director Ryan Kerr, since opening its doors in 2013 TTOK has become Peterborough’s hub for new and risk-taking performance creation.

The Trent Community Research Centre facilitates community-based research in Peterborough, Ontario. By connecting passionate students at Trent University with community groups with research questions, we aim to be a catalyst of community change through research. We provide students with enriching educational experiences while delivering relevant, valuable research to our community partners.

Trent Radio – 92.7 CFFF FM – is Peterborough’s Community Broadcast Facility. Sponsored by full-time Trent University students, it is a non-profit cultural and educational organisation shared and organised with the community as a whole. Its aims and objectives include broad community participation for the production of creative local radio which reflects and animates Peterborough area communities, and sends out a clear signal of Peterborough’s vigour and vibrancy.

Lindsay Unterlander began her theatre career backstage in 2009. With some prodding (and some beer) she transitioned from stage management to acting in 2014, and has since performed in several musicals and plays with The Peterborough Theatre Guild, St James Players, and The Theatre on King.   She was thrilled to have another opportunity to work with Eryn again!

Samuelle Weatherdon is working hard to establish herself as one of Peterborough’s busiest young actresses. She has recently appeared at The Theatre on King, The Peterborough Theatre Guild, New Stages, and 4th Line Theatre, and is a founding member of Planet 12 Productions.

Matthew Watson is a musician currently based out of Peterborough, Ontario. One of the founding members of the United Steelworkers of Montreal, Matthew moved to Peterborough in 2009 to start a family. His musical endeavours center around traditional instruments, sounds and songs.

Anne White is a theatre-maker, researcher and writer based out of Peterborough. With her theatre collective, Ring O’ Rosie, she has directed, written and devised a variety of site-specific, physical pieces of theatre. She has a BA with Honours in Theatre Studies and History at Dalhousie and has trained with Zuppa Theatre Co. and Bad New Days.