The Boreality Team

Katherine M. Bitney (writer)
Katherine Bitney is the author of three critically acclaimed books of poetry: While You Were Out (Turnstone Press, 1981), Heart and Stone (Turnstone Press, 1989) and Singing Bone (The Muses' Company, 1997), and is currently working on a fourth collection of poems. With Andris Taskans, she co-edited A/Cross Sections (MWG, 2007). She has worked as an editor, mentor, and creative writing instructor, as well as arts juror and creative director for literary events for over 30 years in Manitoba.

Ken Gregory (soundscape artist)
Winnipeg artist Ken Gregory has been working with DIY hardware hacking, audio, video, installation and computer programming for over 15 years. His performance and installation work has shown publicly in Winnipeg, other parts of Canada and many international venues.

Anything can be part of Gregory's palette, and by using cut-and-paste techniques, random juxtapositions and careful manipulations, he crafts unique art works. These works are presented in the form of gallery installations and live performances. Recent career highlights are the acquisition of 12 motor bells, a large sound installation, by the National Gallery of Canada, and the solo survey exhibition Cheap Meat Dreams and Acorns at Plug ICA Winnipeg, which toured to the Art Gallery of Windsor in Windsor, Ontario, the Confederation Centre in Charlottetown, PEI and the Hamilton Art Centre in Hamilton, Ontario. His audio practice extends to sound design work for independent film, video art, performance art and contemporary dance.

Mandy Malazdrewich (photographer)
Mandy Malazdrewich is a Winnipeg photographer and printer. After completing an honours degree in English literature (University of Winnipeg), she realized that her language is photography. In 2005 she graduated with a technical diploma from Prairie View School of Photography. She has continued to develop her technical practices as photographer and black and white printer, while also focusing on growing as a visual artist. Her past photographic work has centred on portraits. Whether her subjects are entirely still or moving quickly across a stage, Mandy seeks to record a sense of the complexity of each person she photographs. Interested in documenting people in their landscapes, Mandy believes that we are deeply influenced by our surroundings and seeks to reveal these intimate connections in her images.

Mandy is particularly excited to be a part of the Boreality project for the chance to further explore her interest in the ways we connect with our environment and yet are often ignorant of the influence we have on our environment, and the effect our environment has on us.   

Sid Robinovitch (composer)
A native of Manitoba, Sid Robinovitch taught social sciences at York University in Toronto but now devotes himself to music composition. He lives in Winnipeg, where he works as a composer and teacher.

Having written for a wide variety of instrumental and vocal resources, Robinovitch has received commissions from performers such as the Elmer Iseler Singers, the Canadian Piano Trio and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. His works have been frequently broadcast on CBC Radio, including original pieces based on folktales from around the world. In 1990 his Sons of Jacob for violin and piano was nominated for a Juno Award as best classical composition, and in 1991 his Adieu Babylon was the commissioned work at the Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition.

While many of Robinovitch's works are rooted in traditional or folk material, they often have a distinctly contemporary flavour as well. Dreaming Lolita, for example, is a dramatic retelling in poetic form of the famous Nabokov novel, and in Psalms of Experience the choral textures are infused with elements of Balinese music and rhythmic chanting.

In addition to his concert works, Robinovitch has written music for film, radio and TV, where he is probably best known for his theme for CBC-TV's satirical comedy series The Newsroom.

Klezmer Suite, a CD devoted entirely to his music performed by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Bramwell Tovey, received a Prairie Music Award for outstanding classical recording in 2002. His latest CD, Sefarad, features his music for the guitar and was released on the Marquis Classics label in 2008.

Janine Tschuncky (project coordinator)
Janine Tschuncky was born in Switzerland and moved to Bissett, Manitoba when she was eight years old. After the mine closed a year later, her family moved away, only to return after eight years. Janine lived in Bissett for two years as a teenager, and for another year right after her mother died in 1980. Although she has lived in Winnipeg since 1981, she still thinks of the boreal forest in the Bissett area as the closest thing to home.

For just over seven years Janine has been working for Prairie Fire Press, Inc., the last two as managing editor. For the preceding seven years, she was the managing editor for Contemporary Verse 2. Janine is a writer, whole foods cook and educator, and practices Hawaiian Huna Kane and other healing methods. She has worked as part of a team to create and teach personal growth and whole foods cooking classes in Hawaii, Manitoba and Ontario. Her work has been published in various journals and she is the author of Queen of Rice Lake, a series of fictional stories set in the Bissett area, published in chapbook form.