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COMMUNITY KILLAS - JANELLE COOPER

the first thing you'll notice about JANELLE... her E N E R G Y. it's captivating + MEGA- powerful. she's the kind of person who you feel like you've known for a million years, even if you've just met her. her presence is INSPIRING.
her nominator described her as BOLD, PASSIONATE + UNSTOPPABLE + we couldn't agree more.

Janelle is a multi-hyphenate artist; leading with her beautiful HEART in ALL arenas + in all that she does. advocating for diversity, amplifying voices + making the space for inclusivity + creative expression.
co-founder + artistic director of Ellipsis Tree Collective - an Afrocentric performance society, founded in Calgary AB. who are dedicated to the development + production of creative works by BIPOC artists. as well as the artistic director at Randolph College for the Performing Arts in T.O.

HOW CAN BE PEOPLE BEST SUPPORT YOU + THE WORK THAT YOU DO?

J : the best way to support artists is to engage with them. go to their shows, share their content, connect directly, donate to the cause, get involved/volunteer. + use your platforms to amplify their reach! share production details, movie stills, fundraiser links. everything helps, so give the artists in your sphere some extra love.

WHAT ARE THREE WORDS TO DESCRIBE OUR CITY?

J: Possibility. Forge. Breathe.

 

WHAT IS YOUR HEART + SOUL MEDICINE ? [AKA: YOUR SELF-LOVE REMEDIES]

J : the older I get, the more important self-care becomes. I have my daily routines to keep me fuelled, but when I need a lil' more love I like to make my surroundings real cozy + intimate. like building a 'soul fort', if you will - lots of blankets + pillows, candles + incense, a huge glass of ice water [I LOVE WATER], a hand or foot rub, pull some Namaste cards, + a mind-vacay to a reality dating show or cheesy slasher flick. make it warm + fluffy and oozy + melty. talking to my girls is also a HUGE self-care indulgence. I have some of the best-est friends that ever bested - C.K., S.F., J.L., S.H., L.P, D.H. they create infinite space for me, + it's with them that I can be my truest self. they offer me the privilege of sharing all that I am + receive me without condition. I'm so in love with them.

WHAT IS A TANGIBLE THING IN YOUR CLOSET, THAT MAKES YOU FEEL UNSTOPPABLE?

J : I love dresses + I love accessories. put me in a bright coloured cocktail dress paired with bold gold or brass accessories + I'm the happiest urban camper. I'm very specific about what goes on my hands, + have acquired some pretty incredible rings over the years. the most recent one I purchased in San Fransisco, November 2019. that was the last time I could visit my best friend, Julie Lockhart. we were cruising through Haight/Ashbury + happened upon 'Twisted Thistle Apothecary'. it's a perfect shop... tinctures, crystals, books, jewellery. we must have browsed for an hour. I found a brass wrap ring with a lotus. lotuses remind me of my grandmother, my people, home... she's taken up residence on my left index finger ever since. there's an energy, a life force in this ring. Like it was made for me.

WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE LOCAL BUSINESS + WHY ?

J : Sunnyside Natural Food Market. hands down. tucked away in Sunnyside/Kensington, this sweet little spot has been serving the community for as long as I lived in the neighbourhood. it's owned by two of the kindest humans I've had the pleasure to meet, + for years they were major supporters of Ellipsis Tree, contributing to fundraisers + attending events. they prioritize local + organic products, everything is amazing. + they have the BEST tomatoes in town. I lived on tomatoes when I was pregnant. I must have been there every other day replenishing my supply. it's just a nice place to be. they treat everyone like family. it's like home. + those who know them, love them.

 

 

WHAT'S JANELLE LISTENING TO ?!

QUEEN JAMS a playlist by JANELLE COOPER

LISTEN HERE

her stand-out tracks ?!

1. A Moment, by Amber Riley - it's about fear, value + transformation. the last 4 years have been a pivotal growth period for me, + this song really encompasses that.

2. Don't You Worry Bout a Thing, by Stevie Wonder - it's one of his best. my soul takes the lead, I close my eyes + we dance to this on repeat.

3. Tempo, by Lizzo (or anything by Lizzo. Love her.) - reclamation + empowerment. period.

4. Weak, by SWV - the opening notes/chords of this song... oooeee! sucks me right in. every. damn. time. I literally become one of the group members living my full life out in this video.

 

CONNECT WITH JANELLE

@JANELLETHECOOPER

@WE.ARE.ETC