Ribbon Rouge Presents: Ryan Postic

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Celebrating amazing art and the artists behind these clever creations is a central part of Ribbon Rouge’s annaual Gala.  Today we are proud to feature a wonderful friend and past contributor to Ribbon rouge.  Ryan Postic is a professional artist residing in Calgary, Alberta.  His art speaks volumes about the causes he believes in and highlights the human experience in beautiful and unique ways.

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Ryan recognized his artistic gifts and abilities and quickly decided to focus in on them. Ryan specialized in the figure as subject and graduated from the Alberta College of Arts and Design with distinction. He chose to use traditional mediums – graphite and charcoal – against non-traditional surfaces such as bed sheets and sewing patterns to convey striking representations of beauty and desire.

To Ryan, the surface plays a vital role in his art and is critical in the reading of Postic’s work; large-scale bed sheets hang in theatrical fashion to denote creation as an act of intimacy. Mixed-medium sewing patterns provide the viewer with social commentary on the construction of beauty by the media and our perceptions about love and desire.

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Check out Ryan’s work at www.baddguyryry.com for more information and for original and custom painted portraits.  He truly is one talent man and amazing artist, so be warned exploring his art may awaken something deep in your soul!

Ryan Postic will be displaying his art on November 28st, 2015 at Ribbon Rouge in Edmonton! Don’t forget to buy tickets for Ribbon Rouge 2015!  Tickets can be purchased online here.

Ribbon Rouge #8

When: November 28, 2015 Doors open at 6pm; Show at 7pm

Where: ATB Financial Arts Barns

Ribbon Rouge Presents: DJ SQ

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Today we have the pleasure to introduce one of Edmonton’s finest African DJs, a man that has been working both on the dance floor and in the community for over a decade in Edmonton – DJ SQ!  This is a man who is passionate about his community, proud of his heritage and empowered by the youth he mentors.

He is a man on a mission whether it is spinning beats at the turntable or inspiring those around him.  You can see more of him at Ribbon Rouge #8 this November 28th, 2015 at the ATB Arts Barn.  Below is our interview with him where he discusses his profound love of music, the inspiring women around him and his own style as a DJ!


Ribbon Rouge: Who are you? Tell us a little bit about yourself and your history/ what you think is important about who you are?

DJ SQ: My name is Siyani Nsaliwa (DJ SQ). I was born and raised in Malawi , Africa, but I have called Edmonton home for over 20 years now. I am a community activist – from my time as a student at the University  where I led a community oriented student group to my current position as president of the Council of Canadians of African and Caribbean Heritage (CCACH) I have enjoyed working with people in my community. Even in my work as a DJ it is an opportunity for me to bring together diverse groups of people through my passion for music.

I especially enjoy working with the youth in my community: I tutored every Saturday at CCACH’s tutoring program for about 12 years which was a very rewarding experience; As president of CCACH I also oversee AfroQuiz, which is an annual quiz competition aimed at educating the youth in our community about the history and achievements on people of African and Caribbean descent. I have also worked with a youth leadership academy in the city which used arts to teach the youth about leadership. Currently I am enjoying coaching my daughter’s soccer team – soccer is another one of my passions.

RR: What do you stand for?

DJ SQ: I stand for a lot of things: Respect, Education, Justice and Equality have motivated me to get involved in some of my community work. As a DJ, I will stand/fight for your right to party!  #BeastieBoys.

RR: Our theme this year is QUEEN! It is an ode to powerful women who have positively influenced us by their lives. What does this mean to you?

DJ SQ: It means I get to celebrate a lot of the women who have influenced and continue to influence me in my life. I have thought about how I can play my part (pun intended) as this year’s DJ in celebrating this year’s theme at Ribbon Rouge and I decided that I will dedicate a whole segment of my set to playing music by women who have made a huge impact on society through their music – from Miriam Makeba to Alicia Keys – and I hope people will appreciate it.

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RR: How do you feel about femininity/ womanhood/ the state of affairs of women’s rights in our country?

DJ SQ: I have an 8 year old daughter and although prior to that equality for women was always something I strived for, it has since become a passion for me. I am a feminist and I think we should all be as it was so eloquently put in Chimamanda Ngozi Odichie’s famous YouTube video/essay.

I am glad that our new prime minister, Justin Trudeau, is a self-declared feminist and I love the commitment to have a cabinet which will be split equally between the sexes. I think it is important not just as a statement but as a direction that the country should follow. I like being positive and so I think we are making some good  progress to that end; However, just like the #BlackLivesMatter movement in the U.S is bringing a  certain level of consciousness to the state of black lives  in the US – and to some level in Canada #CardingIssue – I think there should also be a #FeminismMatters movement. I think the identity of a feminist has changed over time and the term is often misunderstood – I think that needs to be discussed.

RR: Who is your Queen (inspiration)? Why?

DJ SQ: I am constantly inspired by everyday women: my wife inspires me with her sense of independence; my mother for her community work and spirituality;  my 8 year old  daughter for her quick wit; and plenty of women I encounter as part of my family, friends, co-workers and just in life.

RR: Tell us about your art?

DJ SQ: I have been a DJ since 2010 when I DJ’d at my first club event with my boy, Q (the Q in DJ SQ – quick shout out to LZ Entertainment who gave us our first exposure at that level).  At the time we focused on contemporary “afrocentric” music – which is to say new music originating from Africa, such as Afrobeats and South African House because we felt the music needed to be spotlighted in trendy night clubs of Edmonton in the same way Soca made its way to the spotlight in the 90s with the Baby Blue Sound Crew from Toronto.

Because of my passion for music, I have since diversified my playlist to include different music genres – I customize the music to the preferred taste of the audience at weddings, private parties and corporate events.

RR: What does it mean to you?

DJ SQ: Music, as they say, is a universal language and I feel like I have an ear for it. I had to learn – and still do – how to interpret that language into what will make you want to move on the dance floor. As a DJ, I find that transfer of energy to be almost addictive and I enjoy communicating with the audience in that way.

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RR: Your advice to women?

DJ SQ: This is a very humbling question to me because I don’t feel like I am in any privileged position to give advice to women in general. I am actually picturing giving advice to my mother right now and I am drawing blanks! But I will say that I have a commitment to learning and I will always do my part as a feminist to learn from and teach when individual circumstances call for my advice.

RR: What does Ribbon Rouge mean to you?

DJ SQ: I have always admired what Ribbon Rouge stands – using fashion and the arts to spread a social message – similar to what I aim to do with my DJ “activism”. I also have great respect and admiration for the Founder of Ribbon Rouge and how hard she works for her community; she is definitely one of those everyday women who inspire me.  I am very grateful to Ribbon Rouge for giving me the opportunity to move the crowd at this year’s event.

RR: Where can we find you/ more of your work?

DJ SQ: The last Friday of every month ( October 30 for this month) you can catch me spinning Afrobeats and other contemporary “Afrocentric” music at Cha Island on 10332 81 Ave. I also post mixtapes at www.soundcloud.com/siyani

Otherwise, you can book me for a wedding, private party or corporate event by calling or texting  780 716 3859 or email me at siyani@shaw.ca


DJ SQ will be working the dance floor and spinning his slick beats on Nov. 28th, 2015 at Ribbon Rouge in Edmonton! www.ribbonrouge.com.

And don’t forget to buy tickets for Ribbon Rouge 2015!  Tickets can be purchased online here.

Ribbon Rouge #8

When: November 28, 2015 Doors open at 6pm; Show at 7pm

Where: ATB Financial Arts Barns

Ribbon Rouge Presents: SANGEA


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SANGEA is back at Ribbon Rouge for another fun filled year and will be presenting again at this year’s Gala!  Below is our quick chat with them and some information on how they grove out to the beat!

Most of the rhythms and songs SANGEA plays are from West Africa. This group has members from both the Latin and African community. The African and Latin culture are very similar and because of our similarities and a few little differences, when combined, they have a great connection. Like the Latin culture, the African culture has rhythm in every movement. There is rhythm in the way we walk, speak, work and everything else we do.

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The human body was made to move and create. The SANGEA African performance group take this idea literally and consistently create wonderful and energetic experiences for their audiences. This dance and performance group has been performing together for about three years with many of its members having performed on their own for many more years. Their union now creates an excellent performance that will get you up and moving. SANGEA is passionate about sharing and celebrating the beauty of Africa and African culture.

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What They Stand for!

SANGEA is defiantly interested about being involved in the community. They are supporters of many causes such as Breast Health and Action for Healthy Communities.  You can also find them performing at community events and festivals such as Peace Day, Latin Festival, Africa Day Festival in Calgary, Cari West Festival, Corn Festival, Heritage Festival. SANGEA also perform for the Teachers Association (via Safe and Caring communities), weddin  gs, and parties. They are excited to spread positivity and African culture wherever they go.  SANGEA is also an award winning group being recognized as the Fil Fraser Award 2015, for Outstanding Performance, winner of the Afro Canadian Heros, Artist of the year 2014, and also the winner of the 2013 and 2014 Excellent Community Initiative Group Award by Action for Healthy Communities.

 Their Advice!

SANGEA gives some sound advice for anyone in every situation who have goals or want to make a change:

“…persevere,  work hard and never lose sight of what you are doing. Always surround yourself with positive people.” ~Reckie

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About Ribbon Rouge!

 There is no doubt that SANGEA is excited to be part of Ribbon Rouge this year. Firstly, they are eager to help support a great cause (HIV awareness). The second reason is simply that they are passionate about being involved and contributing to the community.

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Look out for SANGEA in and around the community.  They have a school named Sangea Academy that teaches, African Dance, African Drumming and their History. They also do workshops in schools, corporate events, summer camps and more!

The wonderful SANGEA performance group will be shaking it to the beat on Nov. 28th, 2015 at Ribbon Rouge in Edmonton! www.ribbonrouge.com.

And don’t forget to buy tickets for Ribbon Rouge 2015!  Tickets can be purchased online here.

Ribbon Rouge #8

When: November 28, 2015 Doors open at 6pm; Show at 7pm

Where: ATB Financial Arts Barns