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.

Salon #1 – Private Pain/Public Art

Panelist: Pamela Mala Sinha
Moderator: Vern Thiessen
CRASH’s Pamela Mala Sinha talks to Vern Thiessen, artistic director of WWPT, about her work past/present and the challenges of creating public art based on personal trauma.

Salon #2 – After the Crash

Panelists: Beth Dart, Megan Dart & Teresa LaRocque-Walker
Moderator: Vern Thiessen
Brain injury and trauma can cause of a host of physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and behavioural effects. What effect does it have on the injured, their family, their perception of the world, their healing process? Ursa Major’s Dart Sisters (Megan & Beth) engage Teresa LaRocque-Walker of the Brain Care Centre in a discussion about brain trauma and recovery.

 Salon #3 – Lock Down

Panelists: Elena Belyea, Greg Dowler-Coltman, Tammy Dowler-Coltman, Ben Johnston
Moderator: Taylor Chadwick
Miss Katelyn’s playwright Elena Belyea joins teachers and the principal of Victoria School for a discussion on the safety issues facing Edmonton school children and their teachers. Presented by Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre.

Salon #4 – Love, Sex & Disability

Panelists: Kelsie Acton & Julie Heffel
Moderator: Brooke Liefso
Is sex assumed to be an able-bodied activity? What about romantic relationships? Join company members of LOVE IN THE MARGINS us as we debunk the myths and ask the hard questions about unequal access to love, relationships, family and community.

Salon #5 – Drama & Dying

Panelists: Amy Nostbakken, Norah Sadava, Michelle J. Buckle, Lorna Thomas, Eden C. Tourangeau
Moderator: Vern Thiessen
Mouthpiece, created by Amy Nostbakken and Norah Sadava, inspires a discussion with professionals and artists about how theatre can affect the grieving process.