Indigenous Artist Spotlight Series

Ontario Presents and its member presenting organizations recognize the importance of presenting Indigenous artists, stories and culture as part of their presenting practice.  

In our continuing efforts to encourage the respectful presentation of Indigenous art, we began a Spotlight series in 2017 in which we feature an Indigenous artist each month in our e-newsletter and blog. 

Our sincere thanks to Denise Bolduc for conceiving of and continuing to support this Spotlight Series. Spotlights are developed with the artist, and are intended simply to share the artist’s work and foster greater awareness and understanding of the strength and diversity of Indigenous art available in Ontario and beyond.

All of the interviews that have been published thus far can be found below. This list will be updated each month.

Image of Adrian Sutherland holding a guitar

Adrian Sutherland

Roots-Rock Musician

Featured February 2024

Headshot of Cherish Violet Blood

Cherish Violet Blood


Featured January 2024

Beverley McKiver


Featured December 2023

Image of Brock Stonefish with guitar

Brock Stonefish

Blues musician

Featured September 2023

Photograph of Sandra Lamouche wearing regalia, holding hoops in her left hand and looking into the distance.Sandra Lamouche
Hoop Dancer/Multidisciplinary Storyteller

Featured August 2023

Photograph of Semiah sitting in a car looking at the camera.Semiah
R&B Musician

Featured July 2023

Photograph of Samantha Sutherland looking into the camera. Photo courtesy of Jeysa Caridad.Samantha Sutherland
Dance Artist

Featured June 2023

Photograph of Kairyn Potts, wearing a black beanie and a shirt that reads "My queerness is traditional."Kairyn Potts
Two-Spirit multidisciplinary artist

Featured March 2023

Photograph of Caitlin Goulet sitting on a chair. Caitlin Goulet

Featured January 2023

Photograph of Christa Couture wearing a black turtleneckChrista Couture
Award-winning, multi-disciplinary artist

Featured April 2022

Photograph of Cris Derksen standing, holding a cello, against an orange background.Cris Derksen
Cellist and Composer

Featured March 2022

Photograph of Bryden Gwiss against a white backgroundBryden Gwiss
Juno-nominated Pow-Wow singer/song-maker

Featured February 2022

Jace Martin Indigenous Artist Spotlight: Jan 2022

Jace Martin
Mainstream recording artist & producer

Featured January 2022

Brenda MacIntyre, Medicine Song WomanBrenda MacIntyre, Medicine Song Women
JUNO award-winning artist and motivational speaker

Featured December 2021

Barbara Kaneraonni Diabo photoBarbara Kaneratonni Diabo
Dance Artist/Choreographer/Artistic Director 

Featured November 2021

Theresa Cutknife headshotTheresa Cutknife

Featured October 2021

Aqua Nibii Waawaaskone TurtleAqua Nibii Waawaaskone


Featured September 2021

Jennifer Alicia Headshot Jennifer Alicia 
Spoken Word Artist

Featured August 2021

Starr Muranko HeadshotStarr Muranko
Dance Artist

Featured July 2021


Olivia C. Davies Dance Artist Headshot Olivia C. Davies
Dance Artist

Featured June 2021

Margaret Grenier Headshot

Margaret Grenier
Dance Artist

Featured May 2021

Tai Amy Grauman Theatre Artist

Tai Amy Grauman 
Theatre Artist

Featured April 2021


Celeigh Cardinal black and white headshot, laughing

Celeigh Cardinal

Featured March 2021

Barry Bilinsky headshot

Barry Bilinsky
Theatre Artist

Featured February 2021

Reneltta Arluk and Barry Bilinsky headshots

Akpik Theatre (Reneltta Arluk and Barry Bilinsky)
Theatre Company

Featured January 2021

Cheyenne Scott Headshot

Cheyenne Scott
Actor/Playwright/Creative Producer

Featured December 2020

Beny Esguerra in the studio

Beny Esguerra
Musician/Educator/Community Worker

Featured November 2020

Shirley Williams in orange Every Child Matters shirt

Elder Shirley Williams

Featured October 2020 


John Aitken in The Gift

John Aitken
Interdisciplinary artist

Featured September 2020

Stephanie Pangowish Headshot 1

Stephanie Pangowish

Featured August 2020

Todd Houseman Headshot 1

Todd Houseman

Featured July 2020

Jeff D'Hondt Mesingw image

Jeff D’Hondt

Featured June 2020

Olga and Norma perform in MonstersVanguardia Dance Projects

Featured May 2020

D.B. Mcleod performing stand-up

D.B. Mcleod

Featured April 2020

Yolanda Bonnell headshot

Yolanda Bonnell
Playwright, performer, poet

Featured March 2020

G.R. Gritt

Featured February 2020

Nick Sherman Headshot

Nick Sherman

Featured January 2020

Classic Roots

Featured December 2019 

Amanda Rheaume Headshot

Amanda Rheaume

Featured November 2019

Silla and Rise group headshot

Silla and Rise
Musical Trio

Featured October 2019

Ansley Simpson

Featured September 2019

Midnight Shine group photoMidnight Shine

Featured August 2019 

Tanya Lukin Linklater headshotTanya Lukin Linklater

Featured July 2019 


Julian Taylor headshot

Julian Taylor

Featured June 2019

The Ollivanders band group headshotThe Ollivanders

Featured May 2019

Twin Flames promotional photoTwin Flames

Featured April 2019

Clayton Windatt holding power vs powerless sign

Clayton Windatt
Multi-Artist and Executive Director, Aboriginal Curatorial Collective

Featured March 2019  

Cody Coyote headshot

Cody Coyote
Hip Hop-Electronic Artist and Motivational Speaker

Featured February 2019  

Lacey Hill headshotLacey Hill
Singer/Songwriter and Inspirational Speaker

Featured January 2019  

Montana Summers dancing

Montana Summers

Featured December 2018

Bruce Naokwegjig headshotBruce Naokwegijig
Actor, Director, and Artistic Director of Debajehmujig Theatre Group

Featured November 2018 

Ange Loft Headshot

Ange Loft
Multidisciplinary Artist, Associate Artistic Director, Jumblies Theatre, Vocalist, Yamantaka//Sonic Titan

Featured October 2018

Spy Denomme-Welch Headshot

Spy Dénommé-Welch
Writer and Composer

Featured September 2018 

Cheri Maracle headshot

Cheri Maracle
Singer and Actor 

Featured August 2018 

Iskwe Headshot


Featured July 2018 

Chad Anderson HeadshotChad Anderson

Featured June 2018 

Aria Evans dancingAria Evans

Featured May 2018 

Michelle Olson HeadshotMichelle Olson
Dancer, Choreographer and Artistic Director of Raven Spirit Dance

Featured April 2018 

Keith Barker HeadshotKeith Barker
Theatre Artist and Artistic Director of Native Earth Performing Arts

Featured March 2018 

Jani Lauzon HeadshotJani Lauzon
Multidisciplinary Artist

Featured February 2018  

Jeremy Dutcher PhotoJeremy Dutcher

Featured January 2018 

Falen Johnson headshotFalen Johnson

Featured December 2017 

Christine Friday

Christine Friday
Dancer and Choreographer

Featured November 2017