Denise Bolduc, Mentor
Denise Bolduc is an accomplished creative leader recognized for her significant contributions and involvement within a multitude of diverse creative initiatives. In 2017 alone, as Creative Director/Producer her visionary impact is reflective in the following programs: Intersections of Culture (CAPACOA, Ottawa), Tributaries, (Luminato Festival Opening, Toronto), First Scene Indigenous Presenters Program (National Arts Centre, Ottawa), and Beyond 150 Years: An Acknowledgement of Indigenous Film (REEL CANADA/VIFF, Vancouver). Denise was the Co-Founder/Artistic Director of Canada’s premier Indigenous music organization, the Aboriginal Music Project, and the founding Artistic Director and Producer of the inaugural Planet IndigenUs Festival. Other recent, significant activities include: a co-presenting partnership with Native Women in the Arts and the symposium, Miiyuu Pimaatswin (2016), a musical cabaret-retrospective honouring Tomson Highway with Songs in the Key of Cree (2015), the grand-finale program of the PAN AM PATH, Maadaadizi/Summer Journeys (2015), and the Thunderbird Marketplace, a premier initiative featuring 10 artists at the One of the Kind Show (2014).
Denise served for many years as a Program Officer of Indigenous Arts at the Ontario Arts Council, and as the first Music & Dance Program Officer with the Canada Council for the Arts. Internationally Denise has programmed and presented at festivals and cultural events in Australia, New Zealand and Ireland. Outside of programming, she is also a sought after guest speaker, host, consultant, instructor, and mentor. In addition to programming, she continues to serve on numerous committees, arts juries and boards, working with a diversity of organizations. Denise is the 2017 Laureate of the Ontario Arts Council’s Indigenous Arts Award, the recipient of the SOLID Festival’s Arts Leadership Award (2015), and the Indigenous Business Leadership Award recipient (Toronto, 2009). Denise is presently participating in an international Curatorial Advisory group with the Australian Performing Arts Market and Black Dance, and is also deeply involved with the development of various other exciting initiatives. Denise is Anishinaabe from the Lake Superior Territory, and a member of the Batchewana First Nation.