Leah-Simone Bowen is the co-host and creator of the irreverent history podcast, The Secret Life of Canada. Debuting in August 2017, it rose to the top of the iTunes charts, amassed critical acclaim and millions of downloads. In 2019, it would become the first independently created podcast to be picked up by CBC. The show highlights the people, places and stories that probably didn’t make it into your high school textbook. Along with her co-host host Falen Johnson, Leah explores the unauthorized history of a complicated country. Several of the episodes now have companion study guides created by a team of teachers and are being used in classrooms across the country.
As a writer, her work has been featured in The Canadian Theatre Review, CBC Arts and The National Post. Her plays include The Hallway, and The Flood, which was published by Playwright’s Canada Press. She has been the playwright-in-residence at The Banff Centre, the National Arts Centre and The Stratford Festival of Canada. Over the course of her career, Leah has worked as an educator, a producer, a director and an improviser with Second City Toronto as well as attending many conferences and festivals as a featured speaker and panelist. She holds a B.A. in Theatre and Films studies from the University of Alberta and is currently finishing her M.A. in Theatre & Performance Studies from York University. Continuing her love of history and storytelling, Leah has spent the last five years adapting Scott Joplin’s “Treemonisha”. Published in 1911, the work by the ragtime composer is thought to be the first Black opera ever created. “Treemonisha” will premier at the Washington Centre for the Performing arts in 2022 and then will tour across the United States including performances at New York’s iconic Apollo Theatre. Leah is based in Toronto and is originally from Alberta.
Friday October 22 Conference Day Schedule:
|8:45-10:10||Welcome and KEYNOTE Leah-Simone Bowen|
|10:20-11:20||Session 1 (Speakers/Workshops/Virtual Tours)|
|11:20-12:20||Lunch & AGM (AGM starts at 11:30)|
|12:20-1:20||Session 2 (Speakers/Workshops/Virtual Tours)|
|1:30-2:30||Session 3 (Speakers/Workshops/Virtual Tours)|
|2:35-2:45||Wrap up & Prize Draw|
This year will be a little different from other years. We will be organizing 3 different types of activities during the 3 available sessions. We will have a Speaker Series, a Workshop Series, and Virtual Tour Series for you to choose from. There will be at least one of each style of Session in each of the 3 time slots for you to choose from – so you could attend one of each kind over the course of the day!
The Speakers series focuses on ideas in a TED-talks style presentation.
The Workshop series is interactive and likely to introduce new resources and involve discussions and activities.
The Virtual Tour Series will introduce you to online tours and take you on a a little (virtual) trip!