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Toronto, ON - Starting Over

  • Burdock Brewery 1184 Bloor Street West Toronto, ON, M6H 1N2 Canada (map)

Join us for our August show in Toronto, featuring five true, personal stories inspired by the times in our lives where we have to go back to the drawing board and start all over.

Hosted by Jesse Hildebrand and Misha Gajewski. Doors at 7:00 pm.



Monique Johnson is a Research Technologist at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). She is part of a Research and Development team in the Division of Pathology where her work involves the development of molecular genetic tests that detect mutations in subsets of brain tumors. The goal of her work is to transfer these tests to the clinical team with the hope that pathologists and clinicians can diagnose and personalise the treatment of their patients. Prior to working at SickKids, Monique completed her undergraduate degree in Forensic Science specializing in Biology at the University of Toronto Mississauga and went on to complete a Master’s degree in Forensic Science at King’s College London in London, England. In her spare time, she likes to listen to podcasts, take random dance lessons, sing loudly in the shower, and read mystery novels on the subway.


Paulette Steeves was born in Whitehorse Yukon Territories and grew up in Lillooet, British Columbia, Canada. She is an Indigenous archaeologist with a focus on the Pleistocene history of the Western Hemisphere. In her research Steeves argues that Indigenous peoples were present in the Western Hemisphere as early as 60,000 years ago, and possibly much earlier. She has created a data base of hundreds of archaeology sites in both North and South America that date from 250,000 to 12,000 years before present, which challenges the Clovis First dogma of a post 12,000 year before present initial migrations to the Americas. Dr. Steeves received her BA in Anthropology, Honors Cum Laude from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, and completed a two-year internship with the Quapaw Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) program during her undergraduate studies. In 2008 Dr. Steeves was awarded the Clifford D. Clark fellowship to attend graduate studies at Binghamton University in New York State. Dr. Steeves dissertation Decolonizing Indigenous Histories: Pleistocene Archaeology Sites of the Western Hemisphereis the first dissertation framed in Indigenous Method and Theory in Anthropology within the United States. In 2011 and 2012 she worked with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science to carry out studies in the Great Plains on mammoth sites which contained evidence of human technology on the mammoth bone, thus showing that humans were present in Nebraska over 18,000 years ago. In 2019 she started a new research project focused on creating sacred Indigenous regenerative soils to address food insecurity in the North. Dr. Steeves has taught Anthropology courses with a focus on Native American and First Nations histories and studies, and decolonization of academia and knowledge production at Binghamton University, Selkirk College Fort Peck Community College, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and Mount Allison University , she is currently an Assistant Professor in History at Algoma University and is a nominee for a Canada Research Chair in Indigenous History Healing and Reconciliation .


Frankie Fiorini is a reformed paralegal and now a journalism student at Seneca College. She is a student reporter for On The Hour Toronto, a student run radio and web news broadcast. She reports on everything from Trump’s latest snafus to local mayhem. She is also a TA and likes to help students excel. When she’s not at Seneca she can be found being a bard in the magical world of Dungeons and Dragons. 


Joanne O’Meara grew up in Toronto but moved away at the age of 19 to go to McMaster University. After traveling around for a few years, she and her husband put down roots in Fergus, Ontario. They both work in the Physics Department at the University of Guelph, while raising two amazing young women. When she’s not teaching or learning about teaching, she’s outside enjoying nature, on snowshoes, in a kayak, or just sitting in the sunshine with a good book.


Erin Rodgers is a writer and storytelling coach. She has worked with incredible organizations such as UNIFOR, National Engineering Month and the Ontario Federation of Labour. Erin loves to work with people to shape their unique life experiences into stories that inspire, connect and entertain audiences.

Earlier Event: August 5
New York, NY - Divergence
Later Event: August 21
Washington, DC - Lost and Found