ignite!
2022
Lineup

wednesday, may 18
Ignite!-curated shorts

Erin Lum

Erin Lum (she/her) is a dancer, writer, and filmmaker. Her instinctual love for movement has allowed her to explore the ways creative practices intertwine. With her collaborator Corinne Langmuir, she directed and danced in the F-O-R-M commissioned short, Zì Jǐ. Erin is currently studying at SFU and works as F-O-R-M’s Associate Producer.  

wednesday, may 18
Ignite!-curated shorts

corinne langmuir

Corinne Langmuir (they/she) is a video editor, multimedia creator, and writer. In 2020, they directed the introspective dance short Zì Jǐ with their collaborator Erin Lum. Corinne is studying at the University of Toronto. They aim to challenge the barriers of subconscious narratives through multimedia grounds.

wednesday, may 18
Ignite!-curated shorts

jasmine liaw

Jasmine Liaw is a queer emerging Chinese-Canadian interdisciplinary artist in dance performance, new media art, and film. Bicoastal, she lives and works in so-called Toronto and Vancouver. Within her practice, she hopes to expand her knowledge in documenting movement, and experiment with the human body as a vessel for versatile art forms. Her work has been presented and commissioned internationally, and includes her original choreography, performance, film direction, projection design, editing, installation design, multi-media printmaking, and poetry. This year, she is a 2022 ArtworkxTO Spotlight Artist. Jasmine is a member of Chimerik 似不像 Collective, working in interdisciplinary research and creation.

wednesday, may 18
Ignite!-curated shorts

okams racer

Okams Racer is a non-hierarchical collective led with fluid leadership and democratic idea curation. We work together as equals in the creative and administrative process giving suggestions and feedback, developing choreography, storyboarding, contributing to social media marketing and grant writing. Our collaborative style is unique as we try to renounce ego driven intentions by being the most authentic version of ourselves. Okams Racer was envisioned by Ana Sosa, Samantha Krystal, Jenna Berlyn and Will Jessup. We often bring other collaborators on board as well.

wednesday, may 18
Ignite!-curated shorts

teighan hauff

Teighan Hauff is an Edmonton, Alberta born contemporary dance artist. Some of her performances include the Edmonton Opera, Edmonton symphony, and the Edmonton Fringe festival.  She is well versed in ballet, (RAD and Cecchetti), lyrical, modern, tap, contemporary, musical theater and jazz. Teighan moved to Vancouver to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in dance, at Simon Fraser University (SFU) and completed her degree in 2021. While at SFU Teighan has been part of many performances; repertory shows, Ascension (a student collaboration show), Mainstage (a dance major choreography show), and Family Services of Greater Vancouver – Speakeasy. She has attained academic success while at SFU and graduated on the Dean’s list. Due to Covid-19 she moved back to Edmonton to complete her degree online. While back in Edmonton she has gained a passion for creating dance on film. She is thrilled to be collaborating with Sarah U who she greatly admires.

wednesday, may 18
Ignite!-curated shorts

sarah u
余衍晴

Sarah U 余衍晴 is a Chinese-Canadian dance artist that also works in the medium of  filmmaking and installation. Sarah’s work has been presented by National Arts Centre (Ottawa),  Impulse theater (Victoria), Vines Art Festival (Vancouver) among others..She was formerly a company dancer of Free Flow Dance Theatre in Saskatoon, and is now training with a full scholarship with EDAM in Vancouver. She holds a BFA in Dance and Kinesiology in Simon Fraser University, and that is where she meets the co-creator of this project, Teighan Hauff. 

wednesday, may 18
Dance program

simone goldsmith

Simone is an emerging dance artist and student who has the privilege of living and working on the unceded territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. She is currently a student of the Modus Operandi Link Program, a part-time contemporary program, and is pleased to share her solo work, MIA.

wednesday, may 18
Ignite!-curated shorts

danielle mackenzie long

Danielle Mackenzie Long, a queer emerging contemporary dance artist and filmmaker, resides on the stolen and unceded territory of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh, and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm nations. Fascinated by moments of mundanity, they reimagine their observed surroundings to better understand their ever-evolving identity. Danielle is currently expanding their artistic practice at UBC, after having graduated from Modus Operandi Contemporary Dance Program. They are intrigued by bike mechanics, and hope to build a bike one day.

wednesday, may 18
Dance program

youth in motion senior company

Youth In Motion Senior Company is a modern dance company from the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts. Youth In this program are interested in working in a collaborative, non-competitive environment to make choreography that expresses important ideas and moves audiences. 

wednesday, may 18
lifecycle

madeline montgomery

Madeline (she/her) is from Treaty 7 Territory and is very happy to now be living in Beautiful British Columbia, learning, working, and playing on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples. This is her first play and she hopes to pursue a career in Drama Therapy.

thursday, may 19
the better to love you with, my dear 

madison Isolina

Madison Isolina is an actor, writer, and emerging director. She is of Italian, Belgian, and Chinese descent. Her writing has been published in Canada and the US. She enjoys combining surrealism, comedic satire, and atmospheric horror elements into her work. She is passionate about themes surrounding coming of age, gender, sexuality, and the natural world. Madison placed semi-finalist in WIFTV Vancouver’s 2021 International screenplay competition for her thriller pilot, Bikini Kill. She is excited to be collaborating on stage among some talented artists and to continue to showcase her projects this year, while finishing up her first full length stage play. 

thursday, may 19
music

argel mdr

Argel MDR is a Filipino-Canadian singer, songwriter, and actor from Surrey, Canada. He was one of the Top 10 finalists of CBC’s Toyota Searchlight 2021. When he was 15 years old, he moved to Canada from the Philippines with his family to seek a better life and opportunities. As a young immigrant, Argel wants to use the power of storytelling to inspire Filipino youth and other immigrants through his music and theatrical performances. He is an advocate of representation, anti-racism work, and inclusion. Argel’s most recent single, ‘Sail Away’ was featured in Spotify playlists including Fresh Finds Philippines.

thursday, may 19
music

tough sell

As a songwriter and experimental sound artist, I draw inspiration from disparate musical genres (folk, pop, noise, electronic/electroacoustic music) to create works that document, archive, and abstract the places and headspaces I find myself in.

friday, may 20
music

dayshade

Dayshade is the music creation of three close friends, Maya, Olivia and Katie. Based in East Vancouver, on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples, their vocally driven songs seek to express, uplift and empower. They take pride in supporting each other’s compositions with intricate harmonies, guitar and violin. 

friday, may 20
music

fairything

Alex Masse, AKA Fairything, is a 21-year-old writer, musician, and student residing in what is colonially known as Vancouver, BC. The arts are a longtime love of theirs, and their work has been seen everywhere from the Scholastic Writing Awards to Vancouver Pride, as well as in collaboration with Penelope Scott, artsUNITE, She Does The City, Broadway Records artists, and more. They’re also a neurodivergent nonbinary lesbian, which greatly affects their process.

friday, may 20
poetry

icy gaze

ICY GAZE uses poetry to befriend their own soul and hopefully play with yours. Born in Indonesia and based on Turtle Island, they have been cultivating their poetic dexterity for over ten years. They blossomed as a spoken word poet on the UBC and Vancouver Poetry Slam stages, eventually featuring and competing nationally. Inspired by the literary tradition in their South Asian roots, ICY’s poetry is a journey of overcoming shame, guilt, and grief by shattering illusions, showing up in the present as authentically as possible, and becoming love.

friday, may 20
music

amphibious

Drawing from traditional Brazilian music such as samba, choro, baião, and forró, Amphibious brings to you a fusion groove straddling water and earth. Let the melodious textures wash over you as you dance to the earthly rhythms. The band is stacked with your full cozinha of drums, keys, and double bass with a fantastic garnish of “uma gafiera” or trumpet, trombone, and clarinet.

saturday, may 21
filmfood: experimental short films

mim collective

mim is a multi-disciplinary artist collective working on the unceded, unsurrendered shared territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) nations. Our projects explore ways of collectivizing creative practices. Current members are Daniela Rodríguez Chevalier and Michelle Martin.

Filmfood features new experimental video works from Reina Garcia, Julia Wong, Lauren Han, Erin Lum, Natalia Cortes, and Sahba Sadeghian created during the multi-week filmfood experimental film mentorship. Throughout the mentorship, participating artists explored texture, aroma, genre and narrative at the intersection of film and food. In the resulting work food is a site of personal memory and familial histories, of nourishment and danger for the body, of ritual and grief, and of playfulness. Filmfood examines and reimagines the myriad ways in which food and film shape our lives.     

 

saturday, may 21
filmfood: experimental short films

reina garcia

Reina Garcia 19 she/her Mexican/chicana; my purpose is self-expressing creatively in any space be it by visual arts or film. From drawing to sculpting as well as writing to editing. I value the power in creating meaningful works to deliver powerful messages and sharing my culture as well as learning from other cultures. I aspire to work in the visual arts field and have people engage in my art and the conversations it may provoke. 

saturday, may 21
filmfood: experimental short films

lauren han

Lauren is, among other things: an interdisciplinary artist; a settler born in Mohkinstsis and currently living on unceded territory in so-called Vancouver; a theatre performance student at SFU; an aspiring movie person; a baker of cinnamon buns; and a person trying their best. She loves dinner scenes, pasta, and trying new foods and art forms. They are so very grateful to mim, IGNITE!, and their fellow filmmakers for this delicious dive into experimental film!

saturday, may 21
filmfood: experimental short films

julia wong

Julia Wong is a first/second generation Chinese settler based on the unceded territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, səlilwətaɬ, and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm peoples, otherwise known as ‘Vancouver’. They are most interested in exploring relationships between labour, community, camp and visibility through craft and multi-media practices. She obtained a BFA in Visual Arts and Literature from the University of British Columbia and is currently an arts and culture worker in her communities. 

saturday, may 21
filmfood: experimental short films

natalia cortes

Natalia is an emerging artist based in Calgary, Alberta whose practice centers around the exploration of different storytelling mediums. She received her formal training at George Brown Theatre School where she specialized in performance & can currently be found in the film world creating work that more intimately captures what she values most: connection, vulnerability and home. 

saturday, may 21
music

bingo switch

Bingo Switch is a Vancouver-based rock band featuring Zac Daniels (guitar/vocals), Brody Halfe (guitar/vocals), Christian Wayne (bass/vocals), and Liam Wilkins (Drums). Incorporating a large swath of inspiration & influences, their music has as much range in style as it does a uniquely cohesive sound.

Featuring the clean jangles of the 2010’s and the crunchy riffs of the 90’s atop timeless rhythm and composition, their sound is a fresh take on the familiarity of pop/alt rock bands and the offbeat acts that inspired them. Known for their energy, they’re sure to turn heads and make for a memorable show.

saturday, may 21
filmfood: experimental short films

sahba sadeghian

Sahba Sad (she/they) is an Iranian emerging multidisciplinary artist and writer exploring themes of epic and esoteric through a humorous linguistic lens and processing the findings into ritualistic games displayed in a wide range of mediums including video, performance and installation. Sahba’s work has hints of Middle East’s recent histories and flavors, full of secret schisms, dolma fillings, underground rebellions, bread as a weapon of anti colonization and forgotten revolutions. 

saturday, may 21
music

the fellas

The Fellas is a newly formed band consisting of four high school students. They all met through their school’s music program and have a goal of performing together. They have done several performances at school, mainly playing surf and indie music. These genres of music brought them together and inspired them. 

sunday, may 22
multidisciplinary writing showcase

telling it bent

TIB is a writing workshop for queer, trans, Two Spirit, and questioning BC youth [ages 14 to 25]. The program provides emerging writers with the opportunity to gain skills, meet other young queer creatives, and explore different styles of writing; all through a decolonial framework. TIB 2022 will focus on playwriting and poetry, culminating in a final showcase at the Cultch’s IGNITE! festival. This year’s mentor is Tawahum Bige. 

sunday, may 22
telling it bent showcase

anahita monfared

Anahita Monfared (They/She) is a queer and Iranian multi-disciplinary artist, actor, spoken word poet and writer.

Anahita has appeared in independent film productions such as “I’ll Never Forget My Highschool Friends” and “Fade In” where themes of sexual assault, race and queer romance were thoughtfully brought to the screen. They also played Clytemnestra in ETW’s original show “The Indiscreet Toys” where the patriarchal oppression endured by historical figures were re-examined and observed through a modern, radical feminist lens.

sunday, may 22
telling it bent showcase

Kitty Cheung

Kitty Cheung (she/她) is a Cantonese Canadian writer living on unceded Katzie, Tsawwassen, Stó:lō, W̱SÁNEĆ, and Kwantlen land. Zipping between poetry and prose, she has a fondness for stories overlapping cultural identity, queerness, and mental health. She studies Interactive Arts and Technology with a minor in World Literature at Simon Fraser University. Her writing has been published in The Lyre, Ricepaper Magazine, and Best Canadian Poetry. Kitty finds solace in zebra pens and drag shows.

sunday, may 22
telling it bent showcase

SALISKA

Saliska is a musician, poet, and classically trained singer. Self-taught on guitar and ukulele, she creates folk and jazz vibrations. She draws her melodies from oceans, meadows and the moon, often writing while walking or riding her bike. Her poetry reflects on questions of time, tangledness, self, and growth, and her music is a celebration of these questions. Her first EP, Dancing with Water, is a self-produced love letter to the rain and ocean. Her upcoming single, Mustard Yellow, sounds like dry grass under warm comforting sun, and will drop in March 2022. Her music has been featured on a compilation album, an event video, and local radio stations. Saliska has performed in a sunflower maze, cafes, and at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. She is a queer white settler creating and living on unceded Musqueam, Squamish & Tsleil-Waututh Territory (Vancouver).

sunday, may 22
telling it bent showcase

سروین

SARV

سروین/Sarv is a gender fluid Iranian-born theatre artist, poet and healer. 

سروین’s art focuses on practicing presence, mothering our inner child and mixing Farsi and English to innovate a new way of expression. When Sarv is not writing, she’s holding a space for children to express their creativity or she focuses her energy on her spirituality somewhere in the woods. سروین is looking forward to traveling solo to the Middle East soon. Sarv studied acting at Studio 58. 

sunday, may 22
telling it bent showcase

tanaz

Tanaz is a human with labels and identities such as: immigrant, bilingual playwright, poet and actor for film, theater and intersectional media. She loves writing about sexuality, immigration, and belonging. Tanaz’s mission is to spread awareness and share BIPOC queer voices, love and togetherness. Through all mediums and ways of BEING, Tanaz is now dismantling and healing from systems of oppression, colonialism and capitalism like a warrior goddess on the unceded and stolen lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh people (known as Vancouver). She is grateful for the teachings of Coast Salish peoples.

sunday, may 22
telling it bent showcase

tiya

Bio TBD

sunday, may 22
telling it bent showcase

kelsi james

Kelsi James (she/her) is a performer, music maker, word rhymer, messy painter and life adventurer. This year, Kelsi is pressing on the edges of what she understands about the performance industry and “how it’s always done.” She is currently living on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh, and is linking arms with folks who are also craving rich and kind collaboration. Kelsi is learning in community and from her generous teachers at VCC in their ASL and Deaf Studies Program. She is also continually emboldened and inspired by her fellow TIB folks, and from her Arts Club LEAP cohort (come see their new plays this May 14th at Arts Club!). She is creating in all-the-ways, and is learning, always learning, that her human-ness and artistry are braided.

sunday, may 22
year of the frog

garvin chan

Born in the unceded lands of primarily the Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm), Squamish (Skwxwú7mesh), and Tsleil-Waututh (Səl̓ílwətaʔ) First Nations, raised in Hong Kong, and recently received a BFA with honours from Simon Fraser University, Garvin Augustine Chan 陳嘉泓 is a text-focused theatre artist with strong ties to the idea of home and culture.  

His/Their previous works as theatre maker include 9 Lives or (Le) Chat in a Box, Artificial Eden, and a multi-platform online adaptation of scenes from Final Boarding Call.  

Outside of the theatre, Garvin can normally be found in cafés discussing coffee with anyone who would listen.  

thursday, may 19
music

argel mdr

Argel MDR is a Filipino-Canadian singer, songwriter, and actor from Surrey, Canada. He was one of the Top 10 finalists of CBC’s Toyota Searchlight 2021. When he was 15 years old, he moved to Canada from the Philippines with his family to seek a better life and opportunities. As a young immigrant, Argel wants to use the power of storytelling to inspire Filipino youth and other immigrants through his music and theatrical performances. He is an advocate of representation, anti-racism work, and inclusion. Argel’s most recent single, ‘Sail Away’ was featured in Spotify playlists including Fresh Finds Philippines.

wednesday, may 18
Ignite!-curated shorts

corinne langmuir

Corinne Langmuir (they/she) is a video editor, multimedia creator, and writer. In 2020, they directed the introspective dance short Zì Jǐ with their collaborator Erin Lum. Corinne is studying at the University of Toronto. They aim to challenge the barriers of subconscious narratives through multimedia grounds.