Q&A Teaser With the IV17 Speakers

What’s the most interesting advice you’ve ever been given? You’ve been formally introduced to our IV17 line-up, now allow us to shake things up a bit. We asked each of our speakers if they’d share, off the top of their heads, a piece of advice they’d once been told that’s stuck. One of them found Read More…

IV17 SPEAKER: Sean Bindra

A community relations professional who dresses up as Superman and organizes anti-bullying flash mobs.  Born and raised in BC, Sean is a passionate community member who is focused on giving back to the community. His life philosophy is to spread love and happiness whether this is through a simple interaction, performing a Bollywood Dance routine, Read More…

IV17 SPEAKER: Amanda Strong

An award-winning stop-motion artist passionate about helping community and youth heal. Amanda Strong is an Indigenous (Michif) filmmaker, media artist, and stop motion artist currently based in unceded Coast Salish territory, also known as Vancouver. She studied photography and illustration at Sheridan Institute and extended those mediums into creations in media arts. Amanda’s work looks Read More…

IV17 SPEAKER: Adrienne Smith

A poet turned lawyer whose love of language spans the boring and the beautiful. Adrienne Smith is a human rights activist and drug policy lawyer. They graduated from UBC law school, and they live and work in the Downtown Eastside where they are working to reduce the harm that law causes on marginalized communities. They Read More…

IV17 SPEAKER: Foster Eastman

A former hairdresser turned artist who raises money and awareness for veterans. Foster Eastman is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work examines social and cultural issues often shrouded in taboo and stigma. Recent exhibits have considered diverse issues including the atrocities that occurred in China under Mao Tse-tung and the challenges returning veterans from Afghanistan face Read More…

IV17 SPEAKER: Corrina Keeling

A socially conscious acoustic artist who untaps creativity with visual facilitation. Corrina Keeling is a sidewalk chalk revolutionary, graphic recorder extraordinaire, and maker of music to move you. She uses songwriting, facilitation, and killer handwriting to create containers in public space that allow people to have complex and uncomfortable conversations about power and oppression, justice Read More…

IV17 SPEAKER: Tonye Aganaba

A soulful Afro-Canadian singer/songwriter living with MS. With a soulful, powerful, stand-out voice, Tonye was the go-to feature singer for Vancouver’s EDM producers and DJs for years. After self-releasing two R&B/soul EPS — “White Wizard” (2011) and “The Solar Twin” (2013) —  she was signed to 604 Records. Her new EP, “Villain” is a fun, Read More…

IV17 SPEAKER: Paul Fast

An architect and hunter interested in reconnecting people to their environments. Paul is an architect who is passionate about the role of design in building community. As a Partner with HCMA Architecture + Design he leads community and recreation focused projects throughout Western Canada. Paul’s previous work experience in Europe as well as his travels Read More…

IV17 SPEAKER: Jen Sungshine

A Fire Tiger artist and filmmaker who is learning a language of tenderness from houseplants. Jen Sungshine speaks for a living, but lives for breathing life into unspoken situations in unusual places. As a queer Taiwanese artist-activist based in Vancouver, she is guided by an ethos of care that is rooted in the ancestral lands Read More…

IV17 SPEAKER: Robert Chaplin

A publisher who practices the secret art of dimensional illustration. Robert was the winner of our IV Prize in 2016. He is a publisher, sculptor, author, illustrator, and jeweller. Robert’s children’s book Teeny Ted from Turnip Town was entered into the Guinness World Record 2011 as the smallest book in the world. He also made Read More…