Visiting Artist Talks & Performances

May 8 | 6:30 – 9:30 PM
The Vessel
171 Great George Street
Charlottetown, PE

this town is small is delighted to welcome artists Lindsay Dobbin and Michelle Sylliboy to present talks and performances about their work.

Michelle Sylliboy will present work from her new book, titled Kiskajeyi- I AM READY which blends her modern poetry, photography, and Mi’kmaq (L’nuk) hieroglyphic poetry.  Lindsay Dobbin will present a performance of improvised, sound-based work.

The performances will feature additional musical accompaniment by local improviser Devon Ross. The event is free to attend and open to the public. Refreshments by Epekwitk Gardens will be served. Please note this venue has stairs. This event is presented through the support of the PEI Culture Action Plan.


Michelle Sylliboy, a L’nuk (Mi’kmaq) artist/author, was raised on unceded territory in We’koqmaq Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. She gathers much of her inspiration from personal tales, the environment, and her L’nuk culture. PhD Candidate, Michelle is working on her Philosophy of Education Doctorate Degree fieldwork where she will combine her artistic background and education by creating a L’nuk Komqwejwi’kasikl (Hieroglyphic) curriculum with L’nuk Elders.

Lindsay Dobbin is a Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) – Acadian – Irish water protector, artist, musician, curator and educator who lives and works on the Bay of Fundy in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of Lnu’k (Mi’kmaq). Born in and belonging to the Kennebecasis River Valley, the traditional territory of the Wəlastəkwiyik, Mi’kmaq and Passamaquoddy, Dobbin has lived throughout Wabanaki as well as the Yukon in Kwanlin Dün territory. Dobbin’s relational and place-responsive practice includes music, sound art, performance, sculpture, installation, social practices and writing, and is invested in Indigenous epistemologies and cultural practices, such as drumming. Through placing listening, collaboration and improvisation at the
centre of the creative process, Dobbin’s practice explores the connection between the environment and the body, and engages in a sensorial intimacy with the living land and water.

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