Nicole Steeves is an award-winning Writer/Director/Actor.

She has written and directed six short films and two feature films. Her first feature, Head Space was made possible through the 1K WAVE ATLANTIC program created by WIFT-AT and Ingrid Veninger of pUNK Films. Her most recent feature, Aliens with Knives (Co-Directed with Struan Sutherland) was created in partnership with Cinema 902 and Eastlink Television and is currently in its award-winning festival run.

Nicole is one of the five winners of the 2017 national screenwriting competition From Our Dark Side. She was also the winner of the 2015 WIFT Pitch Competition for her project Getaway and is an alumnus of the Women in the Director’s Chair mentoring program.

Along with co-writer Struan Sutherland and producer Andre Pettigrew, Nicole became one of the CineCoup Top 15 finalists in Canada with their concept for Namas-DIE. Gnaw, a short film created for Cinecoup was picked by Telefilms Not Short On Talent Program and screened at Clermont Ferrand short film market.

I’ve learned so much working with Nicole and I learn even more in this episode.

Check her out at @nicsteeves

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Ruth Marsh is a Canadian multidisciplinary artist of settler ancestry based out of Kjipuktuk,(Halifax, NS, Canada) whose practice employs an absurdist approach which seeks to queer the intersections between DIY culture, art practice and science fact/fiction/fabulation to address memory, healing, cybernetic enhancement and responsive mutation both in bodies and environments.

She approaches her practice from a perspective which is part mad scientist and part devoted repair technician. Through processes which are inherently labour intensive, repetitive and painstaking; she is interested in playfully exploring the ways in which modalities of labour can translate into a study of enacted care and hopeful mourning.

I had a blast talking to Ruth.

Ashley Avery is a feminist writer, poet and advocate living in KJIPUKTUK (Halifax).

She holds a BA in Women’s Studies from MSVU and previously completed a Diploma in Social Service Work in Toronto. She is a former member of the Hali Slam team and a competitor at the 2017 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. Her visual poetry installation titled “Elements of Rape Culture” was featured at the Mount Saint Vincent community art gallery and in 2018 she was commissioned to collaborate with a lucky director (read: myself) on a docupoem titled “How Will You Honour Your Land?” for the Lunenburg Documentary Film Festival.

Ashley has performed her poetry at numerous protests and community events across Nova Scotia. She uses spoken word as a form of activism to bring injustice to centre stage and speak truth to power. She is the former women and youth services coordinator at a local non-profit serving criminalized women. She is now the access to justice coordinator at the newly formed Access to Justice and Law Reform Institute of Nova Scotia where she is managing the #TalkJustice initiative— a community engagement strategy centring the voices of the public in the justice system and giving community a platform to share their stories with the ultimate goal of improving their experiences.

When she isn’t snuggling her dog Jaxon or driving her daughter to extracurricular activities, she is probably watching Netflix or plotting her next move.

In this episode, we talk about how everything, poetry, #TalkJustice and a lot more.

Check her out @_a.avery_

Bahia is an energy intuitive and Shamanic Practitioner who trusts in the synchronicities of life and believes there are no accidents.

A quote of hers I love: “Do not fear exploring the depths of your soul. You are here to remember your sacred wisdom and share your personal medicine with the world. You are going to shed old patterns and beliefs you have outgrown. Be Brave. Be Bold. Be Kind. Be You. You are on your path to becoming your true authentic self.”

In this episode, we talk about it all, her journey so far and the discoveries she has made along the way.

On Sunday, March 10, 2019, in collaboration with Lulu Lemon and Flo Meditation, Bahia will lead a 100-person meditation session. 

Check her out @bebelove1975