Remembering the Past; Resisting for the Future
SATURDAY, JUNE 27TH, 2020 7:00 PM TO 9:30 PM
Join us to celebrate the end of Pride Month, the Black Lives Matter Movement, and Indigenous Rights all in one online concert!
Performances include singing, rap, poetry, and spoken-word by local community artists, with appearances from Brock and local community leaders.
There will also be five Kahoots trivia quizzes during the concert to test your knowledge on Black, Indigenous, and 2SLGBTQ+ rights from past to present, with prizes totaling over $500 in value!
Kara Jade AKA The Ra11n (The Rain) is an emerging Plains Cree/Metis Femcee who was born in Winnipeg, MB and originates from Moosomin First Nation in Treaty Six. From a very young age Kara always dreamed of being on stage and used to record herself singing over tapes on her boombox. She got pushed into modelling and decided to put away her fashion heels and pic up a mic, The Ra11n is meant to not only be seen but heard and felt. Kara has been doing music for about four years now and one of the most important things is implementing her culture and activism into her work. KJ released her debut EP “Levels” in 2016 and has been working hard on her career since. She performed at Yonge & Dundas square opening for ATCR at the Indigenous History Month celebrations. She also performed and hosted the Inkdigenous One Year anniversary alongside Joey Stylez. There is also a mural of Kara on the side of the Inkdigenous building which says “Alive to Thrive” sending a positive message to her people. Ra11n also led a conversation with the Canadian Roots Exchange about cultural appropriation which was followed by an interview with CBC Indigenous. Most recently TheRa11n released her latest international single with Jamaican artist Sikka Rymes (VP of Vybz Kartel’s label) “Whine Fi Mi Baby” which received the number one spot on the IMC and was also on Johnny Wonders countdown at #3. Ra11n was also the only Indigenous Femcee to headline Toronto Pride in 2019. She is also known for her work with ANDPVA as a Red Revue Artist two years in a row. She has coped with the many trials and tribulations in life through her music and writing and hopes to inspire the youth. She is currently working on her next step in her journey in music and can’t wait to be able to share it with generations to come.
Delta Don is a multitalented artist, a mixed-Black femme, a student, and a single mother. In a world that is constructed to make Black, brown and queer bodies feel unworthy of love, Delta’s witty lyrics and unconventional approach to rap music seek to create a space in stark contrast. A space where queer and Black and brown bodies are understood as beautiful without being objectified. Where sexuality is a choice not a prescription. A space that demands consent, where healing work is compensated, and mothers are supported. From the writing to the instrumentals to the recording, Delta Don does it all, pouring her heart out on every track.
D’Scribe the Poet is a 21 year old Indigenous slam poet from Welland, Ontario. He uses his work to discuss topics such as mental illness, pushing beyond boundaries and Indigenous rights. D’Scribe volunteers as a poetry teacher at the DSBN Academy in St. Catharine’s as well as a Radio host at CFBU 103.7fm. D’Scribe placed 16th at the Canadian Individual Poetry slam, is the Grand Slam Champ of the 2017 St Catharine’s poetry slam team and Won the 2017 Hot Damn it’s a Queer Slam finals.
Pop/R&B recording artist and St. Catharines native Jasmine Whyte is Canada’s latest break-out artist to watch. Winner of Season 7 of The Shot, Jasmine is following up the release of her debut single ‘One Man Band’ with her highly anticipated full music video and track release of ‘Secret’, due out in fall 2020.
J – Marsh is a Jamaican born queer Canadian singer, utilizing a range of pop, disco, operatic and rock sounds to create a rhythmic landscape.
New to Ottawa, Lydia Collins is a Writer, Activist, and Sexual Health Educator from the Niagara Region. She is a graduate from Brock University’s English Language and Literature program with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies, and is a co-founder of an on-campus activist group, Decolonize and Deconstruct (D&D), that focuses on providing consent education through a decolonial lens. She is the former Workshops Coordinator for Brock’s Student Justice Centre and has given various workshops on and off campus focusing on social justice issues prioritizing consent and sexual health, anti-black racism, and radical self-care. Lydia published her first chapbook of poetry titled Angry. Black. Woman. in January 2019, and has facilitated workshops and spoken in conferences at Brock University, Ryerson University, University of Regina, and more. Most recently, Lydia has entered her role as the African and Caribbean HIV Prevention Strategy Worker at Somerset West Community Health Centre. Lydia‘s passion and dedication to writing, sexual health education, and activism are what keeps her determined to continue amplifying marginalized voices.
My name is oluwabukunolami Soliu and I heal through the art of music and words. I am a vessel of love in its greatest expression. My goal is to bring balance to everyone I meet through the medicine of chaos.
The effervescent Pepper has been shaking up the spice rack for over 2 decades. Originally from Edmonton, Alberta her career has graced stages in Vancouver, Toronto and the wonderful city of St. Catharines. Being a regular performer for Pride Niagara this time of year is always special. Pepper’s never ending creativity is fueled by this ever evolving art form. Yet she always holds tight to the root of Drag, to educate the children, take it to another level, and to lift our community higher and higher. With great excitement and love Pepper would like to wish the fabulous Brock community a safe and spicy pride.
Legend says the raven is the symbol of metamorphosis, transformation, and mischief. Raven S Klawe’s name itself is a take on that metamorphosis. This Ojibway & Mi’kmaq indigenous queen takes metamorphosis literally as she transforms herself from her 2 spirit self, Alix, and into Raven. This dark queen takes inspiration from villains in film and television, musical theatre, and tells a story with every number.
Originally born in St. Catharines, Raven has been in the drag circuit for seven years now and has recently made her mark as the award recipient for the Unity awards, Performance of the Year for her popular Pennywise Halloween number. What does the future hold for her? Only our ancestors know, but she is confident they will guide her every step of the way.
Shannon Kitchings is an interdisciplinary artist based in the GTA and Niagara regions of Southern Ontario. She is an award-winning performer and a published writer, focused on community engaged practice. Her arts-based work in community stems from her outreach experience and her graduate studies research. This research in voice and trauma has inspired her to experiment with new approaches to performance, particularly the bodily implications of voice and sound. Shannon is exploring the ways everyone, regardless of artistic training or experience, can communicate complex subject matter through the arts. Her work in arts advocacy has been central to her community development work. Shannon has worked with companies such as little red theatre, RENAISSANCE Ensemble, Driftwood Theatre Company, Burlington Slam Project, In The Soil Festival, Aeris Körper, and Dreamwalker Dance Company.
Strong Water Women (Zhoonge Niibii Kwe) is a group of Indigenous Women from many different nations who reside in the Niagara Region, who promote identity while nurturing each other’s Spirit. The main purpose of the group is unity as intended in our original teachings. They have grown to a group of well over 40 women who love promoting our culture, language and traditions of our communities. Sharing their songs and drumming.