Winter Festival Eleganza Extravaganza, happening March 11-14, 2021 is a celebration of Saskatoon's 2SLGBTQ+ community. Featuring art installations and interactive theatre experiences: all outdoors! Get OUTside with OUTSaskatoon!
Featuring Installations by:
Kamisha Alexson is a 2Spirited Nehiyaw artist from Kahkewistahaw First Nation, though currently occupying the Treaty 6 Territory. A founding member of Ogichidaa Kwe, an Indigenous women’s hand-drum circle that focuses on hope, healing and exploring culture while empowering womxn. Her story comes from the experience of being raised an Urban Indigenous woman reclaiming connection to the land. Her work involves 2Spirit femme identity, mental health and decolonization through the art of healing from intergenerational traumas.
Her visual practices include using recycled and found objects by foraging materials, taking from the land only what you need and nothing more.
Alasdair Rees is a Fransaskois writer living and working in “Saskatoon”. In 2019 he was chosen to become Saskatchewan’s first Youth Poet Laureate. A former Poetry Editor of Grain Magazine, Alasdair has been published by Ancrages, GUTS magazine, Moebius, and Metatron Press. Recent work was longlisted for Prism Magazine’s Pacific Spirit Poetry Prize. Alasdair currently teaches French at the University of Saskatchewan where he is completing a master’s degree. His first book, Mon écologie, will appear this spring with Les éditions du blé.
Jo Van Lambalgen is a queer, interdisciplinary artist in Saskatoon, SK, with a focus on large scale geometric and abstract murals and artwork. Their background in the trades informs their work, transforming ordinary spaces with paint, simple building materials, and ingenuity. Jo believes in the power of colour, and how it can transform any space into something amazing. Jo is co-owner of Alt Haus in Saskatoon, a colourful home décor, furniture, and lifestyle store, which they run with their partner Miranda Young. Jo and Miranda also work together on residential and commercial interior design projects, with an emphasis on “happy design.”
Peace Akintade is an African Canadian Poet, Public Speaker, and Thespian residing in Saskatoon Saskatchewan. 2021 Saskatchewan Youth Poet Laurate, Co-coordinator of Write Out Loud, a Saskatoon-based Youth Poetry Community, and board member of the Tonight it's Poetry Community. Part of the Youth Speaker’s Bureau for the Office of the Treaty Commissioner. An active member of the Truly Alive Youth and Family Foundation Inc [TAYFFI] as a Youth spokesperson. Her poems touch on the impact of slavery in her village, colorism, growing up in Kuwait, Nigeria, and Canada, and relearning her culture in the face of colonization.
Ashely Marshall is an emerging ceramic artist and white settler calling Treaty 6, Saskatoon home. She received her BFA in Visual Arts with a focus in Ceramics and Print media from the University of Regina in 2012. Her work spans from sculptural to functional ceramics with both drawing inspiration from her matrilineage Hungarian heritage. Themes of folk art and dance, food, nature, and language have been used in her work. Over the years she has been an artist in residence and her work has exhibited provincially, nationally, and internationally.