Eric Cheung (he/him/her)
Eric Cheung is a second-generation Chinese-Canadian contemporary dance and street artist who explores different mediums to push the boundaries of street dance in film, theatre, new media, fashion and virtual reality (VR) . Eric is best known for his film titled “E_GO”, which achieved international acclaim at film festivals, receiving a Vimeo, Nowness, and Booooooom Staff Pick. Eric is currently pursuing dance in VR in collaboration with the Museum of Other Realities (MoR) to form a new decolonized platform for dance creation.
Jonas Jones (he/him)
Jonas Jones comes from the village of Átsnach (Tsleil-Waututh) with strong lineages also coming from Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation). His kwshámin (ancestral name), TsuKwalton, comes from the Squamish village of Chʼiyáḵmesh. He learns and apprentices under His siyam (Ray Natraoro) and engages in the laws of Coast Salish craftsmanship, a system that is passed down from master carver to apprentice. He is honored to practice this craft, as this foundation of art and lifestyle has been in his blood for thousands of years.
Jaz Whitford (they)
Jaz Whitford is a two-spirit Secwepemc interdisciplinary artist. Jaz works with a range of materials, forms and mediums to investigate and express their lived experience and understanding of spirituality, Indigenity and community care. They worked under the mentorship of T’uy’t’tanat Cease Wyss, gaining knowledge of ethnobotany and multimedia arts centered on Indigenous revitalization. They tend to x̱aw̓s shew̓áy̓, a space of reseeded native plants, as part of an ongoing project by T’uy’t’tanat at gallery 221A. They are currently artists in residence at Vines Art Festival, an arts organization and festival that responds to artists working for land, water and relational justice.
Sally Zori (they)
A transgender Iraqi raised in the United Arab Emirates and different parts of “Canada”, Sally Zori is a session musician, percussionist and content creator. They have performed on stages and theaters in North America, Europe and Australia with different bands, orchestras, musicals, theater shows and were once Aretha Franklin’s percussionist. Today they are session musicians, percussionists and content creators, and are working on a project that will share the story of their experience as a third culture kid and finding a home, combining theater with film and live music.
Emad Armoush (he/him)
Emad Armoush is a Syrian-Canadian multi-instrumentalist musician and singer, active in Vancouver’s Arabic, flamenco, world and creative music scene since 2000. Inspired to bring his roots from Arabic traditions into his current musical life and influences, and received grants from the BC and Canada Arts Councils, Emad released his debut album with members of his band Rayhan, some of Canada’s finest world music improvisers. He is motivated and now busy composing and arranging new music for their planned second album. Emad has performed at many music festivals across Canada and Europe in a multitude of collaborations.
Naomi Grace (she/they)
Naomi Grace is an interdisciplinary artist and medicine maker of Afro-Caribbean and European ancestry born and currently residing on the unceded ancestral territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. With a professional creative practice spanning two decades, Naomi’s work centers on reclaiming sacred medicine in its many forms, which she expresses through painting, mixed media, music, text, culinary arts and sculpture. Naomi’s work is a form of visual storytelling and reflects her identity as an African Diaspora woman, exploring creativity as our birthright. Creativity is not exceptional; creativity is being.
How the recipients were selected
Applications were reviewed by staff through an open and competitive process and selections were made based on artists’ eligibility.