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Multi-media show a celebration of regional talent

Chris Marchand

Chris Marchand served as editor of the Dryden Observer from August 2009 to April 2018.

Building Bridges delves into music, film and photography, Jan. 31

By Chris Marchand

An upcoming show will combine music, filmmaking and photography from accomplished regional artists into one night of entertainment at The Centre, Jan. 31.

Shy Anne Hovorka

Presented by emerging local cross-cultural group DAARN, ‘Building Bridges, Ozhitoonan Aazhoganan will feature a musical performance by Red Lake ex-pat Shy-Anne Hovorka, the presentation of an original film by Thunderstone Pictures’ Michelle Derosier (originally from Eagle Lake) and a photo exhibit entitled “I Am Indigenous”, by photojournalists Adrienne Fox-Keesic and Brent Wesley of Sioux Lookout.

The multi-media event will run from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

DAARN member Leanne Bullock says the evening is a chance to shine a light on some strong artistic work being done by regional artists who happen to be of Aboriginal descent.

“The goal is really just to give the community a great night of entertainment,” said Bullock. “It’s more of a coming together of people with everybody enjoying award-winning music, film and photography. In this case in particular, these are all Aboriginal success stories. We don’t want to target just Aboriginal people to come to the concert. We want everybody to come out and enjoy it together.”

Filmmaker Michelle Derosiers Photo courtesy Thunderstone Pictures

No stranger to the stage in Dryden, Thunder Bay’s Shy-Anne Hovorka has previously performed in Dryden in open mics in the early days to appearances with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra. With three albums under her belt, Hovorka is settling into a country music niche lately after claiming six Aboriginal Peoples’ Choice Awards in 2012 for her album Interwoven Roots.

Wawatay News’ 2012 Newsmaker Of The Year, Michelle Desrosier is an award-winning filmmaker whose background as a social worker informs her drama and documentary film work. Co-owner of Thunderstone Pictures, she works as a producer, director, writer, and occasionally even as an actor. Derosier has focused on using film as a vehicle for healing and empowerment.  She produced and directed “The Life You Want: A Young Woman’s Struggle Through Addiction” and the youth arts education project “Eagle vs. Sparrow” which recently received an Honourable Mention for Best Canadian Short Drama at the 2011 ImagineNative Film and Media Arts Festival.

Adrienne Fox Keesic is a freelance photographer and journalist. Since graduating from the photojournalism program at Loyalist College in 2000, she has worked in various roles at Wawatay Native Communications Society, including senior news writer, editor and media director and has worked for CBC-Radio in Thunder Bay. Fox Keesic has always been committed to photographing Indigenous peoples and culture.

Photographer Adrienne Fox Keesic
Photographer Brent Wesley

Brent Wesley is a professional photographer based in Sioux Lookout, Ontario. Raised in Thunder Bay, he obtained his journalism diploma in 2007 and moved to Sioux Lookout to work at Wawatay News. While at Wawatay he received honourable mention for best editorial at the 2008 Ontario Community Newspaper Awards and won second place for best feature photo at the 2012 Canadian Community Newspaper Awards. Brent is also communications officer for the Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority.

Tickets for Building Bridges are available at CKDR, Lotto One, Ella Lynn’s, Gould’s Brandsource, Casually Hip, Eagle Junction, PR Gas, and Green Acres of Wabigoon.

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