Rebecca Darwent, Philanthropic advisor
How to fund real change in your community
Cohen Bradley, Master of ceremonies
How to weave a cultural legacy through storytelling
Michael Green, Architect
The natural building blocks of sustainable architecture
Cameron Davis, Youth advocate
How Gen Zers can use their voice for change
Normand Voyer, Molecular prospector
Are life-saving medicines hiding in the world's coldest places?
Matricia Bauer, Mountain mover
The power of connecting with your identity
Azim Shariff, Morality mapper
Does working hard really make you a good person?
Kevin Smith, Coastal explorer
The unexpected story of one of the biggest coastal cleanups ever
Jiaying Zhao, Behavioural scientist
How to feng shui your fridge -- and other happy climate hacks
Silla, Urgent voices
The ancient art form of Inuit throat singing
In this powerful performance, the Inuit duo Silla performs the ancient art form of katajjaq, a type of throat singing found only in the Canadian Arctic.
Silla is an Inuit duo blending divergent styles of traditional and contemporary katajjaq (throat singing) across a wide range of genres. Performing together since 2005, Silla members Charlotte Qamaniq and Cynthia Pitsiulak hail from Iglulik and Kimmirut Nunavut, respectively.
Their moniker comes from the Inuktitut word Sila, which encompasses concepts of weather, land, spirit of the atmosphere, cunning and intelligence. The name evokes the rich musical texture and nuance throat singing creates, and acknowledges the powerful spirituality and traditions that have kept it alive through the historical and modern threats posed by colonialism.
Silla has been twice nominated at the Juno Awards and has won two Summer Solstice Indigenous Music Awards.
Mélissa Laveaux, Musical alchemist
“La Baleine” / “Nan Fon Bwa”
Singer-songwriter Mélissa Laveaux performs two mesmerizing songs, "La Baleine" and "Nan Fon Bwa," alongside bassist Sébastien Richelieu.
Mélissa Laveaux is a Canadian singer, songwriter and guitarist who sings in both English and Haitian Creole, the language of her parents. She began her career in Ottawa's feminist riot grrrl punk community, releasing her first album, Camphor & Copper, in 2008. She now lives in Paris—which inspired her second album, Dying is a Wild Night.
Laveaux’s work often explores the ethnomusicology of Haiti, including songs of rebellion she heard as a child (Radyo Siwèl, 2018). On her fourth studio album, Mama Forgot Her Name was Miracle (2022), Laveaux dives into the poetic, therapeutic and spiritual aspects of music, conjuring grown-up lullabies and nursery rhymes while invoking influential voices from the past. For her, music is a tool of political resistance.