Livestream Special Guests

Black and Indigenous Realities in Canada Livestream 

Wednesday, April 21 at 12:45pm EST 

 

Charles Officer

Director of Mighty Jerome

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. 

 

Sonia Bonspille Boileau

Director of Rustic Oracle

Sonia Bonspille Boileau is a filmmaker belonging to the Mohawk Nation of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy.

Bonspille Boileau is a bilingual Kanien’kehá:ka and Québécois filmmaker and a graduate from Concordia University’s Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. Over the last decade, she has developed and produced television projects in both English and French, ranging from children’s programming to socially driven documentaries, to the psychological thriller Le Dep. 

Bonspille Boileau’s 2010 documentary Last Call Indian was nominated for best feature-length documentary at the 2011 Gemini Awards. In 2017, she was presented with the Women in the Director’s Chair Feature Film Award.

 

Garvia Bailey

Moderator

Garvia Bailey is an event moderator, interviewer, arts journalist, broadcaster, producer, and storyteller. 

With over 20 years of experience, Bailey has helped shape a number of eminent CBC Radio and Television programmes, including Big City Small World, Metro Morning, and The National. 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 co-founded Jazzcast.ca, a community-driven platform dedicated to jazz enthusiasts.

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 multi-media production company Pop Sandbox.

 

Jason Ryle

Moderator

Jason Ryle is a producer, programmer, curator, and arts consultant based in Toronto.

He is Anishinaabe from Lake St. Martin, Manitoba. Jason was the Executive Director of imagineNATIVE from July 2010 to June 2020, where he oversaw all operational and artistic activities of the annual imagineNATIVE Festival, including the organization’s year-round initiatives, international partnerships, and special projects.

In February 2021, Jason received the Clyde Gilmour Award from the Toronto Film Critics Association. The award is bestowed to Canadians whose work has in some way enriched the understanding and appreciation of film in their native country. He is currently working as a freelancer, with a focus in Indigenous media arts.

 


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 is an event moderator, interviewer, arts journalist, broadcaster, producer, and storyteller. 

With over 20 years of experience, Bailey has helped shape a number of eminent CBC Radio and Television programmes, including Big City Small World, Metro Morning, and The National. 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 co-founded Jazzcast.ca, a community-driven platform dedicated to jazz enthusiasts.

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 multi-media production company Pop Sandbox.

 

 


 

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.