Have you listened to This Place?
The 10-episode podcast, adapted from the bestselling graphic novel anthology of the same name, launched this summer and now you can listen to the entire series on CBC Listen or wherever you get your podcasts.
Hosted by Rosanna Deerchild, This Place tells 150 years of Canadian history through Indigenous stories, music and more. It features Indigenous creators — including David. A Robertson, Richard Van Camp, Katherena Vermette and Brandon Mitchell — and incorporates elements of fantasy and magical realism to examine Canadian history from Confederation to now.
To bring the characters to life, 22 Indigenous actors from across the country were cast.
Here are the people behind the voices you’ll hear in This Place.
PJ Prudat is a Métis Cree actor, playwright and poet from Meadow Lake, Sask., Treaty 6 Territory. She has been a company actor for the National Arts Centre and the Shaw Festival, and has performed in many Indigenous-led productions across the country. Prudat was the recipient of the 2017 Reveal Indigenous Art Award.
She voiced Annie Bannatyne in Annie of Red River.
Chris Mejaki is an emerging actor from Wikwemikong Unceded First Nation. He grew up in Peterborough, Ont., and studied at the Centre for Indigenous Theatre in Toronto in 2015 and the National Theatre School in 2018. His recent credits include Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society’s dance drama Okotoks and the play Vimy, a production of the Western Canada Theatre.
Sheldon Elter is a Métis actor and writer from Peace River, Alta. His theatre credits include One Little Indian Productions’s Metis Mutt, the Belfry Theatre’s Ministry of Grace and Crazy for You, a co-production of Citadel Theatre and Theatre Calgary.
He co-created and starred in the 2016 comedy TV series Delmer & Marta.
Elter voiced Andrew in Annie of Red River.
Kevin Loring is an actor, playwright and director. He is a member of the Nlaka’pamux Nation from the Lytton First Nation in British Columbia. His first play, Where the Blood Mixes, won the 2009 Governor General’s Literary Award for drama. Loring is the founding Artistic Director of Savage Society, a not-for-profit production company that tells Indigenous stories using contemporary mediums.
James Dallas Smith
James Dallas Smith is a Six Nations Mohawk actor, writer and musician who has been performing for over 20 years. He acted in the OMNI TV series Metropia and some of his theatre credits include Soulpepper’s The Government Inspector and This is How We Got Here from Native Earth Performing Arts.
Dallas Smith was the voice of Wamish in Tilted Ground, Ninaabem and Norman Rae in Red Clouds, the radio reporter in Peggy, Frank T’Seleie in Like a Razor Slash and the Chief in Migwite’tmeg: We Remember It.
David DeLeary is an Ojibway composer, producer and performer from the Walpole Island First Nation Reserve in southern Ontario. He has worked on everything from alternative rock productions to theatrical sound design and television scoring.
Darla Contois is a Cree playwright and actor from Grand Rapids Cree Nation in Manitoba. Her debut play, White Man’s Indian, follows a teenage girl from the reserve, who is forced to live with her estranged father in the big city after her mother dies. Contois was the recipient of the Summerworks 2017 Emerging Artist Award presented by The Theatre Centre.
She voiced Wahsakapeequay in Red Clouds.
Marcel Petit is a playwright, filmmaker and actor from Saskatoon. He has worked on short dramas to feature documentaries. His recent theatre work includes Live Five’s production of Salt Baby, Centaur Theatre’s Reckoning and Dancing Sky Theatre’s Blow Wind. Petit is currently the executive director of Core Neighbourhood Youth Co-op, a youth centre in Saskatoon.
Joyce Delaronde is a writer, director and actor originally from Duck Bay, Man. She is the creator of The Skinny Kookoo Comedy Sketch Show, which played at the 2020 Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival. Delaronde is a member of the Winnipeg Indigenous Filmmaker Collective and a coordinator for the annual Indigenous Film Summit.
Annabella Piugattuk is an actor from Igloolik, Nunavut. She performed in The Snow Walker directed by Charles Martin Smith, Steven Spielberg’s miniseries Into The West and The Hunt, from Jordan Tannahill. Piugattuk is the host Alianait Festival, Iqaluit’s annual music festival, and she most recently hosted the first online pandemic edition.
She was the voice of Ruth, the witch and Aasivak in Rosie.
Reneltta Arluk is the director of Indigenous Arts at the Banff Centre. From a young age, Arluk knew she wanted to tell Indigenous stories from an Indigenous perspective. This led her to the Centre for Indigenous Theatre in Toronto when she was just 19 and then onto the University of Alberta, where she became the first Indigenous woman to graduate from their BFA acting program.
Lucas Wade is an actor, producer and musician.
Lisa Cooke Ravensbergen
Lisa Cooke Ravensbergen is an Ojibwe Swampy Cree and English Irish descent theatre artist based in Vancouver. Her work is rooted in Indigenous protocol, ontologies and decolonial methodologies. She is an associate artist with Full Circle: First Nations Performance and playwright-in-residence with Delinquent Theatre.
Sarah Ellis Fox
Sarah Ellis Fox is a Métis audio…