Elder in Residence 2020 – 2021

Kat Norris
The Festival is pleased to welcome back Kat Norris as our Elder in Residence. In this role Kat advises on community protocol, and participates and shares knowledge at Festival events.

Artist in Residence 2020 – 2021

Khari Wendell Mcclelland

The Festival is thrilled to welcome back Strathcona / Downtown Eastside resident Khari Wendell McClelland as Artist in Residence. Originally from Detroit, Khari is a multi-talented and ever-evolving artist whose creativity, drive and clever mix of soul and blues has established him as a bright light on the local and Canadian music scene. 

A member of the award-winning roots gospel group The Sojourners, Khari also created Freedom Singer, tracing his ancestor Kissy’s journey north to Canada from slavery and the music carried by fugitive slaves. On stage or in the studio, Khari’s passion for community, equality and justice is palpable. As is his belief in the redemptive power of music.

For the 2020 Festival, Khari is wearing many hats.  Khari curated and performed in Spotlight on the East End, recorded at the Afterlife Studios; will host a music industry workshop on surviving and thriving in times of COVID (Survival Tactics for Artists); is performing in a recording of East End
Blues & All That Jazz
and will moderate a post-show conversation with the singers; and is a collaborating vocal facilitator for Grounds for Goodness Downtown Eastside. Check out the details on these events in the program guide.