Boyle Street ARTS*NIGHTs featuring WORD*LAB

Boyle Street ARTS*NIGHTs at CO*LAB celebrate all the great talent our city has to offer. Featuring different musicians and artists each month, this event brings live performance, new media, and exhibition into our central communities, and also encourages community participation through an open stage and arts and craft activities!


Dwennimmen (HOST)

Amiskwaciwâskahikan (Edmonton – Treaty 6) born poet and spoken word artist Shima Robinson embodies, with every poem, the ancient meaning of her chosen pen name. Dwennimmen is the name of an ancient African Adinkra symbol, which means strength, humility, learning and wisdom. It is no surprise, then, that this veteran of the Alberta poetry community uses a searing intellect and dynamic precision-of-language to create poetry which ushers her readers and listeners toward greater understanding and poignant reflection. For Dwennimmen, poetry has long been a compass, a salve, an anchor and guiding light. She uses the potential and force of poetry to uncover the full range of her cerebral, linguistic and spiritual fortitude. This is why her every poem and performance testifies to an emerging power and wisdom, an authentic, deeply human potency which she hopes to pass on to listeners and poetry-lovers around the world.

Cassia Hardy (LIVE MUSIC)

Cassia Hardy is a loudish musician and songwriter from amiskwaciwâskahikan. As the singer/guitarist for the rock band Wares, she has performed at festivals and clubs across north Turtle Island, sharing the stage with Ezra Furman, US Girls, and Cloud Nothings, among others. Her music is voltage controlled, dreamy and deliberate, not raw but worked to a fine point.


Laurie MacFayden is an award-winning writer, visual artist and journalist who has lived in Edmonton since 1984. In addition to three books of poetry published by Frontenac House, her work has appeared in Alberta Views, The New Quarterly, FreeFall, and DailyHaiki I, A Daily Shot of Zen; and been performed in Edmonton’s Loud & Queer Cabaret, the Skirts Afire festival, Calgary’s Q the Arts cultural festival and the Edmonton Poetry Festival. Her short story Haircut won the Howard O’Hagan prize at the 2017 Writers Guild of Alberta literary awards. Her debut poetry collection, White Shirt, was a Lambda Literary Awards finalist.

She was recently featured in She, The River, a film showcasing multigenerational writers whose work speaks to women’s identity, culture and resilience.
Visual arts exhibition highlights include Fighting Normal, a multi-discipline installation with Amy Willans exploring the stigma of mental illness (CARFAC Alberta Gallery); and The Poetry of Water (Kaasa Gallery, Jubilee Auditorium, Edmonton).

Thank you to our past performers

Can’t make it or just feeling like staying home? No problem! You can watch CO*LAB PROGRAMMING online!