Raphaelle de Groot
- Margie Gillis, dancer and choreographer
- RaphaÃ«lle de Groot, visual artist
- Sage Paul, SetsunÃ© Indigenous Fashion Incubator
- Anne Flynn, professor of dance, University of Calgary
- Guy Vanderhaeghe, award-winning author
- Patti Pon, Calgary Arts Development
- Micheline Maylor, Calgary Poet Laureate
- Corb Lund, musician and songwriter
Margie Gillis, an internationally acclaimed modern dancer and choreographer, has created more than 100 original works, including solos, duets, and group pieces. She has won the Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award from the Governor Generalâs Performing Arts Awards Foundation. She is also a knight of the Ordre national du QuÃ©bec and an officer of the Order of Canada.
RaphaÃ«lle de Groot is an artist whose work explores marginal or under-acknowledged human experiences. She recently mounted the solo exhibition The Summit Meetings at the MusÃ©e national des beaux-arts du QuÃ©bec, the Art Gallery of Windsor, and the Southern Alberta Art Gallery. She won the Sobey Art Award in 2012.
Sage Paul is an artist and designer working in fashion, textiles, and wearable arts. The Art Gallery of Ontario, the Harbourfront Centre, and the Royal Ontario Museum have exhibited her work. Sage co-founded the SetsunÃ© Indigenous Fashion Incubator, a collective that supports fashion, textile, and wearable arts made by Indigenous people. She currently sits on the board of directors for Native Women in the Arts and is the general manager of the NDN Talent Collective.
Anne Flynn, a former professor of dance at the University of Calgary, has worked as a dance artist, scholar, educator, administrator, and advocate. Anne is co-editor of the book Dancing Bodies, Living Histories, co-investigator on a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Partnership Grant, and president of the US-based Congress on Research in Dance.
Guy Vanderhaeghe was born in Esterhazy, Saskatchewan, in 1951. His fiction includes A Good Man, The Last Crossing, The Englishmanâs Boy, Things As They Are, Homesick, My Present Age, and Man Descending, and his most recent story collection is Daddy Lenin. He has won the Governor Generalâs Literary Award twice as well as the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Fellowship, the Writersâ Trust Timothy Findley Award, and the Harbourfront Festival Prize. He is an officer of the Order of Canada.
Patti PonÂ is the president and CEO of Calgary Arts Development and a veteran community organizer. She held executive positions at Arts Commons, Edmonton Opera, and ATP. She serves on the board of the Calgary Foundation and on a committee for the Calgary Stampede.
Micheline MaylorÂ is poet laureate of Calgary. Her collectionÂ Little WildheartÂ was recently shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Award and is slated for publication in spring 2017. She teaches at Mount Royal University and is the Calgary Public Library author-in-residence for fall 2016, the poetry editor at Frontenac House, and the past president and co-founder of the Freefall Literary Society of Calgary, where she remains a consulting editor.
Corb Lund, the âthinking cowboyâs troubadour,â is an alt-country performer whose work combines traditional roots music with contemporary genres. He won a Juno Award and eleven Canadian Country Music Association Awards, and he has three gold albums in Canada. He records and tours with his band, the Hurtinâ Albertans.