Annette Hegel is a working multi-media artist who has exhibited her work in Canada and in Europe. Working out of her studio in downtown Ottawa, she is a founding member of Slipstream Collective, and collaborating with many artists across the city. She also has had a 30 year career in cultural marketing and communications, developing identities and successfully establishing brands in both the for profit and not for profit sectors. Before joining the SAW Video team, she produced and led implementation of targeted marketing and communication strategies for national organizations and international brands. She is a recipient of many awards, among them cultural brand of the year award.
Jenna Spencer is a musician and multidisciplinary artist hailing from Southern Ontario. She has performed across Ontario and Quebec with notable appearances at the National Art Centre’s, Ontario Scene Festival, Pop Montreal, City Folk and OXW. Jenna holds an Honors Bachelor of Arts from the University of Ottawa in Indigenous Studies with a minor in Women’s Studies. She has dedicated most of her professional arts administration career to prominent not-for-profit organizations in Ottawa. Jenna sat on the board of Girls+ Rock Ottawa and during her time mentored many wonderful, aspiring young musicians. Jenna continues to ground both her professional career and artistic practice in activism, advocacy and community building within the Ottawa region.
Koliah Bourne is a partner and head of finance and sponsorships at SHIFTER. Prior to SHIFTER, she provided finance and administrative services in the television, live theatre and concert promotions industries and most recently worked as Assistant to the VP of Finance and Operations at the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA). She then set her sights on the music industry studying Artist Management at Michael Smith & Associates and in 2018 became a member of the board of directors at the Odyssey Theatre. Koliah is currently working towards her Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) at the University of Ottawa. Born and raised in Toronto, Koliah Bourne now resides in Ottawa with her husband and business partner, Kevin, and their three children.
Chaim Atnikov is a grade 11 student at Glebe Collegiate Institute with an interest in photography, marketing and communication.
Tanise Marchesan Cabral holds a Bachelor of Design degree in Visual Communication from Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing, in Brazil. From there she transitioned from photography studios to video and film sets working as camera operator and cinematographer. She recently completed her Masters of Arts degree in Film Studies from Carleton University and continues to work together with other artists in video and photography related projects.
Anyse Ducharme is a francophone media artist from Northeastern Ontario. Her artistic practice is engaged with the circulation of digital imagery and the malleability of data. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally; notable shows include Proof 23 at Gallery 44 (Toronto), Arti/fiction Realities at la Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario (Sudbury), Digital Alterities at InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre (Toronto) and as part of the Flash Forward festival for emergent photography (Boston, Portland, Toronto). Ducharme holds an MFA from the University of British Columbia, a BFA from the University of Ottawa and a college diploma in 3D Animation from La Cité collégiale. She is currently teaching courses in Photography and Media Art at Nipissing University and sits on the board of directors of both La Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario and the Media Art Network of Ontario.
Laura Gruber holds a Bachelor’s degree in Art History and is interested in Curatorial Studies. Based in Ottawa since 2019, Laura graduated at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) in Brazil, her home country. For her research essay, she analyzed the representation of Brazilian women artists in the exhibition ‘Radical Women: Latin American Art: 1960 – 1985’ and their critical reception in the United States. Laura also worked with Exhibition Production. She collaborated with the organization of the 2017 BIENALSUR exhibitions and events at her alma mater. Laura is now focusing on further developing her programming and arts administration skills, and in helping build a thriving arts community in the Ottawa-Gatineau region.
In 2019, Gary Franks won “Best Analog Photograph” at SPAO’s A+ Exhibition; he was awarded the Project X Photography fund through the Ottawa Arts Council; and he was a finalist for the 2019 Figureworks Art Prize. Most recently, the City of Ottawa acquired a selection of Gary’s photographic works for their public art collection. Gary holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Ottawa with a minor in Music, and he is a 15 year contributor to Ottawa’s vibrant independent music community. He has performed across Canada, with appearances at Pop Montreal, OXW, NXNE, and Bluesfest. Throughout all his artistic ventures, Gary’s focus continues to be on community building within Ottawa and maximizing collaboration between its diverse disciplines and creators.
Maryam Sayid is a Marketing Strategist with a passion for communication. After managing and writing a newsletter at Arts Network, she became intrigued with storytelling through creative direction, writing and marketing. She then used that passion to found ciyaalsuuqs on Instagram where she features products of longstanding cultural desire. Maryam knows what truly drives conversations is how well you connect with the heart-beating people you’re trying to help, communicating your understanding back to them and further audiences. Maryam was motivated to join SAW Video in order to pursue her passion for communications and independence of expression in the Ottawa arts community. Maryam is currently studying Communication, Media and Business at Carleton University.
Christopher Payne works predominantly with sound, light, and video, as experiential tools. Payne completed his original artistic training in cinema at Concordia University in 2007 before completing his MFA at the University of Ottawa in 2013. His work and performances have been presented in Alberta, Quebec, Ontario, Poland, Belgium, and Mexico.
Jason Sonier studied music performance and film at Carleton University while also starting a technical career with work at CKCU. He then graduated at the top of his class at The Audio Recording Academy/Raven Street Studios and has continued his education through workshops at SAW Video, IFCO and the Summer Institute of Film and Television. He has worked for the Ottawa Folk Festival, Arts Court, the Department of Music at the University of Ottawa, and has been the audio director for theatre productions, including the Canadian touring production of Menopause the Musical. As a technician, sound artist, musician, performer, and video-maker, he has worked and collaborated with a variety of musicians, storytellers, poets, spoken word artists, dancers, theatre artists, video-makers, visual artists, circus artists and other performers.
Dan Kaunisviita is a multidisciplinary artist and carbon-based life form that works in the mediums of video, design, music and sound. He has worked in the Ottawa media & arts community for over 10 years as a freelance creative and communications professional. As a director, editor and sound editor his credits include music videos, commercials, web series, short films and documentary work for film and television. A graduate of the Visual Effects for Film and Television program at Seneca College, Dan also holds an honours degree focused in Film and Music and a Diploma in Sonic Design from Carleton University.