All Women's Voices 2019
All Women’s Voices Day is a Radio Western tradition.
Friday, December 6th, 2019 is the 30th anniversary of the Montreal Massacre, the day when 14 women studying at École Polytechnique were murdered by a lone gunman.
In remembrance of that day Radio Western has been programming a special day of broadcasting for over 20 years called All Women’s Voices.
Radio Western is programming 24 hours of music, interviews, spoken word content, and live performances in our incredible studio.
All Women’s Voices was broadcast all day on December 6th, 2019, but to check out a recap of all the great programming that happened, click here: All Women's Voices Recap
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All Women's Voices 2019 Schedule
Program Descriptions & Contributors
Dardasha Belarabi Special Episode w/ Dr. Kathy Watad
I arrived to Canada a few years ago, carrying inside me passion, eagerness and enthusiasm for learning, growing, expanding and engaging. In fact, education and consulting were and still are my mission, not just work!
Back in Jerusalem, I dedicated almost twenty years in education, consulting and facilitation. I worked 18 years as a senior professor at the David Yellen Academic College for teachers .
Here in London, I did a lot of work with immigrants and refugees and I felt the huge need for guidance and consultation in family issues, parenting and educational - cultural challenges.
I decided to go ahead and to open my unique services for immigrants in general and for the Arab community in particular.
Women of Colour in Academia w/ Dr. Charmaine Nelson
Dr. Charmaine Nelson is a Professor of Art History at McGill University. She has made ground-breaking contributions to the fields of the Visual Culture of Slavery, Race and Representation, and Black Canadian Studies. Radio Western spoke with her about her experiences as a Woman of Colour in academia, and the place of women in her work.
About Dr. Nelson: To date, Dr. Nelson has published 7 books, 21 book chapters, 8 journal articles, and other publications. Furthermore, she has given over 200 lectures, papers, and talks across Canada, USA, Mexico, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Spain, the UK, Central America, and the Caribbean. Her most recent book, Towards an African Canadian Art History: Art, Memory, and Resistance (2018), is the first to consolidate the field of African Canadian Art History. Nelson is also actively engaged with the media including CBC, BBC One, and PBS. She blogs for the Huffington Post Canada and writes for The Walrus, and most recently, she was the William Lyon Mackenzie King Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies at Harvard University (2017-2018).
An Interview w/ Hip Hop and Radio Legend DJ MelBoogie
For 25 years, DJ MelBoogie has been deeply embedded in radio, both as a host, and mixshow format DJ. Her accolades really speak for herself. Like any real hip hop head, she has love for community building, and a track record for lifting young artists along with her. Radio Western sat down with the iconic DJ to talk about this, as well as the state of women in hip hop, and how she’s held her own to become one of Canada's top hip hop DJs on and off the air.
About MelBoogie: Hailing from Toronto, DJ MelBoogie is one of the country’s best-known female DJs. MelBoogie has been the resident DJ for Honey Jam, Canada’s longest-running all female showcase (www.honeyjam.com), since it launched in 1995, and is Canada’s first female CORE DJ.
In 2008, Mel won the Stylus Female DJ of the Year Award, naming her the top female DJ in Canada, and was the only DJ selected to participate in Luminato’s Mille Femmes Exhibit, dedicated to Toronto’s most inspiring women in the creative arts, presented by L’Oreal. She’s also opened for some of the most respected performers in the world of entertainment, including Kevin Hart, Major Lazer, Lauryn Hill, and more.
DJ MelBoogie continues to show her dedication to upcoming artists on her weekly radio show, Studio B Radio, heard live on VIBE105 (www.VIBE105TO.com), every Tuesday 8-10PM. 2018 marks her 25th year as a DJ and host on Canadian radio.
Reiki 101 w/ Elena Oulianova
Reiki is a Japanese healing technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes physical and mental healing. It’s based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. Popular consciousness is slowly becoming aware of Reiki, but there is still lots of questions about what this healing process is all about. Radio Western sat down with Elena Oulianova, a Montreal-based Reiki master and healer, to pick her brain about the experience of Reiki and why more people should give it a try.
About Elena: Since discovering and learning Reiki, as a Reiki Master and a teacher, Elena Oulianova has been offering private and group sessions in Montreal, distant Reiki sessions and all levels of certified Reiki training sharing the gift of Reiki with others for their well-being. Her faith in Reiki comes from her personal experiences and her clients' feedbacks. Reiki works!
'They Said This Would Be Fun': An Interview w/ Eternity Martis
Eternity Martis is an author and Western alumna, who’s award-winning writing specializes in longform and thought-provoking pieces about race/racism, gender, reproductive and mental health, social justice, and pop culture. The award-winning journalist spoke with us about her experiences at Western that helped shape many of the narratives detailed in her upcoming debut memoir, THEY SAID THIS WOULD BE FUN: RACE, CAMPUS LIFE, AND GROWING UP.
About Eternity: Eternity is an award-winning Toronto-based journalist and editor whose work has been featured in The Huffington Post, VICE, Broadly, CTV, The Walrus, HerCampus, The Fader, Complex, and many more. Her work has helped shape the language used in newsrooms, is discussed in mainstream media, changed policies on racism and is taught on academic syllabuses at Western University, Carleton University and the University of Ottawa. She is also a National Magazine Awards 2017 finalist for Best New Writer.
Eternity holds a Master of Journalism degree from Ryerson University, a Certificate in Writing from Western University and Double Honours Major degrees from Western University in Women's Studies and English Language and Literature.
Confronting FOCO: Hookups, Parties, and Consent
Jessica Singer invites her twin sister Nicole, to discuss her thesis on Gender, Hookup Culture, and Sexual Conduct Policies at Western University.
About Jessica & Nicole: Jessica is a fourth-year undergraduate student studying Media, Information, and Technoculture, and is the News Coordinator at Radio Western. Her twin sister, Nicole, is a fourth- year undergraduate student studying Criminology.
The Hip-Hop She-Volution: Where The Ladies At? Live w/ br0wnskinlady & MC Sum-01
The Hip-Hop She-Volution: Where the Ladies At? is a music discussion revolving around the female MC in Hip Hop - past, present, and future. Join br0wnskinlady & MC Sum-01 as they discuss the female MC's current representation and recognition in the modern day music industry; Friday from 6PM-8PM.
About br0wnskinlady: br0wnskinlady is an all vinyl Hip-Hop DJ and radio host of the show Lunar Rotations on CHRW 94.9 FM. Strictly old school Hip-Hop and RnB, with a bit of funk and boogie tunes. Catch her spinning every Tuesday at 2 PM on Radio Western.
About MC Sum-01: In short, Sum-01 (sum-one) kicks raps over dope beats. Her style; has yet to find a box to fit in. Her image; unique all to her own. Her influences; strong female emcee's from the early 90's. She raps, and DJ Hullewud spins her boom-bap sounds. Often jacking new school beats, blending with her old school sound. Sum-01 is a breath of fresh air. Her music resonates with Hip-Hop culture purists, aficionados, curators and devotees to old school sound. MC Sum-01 is the host of Drop the Needle Radio-- a bi-weekly program that airs Saturdays from 6PM-8PM. You can hear the sounds of Old School Hip-Hop, RnB and the best in Canadian Hip-Hop, RnB & Soul.
Being Made of Glass: Generational Trauma
Sundus Abdul Hadi is a multimedia artist. She is the co-founder of the international artist collective We are the Medium, and recently wrote a children’s book titled, Shams. Sundus spoke with Radio Western about how her work displays a sensitive reflection on trauma, struggle, and care, a journey she herself has had to face.
About Sundus: Sundus was born in the UAE, raised and educated in Montreal, where she earned a BFA in Studio Arts and Art History and a graduate diploma in Communication Studies. Her work is a subversive and sensitive documentation of current crises in the Middle East, often using manipulated photographic imagery, mixed-media painting, artist books and sound.
We Are the Medium website: http://www.wearethemedium.com
Meditations on Motherhood
Motherhood is a unique experience that you cannot truly understand until you become a mother yourself. In another era, motherhood was a stage of life that was holy, celebrated, and ritualized, but the fast-paced nature of our modern lives has made us forget that. Annick MF and Sundus Abdul Hadi are two mothers that also think about this, and they sat down with us to share their thoughts and meditations on motherhood.
About Annick MF: Annick MF is a mother, multidisciplinary maker, and community organizer born and based out of Tio’tia:ke (Montreal). Most recently she has founded the Black Perspectives Initiative at Concordia University and hopes to continue building bridges for connections between Black Canadian communities. You can also find her every third Friday of the month hosting It Could All Be So Simple on CKUT radio.
Women's Creative Health
Creative health is overlooked and understated. Angie Wiseman and Pamela Haasen discuss influences, resources, and metaphors that helped them discover creative health. Listen to hear these two friends discuss the smallest details of what health looks like and the larger concepts too grand to figure out.
About Angie Wiseman: Angie Wiseman is a mom, a wife and a self-proclaimed creative. She is the owner of soulshine studio--a small writing studio and creative space in Wortley Village where she leads women through the process of accessing their authentic voice through Wild Writing. She is also the Editorial Coordinator for Communications and Public Affairs at Western. Angie sings, plays the ukulele, hugs trees, loves the beach and is an aspiring podcast host and producer.
Facebook: Soul Shine Studio Space
About Pamela Haasen: Pam loves talking. She is a lover of community radio and podcasts. She spends most of her time between Ontario and British Columbia and is on the radio in both provinces.
Starting a Wedding Photography Business / How To: Instagram & Personal Branding
How To: Instagram & Personal Branding - Jocelyn Wong speaks with branding experts Julia Piccoli and Jennifer Gall about personal branding, Instagram, and how to get into the CEO mindset!
Starting a Wedding Photography Business - Jocelyn brings in Saraya Joy and Enje Daniels to discuss the wedding photography industry in London and how they started to grow their very successful business!
About Jocelyn (Lead Photographer and Owner of Aster & Lily Photography): Jocelyn specializes in wedding and branding photography. She makes everyday couples comfortable in front of the camera so that she can deliver authentic and real emotions through her work.
About Julia (Personal Brand Expert, Business Mentor, and Founder of Social Genesis): Julia's specialty is helping online coaches scale their business to consistent $7k+ while being authentic & turning their followers to Raving Fans.
About Saraya (Personal Branding Expert): Hi! My name is Saraya Joy and I’m a wild + adventurous elopement + wedding photographer, full time wiener dog lovin’, windows down in the car singing’ human + I am here to be YOUR professional third wheel while capturing all YOOOO LOVEEEE!
This is the Sound of my Voice: The Gendered Experience of Soundwork
What can the radio voice tell us about the representation of women in the media industry?
Join host Stacey Copeland as she interviews Toronto radio women on their lived experience of gendered voice in our Canadian radio soundscape. As a three-part radio thesis and audio documentary, “This is the Sound of my Voice” presents their experiences and voices, sonified.
About Stacey: Stacey is a media producer and Joseph-Armand Bombardier (CGS) Ph.D. candidate at Simon Fraser University’s School of Communication in Vancouver, Canada. Although currently pursuing a PhD in Communications at Simon Fraser University, it was during her Master’s work with the Ryerson-York joint Communication and Culture graduate program that Copeland co-founded FemRadio, a Toronto-based feminist community radio collective. Regardless of her hectic schedule, Copeland continues to forge new paths in sound production and media culture. She is always open to new radio, sound art, film or music projects and helping to grow emerging ideas.
Female Professorship w/ Dr. Nicole Campbell
Dr. Nicole Campbell is a teaching professor of the Interdisciplinary Medical Science (IMS) module at Western University. In this candid interview, she brings light to her experience of being a female professor in the Faculty of Science through talking about her past, her present, and what she hopes to see in the future.
About Dr. Campbell: As previously mentioned, Dr. Campbell is a very well established teaching professor. After completing her PhD, Dr. Campbell worked as an instructor at various institutions teaching courses in physiology, pharmacology, pathophysiology and research methodology. She is responsible for the 4th year capstone medical science courses as well as the co-development and teaching of the 3rd year interdisciplinary lab course.
Javali Poems by Vidya Natarajan
About Vidya: Vidya is an established writer, illustrator, and dancer. Born in Chennai, India, she now lives in London where she teaches Writing at King's University College. Her first novel, No Onions Nor Garlic, was published by Penguin India in 2006, and her second novel, The Undoing Dance, based on the history of dance in South India, was published in December 2018. In-between novels, she worked on two graphic novels --Bhimayana (a.k.a. Ambedkar: The Fight for Justice) , co-authored with S. Anand, and A Gardener in the Wasteland of Caste.
Single Women in Motherhood
Join us as Ann-Marie Ricketts, Executive Director & Founder of the Single Women in Motherhood organization, speaks on how her non-profit offers a variety of positive programs geared to enriching the lives and futures of single mothers.
About Ann-Marie: Raised by a single mother in Toronto, Ann-Marie was a single mother herself for 18 years. Though the idea for S.W.I.M. started on her living room floor, Ann-Marie’s incredible dedication to this organization has helped it to grow and prosper. As a certified life-coach, motivational speaker, and facilitator of Personality Dimensions, she has spent over a decade providing support to single mothers in the London community. In addition to her incredibly impressive resume, Ann-Marie also created a scholarship for single mothers who have achieved remarkable triumphs named the “S.M.A.R.T” Scholarship--providing post-secondary scholarships to deserving moms.
An Interview with Councillor Arielle Kayabaga
Alecia Bryan from Plump Sessions will be interviewing the very first black female London City Councillor Arielle Kayabaga. Tune in to hear Councillor's Kayabaga journey into politics.
About Arielle: Arielle is the representative for Ward 13 in London, Ontario. After completing her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at Carleton University, Arielle gained initial experience in government supporting Members of Parliament through her work in caucus services on Parliament Hill. She entered local government as part of the mentorship program at London’s City Hall and then ran a successful campaign to become a City Councillor. After dealing with unfortunately common issues such as insecure housing, precarious employment, and unfamiliar systems to navigate, she’s become a champion for other newcomers and all London residents, striving to realize equitable and stable futures for their families. Balancing her roles as a single mother, City Councilor, community activist, and passionate city builder, Arielle’s story is one of breaking barriers, overcoming adversity, and defying expectations. She is a shining example of a new type of political and community leader; progressive, unapologetic, and committed to representing marginalized voices in her community.
An Interview w/ Misha Bower
About Misha Bower: Misha is a writer, musician and educational aide based in London. She is the author of a book of short stories titled Music for Uninvited Guests (Cringles, 2012), and recently released a full-length album titled Trying to Have it All (Bruce Trail, 2019).
Live w/ Kill Your Idols
Clara and Nicole from the Radio Western program Kill Your Idols will be bringing the music to All Women's Voices across all genres and feminist manifestos!
Live Mix: Gina & Skye
Join Gina & Skye as they take you on a musical journey featuring an eclectic mix from various female musicians.
Live Mix: All Indigenous Women
From Kim-meh Crawford (Host):
When asked to write about this Indigenous Music segment of All Women's Voices, I was at a loss to find where to start and to stop.
As most people are aware, Missing Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls and the Indigenous Youth Suicide statistics have been in the forefront of Canadian media. It is this SENSELESS LOSS which connects us to the tragedy in Montreal. Women are the givers of life.
The Women of this segment are:
Native American Music Award Winners (NAMA) / Juno Award Winners / Indigenous Music Award Winners (IMA) / Canadian Country Music Award Winners (CCMA) / Manitoba Country Music Award Winners (MCMA)
They are: Singers (including opera) / Songwriters / Mothers / Aunties / Grandmothers / Authors / Entrepreneurs / Speakers / Activists and / Inspirers
They are part of organizations such as: The Inquiry of MMIWG / Indigenous Womens Leadership Summit / The Cradle Board Project / The Sacred Feminine / The International Women in Music Expo / The International Indigenous Music Summit
They stand for: Ending violence against women / revitalization of the matriarch / the Water.
They are the SISTERHOOD
Music Is The Medicine