Chinook Series is proud to welcome local podcast rockstars What It Is into our Salons, where artists and arts appreciators discuss process and purpose. Listen in!

Produced by Taylor Chadwick, Brian Bergum and Chris W. Cook, What It Is podcast is an award-winning interview show focusing on the Edmonton arts scene. Candid, fun, insightful and spontaneous – the show offers an intimate look at the lives of Edmonton’s artists. Available at and on iTunes. @whatitispodcast on twitter.


Friday, February 10 at 5:30pm

Panelists: Patricia Gomis & Medjine Mathurin

Please note: this salon is presented in French

Comment dire les vérités douloureuses de notre histoire tout en créant un espace de joie? Une conversation sur l’art qui vous nourrit. How do we tell the painful truths of our history while, at the same time creating space for joy? A conversation on making art that feeds you.


Saturday February 11, 2017 @ 5:30pm

Panelists: Nasra Adem, Reakash Walters, Brandon Wint, Alison Clark, David Shepard & Minister Faust

A discussion on the bridges connecting the poetic and political within Black life.


Sunday February 12, 2017 @ 5:30pm

Panelists: Linn Snelling & Amber Borotsik

Dramaturgy can be an essential part in the overall cohesiveness of a new piece. Often representing the audience, they offer their responses to the creators to help them clarify the intentions and meaning of a piece. But what tools does a dramaturg use to receive and interpret a new piece, specifically one based in movement? What exactly is Dance Dramaturgy?  What can it be? Is every Dramaturge/Choreographer relationship different? Join us as we dig into this often vital, and sometime shadowed, aspect of new creation.


Tuesday February 14, 2017 @ 5:30pm

Panelists: Amber Borotsik, Mpoe Mogale, Usha Gupda, Suzanne Gross, Bill Yong

A celebration of stories and the myriad ways they are expressed across our globe – through the body, through song and through rhythm.  A cross-cultural performance party intersecting languages, traditions, and artistic practices.


Wednesday February 15, 2017 @ 5:30pm

A conversation on Black Legacy. A chance to honour those who have worked, are working, and will continue to work towards free, Black art.
Sponsored by The Edmonton Heritage Council.


Moderator:  Vern Thiessen
Panelists:  Chris Dodd & Elisabeth Morris
Interpreters: Nicole Sander, Andrea Konowalec & Jenica White

Join the cast of Theatre Passe Muraille’s “Ultrasound” as they discuss the newly implemented Deaf Artists and Theatres Toolkit (DATT). The DATT is a project undertaken by Cahoots Theatre to find ways to integrate both Deaf performers with professional theatre companies, as well increase engagement with Deaf audiences. The guidelines were developed over the course of a year and around the staging of TPM’s “Ultrasound” and in collaboration with Toronto’s Deaf community. Join the discussion on the impact of this new initiative and the current state of Deaf theatre in Canada.


Moderator: Murray Utas
Panelists: Megan Dart, Kristi Hansen, Gerry Morita & Amber Borotsik

There are Artistic Directors, and there are General Managers, and NOW many companies have Artistic Producers: administrators who are also in charge of the art of their companies. In training facilities around the country, students are given skills to prepare them as artists, but after graduation they often discover they also require skills to succeed in the business of the art they are creating. This salon will discuss the question: “how do I make a show, and how do I get people to see it without losing the focus on the art?”


Panelists: Taylor Chadwick, Liz Nicholls, Ken Davis, Jenna Marynowski & Murray Utas

With the loss of arts-coverage in many major news outlets and the decline in print media – how do arts organizations get into the news cycle? Is the online world a new haven for arts promotion or a cluttered mess of opinions and white noise? Join What It Is podcast host Taylor Chadwick as he leads a panel of arts-promoters, fans and creators to see if they can get to the bottom of how audiences and artists connect with each other through media. Feedback and questions from the crowd attending will be encouraged.