Rodolpho Pino-Robles


Rodolpho Pino-Robles is a Canadian musician and composer originally from Latin America. He plays the guitar and many string instruments from the region, including charango, quinto and cuatro. His music expresses his mixed ancestry (Southern European and Indigenous). His compositions include incidental music for two (CTV) films and several stage plays, including a one-month touring musical, “Angel of Alagoas”, in July-August 2000.  

Pino-Robles twice won the folk song competition of the Mid-Autumn Chinese Canadian Youth Festival of Toronto (1984 and 1985) with his ensemble. Rodolfo has also opened for renowned performers such as Patricio Manns, Olivia Oñate (Chile), Daniel Viglietti and Alfredo Zitarrosa (Uruguay), and David Camp bell (Guyana-Canada). His CD in 2000, Alegria, was nominated as Best Aboriginal Recording in the 2001 Prairie Music Awards. 

Leah Dorion


Leah Marie Dorion is an interdisciplinary Metis artist raised in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. A teacher, painter, filmmaker and published writer, Leah views her Metis heritage as providing her with a unique bridge for knowledge between all people. Leah holds a Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Arts, and Master of Arts degree.

She has numerous creative projects to her credit, including academic papers for the Royal Commission of Aboriginal Peoples, books for children, gallery showings of her art works, and numerous video documentaries that showcase Metis culture and history. Leah’s paintings honour the spiritual strength of Aboriginal women and the sacred feminine. Leah believes that women play a key role in passing on vital knowledge for all of humanity which is deeply reflected in her artistic practice. She believes women are the first teachers to the next generation.