Kathleen Nisbet and Jeanette Kotowich

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Kathleen is a fiddle player, multi-instrumentalist, singer and composer from Vancouver, BC. Classically trained early on, she returned to her Métis roots, pursuing more traditional folk music. Since then she has worked with artists in a variety of genres. A regular accompanist with V’ni Dansi, Métis traditional dance, and Acuhko Simowuk Collective, Kathleen is also an active member of Vancouver’s thriving bluegrass, old time and folk scene. She performs and tours internationally with her band Viper Central and is known for her live music productions including the East Van Opry.

Jeanette Kotowich is a multi-disciplinary iskwêw, independent dance artist, creator, choreographer and Auntie Culture enthusiast of Nêhiyaw Métis and mixed-settler ancestry. She is a master of the traditional jig and fancy steps that celebrate the joy of movement, represent healing in dance, and honours the significance of heritage and love of Métis culture. Originally from Treaty 4 territory Saskatchewan, she creates work that reflects Nêhiyaw/Métis cosmology within the context of contemporary dance, Indigenous performance and Indigenous futurism.