Livestream Special Guests

Black Realities in Canada Livestream 

Wednesday, November 25 at 12:45pm EST 

 

Charles Officer

Director of The Skin We’re In

Charles Officer is an actor, screenwriter and director based in Toronto. 

Many of Officer’s films explore inequality, racism and Black experiences in Canada, especially in Toronto. His first feature film, Nurse.Fighter.Boy, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was nominated for 10 Genies. Charles’ films include the documentaries Mighty Jerome, The Skin We’re In and Unarmed Verses. Most recently, he directed the crime thriller Akilla’s Escape. In addition to directing numerous television shows and short films, he has also appeared as an actor on screen and stage.   

Officer originally studied visual art and worked as a graphic designer and a professional hockey player in the U.K. before entering the Canadian film industry. 

 

 

Garvia Bailey

Moderator

Garvia Bailey brings over 20 years of experience to her work as an event moderator, interviewer, arts journalist, broadcaster, producer, and storyteller. 

Bailey has helped shape a number of eminent CBC Radio and Television programmes, including Big City Small World, Metro Morning, Canada Live, and The National, to name a few. She is a regular host and moderator for the Toronto Public Library, Hot Docs, and TOLive. With a background hosting 91.1 JazzFM’s Good Morning, Toronto, Bailey has since co-founded Jazzcast.ca, a community-driven platform that brings music and the colourful stories of musicians to life for jazz enthusiasts.

In 2020, Bailey was the 2020 RTNDA Co-Award Winner for opinion writing for her piece, “The Truth Is: I Don’t Want to Hear Your Blackface Confessions” published in The Huffington Post. She continues to work on various projects with the award winning multi-media production company Pop Sandbox as a writer and producer.

 


 

Indigenous Realities in Canada Livestream 

Tuesday, December 1 at 12:45pm EST 

 

Sarain Fox

Host of Rise

Sarain Fox is Anishinaabe from Batchawana in north Ontario. She is a storyteller, dancer, choreographer, activist, brand ambassador, stylist, TV host and producer.

On screen, she has hosted Rise and Cut-off for Viceland and Future History for APTN. She has partnered with international brands such as Sephora, Canada Goose, Nike N7 and Manitobah Mukluks to increase Indigenous representation in the mainstream. As a dancer and choreographer, she has worked with musical artists such as Buffy Saint Marie and A Tribe Called Red. 

Fox is active on social media, sharing stories of Indigenous resilience and building a platform to celebrate the creativity and stories of Indigenous peoples. 

 

 

Ronnie Dean Harris

Moderator

Ronnie Dean Harris, aka Ostwelve, is a Stō:lo/St’át’mc/Nlaka’pamux multimedia artist.

He is an internationally-recognized hip-hop performer and composer. He has brought his valuable insights on Indigenous culture to his varied media roles as an actor, producer, and podcast contributor.  He has acted on the TV series Moccasin Flats, and is currently performing in the PBS series Molly of Denali.

An active media arts and hip-hop educator, Harris delivers workshops for the Community Arts Council of Vancouver, facilitating dialogues between Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists and youth around the concept of reconciliation. As a researcher and activist, Harris has worked in the areas of Indigenous modes of knowledge, as well as food sovereignty and climate action.