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Spotlight: Nisha Patel x Pooky G x Dwennimmen x Tzadeka

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Edmonton, AB T5J 0C5

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"Spotlight" is Sister to Sister 's artistic showcase highlighting the magic of femme artists of colour from Edmonton and across Canada. This month's feature Nisha Patel celebrates her first solo book release "Limited Success" and is joined by power house poet / emcees Pooky G, Dwennimmen and Tzadeka!

The lobby will be filled with visual art and jewellery by artists Shenali and Suzie Kaddu as well as vibey tracks from your fave sparkly DJ Effy in the Sky! So stick around and get to know some of Edmonton's flyest femmes!

MEET NISHA:

Nisha Patel is an Indo-Canadian poet and artist. She is the 2016 Edmonton Indie Slam Champion, and has been performing for three years. She is a finalist of the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam and the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, and her work has been published in a collection of poems called "Water" and a solo chapbook, “Limited Success”, through Glass Buffalo Publishing. She has performed across Canada and the world, sharing her work on tours, features, and poetry slams. Her work speaks to themes of race, feminism, and identity, focusing strongly on her struggles and triumphs as a woman of colour. She has worked with youth poets, adults, and students through storytelling and poetry workshops as the Artist in Residence in The Nook Cafe, and in 2016 gave a TEDxUAlberta talk discussing the intersections between poetry and politics. She is currently working on a debut full collection of poetry.

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MEET POOKY G:

Roni Gauthier A.K.A. POOKY G is a Local hip hop artist who works with other artists and non profit organizations to help empower indigenous youth and adults to succeed in life by paying it forward, motivation and inspiring others to become leaders.

POOKY knows/believes the work and effort she puts into her empowerment workshops and the messages she sends through music, are effective and rewarding. She has secured her career as an artist by both recording tracks and music videos. POOKY enjoys Live performances as well as facilitating workshops. Fundraising and organizing projects have been shown to prove POOKY's high level of successful strive in the entertainment industry.

POOKY is a trained/awarded/ &certified in aboriginal family and youth support. Involved in the training, learned knowledge of epidemic issues amongst indigenous communities such as alcohol and drug abuse , sexual abuse, suicide prevention, elder and child abuse has helped POOKY to work with more of a depth understanding. POOKY has taken programs to help her studies such as family life improvement and parenting programs.

Through Aboriginal organizations Roni has been able to assist in educating youth and their families throughout communities in and around Canada, by facilitating empowerment workshops, POOKY is able to break barriers and build up to unite and connect the communities in more positive ways.

As a HIP HOP ARTIST, POOKY G holds a few tracks under her belt and an album on the way. She recently is working on a solo project and a new music video touching on the subject of poverty and suicide and overcoming issues as an Aboriginal

youth growing up in the inner city. POOKY has performed sets for well known artists as an opener and also has hosted events on her own account and with other artists as well as performing for fundraising and for the deep love of hip hop.

POOKY's track with BRISCOOL "city lights" was recently used in a school class for teaching studies on MMIW and has also been submitted to the Regent Park Film Festival in Toronto Canada. POOKY has also collaborated with some of Edmonton's very own popular HIP HOP artists on personal tracks.

POOKY has taken part on an all Edmonton female cypher project, as well as another with a popular Edmonton cypher project ran by other artists.

POOKY has grown up in and around HIP HOP CULTURE and continues to make moves.

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MEET DWENNIMMEN:

Amiskwaciwâskahikan aka Edmonton (Treaty 6)-born poet and spoken word artist Shima Robinson embodies, with every poem, the ancient meaning of her chosen pen name. Dwennimmen is the name of an ancient African Adinkra symbol, which means strength, humility, learning and wisdom. It is no surprise, then, that this veteran of the Alberta poetry community uses a searing intellect and dynamic precision-of-language to create poetry which ushers her readers and listeners toward greater understanding and poignant reflection. For Dwennimmen, poetry has long been a compass, a salve, an anchor and guiding light. She uses the potential and force of poetry to uncover the full range of her cerebral, linguistic and spiritual fortitude. This is why her every poem and performance testifies to an emerging power and wisdom, an authentic, deeply human potency which she hopes to pass on to listeners and poetry-lovers around the world.

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MEET TZADEKA:

Tzadeka's front woman, Maigan van der Giessen is an Edmonton artist and innovator who has been making music with DJ Marek Czuba for over a decade, w numerous local side projects that break traditional boundaries of musical design and content. Just take a listen and you will recognize the strange, subversive and subliminal tones of Tzadeka!

Tzadeka's underground sound is both rich and distinct, with a quality that hooks you and drowns you within its fearsome and murky depths. Maigan's smoky vocals, brutal honesty and hypnotic lyrical flow make her a welcome and truly unforgettable, force of nature. Maigan is a mother, emcee, community builder and sister in the fight for justice and equality.

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Doors at 6:30

Show at 7:00PM

The Branch (CKUA Performance Venue) is wheelchair accessible

Please keep this space free from racism, sexism, ageism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia and any other form of hate.

Event supported by ATB Financial.




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