A project by Candy (Otsíkh:èta) Blair for PRIDE 2021.

Video shoot - When/ Where

Video shooting date: Saturday, June 5 and June 12, 2021

Locations: Cherry Beach, Cork Town Commons, Candy's kitchen, side walk, Toronto

Video release - When/ Where

The video was released by Toronto Pride on June 25, 2021 as part of the  Catalyst event. 

Event Website

Catalyst is a Virtual Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer Variety Show showcasing contemporary Indigenous storytelling, art and performance.

Event video documentation

Accountability song/ video soundtrack. Listen HERE

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Accountability video. Click on image below.

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Description:

The ‘Accountability’ project is about 2S (two spirit) people taking back positions of power.

Historically, members of the 2S community have experienced a lot of violence and trauma, the effects of which are still present today; a lot of people still struggle to retain teachings and use their voices. This presents a danger to Indigenous peoples as a lot of the roles that revolved around creating balance, keeping peace and protection in the community were held by 2S people.

‘Accountability’ (the song) calls out the predators in the music video cast members’ community and serves as a way for 2S people to step into their positions of power to tear down the systems of oppression that serve as threats to the communities they protect. The song also expresses the importance of self-reflection, re-evaluating our values and taking accountability.

Text: Candy Blair

Cast:

Candy (Otsíkh:èta) Blair 

Ratsírahawi Blair 

 

Jennifer Alicia 

Natalie Llanes Nogueira 

Nayá Llanes Ramos

Michael White

Brendan Chandler

Sophie Dow 

Ricky Martin 

Kitsuné Soleil

Joseph Martin 

Creative Team/ Video:

Director: Candy (Otsíkh:èta) Blair 

Co - director: Cassandra Esso

Videographers:

    Cassandra Esso  (on the ground)

    Antje Budde (aerial, underwater)

    Candy (Otsíkh:èta) Blair  (additional footage)

Co-editors:

   Antje Budde

   Candy (Otsíkh:èta) Blair 

Fashion Designers:

   Scott Wabano

   Lesley Hampton

   Ix Balam

Hairstylist: Ix Balam

Make Up Artist: Lexy

Production Assistant: Adé Abegunde

Special Thanks:

Doulas: Vera Kevic and Debbie Alleyne-Elie

Caretakers of Ratsírahawi Blair:

  Ariel Boldeau

  Gillian Kyle

Helpers:

   Nicole Bell

   Mikki Schell

   Ethan Dankert Lannigan

Driver: Justine Shoreline

 

Digital Dramaturgy Lab_squared, Ruben Esguerra and New Tradition Music Mobile Studio, Toronto Pride, Two Spirit Committee/Pride Toronto

Creative Team/Music:

Composition, lyrics and performance:

   Candy (Otsíkh:èta) Blair

Music production: Savilion Beats

Music contributor: Joseph Enriquez