Venue:  Oddfellows Temple
Time: Sunday 2:30pm
Category:  Theatre + Comedy
City of Origin:  Toronto, Ontario
Price:  $10 or Festival Pass


A deeply personal exploration of culture, history, loss, and curiosity; Life as an Anishinaabe youth.


Cole Forrest shares a voice not nearly heard enough; the voice of an Indigenous youth from Northern Ontario. A storytelling show with a unique mix of traditional stories, personal stories, and spoken word from an Indigenous poet with a grandmother he loves.



Cole Forrest (Writer/Performer) is an Ojibwe artist and spoken word poet originally from Nipissing First Nation. He strives for compassion and acceptance within the arts. Cole has trained and honed his craft at the “Big Medicine Studio” while working with the group Aanmitaagzi. Cole has written, directed, and acted in various student/independent short films as well as fringe festival theatre pieces, and a musical. He is a recipient of the Ken and Ann Watts Memorial Scholarship. Cole’s play “Speaking Mind Spoken Word” was shortlisted for the Wayne Fairhead New Play Award. “Life Anishinaabe Youth” was the recipient of the Outstanding Original Work award at the On The Edge Fringe Festival (2017). Cole is also a recipient of the James Bartleman Indigenous Youth Creative Writers Award. Currently, Cole works with the Coalition for Music Education in Canada as an ambassador for their Youth4Music Program, a co-chair on their National Youth Council, and leads their Indigenous initiatives. As a film student, Cole continues to write, direct, create, while attending George Brown College for their Video Design and Production Program. Cole Forrest is regarded as an emerging cultural leader of Northern Ontario. He is proficient in movement, theater, media, music, and most notably, writing.

Flynn Wilde (Projectionist)