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Calgary Without Patriarchy

CWP was founded in 2020

The name was inspired by jazz drummer

Terri Lyne Carrington’s

“Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice”

whose vision is the pursuit of 

Jazz without Patriarchy

Meet the Artists

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Joanna Borromeo

Piano, Voice, Composition

Joanna Borromeo (she/her) is a treasure of Calgary’s soul/jazz and R&B music scene, a vocalist, pianist, and Juno-nominated recording artist influenced by some of the deepest, most beautiful musicians in history.


Dynamic, heart-felt and undeniably groovy - not to mention, a natural entertainer.

To date, Joanna has produced two independent albums: Through the Dark (released in 2010) and Kaleidoscope (released in 2014), a record that earned her

a Juno Award nomination for Soul/R&B Recording of the Year.


Since releasing her first self-produced EP in 2010, her original music has landed on numerous R&B/Soul and Jazz radio charts across Canada and

has garnered listeners both at home and abroad.

Along the way, she has performed at the Edmonton International Jazz Festival, The Medicine Hat Jazz Festival, and the Toronto International Jazz Festival.


Shane Statz


Shane (he/him) is a saxophonist, arranger, composer and educator.  

His music is known for its sophistication, ear catching inventiveness and lush lyricism.

Shane has been a featured artist with many groups and has had the privilege

of sharing the stage with a variety of world class musicians including:

Maria Schneider, the Calgary Jazz Orchestra, Jens Lindeman, 
Hilario Duran, Tim Tamashiro and the

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra to name a few.


Nia Devetzis

Percussion, Vibraphone, Speaking Percussion

Nia Devetzis (she/her) is a percussionist driven by the vivid and vast world of 
contemporary music,  whether as a soloist or chamber musician. 
Notable performances include solo engagements with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, and Calgary Wind Symphony, as well as Calgary’s contemporary music and sonic arts festival, Forms of Sound and the Stratford Summer Music Festival.


As a chamber musician, she is dedicated to the support of new music in Calgary as a core member of Timepoint Ensemble and has made appearances with

The Rubbing Stone Ensemble and Land’s End Chamber Ensemble.


Jeremy Brown

Woodwinds & Composition

Jeremy Brown (he/him) is a renowned Canadian saxophonist, flutist, woodwind doubler, teacher, author, composer and conductor. He is Professor of Music and the former Head of the Music Department at the University of Calgary (1990-present). He has been both an artist-in-residence and a visiting lecturer at the Banff Centre. He was invited as saxophone soloist with the National Youth Band of Canada in 2015 and again as conductor/artistic director in 2017,

an unprecedented double invitation.

Regarded as an unusually versatile musician, he currently performs as a woodwind doubler in professional theatre,

directs and performs with jazz ensembles,

conducts a semi-professional wind band and has his own

new music ensembles and small jazz groups.

He is also an improviser of both free music and jazz

and is a composer in an eclectic mix of styles. 

jacqs walker

Composition & Bass

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jacqs walker (they/it/it//zey) is formerly

a jazz drummer, who switched to bass in 2018

due to a stroke and brain surgery. 

As a composer,  jacqs has worked with

Quatuor Bozzini, Duo Concertante, Serenata Trio and Calgary Jazz Orchestra. Their works have been featured at new music festivals, including:

Now Hear This (Edmonton), Tuckamore (Newfoundland) and highSCORE (Italy).

As artistic director of CWP,  jacqs focuses on the

'architecture of exploratory music',  

blending styles, genres and other disciplines with music composition. In zeir spare time,  jacqs is an activist and advocate, focusing on trans rights and protecting trans youth, through a lens of

abolition feminism.

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Wendy Walker

Voice & Composition

Wendy Walker (she/her) is an established Cree Métis and Mi’kmaq First Nations singer-songwriter who has toured Canada and abroad. Her grassroots musical flair spans folk to rock, at times including a traditional musicality,

that compliments her powerhouse voice.

A career highlight for Wendy was the creation an Indigenous showcase at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang South Korea, performing for world leaders in attendance.

In addition to releasing thirty singles, and contributing to multiple collaborations, Wendy has two other albums under her belt with a third currently in development.


She has also appeared as an actor for the stage

and film and provided commentary on television.

Wendy is a committed activist and lends her

skills and insight as an educator.


Yolanda Sargeant
Voice & Composition

Yolanda Sargeant (she/her) is the Queen of Lo-Fi Soul. A genre that she and her producer Comrade (Evgeniy) pioneered after not being able to find an appropriate

label that fits their eclectic style.

The duo infuses jazz, soul, funk, dancehall, hip-hop, as well as other genres into a unique sound that combines the old with the new. Sargeant’s rich vocals take center stage while Comrade’s production takes you on a multi-layered,

genre-bending journey from beginning to end.

After a successful first release Magic Radio (Breakout West – Breakout Artist Of The Year Award, YYC Soul/RnB Recording of the Year Award, Polaris Prize Longlisted)

Sargeant X Comrade are back with another

full length LP “The Elephant In The Room”

Genres: Lo Fi Soul, Neo-Soul, Hip Hop, Dancehall, Experimental, Nu-Jazz, Lo Fi House, World Music

The Elephant In The Room (released Dec 03, 2021) is Sargeant X Comrade’s 2nd full length album.


CWP: artists' collective has worked with an array of musicians, composers, poets, sound engineers, community leaders and artists in Mohkinstsis

(colonially known as Calgary)

Audrey Lane Cockett
Spoken Word Poetry

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 Audrey Lane Cockett (they/them) is a spoken word poet, artistic director, soundscape artist, filmmaker, and artistic director based in Treaty 7 land, Calgary AB.

They are an alumnus of the Banff Centre’s Spoken Word Program, the Canadian Wilderness Artist Residency, and was co-captain of Calgary’s 2017 Slam Poetry Team that represented and placed 6th nationally.

Their work has been published in the Journal of Wild Culture, Oratorealis, and Fight Evil With Poetry Press

as well as featured in musical albums

such as the poetry/opera fusion in the album

‘Expect the Unexpected’ by Michelle Minke.


Aya Mhana

(she/her, Oud & Vocals)


Malcolm Lim

(he/him, percussion)


Tricia Edwards

(she/her, piano)


Leo Sato

(he/him, bandoneon)


Lucie Jones

(she/her, flutes)


Jason Cillo

(he/him, guitar)

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Michelle Grégoire 

(she/her, composition)

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Saba Bidar

(she/her, composition)

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Jiajia Li

(she/her, composition

& flutes)

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Michelle Robinson/ Red Thunderwoman


Community Leader)

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Marion Ashton


Community Leader)

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Mike Hooves


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Reese Mariano
Visual Arts-Album Art)

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Alex Bohn
Audio Engineering)

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