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OBORO, 2014 Having traveled across Canada thirty times by car, thumb, motorcycle, bus, train, or plane, Janet Lumb delights in the discovery to go beyond in creation and expression within the boundaries and challenges of Canada’s geography. Her fascination is e-connecting artists, communities and people in a real way. OBORO

Excerpt from the Event Setter 2012 VIDEOCONFERENCING “Reaching-out” …After the success experienced last year, Festival Accès Asie is proud to host once again a new edition of the video conference ‘Reaching out’ in which representatives from the Canadian Asian Heritage Month will interact through performances. As last year, the project of Janet Lumb, co-founder and artistic director of Festival Accès Asie, is to enable encounters between different Canadian cities eager to present the talents… Acces Asie Reaching Out

Excerpt from West End Times 2012 …Following the success experienced in 2011, Festival Accès Asie is proud to host once again a new edition of the video conference “Reaching out.” In it, representatives from the Canadian Asian Heritage Month will interact through performances. Janet Lumb, co-founder and artistic director of Festival Accès Asie, enables encounters between audiences in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. Through cyber-technology, the public and artists attending to the videoconferencing in these different cities will be able to interact through live performances and discussions. ‘Reaching out’ continues the Festival’s objective to create and meet, despite the distances. Inspired to defy Canada’s geographic boundaries, Lumb brings artists, audiences and communities together from across the country… Beijing Opera at McGill University article written by John Symon

Excerpt from McGill Daily 2011 …On March 26, a panel discussion titled “Too Asian? And Beyond: Stereotypes and Representation of Asian North Americans in the Media” was held as part of the Equity and the Media Conference. The conference was co-hosted by the Equity Committees of SSMU and PGSS. The panel was held amidst nationwide condemnation of Maclean’s November 2010 “Too Asian?” article, which addressed the increased enrolment of Asian students in Canadian universities.  Ed Lee, a coordinator and panelist of the “Too Asian? And Beyond” discussion, said the panel “was a good way to start a conversation and a dialogue around the issues,” and to raise awareness. Following the publication of the “Too Asian?” article in November, groups from across the country formed the Community Coalition for the Elimination of Anti-Asian Racism, and drafted an open letter to the magazine asking for a public apology…. Eric Wen Article of Too Asian

Excerpt from the Montreal Serai e-zine 2007… Interview with Janet Lumb – musician, composer Q.   You are a musician, a sax player, film composer and activist. How do you combine all this? A.   They are all for me integrated. I was always someone who was not content enough to do just one thing. Even when I was working as a child care worker, I was playing in bands at night, going to demonstrations on the weekend. There was always this drive to pursue several different things at the same time… Interview by Susan Dubrofsky

Excerpt from Festival International de Musiciennes Innovatrices program booklet, Montreal, Quebec 1988… UNNATURAL ACTS: a musical clowning, a satire with many acts, the meeting of JANET LUMB and ALISA PALMER. LUMB, a talented multi-instrumentalist whose performing strength has been much appreciated from Montreal all the way to Vancouver and who was last seen in the group Mat’Chum. PALMER, an actress with classical clown training, was a member of Hysterical Women. Her caustic sense of humour reminds us of a Sheila Gostick. UNNATURAL ACTS, a musical commentary on issues affecting our community and our personal lives addresses itself to issues such as sexism and racism. UNNATURAL ACTS was created for the « Feminism and Art Conference » that took place last year in Toronto. A tour across Canada is planned for next summer…

Persisters: positive female images by Janie Newton-Moss Excerpt from Georgia Strait, Vancouver, B.C. 1983… Rock music, like any musical form, is not inherently sexist. What makes it sexist more often than not is the exclusion of women from its production. For the majority of us growing up in the 60’s and early 70’s, fantasies about performing in a rock band were quickly obliterated when it became apparent that our role was to be “consumers” not “producers” of rock music. Like it or not, we had to content ourselves watching brothers and boyfriends experiment in garages or basements and listening endlessly to the radio. Indeed, if we had felt comfortable in that other role, who would we have imitated? The Supremes?…too sophisticated. The Mamas and the Papas?…only half of them were women. Fanny?…few of us ever knew of their existence. The only women instrumentalists playing rock music up until the mid 70’s were either tucked away in mixed bands or working solo. Women of 25 plus will not be able to look back to their adolescence and talk about their five favourite women rock bands, but next generation…! The Persisters, like other women’s bands, by choosing to play electric instruments and by careful selection of material, are able to give the high energy of the rock medium a non-sexist character… The members of the Persisters are Janet Lumb (saxes), Wendy Solloway (bass guitar), Jorie Cedroff (drums), Doreen Allen (guitar), and Mona Arens (keyboard).


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