serpentwithfeet is an avant-garde vocalist and performance artist whose growing body of work is rooted in dueling obsessions with the ephemeral and the everlasting – key components of his artistic journey from a childhood stint as a choirboy in Baltimore through his time at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where he studied vocal performance before relocating to New York City. His forthcoming debut full-length album soil is a return to the sensibilities and wide-eyed curiosity of his musical youth before symmetry and sterile soundscapes ruled the roost. With the release of soil the chameleonic serpentwithfeet (born Josiah Wise) rediscovers and ultimately returns to the unhinged version of himself he was sure he had outgrown.
Elle Barbara is a Montreal-based avant-garde singer-songwriter, song selector (TS Ellise), pinup, speaker, writer, director, curator, and intervention worker whose musical output combines elements of soul, psychedelia, jazz, and underground. A lover of the odd, dark, or overlooked elements in pop music, Elle rose from artist-run spaces at the turn of the 2010s and has seen their work soar to enduring acclaim in Japan and Europe, in a career whose highlights include duets with Laetitia Sadier and R. Stevie Moore. In recent years, Barbara’s efforts have been mainly centered around trans community organizing – including contributions in Montreal’s emerging ballroom scene as the Iconic Mother of the Idiosyncratic Meta House of Barbara. The House of Barbara, in addition to throwing balls, is a collective whose transdisciplinary practice encompasses music, performance, activism & DJing. Elle’s current musical incarnation (Elle Barbara’s Black Space) boasts excellence in the likes of Markus Lake and Mitch Holtby, and aims to re-center blackness and reject anti-black tropes within the city’s music and art spaces.
Elle Barbara is presenting Elle Barbara’s Black Trans Lives Projection Rally; a multi-borough event and video installation in Tio’tia:ke / Montreal as well as well as the Premier of Peach Purée (de Pêche), music video for comeback single by Elle Barbara’s Black Space for Slut Island Festival 2020.
Edzi’u is a 2S Tahltan and inland Tlingit sound artist, songwriter, composer. They were born in the Yukon and raised in Whitehorse, YT, spending a large part of that time in their traditional territory of Dease Lake, BC. They received a Degree in Music Composition at Vancouver Community College in 2019. Edzi’u has been performing nationally for the better part of ten years, in festivals, galleries and living rooms. Their roles in performance life have ranged from solo performer, to choir soprano, actor, and concert coordinator. Currently their art practice centres on weaving electronic soundscapes with audio manipulation, while drawing on classical songwriting elements. Their music and sound installations have been featured on CBC Radio Reclaimed, Talking Stick festival, shown in Tkaronto’s film festival imagineNATIVE 2018 as well as 2019, while debuting internationally in 2019 at the Document Film Festival in Glasgow, Scotland.
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“Tye my skin with the land resists the colonial bondage restricting femme sexuality. The piece evokes transformation through trauma, embodying strength, agency and self love. Through vocals, movement, projections and recordings of Indigifemmes orgasming, “tye my skin with the land” personifies ancestral sexual power.”
Njoki Njoki is a project to escape and seek distraction and relief from the white washed realities of life as an immigrant from the mountain hills of central Kenya. An entertaining fantasy of childhood eclectic memories which root from distant sounds, with textures intertwined from multiple ethnic cultures, centred from the east of Africa.
Ntu crafts music for the future, with sultry vocals, sputtering beats and ethereal electronics. Born in Virginia’s northern suburbs, Ntu studied commercial and contemporary dance and oil painting as a teen. After discovering FKA twigs’s “Papi Pacify” video, he began producing music at the age of 15 on a school laptop. Throughout high school, Ntu had literary and academic aspirations, inspired by the writings of Toni Morrison and Frantz Fanon. After moving to New York in 2017, he channelled these expressions into daring, anti-disciplinary productions that evoke 90’s pop/R&B adventurists like Björk and Janet Jackson and the more contemporary avant-garde like Arca and Kelela. The result is a compelling vision of pop and R&B music amidst otherworldly land and soundscapes, a voracious investigation of Black futurity. He released his debut EP Perfect Blue May 22nd, 2020 to notable recognition from the likes of FADER, Resident Advisor, AdHoc, and Bubblegum Club.
(000)  – WATCH
“Pile” (music video) – WATCH
“Perfect Blue” (music video) – WATCH
“Gaslight” (lyric video) – WATCH
Black Movement Project Inaugural Performance  – WATCH
Overture to: A Liminal Field  – WATCH
Genesis  – WATCH
Photo by Zachary Tinubu-Karch, edited by Saint A
A changeling that exists between dreams and reality, Miiv is a multidisciplinary artist who combines sound, movement, and visuals. Rooted in Nigerian Jazz, Southern gospel, and never without reverb, their sound has been described for those who like to be haunted by disorienting spirits; blending electronic production, bass guitar, and deep melodies.
Vimeo: SUBURBAN (music video)
Syana (PureMulato) is a Montreal local DJ/Producer/Performer and multi-disciplinary artist. Born and raised in the city, the young artist always bases her sets on the experiences and culture she has seen not only in this city, but wherever she has travelled. Originally introduced into the nightlife through ballroom, Syana started her days in the now ex Kiki House of Disney and is now part of the idiosyncratic House of Barbara… You can find her in interviews, discussions and always at your local rave ;).
PureMulato’s set will be broadcasted here (on the slutislandfestival.com homepage) on Friday, October 16th 2020 at 12:30 AM EST (technically Oct 17th) as part of the HUMBLE showcase.
Strange Froots is an “alternative chill-soul” trio formed in 2014 at NBS studio, a music centre for youths in Cote-des-Neiges. As the first all-fem initiative from the studio, the group is made up of musicians, beatmakers, MCs and singer-songwriters: Montrealers Naïka Champaïgne and SageS, and DMV-born Mags.
Strange Froots will take over Slut Island’s instagram from October 2nd – October 4th to share wisdom, to share their musical process and to invite you into their strange world. Strange Froots set will be broadcasted here (on the slutislandfestival.com homepage) on Saturday, October 17th 2020 at 9:30 PM EST.
Photos by: Adam Mbowe, Vitamin Dee, Nivie Dhami, Maxime La Valliere, Jenna Welik
Iako’tsi:rareh Amanda Lickers
Iako’tsi:rareh Amanda Lickers (she/they) Seneca, Six Nations is a public educator, Libra sun, Cancer moon, and emerging multi-media artist. They are building a life-affirming art practice through spoken word, videography, and visual works based in illustration and graphic design. Their lived experiences have brought them along a journey of unpacking land trauma as a contributor to ‘Violence On Our Lands, Violence On Our Bodies’ Land, Body, Defence Environmental Violence Report and Tool Kit, released by Native Youth Sexual Health Network in partnership with Women’s Earth Alliance. Currently, they are building their art practice and doing their best to prepare for the robo-copocalypyse that is nearly-upon us. This series highlights practices of cultural resurgence and community connectedness as medicine during these uncertain times.
Follow their art practice @skrimpskrap.
Eliza Kavtion is the performance vehicle of indigenous first nations Musician,performance and recording artist Eliza Kahero:ton Santos.
Eliza’s work explores and exploits elements of modern indigenous life and its relation to Pop culture,spirituality and colonialist authority.
Based in Drone, Blues and the avant-garde, Eliza has opened for experimental music luminaries such as Godspeed you! Black emperor, Keiji Haino and Alexander Hacke (Einstürzende Neubauten)
Eliza Kavtion est le véhicule d’interprétation qu’utilise la musicienne des Premières Nations l’artiste Eliiza Kahero:ton Santos. Les oeuvres d’Eliza explore et exploite les thèmes de la vie moderne des Autochtones et leurs relations avec la culture Pop, la spiritualité et les autorités colonialistes.
Influencée par la musique Drone, le Blues et la musique Avant Gardiste, Eliza s’est vue attribuée la première partie des spectacles pour des sommités telles que Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Keji Haino et Alexander Hacke (Einstürzende Neubauten ).
Photo by Laurence Philomene
Fatim Yassine Sirois Sanoussi
Fatim Yassine Sirois Sanoussi (She/her) Is a mixed race Guinean/Canadian Queer femme born in Tio;tia:ke/Montréal. She is a service worker, member of the Black Healing Fund, community organizer, model, visual and performance artist. Her main focus is to bring healing through her art by giving representation and visibility to the QTBIPOC community.
Fatim Yassine Sirois Sanoussi (Elle) est une femme Queer métisse guinéenne-canadienne née à Tio;tia:ke/Montréal. Elle travaille dans l’industrie du service et de la restauration, est organisatrice communautaire, mannequin, et artiste visuelle et de performance. Son objectif principal est d’apporter la guérison à travers son art en donnant une représentation et une visibilité à la communauté QTBIPOC. En tant que membre du Black Healing Fund, Fatim fait de la recherche et de la sensibilisation auprès des thérapeut.es et des guérisseurs.e.x, ainsi que de la collecte de fonds.
Phoenix Inana is an Egyptian performance artist in Montreal. A member of the queer vaudevillians at Glam Gam Productions, Phoenix has co-created and performed smutty and parodic plays such as Greasy and Turning Tricks that subvert pop culture and childhood stories for raw and shockful entertainment. As a cabaret artist, Phoenix’s work is an eclectic mix of drag and burlesque, musical theater and agitprop performance. In the past years, she has been centring themes of her cultural identity within her work, representing North African spirituality and identity, as well as queering and reclaiming bellydance arts from the grip of Western orientalism.
rudi aker is a wolastoqew auntie, artist, organizer, and curator from St. Mary’s First Nation in Sitansisk (Fredericton, New Brunswick) and, for now, a guest on Tiohtià:ke / Mooniyaang (Montreal, QC). Their artistic and research practices center kinship, placehood, visibility, as well as the traversal of (un)colonized spaces through conceptions of counter-cartographies and barrier-breaking.
rudi’s curatorial projects include the finissage for the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective’s Tiohtià:ke Project at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Montreal, QC) in September of 2019. Most recently, rudi was on the curatorial team for the 2020 edition of the Bienniale d’art autochtone contemporain (BACA) presented at various locations in Tiohtià:ke / Mooniyaang, with a large series of online public programs. Their ongoing research-creation project, topographies of a homeplace, has been presented as a workshop for Queering the Map: On_Site at 4th Space (Concordia University) in July 2019 and as a lecture for the TextilesTradeTime Symposium (Concordia University) in October 2019. The first iteration of this project, topographies of a homeplace: wolastokuk, has been shown in Space Place Home at the Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen Art Gallery (Moncton, NB) and will be exhibited in These are our monuments at the Owens Art Gallery (Sackville, NB) in June 2021. rudi is currently finishing a BFA at Concordia University in Studio Arts.
“Nivram”is a diy experimental music project started in 2017 in Surrey and Vancover BC, which is where they grew up. Nivram makes music about Fear,their ancestors, breaking free of generational trauma, love songs about people and things that they once knew or was and Things they have seen and also never have seen but have experienced. When asked about who they make music for Nivram answered “I hope that when black alternative kids who are constantly having to be in spaces where they do not see themselves hear my Stuff or see my work they feel somewhat of a connection because that’s literally who I do this for, apart from myself ofc” outside of Nivram they venture in other creative work and have recently founded an Art collective called Unity which is a space/platform for bipoc queer and trans people in Canada.
Magi Merlin is a singer/songwriter based in Montreal. She Is inspired by Frank Ocean and other people that sound like Frank Ocean. She is very well-rounded.
Despite her appearance, audiences should NOT expect Vegan straight-edge crust punk music! She is a fun & well-rounded Rnb singer who is very well-rounded and fun.
Magi Merlin’s set will be broadcasted here (on the slutislandfestival.com homepage) on Sunday, October 25th, 2020 at 5:00 PM EST for after the QTBI Healing workshop, hosted by Fruition Collective.
Hey, I’m Kai AKA KAITHEBLACKANGEL. I-DJ and I make images. I’m from Philadelphia but New York City is my current home. I’m an experience.
Timaaj Hassen is a Black, Muslim, woman that works as a Poet, Spoken Word Artist, and Arts & Anti-Oppression Educator. Timaaj is a second generation Canadian born to Oromo and Harari parents. Drawing upon both lived experience and her educational background– as a Bachelor of Arts Candidate in Women & Gender Studies at the University of Toronto– her work is grounded in social justice, critical equity, and diaspora. She has spoken, performed, and facilitated workshops in various events across Southern Ontario. Timaaj drives to continue to do advocacy work with racialized, queer, differently abled, and Muslim communities; be it through art, community discussions, or in solidarity with front line organizers.
In collaboration with Fruition Collective, Timaaj Hassen will be facilitating a closed QTBI healing workshop entitled “Art as Radical Self-Love” on Sunday, October 25th, 2020 at 3:00 PM. Event is for QTBI folks by RSVP only.
Queer Haitian-Quebecker folk/soul artist, based in Montreal. Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and actress. Member of alternative chill-soul trio Strange Froots. Debuting also her first solo album “Painted Imageries”. Naïka Champaïgne blends the genre of neo-soul, folk, funk, hip-hop, spoken word to talk about queerness, blackness, love, hurt and joy.
Photos by Didi M’bow
Black Folks Don’t Swim?
Black Folks Don’t Swim? Is a soulful Black music machine from space that must be pronounced with the upswing inflection common to any great question pondered by minds of the time. Led by a core ensemble of BlaQueers, their music floats through a myriad of liberating sonic traditions including Blue note jazz, polyrhythmic future funk, Shout! and the Neo Soul of Rhythm and Blues. Based within the DC Metro area, their soulful arrangements resonate in venues where artistic expression lives and breathes and they collectively continue to expand their magnetic energy locally globally. Black Folks Don’t Swim? is not a statement, rather an intentional prompt to examine the thought processes and conditioning of popular beliefs and the power structures that be.
Photos by: Mango Angeles, Your Topic Studio
G.R. Gritt is a Juno Award winning, Two-Spirit, Transgender, Francophone, Anishinaabe/Métis artist. Pulling effortlessly from the past to create soulful futurisms, their new sound elegantly weaves melodies using vocals, guitar and new electronic elements. They create both intimate and anthemic music that would fit in a folk club, a dance club and anywhere in between.
A spiritual free being, with a fearless attitude on the beat. Lia is a 20 years old Canadian female artist who has talent for creating infectious atmospheres with mystery around her music. Born and raised in Ottawa’s south side, the music she creates reflects on her environment as a youth, and discovering herself as a young adult.
Lia Kloud has been making huge noise up North, she has worked non stop dropping meaningful visuals and music while developing her long-term fanbase. From a city known for harsh winters and blistering summers, Lia Kloud harnesses her environment to create songs that pull you in with the perfect balance of polarization.
Mahawam is a rapper, musician and producer in Oakland, CA straddling the line between technician and artist. A means to process both the trauma and joy at the intersection of Black queer identity, their work as a producer and vocalist serves as a study in the ways that intersection informs cultural and personal progress.
Video: Mahawam – Michelle Pfeiffer
Mahawam’s set will be broadcasted here (on the slutislandfestival.com homepage) on Saturday, October 24th, 2020 at 10:00 PM EST.
Photo by Guerrilla
Jamondria Harris (meroitic) is an interdisciplinary artist and composer living in Portland, OR. They use words, sounds, wires, instruments, textiles & what falls into their hands to engage with blackness, desire, spirit/source, decolonization, fairy tales, & embodiment.Their sound art emerges from deep-listening fluidity between rhythm & source, engendering sonic cartographies woven from samples, feedback, the electromagnetic field of bodies & rooms and both digital and analog synthesizer soundscapes. jamondria’s new album, jovilabe, is available from Fallen Moon Recordings.
Photos by Patricia Wolf
The Afro-futuristic, Afro-electro and avant-garde sound of Grapes Mars, takes anyone who dares into their emotional universe. Filled with darkness, melancholy and sorrow, while simultaneously accompanied by exquisite tenderness and sweetness.
Grapes represents the nameless faces as well as the untold stories of the Haitian/Afro-descendant diaspora through their music.
Sofia Fly is a DJ/Producer/Vocalist from Toronto. A Trans Woman and Queer nightlife Queen, she frequently DJs at some of the biggest Queer parties in Toronto and recently started her own party series called Bitchcraft. Named one of NOW Magazine’s “artists to watch in 2020”, her songs feature poetic party-girl lyrics set to a latin inspired fusion of trap and house music. She released her debut EP “Rosé” in 2019 available on all streaming platforms.
Aura, Formally known as Iris Creamer, is a New England based multi-media artist serving spicy production and direction as she moves through sound and genres with ease. With music self-described as honorable and funky, Aura’s bright image and lyrics will without a doubt get you dancin’ all whilst filling you up with confidence!
Video: Iris Creamer – Sweet Tooth
Linktr.ee : AuraMoreno
Photos by Ryan Cardoso, Chloe Cusimano, Tyhara Angus, and Tyler Borchardt
Discovered in 2017 through the track Plan$ recorded alongside rappers Flawless & Joe Rocca, Tyleen quickly attracts attention within the Montreal rap scene. Uninhibited and aware of her seductive power, Tyleen chooses to claim her feminine identity by appropriating unapologetically the codes of street culture similarly to her male counterparts.
Découverte en 2017 grâce au titre Plan$ enregistré aux côtés des rappeurs Flawless et Joe Rocca, Tyleen attire rapidement l’attention de la scène rap montréalaise. Originaire de l’arrondissement LaSalle, la jeune rappeuse prouve rapidement sa place au sein de la communauté rap anglophone, peu reconnue pour sa représentation féminine.
Arielle Twist is a Nehiyaw, Two-Spirit, Trans Woman who is creating to reclaim and harness ancestral magic and memories. Originally from George Gordon First Nation, Saskatchewan. She is now based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia.
She is an author and multidisciplinary artist. She has work published with Them, Canadian Art, The Fiddlehead, PRISM International, This Magazine, and CBC Arts and has been Nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Shortlisted in The National Magazine Awards. Her debut collection ‘Disintegrate/Dissociate’ was a finalist for the Publishing Triangle Awards for Trans and Gender Variant Literature and won The Indigenous Voices Award for Published Poetry and is a Finalist for the Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers.
Her work has been exhibited in galleries countrywide including The Khyber Centre for the Arts, Toronto Media Arts Centre, la galerie centrale powerhouse, Centre for Art Tapes, The Art Gallery of Mississauga, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and The Agnes Etherington Art Gallery. In 2019 she was awarded the Indigenous Artist Recognition Award from Arts NS for her body of work. She is currently a MFA Candidate at OCAD University.
Arielle Twist’s reading will be broadcasted on the slutislandfestival.com homepage as part of RACOON CLAN READINGS on November 15th, 2020 at 5:30 PM EST.
Thirza Jean Cuthand
Thirza Jean Cuthand was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada in 1978, and grew up in Saskatoon. Since 1995 she has been making short experimental narrative videos and films about sexuality, madness, Queer identity and love, and Indigeneity, which have screened in festivals internationally, including the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, Mix Brasil Festival of Sexual Diversity in Sao Paolo, ImagineNATIVE in Toronto, Frameline in San Francisco, Outfest in Los Angeles, and Oberhausen International Short Film Festival. Her work has also exhibited at galleries including the Mendel in Saskatoon, The National Gallery in Ottawa, and The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. She completed her BFA majoring in Film and Video at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2005, and her Masters of Arts in Media Production at Ryerson University in 2015. In 1999 she was an artist in residence at Videopool and Urban Shaman in Winnipeg, where she completed Through The Looking Glass. In 2012 she was an artist in residence at Villa K. Magdalena in Hamburg, Germany, where she completed Boi Oh Boi. In 2015 she was commissioned by ImagineNATIVE to make 2 Spirit Introductory Special $19.99. She was also commissioned to make Thirza Cuthand Is An Indian Within The Meaning Of The Indian Act by VIMAF and Queer Arts Festival in 2017. In 2018 she was commissioned to make the video Reclamation by Cinema Politica in the Documentary Futurism Next 150 project. In the summer of 2016 they began working on a 2D video game called A Bipolar Journey based on her experience learning and dealing with her bipolar disorder. It showed at ImagineNATIVE and she is planning to further develop it. She has also written three feature screenplays and has performed at Live At The End Of The Century in Vancouver, Queer City Cinema’s Performatorium in Regina, and 7a*11d in Toronto. In 2017 she won the Hnatyshyn Foundation’s REVEAL Indigenous Art Award. She is a Whitney Biennial 2019 artist. She is a non-binary Butch boy who uses She/Her pronouns. She is of Plains Cree and Scots descent, a member of Little Pine First Nation, and currently resides in Toronto, Canada.
Thirza Jean Cuthand’s reading will be broadcasted on the slutislandfestival.com homepage as part of RACOON CLAN READINGS on November 15th, 2020 at 5:30 PM EST.
Brandi Bird is a Two-Spirit Saulteaux and Cree poet from Treaty 1 territory currently living and learning on Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh land. Their work has been published in Poetry is Dead, Prism International, The Puritan, Brick, Room Magazine and The Fiddlehead. Their chapbook “I Am Still Too Much” was published with Rahila’s Ghost Press in Spring 2019. y.
Brandi Bird’s reading will be broadcasted on the slutislandfestival.com homepage as part of RACOON CLAN READINGS on November 15th, 2020 at 5:30 PM EST.
Kai Minosh Pyle
Kai Minosh Pyle (Mekadebinesikwe) is a Two-Spirit writer, Indigenous language learner and advocate, and researcher. Born and raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin, they have ancestral ties to the Red River Métis, Sault Ste. Marie Ojibwe, and the northeast Wisconsin Polish-American community. Currently they are a doctoral student in American Studies at the University of Minnesota — Twin Cities on the occupied Dakota homelands of Bde Ota Othunwe (Minneapolis, Minnesota).
Kai Minosh Pyle’s reading will be broadcasted on the slutislandfestival.com homepage as part of RACOON CLAN READINGS on November 15th, 2020 at 5:30 PM EST.
Billy-Ray Belcourt is from the Driftpile Cree Nation in northwest Alberta. He is an Assistant Professor in the Creative Writing Program at the University of British Columbia. His books are THIS WOUND IS A WORLD, NDN COPING MECHANISMS, and A HISTORY OF MY BRIEF BODY.
Billy-Ray Belcourt‘s reading will be broadcasted on the slutislandfestival.com homepage as part of RACOON CLAN READINGS on November 15th, 2020 at 5:30 PM EST.
jaye simpson is a Two-Spirit Oji-Cree person of the Buffalo Clan with roots in Sapotaweyak and Skownan Cree Nation who often writes about being queer in the child welfare system, as well as being queer and Indigenous. simpson’s work has been performed at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word (2017) in Peterborough, and in Guelph with the Vancouver Slam Poetry 2018 Team. simpson has recently been named the Vancouver Champion for the Women of the World Poetry Slam and their work has been featured in Poetry Is Dead, This Magazine, PRISM international, SAD Mag, GUTS Magazine and Room. simpson resides on the unceded and ancestral territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), səlilwəta’Ɂɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) First Nations peoples, currently and colonially known as Vancouver, BC.
jaye simpson‘s reading will be broadcasted on the slutislandfestival.com homepage as part of RACOON CLAN READINGS on November 15th, 2020 at 5:30 PM EST.
Kite, aka Suzanne Kite, is an Oglala Lakota performance artist, visual artist, and composer raised in Southern California, with a BFA from CalArts in Music Composition, an MFA from Bard College, and is a PhD candidate at Concordia University where she is a Research Assistant for the Initiative for Indigenous Futures. Her research is concerned with contemporary Lakota ontologies which include nonhuman beings and the development of protocols and relations for stones, metals, and Artificial Intelligence, through art-making, research-creation, computational media, and performance practice. Recently, Kite has developed Machine Learning body and hair interfaces, carbon fiber sculptures, and immersive installations. Kite has also published in several journals and magazines, including in The Journal of Design and Science (MIT Press), where the award winning article, “Making Kin with Machines,” co-authored with Jason Lewis, Noelani Arista, and Archer Pechawis, was featured.
Kite’s set will be broadcasted on the slutislandfestival.com homepage as part of RACOON CLAN READINGS on November 15th, 2020 at 5:30 PM EST.