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RBC Emerging Artists

TORONTO – February 8, 2024 – REEL CANADA is delighted to continue its partnership with the RBC Foundation to raise the profile of young Canadian filmmakers. 

Entering into the organization’s 8th year participating in this unique initiative, REEL CANADA is excited to announce its newest RBC Emerging Artists, filmmaker Alicia K. Harris and actor Joshua Odjick (Algonquin-Anishinabe/Cree). 

The RBC Foundation is proud to support arts organizations that provide the best opportunities to advance an artist’s career trajectory in genres like visual arts, music, film, theatre, and dance. With support from the RBC Foundation, REEL CANADA will be championing the past and upcoming achievements of these Emerging Artists to thousands of young people across Canada at in-school film festivals, virtual events and workshops, and with special events on National Canadian Film Day (April 17, 2024)!

Learn more about the selected artists:

Alicia K. Harris is a filmmaker from Scarborough, Ontario. She is best known for her short film Pick, which won Best Live Action Short at the 2020 Canadian Screen Awards. Alicia’s directorial credits include the TIFF-selected web series Lido TV and CBC’s Black Life: Untold Stories. She also directed and co-executive produced episodes of Amazon’s upcoming series Beyond Black Beauty. Her latest short film, Only Light Will Touch Us, was commissioned by REEL CANADA and Netflix. 
 Watch Alicia’s video profile here.

Joshua Odjick (Algonquin-Anishinabe/Cree) is an award-winning actor from Ottawa, Ontario. Joshua landed his first series regular role in Unsettled and has since appeared in the award-winning features Bootlegger and Wildhood, which won him a CSA for Best Supporting Actor in 2022. His television credits include Little Bird, Three Pines, Pour Toi Flora, Bones of Crows, The Swarm and Warrior Up! Joshua also portrays Tom Longboat in the Canadian historical series of shorts Heritage Minutes. 
 Watch Joshua’s video profile here

REEL CANADA is a charitable organization whose mission is to introduce audiences to the power and diversity of Canadian film, and engage them in a conversation about what it means to be Canadian. Through our core programmes — Our Films in Our Schools, Welcome to Canada, Reel Opportunities, and National Canadian Film Day (CanFilmDay) — REEL CANADA has reached millions of students, new Canadians, and general audience members.

For press inquiries or interview requests, please contact:
Rebecca Poier | Communications Manager, REEL CANADA