James O’Callaghan is a quickly emerging composer and sound artist from Vancouver, praised for his "real orchestral imagination" and "highly refined sense of colour." (Vancouver Sun) His music, equally concentrated in acoustic and electroacoustic idioms, attempts to preserve a connection with real-world sound identities and social justice. Added to this are diverse interests influenced by spectralism, musique concrète and Soviet cinematic montage. He is has received several commissions as a composer, sound designer and performer for dance, film and theatre work. His concert music has been performed across Canada, the USA, New Zealand and Japan, and his musical research has been published and presented internationally. He received his bachelors of music composition from Simon Fraser University in 2010 and in the fall he will be beginning his graduate studies at McGill University in Montréal.
Shannon Rayne is a Winnipeg writer and performer that has called Vancouver her home for the past four years. Her poetry has been presented with contemporary dance, music and art installations and she has performed at poetry & art festivals across Canada including the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word and Under the Volcano Festival. Her poems have recently appeared in the Feathertale Review, Filling Station and Poetry is Dead and she is currently working on two book length poetry manuscripts; Coffee Stained Poetry and Dirty.