Artist Bios

Workshop Leader: Publish and Prosper –
Getting Your Book into the World

Guillaume Morissette is the author of The Original Face (Véhicule Press, 2017), one of The Globe And Mail’s best books for 2017, and New Tab (Véhicule Press, 2014), a finalist for the 2015 Amazon.ca First Novel Award. Both books have been or are in the process of being translated and published in French by Éditions du Boréal.

He lives in Montreal. If you can, adopt a senior dog from a rescue center near you.

Website: http://guillaumemorissette.com

Twitter: @anxietyissue

Instagram: @anxietyissue

Illustrator, Writer, Performer

Workshop Leader: Publish and Prosper –
Getting Your Book into the World

Meags Fitzgerald is a Montreal-based illustrator, writer and performer. She is the author of the queer coming of age memoir Long Red Hair and of the history and travelogue, Photobooth: A Biography, for which she won the 2015 Doug Wright Spotlight Award and was nominated for the 2015 Joe Shuster Best Cartoonist Award.

Fitzgerald’s short comics have appeared in Taddle Creek Magazine, The New Quarterly, Geist, Carte Blanche, and The National Post. Over the last ten years she’s also performed improv theatre and live storytelling internationally. Fitzgerald is working on a collection of comic essays about singlehood that will be out in French and English in May 2019.

Website: http://www.meagsfitzgerald.com

Twitter: @MeagsFitzgerald

Instagram: @meagsfitzgerald_art

Performer, artistic producer, arts educator, public speaker

Workshop Leader: Risk and Resilience –

Living Artistically with Yourself and with Others

 

Métis multidisciplinary artist Moe Clark is a nomadic songbird with wings woven from circle singing and spoken word. Mistress of the looping pedal, her poetic songs resonate with the power to heal and to connect with authentic purpose. Originally from Treaty 7, she’s called Tio’tia:ke/ Montreal home for nine years. As an educator she facilitates creative workshops in community and with indigenous youth with a basis for deepening embodiment and awareness through personal and collective expression.

She’s directed and produced multiple intercultural collaborative events including Transcestral: a musical exchange bridging Indigenous and Sufi musical traditions and in 2013 she directed the 10th Annual Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Montreal, highlighting Indigenous languages. Moe has two albums of music, a bilingual book of poetry and multiple performance videos and awards. Her work has been featured around the world at the Lincoln Centre (US), Queensland Poetry Festival (AU), Maelstrom Poetry Festival (BE) and Planet IndigenUs festival (CA), among others. 

Website: moeclark.ca

Twitter: @moeclark

Illustrator, Writer, Performer

Workshop Leader: Risk and Resilience –

Living Artistically with Yourself and with Others

 

Jacob Wren makes literature, collaborative performances and exhibitions. His books include: Unrehearsed Beauty, Families Are Formed Through Copulation, Revenge Fantasies of the Politically Dispossessed, Polyamorous Love Song, Rich and Poor and Authenticity is a Feeling: My Life in PME-ART. As co-artistic director of Montreal-based interdisciplinary group PME-ART he has co-created the performances: En français comme en anglais, it’s easy to criticize, Individualism Was A Mistake, The DJ Who Gave Too Much Information and Every Song I’ve Ever Written. He travels internationally with alarming frequency and frequently writes about contemporary art.

Website(s):
Blog – http://www.radicalcut.blogspot.com
Every Song I’ve Ever Written – http://www.everysongiveeverwritten.com
PME-ART –
http://www.pme-art.ca

Twitter: @EverySongIveEve

Tumblr: http://jacobwren.tumblr.com

Executive and Artistic Director
of MainLine Theatre & Fringe Montreal

Workshop Leader: OK, But What Are You Really Doing?
Explaining Your Art to People — And to Yourself

 

 

Amy Blackmore is the Executive and Artistic Director of MainLine Theatre, the St-Ambroise Montreal FRINGE Festival, the MainLine Gallery and the Bouge d’ici Dance Festival. She is also a former provincial air guitar champion. Known for her versatility, Amy has over 15 years of experience working in arts and culture. An ELAN board member, she is also the President of the Quebec Drama Federation and sits on the new artistic practices / multidisciplinary jury for le Conseil des arts de Montréal. Amy believes in the power of community, open-access and artistic freedom.

Website(s):
Mainline – www.mainlinetheatre.ca/
Fringe MTL – https://montrealfringe.ca/

Twitter: @_amyblackmore

Instagram: @amybmore

Photographer, Entrepreneur, Mentor

Workshop Leader: OK, But What Are You Really Doing?
Explaining Your Art to People – And to Yourself

After thirty years as an entrepreneurial photographic artist, creating fine art photography books and exhibitions, lecturing and teaching workshops on photography and promoting her projects, Linda Rutenberg has decided to become more involved in sharing her experience and enthusiasm — and teach workshops to help artists help themselves live from their art. She believes there is a huge need for a toolkit and a working platform in order to teach artists how to monetize their work, and how to engage with the public that would become their future clients.

In addition to her many years sustaining her practice by marketing, selling and promoting her work, she has also learned how to support herself financially by engaging clients and patrons, and raising the funds needed to complete her projects. As an artist, she continue to create photographic projects that explore and investigate various sites while she examines her relationship with them.

She is presently working as a mentor in Dawson College’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the Creative Arts program.

Website: http://www.lindarutenberg.com/

Twitter: @LindaRutenberg

Visual Artist, Curator,
and Project Manager

Workshop Leader: Beyond Survival
Thriving as an Artist with a Parallel Career

Kakim Goh is a Singaporean-born Montreal-based visual artist and curator who balances his artistic practice creating interdisciplinary painting, performance and video installations with a parallel career in project management for universities, pharmaceutical companies and government agencies. He has been exhibiting in Mexico and Quebec since 1993. Kakim has a long-standing involvement with Festival Accès Asie: he served as Curator of the Visual Arts Program from 2014 to 2016 and currently occupies the role of Vice-President of the Board of Directors. Kakim is an appointed Member of the Evaluation Committee for New Artistic Practices at the Conseil des arts de Montréal.

Website(s):
Visual Artist & Curator – www.kakimgoh.com
Project Manager – www.gohsolutions.com

 Image credit: Photo: © Xian Goh, 2017

Filmmaker
Producer, Director, Writer

Workshop Leader: Holding the Thread
How to Build a Career while Staying True to your Vision

Award-winning Mohawk filmmaker Tracey Deer has multiple credits to her name as executive producer, producer, writer and director in both documentary and fiction.
 
Beginning her career in documentary, Tracey teamed up with Rezolution Pictures for feature documentaries One More River: The Deal that Split the Cree, Mohawk Girls, and Club Native, as well as the documentary series Working it Out Together, seasons I & II and Dream Big. This collaboration has continued into fiction television with the critically acclaimed series Mohawk Girls, which she co-created, directs and executive-produces with creative partner Cynthia Knight.
 

Her work has been honored with two Gemini awards and has earned acclaim from multiple film festivals, including Hot Docs and DOXA. For the last three years, she has been nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for best direction in a comedy series for her work on Mohawk Girls and she was honored at TIFF as a recipient of the Birks Diamond Tribute Award in 2016.

Website: http://www.mohawkprincess.com/
Twitter: @traceydeer