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Dave West


Jani Lauzon
Jani Lauzon is a three time Dora Mavor Moore nominated actress, a three time Juno nominated singer/songwriter and a Gemini Award winning puppeteer. She has countless theatre, film and radio credits to her name. Her three independent recordings, Blue Voice/New Voice, Thirst and Mixed Blessings are available at Jani completed a three year tenure as the Artistic Director of the Centre for Indigenous Theatre and was Co-Managing Artistic Director of Turtle Gals Performance Ensemble for 10 years. She was a member of the English Theatre Acting company at the NAC for 3 years which included an all Native production of King Lear with August Schellenberg. Her first short film eu·tha·na·sia is showing at festivals and he is currently developing her 4th studio album as well as a multi-disciplinary one act theatre piece called A Side of Dreams. She is very proud of her amazing daughter, up-and-coming singer/actor/filmmaker Tara Renwick.

Brock Stonefish
Blues artist Brock Stonefish is a member of the Moravian Delaware Nation of The Thames. In 2007, he performed with his four peice Blues Band at the Toronto International Beaches Jazz Festival. Brock returned in 2008 to open for Crystal Shawanda at Toronto's Kanata Day Celebration, and performed as part of the Manhattan Blues Night for New York City's Indian Summer 2008. The same year he was showcased on the award-winning television series Rez Bluez. In 2009 Brock performed the Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest sharing the stage with Lynyrd Skynyrd, KISS, Tragically Hip, and Our Lady Peace, among others. Early in 2010 Brock took his guitar to Wemindji on James Bay and taught songwriting in high school classrooms as part of the Strategic Plan for the Cree Health Board. At the First Annual Aboriginal History Month Kick-off in 2010, in Toronto's Dundas Square, headliner Brock Stonefish was well-received by thousands of aboriginal and non-aboriginal spectators.


Dave West
Born in Ecuador and raised in Canada, David West is a multi-string and vocal prodigy who has thrilled audiences the world over with his stunning virtuosity. Using fretless nylon & steel string guitars and Tumak harp-guitar, he performs contemporary arrangements with northern and southern Quichua, Shuar and Tsachila nations, as well as coastal and Andean Afro-Ecuadorian music. His current projects include the musical Ayawaska, his 2011 CD Choclo y la Orgia Cosmica, and his ethno-blues configuration. David's music represents the spark of Renewal from being inspired by music of the past and reinventing it in a contemporary format.

Music Workshop: Focus on Blues


Featuring Jani Lauzon, Brock Stonefish, and Dave West, this workshop will explore the Blues influence on each artist's music. Get an up-close-and-personal experience of the creation of this musical form, found in various communities and carried through many other music genres.

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