If you are looking to go a little deeper and get some core values added to your school residency, Spectrum Collective is for you. We are a 100% Calgary grown, grass-roots, locally owned and operated residency company that includes the perspective of Indigenous People and settlers of Treaty 7.
We can adapt to any learning goals or challenges your school may be experiencing in a FUN and EFFECTIVE way. Camaraderie means the world to us: we provide support materials before, during and after the experience, to fully engage with your teaching staff in a good way! We are community builders, and can increase social harmony as well as academic excellence in your school over time. Our residencies go beyond memorizing choreography, we illuminate the inner artist in each teacher and student we interact with, promoting a lifetime of healthy arts practice!
Our Executive Team
A multidisciplinary artist with a focus on dance and design. In 2018 Payton graduated with a Bachelor of Communications in Information Design. She uses her art forms to bring awareness to social issues with understandable visuals to achieve clarity when teaching complex subject matter.
As part of team Kistoonon (us in Blackfoot), Payton alongside education student and activist Sierra Shade uses design and speech to bring awareness to the Canadian crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women (MMIW) in Canada. Kistoonon’s national award winning presentation “A System of Perpetual Violence, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in Canada” has been presented locally at art shows and the Map the System academic competition, the team has brought awareness to MMIW in Toronto at Ryerson University and has gone as far as Oxford, UK to present at Oxford University - focusing on the colonial roots of MMIW. Through Spectrum Collective we are adapting this presentation to be suitable for grades 7-12.
As a dancer Payton is an active member of the Calgary dance scene performing in numerous local shows. She has trained in various styles of dance since 2001 including jazz, tap, ballet, pointe, contemporary, lyrical, acrobatics, aerial hammock, aerial hoop, silks, hip-hop, and breakdancing. Payton trains and teaches in multiple styles through Strut Fitness and Dance With France. She is very excited to be developing and teaching dance curriculum that ties into other areas of learning.
Chantal is a Cree Ojibwe Métis Singer, Drummer, Artist, Storyteller, Actor, Educator, Workshop Facilitator, Social Justice Advocate and Activist with roots in Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, Saskatchewan. She shares Traditional Indigenous Songs, Stories, Culture, History, Arts, Crafts and Teachings. Chantal has presented at conferences, conventions, galas, fundraisers, community, social justice events and in classrooms from preschool through university. She has performed at the National Music Centre, SaddleDome, Jubilee Auditorium, Jack Singer Concert Hall, and many other stages showcasing Traditional and Contemporary Aboriginal Music, as well as Modern Music in Collaboration with various Bands and Artists. Chantal aims to entertain, engage, enlighten, educate, and inspire everyone she meets.
A single mother of two boys, she understands societal struggle first hand. Chantal has been an activist, advocate for her community, professional performer and a staunch crusader for causes close to her heart. She is active within many social justice causes, including Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women (MMIW), Women’s Rights, and Environmental Initiatives. She regularly organizes events and shares, singing, drumming, speaking, presenting, and teaching within the community, with a focus on building allies and alliances.
Chantal Chagnon is passionate about building awareness and sharing understanding of Aboriginal culture, spirituality, social justice and political issues. She creates opportunities for cooperation, education, and empowerment everywhere she can.
Chantal recognizes sharing culture and building community is an integral part of building bridges of understanding and acceptance. Chantal is a compassionate woman, who believes that a healthier, fairer, more sustainable Canada is possible as we make decisions for future generations to come.
Poet, rapper, musician, visual artist, theatre performer, writer, yoga instructor and community educator who got her start as a university student in Mexico, where she made an impact with her outspoken nature on television and radio using freestyle rap in English and Spanish to deliver messages of youth empowerment, women's rights, respect for all sexual orientations, and environmental consciousness. Rebecca holds Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Calgary in Archaeology, and Latin American Studies; as well as a Masters degree in Environmental Science from Universidad Autónoma de Campeche, in south Mexico. Her mission is to share the knowledge she has gained with her peers and the youth.
Rebecca moved to Calgary in 2011 and quickly became known as Calgary’s first female freestyle battle rapper, winning multiple battles in her first year. Rebecca is currently a studio-recording and live performance artist, with a musical style characterized by world fusion rhythms, Neo-soul melodies, and uplifting Hip Hop lyricism. This year Rebecca launched New Dawn Chakra Art - visual aids for meditation using sacred geometry and eco-friendly, sugar-based spray paint. Rebecca teaches urban arts workshops to youth in Calgary and around the world. Rebecca has worked as an entertainer and educator across Canada (Alberta, B.C., Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Ontario) and in Australia, Laos, Mexico and Nicaragua. Her love for travel and the diverse cultures of the world have been a major driving factor in her music, visual and performing arts.