Founder + Director
Pop musician and bystander intervention educator, Elsa loves a good break-up album.
Corrina loves grilled cheese, video games, and building scale models of giant robots.
DIY Spring Collective + Steering Committee
DIY Spring Festival is a volunteer-run collective that does not work for profit.
The DIY Spring Collective + Steering Committee is responsible for overseeing how the budget is allocated and for selecting artists.
Elsa Mirzaei - Montreal, QC
Elsa Mirzaei is an artist, educator and curator working on the stolen territories of the Algonquin & Mohawk nations (also known as Ottawa and Montreal). Elsa is the founder and director of DIY Spring Festival, a futurist music festival in Ottawa that centres the conscious and innovative art of Black, Indigenous and racialized women.
They are also the current facilitator at Project Soundcheck, an Ottawa-based initiative that aims to prevent sexual violence at music festivals through bystander intervention workshops and active listening services on festival sites.
Tiffanie Tri - Ottawa, ON
Tiffanie believes that music is an important form of empowerment and self-expression and should be accessible to everyone. Born and raised in Ottawa, Tiffanie has been involved in music since an early age when she learned how to play piano, followed by guitar and saxophone.
Tiffanie is currently the chair of Girls+ Rock Ottawa, a volunteer-run community organization that provides music-based programming to foster empowerment, inclusivity and community to girls, women, femmes, non-binary, two-spirit, and gender non-conforming folk (GWFNB2SGNC+) - all while having fun.
King Kimbit - Ottawa, ON
King Kimbit is an internationally-acclaimed multidisciplinary literary Hip-Hop artist, interested in telling stories that are authentic to her experiences and identities. Her poetic work details the realities of her upbringing as the daughter of Vietnamese immigrants, the truths of her social vantage point as a young racialized womxn, and her stance on social issues regarding racism, de/colonization, and gender inequality.
King is the 2012 Urban Legends Poetry Slam Champion (the first woman in Ottawa to be the seasonal champion of a major slam series), and she regularly performs music and poetry across North America. King currently coordinates Urban Legends’ Youth Speak! writing and performance workshops for teens, and released her debut album of poetry and musical arrangements entitled “Life Lessons Poetically” at the end of 2017. King is also responsible for the recent inception of Cap City Cyphers, a space for rappers across the city to unite and celebrate love and unity through Hip-Hop.
Gabriela Warrior Renaud - Ottawa, ON
Gabriela Warrior Renaud is an award-winning independent filmmaker based in Ottawa, Canada. Her work uses the intimacy of storytelling to dig deeper in issues of race and culture. She wants to push the boundaries of our collective comfort-zone to allow room for more inclusive conversations and equal representation. By sharing intersectional stories, Gabriela wants to humanize difficult subjects and shed a light on issues that have been left unexplored. She is currently working on "Hyphen": a documentary which explores cultural identity by sharing stories and experiences of mixed-race Canadians.