Cheryl L’Hirondelle is a mixed-blood multi- and interdisciplinary artist, singer/songwriter and curator. Her creative practice investigates the junction of a Cree worldview (nêhiyawin) in contemporary time and space.
L’Hirondelle’s performance work is featured in Caught in the Act: An Anthology of Performance Art by Canadian Women (2001). In 2004, L’Hirondelle and Hopkins were the first Aboriginal artists from Canada to be invited to present work at DAK’ART Lab as part of the sixth edition of the Dakar Biennale for Contemporary African Art in Dakar, Senegal. L’Hirondelle is a recipient of imagineNATIVE’s New Media Award and is an Honoree in the Net.Art category from the Webby Awards for nikamon ohci askiy (songs because of the land). Since 2008, she has been working as co-composer on Why the Caged Bird Sings, a series of songs with incarcerated women, men and detained youth in federal prisons, provincial correctional institutions and civic detention centres.
Camille Turner is a Jamaican-born, Toronto-based media/performance artist and educator. She is the founder of Outerregion, a company that produces intercultural exchanges and dialogue.
Turner has presented interventions, installations and public engagements throughout Canada and internationally. Her current focus is bringing hidden and erased histories to life through place-based explorations. Examples include HUSH HARBOUR and The Resistance of Peggy Pompadour, sonic walks that animate historic Toronto’s Black geographies; TXTilecity, an award-winning educational app that maps Toronto through its textile histories (created in partnership with Year Zero One and [murmur] and produced by Textile Museum of Canada); and TimeWarp, an Afrofuturist cellphone adventure in which participants use their smartphones as time machines in order to experience the future or past. Turner’s current project engages historians, archivists and citizen researchers to help recover the stories of enslaved people.