This page, like others in this site, is a work in progress. It will identify arts festivals and many of the performing and other non-literary artists who are active in the Toronto and greater Canadian arts scene. Each section (Dance, Film & Video, Fine Arts, Music, Theatre) will eventually consist of two parts, the first identifying the artist or festival with one or two Internet links, and the second identifying select resources in the artistic field from the Ryerson University Library.
Battery Opera of Vancouver website and artistic director Lee Su-Feh
Directory-type information, news and events for many Asian-Canadian dance companies, dancers, and choreographers in Ontario may be available via the Dance Ontario website.
Michael CALDWELL, dancer, choreographer and teacher, discusses exploring his ancestry in dance as told by Chris Dupuis in dailyXtra. Profile from Duskdances website 2013.
Peter CHIN, profile and interview with Lalitha Venkat in Narthaki Online, a website devoted to Indian dance. He is artistic director and founder in 1999 of the interdisciplinary performing arts company TRIBAL CRACKLING WIND — website
Joanna DE SOUZA, Canadian born kathak dancer, choreographer and artistic director of Chhandam Dance Company – profile
Naoya EBE is a member of the Corps de Ballet, National Ballet of Canada — brief biography from the NBC website
Denise FUJIWARA, artistic director of Fujiwara Dance Inventions — biographical sketch
Chan Hon GOH, former principal dancer with the National Ballet of Canada
D. GUNASEELAN and the Gunaseelan Dance Company, and, the Samarpana Dance Academy, both in Toronto, Ontario
Keichi HIRANO, first soloist with the National Ballet of Canada — profile from the NBC website
Juri HIRAOKA, corps de ballet member of the National Ballet of Canada, profile
Hong Kong Exile of Vancouver and its three principals: Milton LIM (theatre director), Remy SIU (composer), and, Natalie Tin Yin GAN (performance and choreography)
Janak KHENDRY and the Janak Khendry Dance Company, Toronto, Ontario — website
Hari KRISHNAN, artistic director of InDANCE — Wesleyan University Dance Dept. where he has served as an artist in residence and offered a master class in the spring of 2009 and is now an assistant professor of dance. Krishnan is artistic director of the inDANCE a Toronto-based South Asian dance company established in 1999.
KOREAN DANCE STUDIES SOCIETY OF CANADA — website
Bhavajan KUMAR, Canadian born Bharatanatyam dancer profile from thiraseela.com
Susan LEE. A member of the Kaeja d’Dance Company since 1997, Lee is an accomplished dancer and choreographer with more than twenty years experience working in Canada, the United States and Europe. In 2010 she received her MFA in Dance from York University. brief profile from the York University website
LITTLE PEAR GARDEN COLLECTIVE, Toronto’s Chinese traditional and contemporary dance company, was founded in 1994 by William Lau. Emily Cheung is the new artistic director, as noted on the collective’s website viewed January 21, 2008.
Stacey Shiori MINAGAWA, first soloist with the National Ballet of Canada — profile from the NBC website
Shino MORI, corps de ballet member of the National Ballet of Canada, profile
Yvonne NG, artistic director of Princess Productions — website
Rena SINGHA, instructor at The Kathak Institute, Toronto, Ontario — profile by Small, Holly. “1970s Trailblazers of South Asian Dance” in Local Heroes. Electronic document available from the Dance Umbrella of Ontario Network website
Roger SINHA and Sinha Danse of Montreal, Quebec — website
Menaka THAKKAR — profile by Small, Holly. “1970s Trailblazers of South Asian Dance” in Local Heroes. Electronic document available from the Dance Umbrella of Ontario Network website
— images of the Menaka Thakkar Dance Company in 2002
Nan WANG, corps de ballet member of the National Ballet of Canada
Xiao Nan YU, principal dancer with the National Ballet of Canada
Dance — Select Ryerson Library Resources
Kaeja d’Dance (Dance Company): Streaming video
Five Dance Films about Place. Oregon, WI: ArtWorks Video, 2006. (Restricted to Ryerson community) Catalogue record
Kaeja d’Dance. Oregon, WI: ArtWorks Video, 2006? (Restricted to Ryerson community) Catalogue record
Film, Video and Television
Asian Canadian Film and Videos, a List, from the Asian.ca website
Romeo CANDIDO, Canadian born Filipino writer, director, musician. Winner of the the Asian Canadian Artists Fund 2004 for Film and Video for his film Rolling Longaniza.
Yung CHANG is a Montreal-based filmmaker and graduate of Concordia University’s film school. Read about his first documentary Earth to Mouth about the Wing Fong Farm near Newcastle, Ontario where Asian vegetables are grown.
Annie Onyi CHEUNG is a Toronto-based videographer and performance artist. Her website includes samples of her work. Her first solo exhibitions (fall 2009) was held at the Fleischman Gallery in Toronto.
Richard FUNG is a Toronto based videographer/filmmaker and gay activist from Trinidad. Artist profile and video available from the Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art website
Ali KAZIMI is an independent documentary filmmaker. He was born and raised in India and now is based in Toronto where he is an associate professor and Chair of the Department of Cinema & Media Arts at York University. View his personal website
Paul LEE – his third film, The Offering
Deepa MEHTA – biography, filmography and brief bibliography from Emory University’s Postcolonial Studies website
Richie MEHTA – Brampton, Ontario-based writer and director of videos such as Amal and Systems of Units. Information on Mehta and his works, including video clips and stills, is available from Poor Man’s Productions Ltd. website. Amal, based on a short story by Mehta’s brother Shaun, was redeveloped into a feature film. His new feature film Siddharth was first screened in 2013.
Eisha MARJARA – see a photogallery from her film Desperately Seeking Helen from the NFB (National Film Board of Canada) website
Ruba NADDA – Montreal-born, Toronto-based daughter of a Palestinian mother and Syrian father is best known as a filmmaker but also has published short stories, brief biography from IMBD database
Kim NGUYEN – Montreal-based director and screenwriter has a Vietnamese father and Quebecoise mother; entry from the IMBD database. His fourth feature length film, Rebelle (War Witch) was nominated for an Oscar at the 2013 Academy Awards, and won ten awards at the inaugural 2013 Canadian Screen Awards, including best picture, and best director (Nguyen).
Dora NIPP – read about her film Under the Willow Tree: Pioneer Chinese Women in Canada from the NFB website.
Linda OHAMA has a long career as a visual artist, art educator, and more recently film director and producer. In Obachan’s Garden, she tells the story of her grandmother, Asayo Murakami, who immigrated to Canada from Japan in 1923.
Jari OSBORNE. Sleeping Tigers: The Asahi Baseball Story is director Osborne’s NFB documentary about a pre-WWII Japanese-Canadian baseball team in Vancouver. Unwanted Soldiers is her award winning documentary about the secret exploits of her father and his colleagues as Chinese-Canadian soldiers behind enemy lines in Southeast Asia during WWII. Find out more from the NFB website.
Meiko OUCHI is an actor with Japanese- and Celtic-Canadian roots. Shepherd’s Pie and Sushi is described by the NFB as part Japanese-Canadian history and part autobiography and family chronicle. OUCHI is also a playwright, musician, and filmmaker. List of films from the Film and Video Arts Society of Alberta website. Profile from Asian Heritage Month in Edmonton website. View the Ouchi author page, part of this website.
Nisha PAHUJA made her directorial debut with the documentary Bollywood Bound, about four young Canadians seeking fame in the Indian movie industry. Pahuja is an independent documentary filmmaker. View a brief biography from the Canadian Film Centre website
Sylvia SAFDIE was born in Lebanon and now lives in Montreal. Artist profile and two videos are available from the Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art website. Lewis, Eric. Video Art of Sylvia Safdie. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2013.
Ann SHIN is an award winning filmmaker, writer, and radio producer. Her film Western Eyes examines the desire by two women of Asian descent to undergo plastic surgery. Find out more from the NFB website.
Pierre SIDAOUI -This Montreal-based Lebanese immigrant has directed an autobiographical film A Scent of Mint; read more from the NFB website
Atif SIDDIQI – Born in Pakistan, this Montreal-based performance artist, filmmaker and fashion designer recently directed another autobiographical film Solo with the National Film Board
Mina SHUM filmmaker, writer, director. Visit her personal website.
Yoko TAKASHIMA, video/sound artist.
Sanjay TALREJA is an Ontario filmmaker of Indian heritage. Cricket … and the Meaning of Life documents a group of Toronto cricket players.
Ho TAM, Hong Kong-born artist and videographer now teaches in Victoria, B.C. Visit his personal website
Shui-Bo WANG. Artist and filmmaker. His visual autobiography Sunrise Over Tiananmen Square won a number of awards. Find out more via the NFB website. View the summary of an exhibition catalogue by Marnie Fleming, et al., Oakville Galleries.
Paul WONG, video artist born in Prince Rupert, B.C. and now residing in Vancouver; profile and four videos from the Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art website. In March 2005, Wong was named one of eight recipients of the sixth annual Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts.
Liu Hao XUE and Tony Ianzelo directed The First Emperor of China, the story of Qin Shihuang who declared himself emperor of all China in 221 BC. Find out more from the NFB website.
Film, Video and Television– Select Ryerson Library Resources
Reel Asian: Asian Canada on Screen, ed. Elaine Chang. Toronto: Coach House Books and the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, 2007.
PN1993.5 .C3 R44 2007
Atom EGOYAN – Feature Films:
Exotica. Producers, Camelia Frieberg and Atom Egoyan. 103 min. Ego Film Arts, 1995. Videocassette.
Audio-Visual PN1997 .E962 1995
Atom EGOYAN – About:
Egoyan, Atom. Exotica. Toronto: Coach House Press, 1995.
PN1997 E96 1995
Romney, Jonathan. Atom Egoyan. London: BFI Pub., 2003.
PN1998.3 .E334 R6 2003
Richard FUNG – Videos:
Orientations: Lesbian & Gay Asians. Produced and directed by Richard Fung. 56 min. Richard Fung, 1984. Videocassette.
Audio visual HQ76.3 .C22 O57 1984
Out of the Blue. Produced and directed by Richard Fung. 28 min. Fungus Productions, 1991. Videocassette.
Audio visual HV7315 .O6 O97 1991
Richard FUNG – About:
Cho, Lily. “Underwater Signposts: Richard Fung’s Islands and Enabling Nostalgia.” In Cultural Grammars of Nation, Diaspora, and Indigeneity in Canada, eds. Christine Kim, Sophie McCall, and Melina Baum Singer. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2012, 191-205.
Richard FUNG – About:
Francis, Margot. “Things Not Named: Bachelors, Dirty Laundry, and the Canadian Pacific Railway.” In her Creative Subversions: Whiteness, Indigeneity, and the National Imaginary. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2011, 59-94.
FC97 .F725 2011
Richard FUNG – About:
Lee, Helen, and Kerri Sakamoto, eds. Like Mangoes in July: The Work of Richard Fung. Toronto: Insomniac Press, 2002.
N6549 .F85 L53 2002
Richard FUNG – About:
Muñoz, José. “The Autoethnographic Performance: Reading Richard Fung’s Queer Hybridity.” In Queer Screen: A Reader, ed. by Jackie Stacey and Sarah Street, -180. London: Routledge, 2007.
PN1995.9 .H55 Q47 2007
Richard FUNG – About:
Pidduck, Julianne. “New Queer Cinema and Experimental Video.” In New Queer Cinema: A Critical Reader, ed. Michele Aaron, 80-97. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2004.
PN1995.9 .H55 N48 2004b
Richard FUNG – About:
Waugh, Thomas. “Good Clean Fung.” In Screening Asian Americas, ed. Peter X. Feng, 243-252. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, 2002.
PN1995.9 .A77 S79 2002
Richard FUNG – Exhibition Catalogue:
Fung, Richard. Richard Fung: Landscapes. Hamilton, ON: McMaster Museum of Art, 2008. (Exhibition was held 20 Nov. 2008-17 Jan. 2009)
ND249 .F86 A4 2008
Srinivas KRISHNA – DVD
Masala. Written and directed by Srinivas Krishna. 1991. Montreal: Alliance Atlantis, 2004.
Audio visual PN1997 .M385 2004
Paul WONG – About:
Gagnon, Monika Kin. “Go On, Push My Discursive Limits: The Ambivalence of Paul Wong’s Video Works.” In Other Conundrums: Race, Culture, and Canadian Art, 164-174. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2000.
N6549.3 .G34 2000
Diyan ACHJADI is based in Vancouver. She was co-featured in an exhibit entitled Sugar Bombs at the Kamloops Art Gallery and the Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon.
Canadian Artists of Arab Origin Virtual Exhibition from the Canadian Museum of Civilization. Created in conjunction with an exhibit called: The Lands Within Me: Expressions by Canadian Artists of Arab Origin.
CENTRE A : Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
Harvey CHAN, illustrator, graphic artist and educator; personal website
Kai CHAN, Toronto-based jeweler and multi-media artist; profile from the Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art website
Aries CHEUNG, illustrator, visual artist, graphic designer and performer: personal homepage
David CHEUNG, Toronto-based artist whose work includes painting, installations and performance art; profile from the Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art website
Ying-Yueh CHUANG, Taiwan-born, Toronto based ceramist, profile from the Artists Registry of the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, hosted by the Collections Canada website
Sarindar DHALIWAL, Toronto-based artist born in Punjab, India and raised in England; profile from the Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art website
Simon FUH, received a BFA from the University of Regina in 2016 but now works out of Toronto; personal website
Wenyun HUA, painter, profile and gallery website
Kim HUYNH, associate professor, printmaking at the University of Calgary, personal website
Yousuf KARSH, photographer, brief profile from the National Gallery of Canada website
Roy KIYOOKI, multi-disciplinary artist, poet website; link to Author entry on this website
Germaine KOH, Malaysian-born, Toronto-based multi-disciplinary artist, profile with photographs and bibliography from Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver, B.C. website; profile from the Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art website
Manuel LAU, printmaker born in Peru, raised in Macau and living in Vancouver since 1991, moved to Montreal in 2004. His Peruvian/Chinese/Canadian backgrounds all influence his work; archive page from Montreal Serai webzine.
Roberto LAVIDEZ, painter, poet, writer: personal homepage
J.J. LEE, painter. Winner of the Asian Canadian Artists Fund 2004 for Visual Arts.
Rick LEONG, Chinese-Canadian painter: personal website
Lui LIU, painter, personal website with biography and gallery.
Ken LUM, photographer, profile from the Museum in Progress website
MALAK (Malak Karsh), photographer
Panchal MANSARAM, artist working in multiple media and other South Asian artists in Canada are featured in the Art Gallery of Mississauga, Ontario’s BrushUp magazine for Summer 2013
Naoko MATSUBARA, print maker, artist profile from the Abbozzo Gallery
Kazuo NAKAMURO, summary of an exhibition catalogue by Ihor Holubizky et al., Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Ontario.
Alfred NG, watercolour painter, personal website with biography, galleries and artist statements
Wayne NGAN, potter/ceramicist, personal webiste
Sarah NIND, Brunei-born, Toronto based artist and writer who sometimes melds photography and painting; profile from the Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art website
Ruth OHI, illustrator and now author of Canadian children’s literature: personal homepage
Haruko OKANO, multi-discipline artist, personal website
Khang PHAM-NEW, Vietnamese-born sculptor, studied at the Ontario College of Art, now works out of a studio in Viet Nam.
Sylvia SAFDIE, artist and video-artist was born in Lebanon and now lives in Montreal; profile and two videos are available from the Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art website
SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Collective)
Noboru SAWAI, artist born in Japan, now based in Vancouver; profile from the Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art website
Ranjan SEN, painter, printmaker, sculptor, etcetera, born in West Bengal, India and now based in Vancouver; profile including two documentary videos from the Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art website
Meera SETHI, visual artist who lives in Toronto and New Delhi, India; personal website
Kye-Yeon SON, metalsmith and Halifax resident born in South Korea, is now an instructor at NSCAD University; faculty page; winner of the 2011 Saidye Bronfman Award for Excellence in fine crafts.
Aiko SUZUKI, a multi-media artist who is well known for her fibre sculpture, and modern dance sets, memorial website
Naoko TAKENOUCHI, glass artisan, profile with interview and slideshow from the CBC website
Daisuke TAKEYA, interdisciplinary artist born in Japan now living in Toronto. Represented by Christopher Cutts Gallery, sample images
Karen TAM, installation artist and videographer. Visit her personal website Philip Monk’s Catalogue of an exhibition held at the Art Gallery of York University, Disassembling the Archive: Fiona Tam (2007)
Ho TAM, Hong Kong-born artist and videographer now teaches in Victoria, B.C. Visit his personal website
Takao TANABE, Prince Rupert, B.C. native now living in Parksville, B.C.; profile from the Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art website
Brendan TANG is a ceramic artist based in Kamloops, British Columbia. He was co-featured in an exhibit entitled Sugar Bombs at the Kamloops Art Gallery and the Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon.
Sam TATA, photographer born in Shanghai, China in 1911 to Parsee parents from India. He immigrated to Canada in 1956 and died in Sooke, BC in 2005. View a brief profile from the National Gallery of Canada website.
Ron TERADA, multi-disciplinary artist, Vancouver native and resident, profile from the Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver, B.C. website; profile from the Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art website
Pudy TONG, printmaker living in Toronto who grew up in B.C.; exhibit notice from Open Studio Gallery, Toronto
Jan Peng WANG, artist, illustrator
Jeffrey Chong WANG, oil painter: personal website
Matthew WONG, self-taught painter (1984-2019) received critical acclaim prior to his early death; exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario 13 August 2021-18 April 2022
Gu XIONG, artist, illustrator, printmaker, teacher: personal website
Ange ZHANG, illustrator, theatre designer, and animation artist: profile
Fine Art — Select Ryerson Library Resources
Kai CHAN – Exhibitions:
Kai Chan: A Spider’s Logic: A 35 Year Retrospective Exhibition. Curated by Sarah Quinton. Markham, Ont.: Varley Art Gallery of Markham, 2011.
N6549 .C492 A4 2010
Chow Dong HOY – Exhibitions:
Moosang, Faith. First Son: Portraits by C.D. Hoy. Vancouver: Presentation House Gallery/Arsenal Pulp Press, 1999.
TR680 .M65 1999
Gagnon, Monika Kin. Other Conundrums: Race, Culture and Canadian Art. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2000.
N6549.3 .G34 2000
Yousuf KARSH – About:
Karsh, Yousuf. Karsh: A Biography in Images. Boston: MFA Publications, 2003.
TR680 .K37 2003
Yousuf KARSH – Exhibitions:
Karsh: The Art of the Portrait. Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 1989.
TR680 .K6 1989
Kaouk, Aïda, ed. The Lands Within Me: Expressions by Canadian Artists of Arab Origin. Gatineau, Que.: Canadian Museum of Civilization, 2003.
N6549.5 .A65 L36 2003
Roy KIYOOKA – Conference Proceedings:
O’Brian, John, Naomi Sawada, and Scott Watson, eds. All Amazed: For Roy Kiyooka. Vancouver, B.C.: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2002.
N6549.K5 R69 2002
Ken LUM – Exhibitions:
Lum, Ken. Ken Lum. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 2011.
N6549 .L86 A4 2011
Scott, Kitty and Martha Hanna, eds. Ken Lum Works With Photography. Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 2002.
TR647 .L85 2002
Takao TANABE – As Hand Printer
Reid, Robert R. Takao Tanabe: Sometime Printer. Vancouver: Alcuin Society, 2010.
Tapestry New Opera staged Iron Road, composed by CHAN Ka Nin, written by Mark BROWNELL, Chinese translations/lyrics by George K. WONG. The excellent website created for Iron Road is no longer active, but you can find it using the Internet Archive’s Way Back Machine. This link is to the site as of Nov. 2002. The site used to provide a great deal of information on this production that had its world premiere in April 2001 at the Elgin Theatre in Toronto. The opera brings to the stage the story of the Chinese workers’ contribution to the construction of the National Railroad that linked the young nation Canada.
Fubuki Daiko: Winnipeg-based taiko drum ensemble
Vincent HO: Winnipeg-based composer– personal website
Jeng Yi: A Korean Drum and Dance Ensemble
LEE Pui Ming
BIF NAKED: musician/singer, born in India, adopted by American parents who eventually settled in Manitoba– commercial website
Kevin YEE: website of Vancouver-born singer/songwriter and performer who has played the role Pepper in the Toronto production of the musical Mamma Mia! for more than 800 shows.
Kawa ADA, actor and playwright based in Toronto, was born in Kabul, Afghanistan. View author profile page from this website.
CAHOOTS Theatre Projects is committed to producing culturally diverse works, including those by Asian Canadian theatre-makers.
Fu-GEN Asian-Canadian Theatre Company website. The Company was founded in January, 2002 with a mandate to develop Asian-Canadian artists through the production of new and established works.
Ravi JAIN is a playwright, actor and director active in the Toronto theatre community. View author profile from this website
Hiro KANAGAWA, actor and playwright. Member profile from the Playwrights Guild of Canada website.
M.J. KANG, actor and playwright. View author page from this website.
Keira LOUGHRAN, actor, playwright, producer. Winner of the the Asian Canadian Artists Fund 2004 for Performing Arts.
Anita MAJUMDAR, actor, playwright and dancer. Official website.
MAYA South Asian Theatre Company is a Mississauga-based company dedicated to showcasing South Asian artists in the theatre and film industry.
Mayko NGUYEN is an actress (film and stage), of Vietnamese descent, born in Vancouver. View biography from the imdb.com website.
David OIYE, was the artistic director of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre for ten years, ending in May 2009. He is also a playwright. View author page from this website.
Mieko OUCHI, actor, playwright, musician, and filmmaker. Profile from Asian Heritage Month in Edmonton website. List of films from the Film and Video Arts Society of Alberta website. Member profile from the Playwrights Guild of Canada website. View author page from this website.
Elyne QUAN, actor and playwright. Member profile from the Playwrights Guild of Canada website.
Shahin SAYADI, artistic director of Onelight Theatre, Halifax, N.S.
Pamela Mala SINHA, actor and playwright. Sinha page from the Authors section of this website.
Jean YOON, actor and playwright. Link to her Gary Goddard Agency homepage.