Artist Statement

My artistry is deliberately chimeric. As an improviser, I playfully transport audiences to either safer or more dangerous versions of the world. I delight in afro futurism, embodying empowered Black excellence. In musical improvisation, my baritone voice soothes even as I challenge societal norms. 

As an evocative writer and storyteller, I seek to heal myself and my communities from the trauma of white supremacy. My work seeks to be insightful and open to the insights of my audiences. This inclusive sharing is profoundly cathartic, unflinching and gratifying. 

Velvet Wells

Land and waterways acknowledgment

While we are connecting virtually, I grew up in Tkaronto, the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishinaabe, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples. It is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

I acknowledge that my people were settled here. And I am still processing that information.

Hold space for me as a Black, queer, autistic, hard of hearing and seeing person. Join me as I educate myself. Join me in decolonizing our vocabulary; reframing our lives and art.

It is not enough to recognize the past and continued genocide, injustice and mistreatment of Indigenous and Black people; that the pandemic, climate change and violence continue to disproportionately affect Indigenous and Black people.

More of us need to move beyond acknowledging.

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