MZD’s interdisciplinary variety shows with a wide array of emerging and experimental artists. An all-ages and all-embracing event with an amazing new group of curators from a variety of backgrounds and artistic practices.

Barry Bilinsky presents “Boundaries”
When your Existence is Resistance, pursuing your passion has it’s own set of challenges. To balance between tokenism, appropriate representation, lateral violence, community consultation, continued and informed consent, and… well… colonialism can be a lot. As Indigenous identifying artists, we each create our own boundaries: what we will share, how we identify, who we work with. Yet at our core is a passion to create; and a love of our craft. Let’s take a moment to enjoy what we have done.

Tarene Thomas and Joseph MacDonald – Tarene is a Spoken Word Artist, Activist, and Academic. Accompanied by long time friend and beautiful vocalist Joseph MacDonald, Tarene and Joseph will be working together in an immersive performance experience rooted in language, music and poetry!

Jayden Paz w/ Enoch Attey – Born and raised in Edmonton and 22 years young, Jayden is driven by people and how badly he wants to connect with them. Soaring vocals and guitar will be accompanied by Enoch Attey on the drums.

Ayla Modeste w/ Connie Legrande – In their new work “Isko,” Connie and Ayla share a story that is embedded in the indigenous women’s transformation (a story of awkward, twisted suffering). Through vocals and dance, they expose their journey in humble determination.
Alicia Cardinal – Dancing Powwow since she was two years old, Alicia has performed across the continent with several dance groups, including Running Thunder, Shumka Ukrainian Dancers, and Young Medicine. Growing her craft, Alicia is exploring and expanding on her vast dance background as she pursues more in the Arts.

Audra Dacity – Dancing since before she was born, Audra Dacity brings big smiles, big energy, and a big butt to the stage! Director and performer with Capital City Burlesque – Audra Dacity brings two number to Dirt Buffet – “Hot Lunch Jam” and “Time is on my side.”

Kyle Hunter – Currently enrolled in his 4th year attaining a Bachelor of Music and Jazz and Contemporary Popular Music at MacEwen University, Kyle has been a self-taught guitar player for roughly 10 years. As he strives to expand his knowledge in music and play as many gigs as he can, Kyle will bring to the table some Jazz and Metal guitar.

With Musical Act – Tammy Lamouche and Vanessa Beaudry

Tammy Lamouche grew up in Gift Lake, where writing and singing her own music has always been her passion. Tammy’s most notable collaboration so far was with Juno winner Nathan Cunningham, where she was featured in his catchy hit The Wildflower (#1 on Indigenous Music Countdown 2012).

Vanessa Beaudry, of Mosquito First Nation, is an accomplished singer/songwriter whose skills as a guitarist have allowed her to travel to many First Nations communites across the country.

Together, Tammy and Vanessa will blend a mix of contemporary, soul, and R&B – including their single “Just Like You” performed this year at Nuit Blanche in Dawn Marie Marchand’s “The Longest Journey” installation with collaborators Kyle Hunter and Ayla Modeste.