Peggy Hogan is a multi-disciplinary performing artist, music educator, researcher and A&R manager for indie label, Art Not Love. She is also known as Hua Li, Canada’s only half-Chinese, half-militant, half-rapper.
Charlie Boudreau has been working within the Montréal cultural milieu as an artist, promoter and festival programmer for over 25 years. With degrees in Sociology and Communications, Boudreau started out working in radio, sound recording/ designing until 1995 and was active as a media artist and co-founded the Women’s Action Group of ACT UP Montréal in 1990. In 1993, Boudreau did a residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts and has produced numerous videos as well as photo-based work interrogating gender representation exhibited in North America. Boudreau was the co-founder and promoter of Lesbomonde, a series of lesbian events that brought Montréal dykes together for extraordinary happenings from 1994 – 1997. Since 1993, Boudreau has been programmer and in 1997, Executive Director of image+nation, Montréal’s Queer Film Festival, now in its 30th year. Boudreau was President of the 57th Berlinale Film Festival jury in 2007 and has been on the Board of Directors of the Québec LGBT Chamber of Commerce since 2014.
Roadsworth began painting the streets of Montreal in the fall of 2001. Initially motivated by a desire for more bike paths in the city and a questioning of “car culture” in general, he continued to develop a language around street markings and other elements of the urban landscape using a primarily stencil based technique. In the fall of 2004, Roadsworth was arrested for his nocturnal activities and charged with 53 counts of mischief. Despite the threat of heavy fines and a criminal record he received a relatively lenient sentence which he attributes in part to the public support he received subsequent to his arrest. The NFB documentary Roadsworth: Crossing the Line produced in 2007, chronicles this period of his life. Since that time, Roadsworth has continued to work in both painted and sculptural media, showcasing his work in festivals, galleries and in city streets around the world.
Liane Décary-Chen is a Montreal-born multimedia artist and activist. She currently studies computer science and computation arts at Concordia University and is involved in a number of Concordia-based research efforts, investigating concepts in female leadership, queer subcultures, and feminist cybersecurity. Her interests are focused within community initiatives and exploring feminism and other social issues through the lens of interactive media. Currently, she runs Tech Witches, a group that aims to repurpose digital tools for the empowerment of marginalized people.
Aly Ndiaye, a.k.a. Webster, was born and raised in Quebec city’s Limoilou neighborhood. Hip-Hop militant and social activist, Webster is deeply implicated in his community. He regularly gives speeches about cultural diversity in Quebec and the influence of the hip-hop culture on the youth. His main subject is the history of black people and their enslavement in Canada since the start of the colony in the 17th century. Musically, he has been active since 1995; he is a pioneer of the hip-hop culture in Quebec. Since 2009, he has been traveling the globe to give creative writing workshops.