The Pride Report

Meet the OUTstanding Artists at the #MJLifeHack Youth Leadership Camp

We are so proud to introduce an incredible line-up of artists for our youth leadership camp happening from August 2 – 6, 2016! If you’ve just finished grades 7-12 and you’re still thinking about coming to our FREE day camp in Moose Jaw, please register below as soon as possible.


Annie Trussler – Improv

Tuesday, August 2

Annie Trussler is a Regina based improviser, theatre teacher, writer and editor, religious studies student, and LGBTQ activist. They are involved in two improv troupes in the city, with which they have travelled much of Canada and trained with top tier artists. When they’re not improvising, they are writing opinions pieces, creating theatre performances with children, or just generally being proud. 

Andrew Meredith – Colouring Pages

Wednesday, August 3

An artist of many mediums, Andrew finds inspiration from his east coast roots of Nova Scotia where he stared as an artist. Since then Andrew has had many solo art shows in western Canada and other parts of Canada including: Moose Jaw Cultural Centre, Prince of Wales Cultural Centre (Assiniboia, Saskatchewan) and in group exhibitions at the Canadian Museum of Civilization (Ottawa) and the Shurniak Art Gallery (Assiniboia). His paintings, prints and cards can be found in many homes, offices and gift shops around Canada. In 2015 Andrew was a finalist for Royal Canadian Mint coin design contest, His design “Winter Fun”

Sonia Griffiths – Zine Making

Thursday, August 4

Sonia Griffiths is a multidisciplinary artist based in Regina, SK who primarily works in ceramics, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Bending porcelain and poems, her work explores the daily realities of living with intersecting physical and mental illnesses, finding remnants of trauma, and staying alive even when you’d really rather not. Sonia is currently completing a BA Hons in Visual Art and navigating the world with clumsiness and compassion.   
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Karli Jessup – Block Printing

Friday, August 5

Karli Jessup graduated from the University of Regina in 2011 with a BFA in Print Media.  After graduation, Karli worked at the UR Pride Centre for Sexuality and Gender Diversity for a period of three years and coordinated the queer youth group during that time.  Currently, they are the Operations Manager and founding member of printmaking collective, Articulate Ink, based in Regina, SK.

Johnny Trinh – Spoken Word Poetry

Saturday, August 6

Just down the way from the Queen City, Johnny Trinh is thrilled to make be a part of Moose Jaw Pride’s Leadership Camp! Born in Kitchener-Waterloo, Johnny made the move to Toronto and swore he would never leave. He then moved to Regina and found a home. Johnny’s work focuses on telling stories about love, loss, identity, and how we locate ourselves as poets, as humans. Johnny is a performance artist, recently completing his MFA at the University of Regina for Interdisciplinary Studies: Theatre & Technology. Highlights include: Feature Poet at Saskatchewan Festival of Words 2016 (Moose Jaw), Finalist at CIPS 2016 (Vancouver, BC), Finalist at Capturing Fire 2015 (Washington, DC), Feature performer: Capturing Fire 2016 (Washington, DC), Tongues of Fire (Victoria, BC), Tonight It’s Poetry (Saskatoon, SK), Hot Damn Queer Slam (Toronto, ONT), InkSpot (Calgary, AB), Regina Word Up (Regina, SK), Canadian Festival of Spoken Word 2015 (Saskatoon, SK), Canadian Festival of Spoken Word 2014 (Victoria, BC), Residencies: Banff Centre for the Arts: Spoken Word Residency 2014, Dell Arte International School for Physical Theatre 2013. Chapbooks: I You Because Repeat 2014, We Are Weary 2015. 

Many thanks to our funding agencies, the Community Initiatives Fund & the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute, for making the #MJLifeHack Youth Leadership Camp possible!

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