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Writer: Boring Old Edmonton

Hayley (she/they) is a writer, actor, dramaturg and producer based on Treaty 6 Territory in amiskwaciwâskahikan (colonially known as Edmonton). She writes primarily for the theatre, including the plays Suspension (Edmonton Fringe 2019, Alberta Queer Calendar Project 2020), Bird Signs (Nextfest 2019 & 2020), Beatrice Again and Again (in development) and Tough Guy (in development). Hayley is so grateful to be a part of Story City Edmonton, and they hope you have a wonderful time as you embark on your Story City adventure!

Writer: …and the city fell silent
Musician: Power Play, …and the city fell silent

Born and raised on Treaty 1 territory (Winnipeg), and currently residing in Amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton), Lindsey Walker (she/her) is an award-winning singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and theatre performer. Lindsey’s music has been described as “achingly sincere”, and “cinematic”. As a theatre creator, Lindsey wrote the score and lyrics for ren & the wake, an original semi-immersive musical that she created with Catch the Keys Productions, as well as creating the music and lyrics for the one-man political musical Amor de Cosmos with Richard Kemick. She is currently working on her latest EP, Something Real, which will be out Fall 2024.

Writer: The Tontine

Nerissa McNaughton is the owner of I’m Write, a content writing firm serving a variety of clients from web builders to newspapers, from magazines to SEO analysts. When not writing for work, she writes creative fiction and bakes medieval pastries. Check out her ebook Ceasarea at https://books2read.com/u/mqBE5d.

Writer: Zodiac Guardians

Alyx (they/them) is a Chinese-Vietnamese filmmaker, activist, and tabletop roleplaying game designer, game master and writer. They use their voice to create divergent narratives from the mainstream and is an aspiring novelist. Their work can be found at the CBC, TELUS Storyhive, HitPoint Press, DMsGuild, and the upcoming Pathfinder Lost Omens: Tian Xia Character and World Guide from Paizo, Inc.

Writer: Power Play

Elisabeth Shenher is a writer from Edmonton. In 2023, she received her MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia. Her flash fiction has been longlisted for Room Magazine’s Short Forms contest and won the Australian Writers’ Centre’s Furious Fiction competition. In 2019, she attended the Emerging Writers’ Intensive Workshop at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Recently, she received a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to write a novel. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, yoga, and buying more books she swears she’ll read ‘one day’.

Writer: Seeing Beyond

Cassandra is an author with way too many half-finished manuscripts. She is currently working on several fantasy novels. Occasionally she ventures out into different styles and genres, including short stories and interactive fiction. When not writing, she spends a little too much time reading, playing video games, and trying to learn how to garden. She currently lives with her partner and two cats in Edmonton, Alberta. You can find out more about her and follow along on her adventures at https://cassandrawriter.wordpress.com/

Writer: Family Heirloom

Writer: Coal Call

Nathan Scott is an Edmonton born artist and writer who grew up in the greenery of its river valley. He studied English at MacEwan University, and has written for a variety of clients and organizations. In his spare time he likes to write gamebooks and put on juggling shows for his son. He is also available as a professional artist, host, and entertainer.

Social media: Beak Dreams on Facebook

Writer: Instagrammable Tour of Downtown YEG!

Musician: Zodiac Guardians, Family Heirloom

Jyn-Ting Ying 應琬霆 (They/Them) is an artist, composer, and musician based in Amiskwaciwâskahikan/Treaty 6 Territory, or what is now known as Edmonton. As a performer, they can be found playing shows with Sorry Not Sorry Improv, accompanying local school choirs for masses and concerts, and playing solo sets at festivals. Jyn-Ting’s current compositional focus is to write and release their debut album, with one of the tracks being featured at Dragon Fried Rice, an Asian-focused art exhibition, in early 2024. Jyn-Ting is also a passionate educator, teaching private piano lessons to a diverse base of students and speaking at universities.

Musician: Seeing Beyond, Coal Call, The Tontine

Will Scott is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, sound artist, music teacher, and recording engineer residing in Edmonton, AB, Canada. He currently performs in local experimental improvisational act Pigeon Breeders, as well as the pretentiously titled Will Scott Band. He also sits on the Board of Directors for Mile Zero Dance. His previous credits include Brazilian Money, The Wicked Awesomes!, MS DOS, and the University of Alberta’s improv collective XiME. He has collaborated/improvised with many musical artists, including Scott Smallwood, Smokey, Jung People, Tim Mikula, as well as various dancers from Mile Zero Dance, Good Women Dance Collective, and KO Dance projects.

Musician: Boring Old Edmonton

People keep calling Tamarack Cunningham a folk singer, which isn’t wrong, exactly. Certainly, he has an acoustic guitar and sometimes a plaid shirt, but there’s something different here. Tamarack is best known for playing Métis music with the Cunningham Family Band. His history includes Melafrique (afro-pop), Birch Island (soul-folk) and Day of the Robot (garage rock). His solo work sounds a little bit like all of these things, and not very much like any of those things.

Recently, Tamarack has been exploring the spaces between acoustic and electric, analog and digital, and expanding his capabilities in sound design and production.

Visual Artist: …and the city fell silent, Zodiac Guardians

My name is Ambrose Cardinal, or “Metismadman”. I am a multi-disciplinary Métis and Cree artist hailing from amiskwaciwâskahikan. I love using bright colors and experimenting with technology as my work attempts to depict the “unseen”, the spiritual connection of my people, to make people know that we are still here.

Visual Artist: Boring Old Edmonton, Power Play, The Tontine

Teddy Edwards is a writer, cartoonist, visual artist, etc. from Edmonton, AB.
His work has been featured in SNAPline, Hungry Zine, Capital City Anthology, and many varied self-published projects.
His written style features sharp, fast-paced humour with a subversive, quietly dark quality. His visual style favours thick, striking lines, bold colours, silly situations and subtle emotion.
He blogs at teddykaboom.com.

Visual Artist: Family Heirloom

I am a analogue and digital collage artist with cutting evocative placement of images and words thematicized as ‘dark romance’ and ‘doom whimsy’. I typically create rather gruesome, gory, scary looking, and not palatable type of artwork about love, Romance (grand sweeping gestures and the idyllic scene), and romance (eros) because that is how I feel most of the time. These sentiments can become especially pointed in the kind of layering I use to visually and figuratively juxtapose and ‘marry’ seemingly oppositional concepts and symbols.

Visual Artist: Zodiac Guardians, Seeing Beyond, Coal Call

Have you ever seen the sun’s golden light hit the ground as it rises after an evening rain? That is the ever fleeting feeling, the way the light hits and that certain sense of je ne sais quoi that I want to show people and le them feel. Other than that: concept designer, illustrator and forever a student. I draw stuff.

Performer: Zodiac Guardians, Family Heirloom

Michael Vetsch is an Edmonton-based actor, improvisor, and sketch comedian. A graduate of MacEwan University’s Theatre Arts program, he improvises with Rapid Fire Theatre and Sorry Not Sorry Improv – with SNS, he has co-created the format Agent Thunder: An Improvised Espionage. He is also a member of the local sketch comedy troupe The Debutantes and a player/editor on the sci-fi tabletop podcast Quantum Kickflip.
Recent credits include: The Blank Who Stole Christmas with Rapid Fire Theatre, Ride The Cyclone with Uniform Theatre & SATCo, Ray and Cora with Azimuth Theatre, Word Nerd with Concrete Theatre.

IG: @vetschvest

Performer: Boring Old Edmonton, The Tontine

Daniela Fernandez is a Latin-Canadian multi-disciplinary performer and emerging sound designer. She is a graduate of the Grant MacEwan Theatre Arts program and inaugural recipient of the RBC Horizon Emerging Artists Mentorship Program for Sound Design at the Citadel Theatre. Performance credits include: Guys and Dolls, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Arts Club), As You Like It (Theatre Calgary) A Christmas Carol, Jersey Boys, Going Solo! (Citadel Theatre); The Wolves (The Maggie Tree/ Citadel Theatre); Mamma Mia! (Mayfield Dinner Theatre).

Performer: Coal Call, Power Play

My name is Ali Gohar and I am a Voice Actor in Edmonton. I have voiced in commercials, video games, animations, and some other really fun projects. A lot of my work can be seen on my social media platforms and I would appreciate all the support. I am so grateful to have worked on a project in my own city and would be so excited if you all could let me know what you thought! Thank you to Story City for having me and I hope you all enjoy listening.

Performer: Seeing Beyond, …and the city fell silent

Erin Pettifor is a multi-disciplinary queer theatre artist based in Treaty 6 / Edmonton. In the 2023 Edmonton Fringe she premiered her show Stigma, Pistil and Style, directed by Jacqueline Russell with Wee Witches. Erin performed in Larrikin Entertainment’s new musical, WYRD, a thrilling musical with themes on patriarchy and the cycle of abuse that toured through beautiful Yukon and Victoria, BC in 2023. She has co-created and performed multiple physical theatre pieces often inspired by feminism and absurdity. Erin has several performance credits from the Edmonton Fringe Festival, independent local productions, workshop readings, and theatre for young audiences. She celebrates art in its many forms for its ability to honor the human experience.

Producer: Common Ground Arts Society

Mac Brock (he/him) is your friendly neighbourhood queer prairie playwright and producer. Mac has been the Events & Production Coordinator for Nuit Blanche Edmonton, the Market Director for Edmonton Christmas Market, and is currently the Managing Producer with Common Ground Arts. As an administrator and consultant he has supported organizations like Edmonton Fringe Theatre, Rapid Fire Theatre, the Edmonton Heritage Council, Concrete Theatre, and more.

His play Boy Trouble was nominated for two Sterling Awards and in 2024 he is proud to be the recipient of the Sterlings’ Legacy Award for Outstanding Contribution to Theatre in Edmonton. Basically, he’s a big words and numbers (and lists) guy.

Story Editor

Belinda is an actor and playwright based in Edmonton.
Previous playwright credits include: hiraeth (Bright Young Things/Varscona Theatre); The Garneau Block (Citadel Theatre); Category E (Coal Mine Theatre, The Maggie Tree, Sterling Award), Little Elephants (Shadow Theatre, Sterling Award). As an actor, she has appeared in many productions, and you can catch her this summer in Private Lives with Teatro Live!

Belinda is also the co-author of several acclaimed RPG adventures, notably Bookshops of Arkham and Graveyards of Arkham for Chaosium, Inc., and a passionately dedicated volunteer with WILDNorth wildlife rescue.

Story Editor

Émanuel is a queer and trans artist of Dutch-immigrant and Acadian-settler descent, raised in Alberta’s francophone communities. He has co-hosted the children’s television show ONIVA! (Radio-Canada) since its 2020 season and lends his voice to a handful of characters in animated shorts and series. Émanuel also works in live theatre as an actor, playwright, and translator. He recently completed Mount Royal University’s Professional Editing Certificate courses and has the honour of calling this Story City project his first story editing gig!