We Want a Gathering for All!
The 2020 Gathering took place December 1-4 over Zoom meeting.
Throughout the four days, plenary sessions, learning sessions, and connecting sessions were held. Virtual events did not run concurrently, but sequentially, so that everyone had the opportunity to attend all sessions.
Each morning at 8AM attendees received that day’s zoom meeting link in their inbox via the email address they used to register for the conference.
There was only one zoom link per day as the meeting spanned the entire day. Participants were welcomed to join and leave the meeting as their schedule allowed or stay on the call to continue conversations, or enjoy the entertainment. All sessions were held in this meeting format (not webinar), so participants were encouraged to keep their camera on!
While on the Zoom meeting, there was a room host as well as an individual assigned to help with any technical issues participants might have experienced.
For those unfamiliar with Zoom, CCEDNet hosted a free how-to Zoom tutorial on the platform the day before the conference. A link to this tutorial was sent out to registrants the week before the conference.
What were the types of sessions being offered?
Plenary: Everyone was encouraged to attend plenaries which opened and closed the event. Participants heard from keynote speakers and were part of beginning and ending the event with ceremony, and more. Keynote speakers were spotlighted for attendees to view.
Panel Discussion/Peer Learning Session: This type of Learning Session featured a panel, shared learning opportunities, group discussion, and more engaging ways to learn about the topic. Panelists were spotlighted for attendees to view but people were encouraged to leave their camera on.
Training Session: This type of Learning Session was led by one or two facilitators or trainers who guided participants through an interactive workshop-style learning experience.
Manitoba artists shared their music, poetry, and more with us throughout the days of the Gathering! Art, music, and creativity is so crucial to Community Building and we were excited to bring some fun to the program to help us connect while apart. Artists shared their work following sessions throughout the day – a chance for participants to listen in while refilling their coffee or tea, following up on some emails, or taking a reflective break between learning sessions.
Chimwemwe Undi – Tuesday, December 1
Chimwemwe Undi is a poet with work appearing in Brick, Border Crossing, Room Magazine and others. She is an editor at CV2 and a CBC Future 40 recipient. She holds an MA in linguistics from York University and is an articling student on Treaty 1 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Madeleine Roger – Wednesday, December 2
Madeleine Roger is a folk singer-songwriter from Winnipeg, Canada. While deftly accompanying herself on acoustic guitar, it is her artistry as a songwriter and storyteller that can silence a room, uniting her lyrical prowess with a graceful voice and breathtaking melodies. Her critically-acclaimed debut album Cottonwood combines the elegant storytelling of folk traditions with the grounded vibe of roots music. It is a stunning collection of songs that reflect on femininity and equality, the majesty of the wilderness, and the beautiful awkwardness of trying to love another person. It quickly garnered acclaim for its exceptional songwriting, beautiful vocals, and meticulous instrumentation, reaching the No. 1 spot on the National folk/roots charts in Canada. It also saw Madeleine nominated for both “English Songwriter of the Year” at the 2020 Canadian Folk Music Awards and “Producer of the Year” at the 2019 Western Canadian Music Awards.
She has toured extensively across Canada and Europe sharing her music at esteemed institutions such as at the Winnipeg Folk Festival, Vancouver Island Music Festival, Stan Rogers Folk Festival, Summerfolk Festival of Arts and Crafts, Newfoundland & Labrador Folk Festival, Calgary Folk Club, and Festival Du Voyageur, among others.
Madeleine co-produced and co-engineered Cottonwood with Lloyd Peterson (The Wailin’ Jenny’s, The Weakerthans, James Keelaghan) at Paintbox Recording in Winnipeg. The album was proudly made with gender parity – half of the producers, audio engineers, musicians, and other artists identify as women. It was written from Madeleine’s home in Winnipeg, Canada in a woodstove-heated cabin that her great-grandparents built in the Manitoba backwoods, and she is very very proud of it.
Matea Radic – Graphic Facilitator & Artist
Matea Radic is a visual artist living and working in Treaty 1 Territory. When she’s not sitting at her kitchen table drawing, she’s either practicing new roller skating moves or making rugs. If you can make her laugh, she’ll likely fall in love with you.
Anthony OKS – Thursday, December 3
Traversing the borders of hip-hop, pop, and soul with an experimental flourish, Anthony OKS—aka Anthony Sannie—is prepping to unleash some of his own stellar jams this year. He can change moods and vibes on a dime, going from uplifting strings and heart-swelling, old-school soul samples straight into club-ready bangers that sparkle with disco synths and jangly guitar hooks. His new tunes are as reflective and powerful as they are electrifying, delivering stories about young and troubled basketball phenoms and trading bars with Edmonton’s poet laureate, Cadence Weapon, over deep southern grooves. He even journeys into far out, cosmic atmospheres, crafting reverb-soaked, brosoul soundscapes that are more than worth your time to get lost in. In fact, you might never want to come back.
Raised in Winnipeg’s south end by a Jamaican mother and a father from Sierra Leone, Sannie grew up surrounded by music, watching his older brother Alex craft beats in their basement. His is a deep, familial, can’t-live-without-it love for hip-hop, and it shows up in his chameleonic adaptability, spitting wild rhymes one minute and flexing his singing muscles the next, with the ease of someone who’s been doing it their whole life. Because he has. He’s made international waves as a member of much-celebrated group The Lytics along with Alex, his other brother Andrew, and their cousin Mungala. His spirited, adrenaline-injected flow and fiery stage presence have made him a highlight of their acclaimed live show and helped the group become one of Canadian hip-hop’s most exciting acts.
Within his music career, Anthony has performed the world over, collaborated with the Beastie Boys’ Mike D, and shared the stage with legendary artists like Nas and The Roots.
Anthony OKS is a dynamic voice in hip-hop—one that stands out at the vanguard of an exhilarating new generation of artists. Watch for him.
Keri Latimer – Friday, December 4
Keri Latimer is a musician from Winnipeg, Manitoba. With her alt-folk group Leaf Rapids and previous band Nathan she has been touring internationally for 15 years. Aside from crooning about vultures and barbershop stabbings, she plays the theremin and scores music for film.
Career highlights include featured solo performances with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, most notably in 2018 for the Canadian premiere of Bjork‘s composition, Family for strings. She has contributed music for films including Academy Award nominated feature film Frozen River by Courtney Hunt, Only Dream Things by Guy Maddin, and Shelagh Carter’s feature film, Before Anything You Say.
With the help of Canada Council, the Winnipeg Arts Council and the Manitoba Arts Council an album of music for theremin is being recorded to be released in 2020.