A Zoey Roy live performance wouldn’t lead you to think this poised, charming master’s student was once an angry and defiant teenager who left home and lived on the streets. Her demeanour belies her tough and storied background while her words address them in a direct, powerful and poetic way that brings to mind a young Shane Koyczan.
Hip hop and spoken word were the creative release for this Cree-Dene-Métis poet, community-based educator, community engagement consultant, author, filmmaker and social entrepreneur to express emotions. Zoey reinvented her own life and has since used her unique insights to transform lives of others and challenge those around her — including her community’s leaders — to shift their thinking and eliminate barriers. Her creative reconciliation is exemplified in work with the National Arts Centre’s Music Alive Program in Saskatchewan where she collaborated with 75 classrooms to produce collective stories. Her passion, experience and knowledge in storytelling, artistic expression and community engagement provide children and youth with a platform to heal holistically and communicate authentically. Her words and raps will blow your minds and worlds open.
Biography by Kerry Clarke