No Borders Art Festival 2021 September 26

Join The No Borders Art Festival on Sunday September 26 on Zoom for exciting online events starting at noon at Petrie Island at the following link: Meeting ID: 662 375 2803

12:00 – 3:00 p.m. Livestream from the Petrie Island Nature Centre with Carol Howard Donati.

The Petrie Island Nature Centre is located a short walk to the left (west) of the parking lots. Parking is free. City Park rules and COVID social distancing restrictions apply.
This is an outdoor event so please dress accordingly. You may wish to bring along an umbrella, water and your lunch! Picnic table seating is limited – feel free to bring your own chair.

Hope to see you there!!

From the 174 at Orleans Address: 727 Trim Rd, Ottawa ON K4A 3P4 Phone: (613) 580-2400 Website: Island Nature Centre – Bing

Photo: Carol Howard Donati

Carol Howard Donati is a multidisciplinary artist of settler origins working with still and moving images, paint, print and found materials related to place. Her works have shown locally and internationally, and she holds Master’s Degrees in Anthropology (UBC) and Fine Arts (University of Ottawa).


In Our Tongues is a volunteer-driven, incorporated arts non-profit organization established in October 2019, that provides a safe and welcoming space to showcase, nurture, and advance Black, Indigenous and racialized artists, including those with different abilities, across the gender spectrum, and from both English and French-speaking communities.

6:00 p.m. In Our Tongues Poetry Readings

Lydia Collins  

Lydia Collins is an Author, Educator, and Creator from the Niagara Region, currently residing in Montreal. She published her first chapbook of poetry Angry. Black. Woman. in January 2019, her second To Everyone We’ve Ever Been in September 2020, a free digital chapbook In Transit in February 2021, and produced a collaborative video project with UNILEARNAL, Joy Is Our Birthright in October 2020. Lydia has most recently entered her role as Learning & Development Specialist at the African and Caribbean Council on HIV/AIDS in Ontario. Lydia’s unwavering love for writing and community health are what keep her determined to continue amplifying marginalized voices. Instagram: @lacollins_ Website:

Namitha Rathinappillai (she/they) is a Tamil-Canadian published spoken word poet, organizer, and workshop facilitator. She is based in Ottawa and is the first female and youngest director of Ottawa’s Urban Legends Poetry Collective (ULPC). You can find more at


Facebook: Namitha Rathinappillai

Instagram: @n.r.pillai

Janelle “ecoaborijanelle” Pewapsconias is a multidimensional nehīyaw spoken word artist based in her home community in the Treaty 6 Prairies. Her dedication to honour the Earth inspires her to read, perform, and design to speak to Indigenous ways of being, knowing, and thriving, despite ongoing settler colonialism in Canada. Influenced by the poetry slam and Cree oral storytelling customs, ecoaborijanelle has done a TEDx Talk, competed nationally twice, and published in the American Indian Culture Research Journal. ecoaborijanelle lives in her home community with her son and dog, surrounded by the endless living skies and rolling prairies of Little Pine First Nation.

Tawahum Bige is a Łutselkʼe Dene, Plains Cree poet and spoken word artist from unceded Musqueam, Squamish & Tsleil-waututh Territory (Vancouver). Their Scorpio-moon-ass poems expose growth, resistance & persistence as a hopeless Two Spirit Nonbinary sadboy on occupied Turtle Island. With a BA in Creative Writing from KPU, Tawahum has performed at countless festivals with poems featured in numerous publications. His land protection work versus Trans Mountain pipeline expansion had him face incarceration in 2020. Tawahum’s debut collection of poetry is set for Spring 2022, published by Nightwood Editions. Find him online @Tawahum on Instagram, twitter and more. 

Instagram: @Tawahum

Twitter: @tawahum

Manahil Bandukwala is a Pakistani poet and visual artist currently based in Mississauga. She is a member of Ottawa writing collective, VII. See her work at

Instagram and Twitter.

@manahilbanduk on

6:45 p.m. Propeller Dance – Video Presentation

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