• Brady Cranfield

    Brady Cranfield is a sound and visual artist, musician, and writer. As well as his own practice, he has ongoing, long term collaborations with the artists Kathy Slade and Jamie Hilder. He has a MA in Communications and a MFA from SFU.

  • Gabi Dao

    An artist, organizer and editor/producer of the irregularly published Here Nor There podcast series. Dao co-organizes events, exhibitions, musical performances with collaborators at Duplex, a studio and project space on unceded Musquem, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh lands. She has been involved in various exhibitions and projects at artist run centres and galleries in Vancouver, Calgary and Winnipeg. In 2016 Dao was the recipient of the Portfolio Prize and in 2017 was nominated for The Contemporary Art Society of Vancouver Artist Prize.

  • Steffanie Ling

    STEFFANIE LING is a producer of criticism, pamphlets, stories, essays, exhibitions, reviews, bluntness, anecdotes, shout outs, wrestling storylines, proposals, applications, jokes, readings, minimal poems, poems, dinner, compliments, and diatribes. She works between Vancouver (unceded territories) and Toronto (Tkaronto) where she is the Artistic Director at Images Festival. Her books are NASCAR (Blank Cheque, 2016) and CUTS OF THIN MEAT (Spare Room, 2015).

  • Emma Metcalfe-Hurst

    Writer, organizer and publisher, Metcalfe-Hurst is a Vancouver and Nanaimo based artist leading a variety of writing initiative in the lower mainland of BC. Recent collaborations include Dan Pon and grunt gallery on ‘Recollective: Vancouver Independant Archives Week’; Christian Vistan on SPIT, writing, experimental publishing and workshop projects and ‘Acts of Transfer’ at the Western Front, Vancouver


    AUTUMN SCHNELL is a Gwich’in tr’iinjoo currently residing on unceded Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh lands while studying at the University of British Columbia as a First Nations and Indigenous studies major. Autumn was raised in amiskwacîwâskahikan and recently moved to Vancouver and worked as CiTR’s Indigenous Collective Coordinator.


  • Artspeak Radio Digest

    September 18–November 27, 2018




    Artspeak Radio Digest is a three month long program, run in partnership with Vancouver Co-op Radio a community radio station based in the Downtown Eastside since 1973. Taking the form of an audio journal, ARD is an expanded approach to the organization’s publishing program. Each show has been conceived as an issue of an audio journal. Interdisciplinary in its approach, the digest format will feature new commissions, sound works, poetry, radio plays and music amongst other forms utilizing radio as a medium. The program will be collectively produced and hosted by Brady Cranfield, Gabi Dao, Emma Metcalfe-Hurst and Autumn Schnell with support from Bopha Chhay and Erik Hood.

    The form of radio can seem overtly nostalgic. Why radio? Why now? Artists have long harnessed airwaves as a medium. Radio has long provided a distinct alternative for the presentation of artistic practice outside of the gallery. Radio shifts focus from the visual to the aural, challenging visual primacy in artistic practice. Co-op’s programming has included shows by artists since it’s founding. These include the long-standing Soundscape, first founded by Hildegard Westerkamp, The HP Radio Show hosted by Hank Bull and Patrick Ready and Lux Radio Players.

    Airwaves as a medium presents other challenges. Seemingly intangible, airwaves do not escape commodification, as corporations jockey for licensing rights. Actively working to counter commercial interests, Co-op’s community based programming remains distinct in its prioritization of perspectives, forms and voices not heard through conventional media avenues. Public broadcast regulations dictate what we can say and play during certain hours, as we’re obligated to abide by national broadcasting standards. There are things we can say, things we can’t say and things we won’t say. In Canada, after 9pm, restrictions and quotas ease up. Be sure to tune in weekly to CFRO 100.5-FM beginning Tuesday, September 18, 2018 from 9 to 10pm PST for the first issue of Artspeak Radio Digest.

    Thank you to our partners at Vancouver Co-op Radio, Robert Moya and Kimit Sekhon.

    ARD is part of year of programming at Artspeak that considers ways of learning and studying together as a collaborative process and practice. Upcoming programming will challenge the role of the artist-run center, notably asking how it can contribute to creating space allowing for new forms of engagement to reimagine current limits in cultural production and shape alternative practices. Before the rain really sets in, we’ll take a short hike to Mount Seymour where Co-op’s Transmitter has been located since 1982.

Talks & Events

  • Prairie Aunties On The Coast

    October 18, 2018


    Organized by Autumn Schnell with an opening by Salia Joseph.

    The event was recorded for broadcast as a feature on Artspeak Radio Digest, which airs Tuesdays, 9-10pm on CFRO 100.5 FM Vancouver.

    Autumn Schnell is a Gwich’in tr’iinjoo currently residing on unceded Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh lands while studying at the University of British Columbia as a First Nations and Indigenous studies major. Autumn was raised in amiskwacîwâskahikan and recently moved to Vancouver, now working as a research assistant for HASTAC 2019 and somehow finding time to write in her spare time.

    Billy-Ray Belcourt is from the Driftpile Cree Nation. He is a PhD student and 2018 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta. This Wound is a Worldis his first book and it won the 2018 Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize, the 2018 Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize, and a 2018 Indigenous Voices Award. It was a finalist for the 2018 Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry and was named by CBC Books as the best collection of Canadian poetry in 2017. His next book, NDN Coping Mechanisms: Notes from the Field, is due out with House of Anansi Press in the fall of 2019.

    Emily Riddle is a policy analyst/writer/researcher. She is nehiyaw, a member of Alexander First Nation in Treaty 6. She has been published in Canadian Art, Discorder, the Globe and Mail, and Teen Vogue. She is dedicated to Treaty feminism, reality tv, and double denim.

    Jessica Johns is Cree and a member of Sucker Creek First Nation in Treaty 8 territory in northern Alberta and is currently living, working, and learning on the traditional territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. She is the poetry editor for PRISM international, and is a co-organizer of the Indigenous Brilliance reading series in Vancouver. Her debut chapbook, How Not to Spill, is forthcoming with Rahila’s Ghost Press and will be out at the end of October, 2018.

    Samantha Nock is a Cree-Metis writer and poet from Treaty 8 territory in Northeast British Columbia, her family is originally from Ile-a-la-Crosse, Saskatchewan. She has been published in Canadian Art, SAD Mag, GUTS, and PRISM International, among others. Samantha is the host of Heavy Content, a podcast that explores the representations of fat people in the media.

    Thank you to our partners at Vancouver Co-op Radio, Kimit Sekhon and Robert Moya.

    We’re located on the unceded and occupied traditional territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations. We are thankful to live on these lands as uninvited guests.


Artspeak Radio Digest Episodes

*A brief history of Artspeak and it’s publishing program
*An interview with Allyson Clay by Erik Hood
*Brady Cranfield’s Keywords for Vancouver: Artwashing with Vincent Tao of Pollyanna Librarian, 221a

*ARD modus operandi by Bopha Chhay
*Erik Hood in conversation with Vanessa Brown
*Jen Weih introduces The Foreshore Listens with Bopha Chhay
*Second part of Brady Cranfield’s interview with Vincent Tao

*Gabi Dao with Casey Wei speaking about Wrong Wave
*Brady Cranfield’s Keywords for Vancouver with COPE city council candidate Jean Swanson


*Emma Metcalfe Hurst in conversation with Carmen Papalia
*Judy Radul reads her 1994 poem Kisses So Wet about her history of the Kootenay School of Writing
*Brady Cranfield’s Keywords for Vancouver with Terra Poirier and Deneige Nadeau about Poirier’s new book  Non-Regular: Precarious academic labour at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.

*Second part of Emma Metcalfe Hurst’s conversation with Carmen Papalia
*Erik Hood in conversation with Deborah Edmeades
*Brady Cranfield’s Keywords for Vancouver with member of Vomit Fraud, and founding member of Artspeak, Kay Higgins.

*Emma Metcalfe Hurst with Shizen Jambor and Christian Vistan
*Brady Cranfield’s Keywords for Vancouver, interview with Laiwan.
*Gabi Dao, Erik Hood and Steffanie Ling reading Ling’s play for broadcast Uber Everywhere, originally commissioned for the 2nd Kamias Trienale in 2016.

*Sheryda Warrener reads her new poem “The Slow Hourglass Slippage of Baseball Time”
*Second part of Brady Cranfield’s interview with Laiwan
*Emily Riddle reads her essay In a modest proposal: the black widow of Treaty 6  from Prairie Aunties on the Coast, an event organized by Autumn Schnell.

*Gabi Dao speaks with Amy Lam from Life of a Craphead
*More from Prairie Aunties on the Coast, Samantha Nock and Billy-Ray Belcourt

Archives Week
*Casey Wei and Elisa Ferrari’s cassette mixtape Pisces Midheaven
*Laura Cuthbert and Morgan Wheeler speaking about Populous Map
*Ananya Ohri, Artistic Director of Home Made Visible
*Selections of Sara Diamond’s Women Labour History Project

*Jessica Johns from Prairie Aunties on the Coast
*Bopha Chhay with Cease Wyss and Anne Riley talking about Soundtrack for the Radical Love of Butterflies
*Brady Cranfield talks with Dana Claxton about her recent solo exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery

*Final reading from Prairie Aunties on the Coast, Autumn Schnell
*Co-op Radio archive clip from Michael Wilmore’s Rock Talk
*Second part of Brady Cranfield’s interview with Dana Claxton