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Marc Meriläinen
After graduating from the Music Industry Arts program at Fanshawe College in London Ontario, Marc returned to northern Ontario where he began collaborating with other First Nations musicians. The first NADJIWAN compact disc titled Brother, released in 1995 went on to achieve much success in both Canada and the United States. From 1995 to 2008 Marc released a total of four records. These releases generated great reviews and found their way onto many radio play lists on both sides of the border including many University/College radio top 40 charts. These albums were nominated for various Canadian Aboriginal and Native American Music Awards. With every release Marc toured the country extensively to promote the music. Some of the many festivals Marc has performed at include: The Mariposa Folk Festival, Hillside Music Festival, Northern Lights Festival Boreal, Folk On The Rocks and the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, BC to name a few as well as countless performances in the United States.

In addition to releasing his own original music Marc has composed scores for theatre and television. His work on the production Agokwe earned him a Dora Award Nomination in 2009 for BEST ORIGINAL COMPOSITION. Some of the other theatre productions Marc has worked on include; New World Brave (Debajehmujig Theatre), Coyote City (Centre for Indigenous Theatre) and Artifacts (Fringe Festival), The Great Mountain (Red Sky Performance). Marc has also provided music and scores for CBC, CTV and APTN.

Marc has also worked on artist development and production projects with various local and national artists.

Tom Hill
Tom Hill is a retired curator, writer, art Historian, artist, actor, producer and traditional eskanye singer. He has played an influential role in the development of Aboriginal visual arts in Canada and internationally and was the First Aboriginal art curator in Canada. He has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Gallery of Canada, a member for the National First Nations Advisory Committee to the Canada Council, Board member for the Ontario Film Development Corporation, Co-chair for the National Task Force on Museums and First Peoples and Board member for the Ontario Museums Association and the Ontario Arts Council. He has also served as a Board member for Kaha:wi Dance Theatre, Chiefswood National Historic Site and The Centre for Indigenous Theatre. He currently serves on the Canada Council. He is a recipient of the Order of Ontario, the Governor General's award in Visual and media arts and an Honorary doctorate from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Dione Joseph
Dione Joseph is a theater director and writer with an academic and performance background in community and cultural development. She has developed an ethical and political aesthetic based on her own diverse background and through experience working at local, national and international levels. Till date Dione has directed theatre in New Zealand, the USA and Australia; written extensively as a reviewer and journalist for Australian Stage and has devoted the last five years to exploring the development of contemporary Indigenous theatre in Australia within academic and artistic frames. She has recently completed her Masters in Community and Cultural Development at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Australia, and is currently Assistant Director to Scott Rankin on Big hART's latest project Yijala Yala which will premiere in Canberra, 2013.

Michael Walling
Michael Walling is the director of Origins: Festival of First Nations, a UK-based event which brings together Indigenous artists and thinkers from across the world in the former colonial centre of London. He is also Artistic Director of Border Crossings, a theatre company which creates new performances through the meeting of artists from different cultural backgrounds.

Curatorial Panel


A panel discussion of the complex progression of the curatorial process. Curators, artists, and festival directors explore cultural arts and expression within a thematic context addressing questions surrounding concept, audience, research, production, and space.

Panelists include Marc Merilainen, Tom Hill, Dione Joseph, and Michael Walling.

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