MEMBER PROFILES

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Apanaki Temitayo M

Born in Toronto and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, Apanaki Temitayo M is an author, spoken word poet, actor, multimedia artist and teacher. Her canvas compositions are an expression of her Trinidadian heritage and spirituality. http://apanaki-temitayo-m.pixels.com/

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Jan Swinburne

Jan Swinburne is a visual artist whose multi-media practice is positioned in painting, and this aesthetic is salient regardless of the selected medium. At times the work mutates into large-scale, site-sensitive installations and projects. An experimental approach to art is central to her practice. As a video/sound artist, Swinburne’s interest is oriented to meta-exposure and image degeneration in the form of music/video-painting. Apart from creating original soundtracks, Swinburne collaborates with musician/composers, primarily, Philippe Gerber (JOHN 3:16). Jan Swinburne’s videos have been screened in Brooklyn/New York City (Experi-MENTAL Festival 6) and New Jersey (Filmideo/Index Art Centre). In 2015 she signed with Alrealon Musique.www.janswinburne.com

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James Buffin

James Buffin is a filmmaker with over 28 years experience, working on movies, tv shows, commercials, music videos and documentaries shooting across North America, South America, Asia and the South Pacific. The theme of his current work is disaster/recovery, both environmental and personal. Current projects include a feature length documentary about becoming an aware survivor of childhood sexual abuse. www.vpics.ca 

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Jim LeFrancois

Jim LeFrancois is an award-winning artist and producer. Of note, he enjoyed a 10-year tenure at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre as Artistic Producer, and received a Dora Mavor Moore Award (Outstanding New Musical) for his work on Buddies’ 2007-08 Season Opener, ARTHOUSE CABARET (created with David Oiye). Jim was the inaugural winner of the Leonard McHardy and John Harvey Award, which “recognizes 10 years of demonstrated commitment to the performing arts, in addition to having made an impact on the industry in Toronto” (administered by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts). Jim is a trained pianist, singer and holds a BFA in musical theatre performance from the University of Windsor. He is a proud Member of Workman Arts and is the company’s Musician-in-Residence for the 2016-17 Season, which will allow ample time to develop the new year-round BRUISED YEARS CHOIR (every Monday from 1-4pm)  and to also (at last) launch MANITOBA MUSIC (Art/Story/Album) — a project which has been a fair-bit-of-time in the making with his collaborator Rob Joy. 

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Lisa Walter

Lisa Walter is a multi-faceted artist, educator, and journalist who lives and works in Toronto.  Her first full-length play, Difference of Latitude, was published in an anthology by Canadian Playwrights Press in 2005. She has been exhibiting her visual art since 2010, including two works for Nuit Blanche, and participated as a visual and media artist with Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival in 2010 and 2011. The Globe and Mail has described her work as “delicate and unsparing.” www.lisawalter.net

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Rick Miller

Rick Miller is a Mad Artist working primarily in lens-based documentary media. Rick’s personal work explores the world from the viewpoint of a person living with mental illness. His commissioned pieces explore the realities of living with stigma and oppression. Currently living and working in Toronto, Rick holds a Master of Fine Arts in Documentary Media and has in excess of 200 broadcast credits as an editor in Canada’s television industry. Rick is the Workman Arts Media Artist in Residence for 2016/2017.