Nadine Neema

Specialities: Band, Collage, Creative writing, Dance, Improvisation, Music Production, Non-fiction writing, Songwriting, Soundscapes, Spoken Word/Slam Poetry, Storytelling, Zines

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English Montreal

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Experience working with

  • Early childhood
  • Cycle 1 Elementary
  • Cycle 2 Elementary
  • Cycle 3 Elementary
  • Secondary 1 & 2
  • Secondary 3 & 4
  • Secondary 5
  • Senior Citizens

Lifelong Learners

  • Adult Learners

I regularly explore the following Broad Areas of Learning/Themes in my work

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Personal and Career Planning
  • Citizenship and Community Life (Identity & Belonging)

Listed in the Quebec Culture in the Schools Repertoire

  • Yes

I have experience working with

  • Quebec Writers’ Federation’s Writers in the Communities Program
  • various schools in Quebec, NWT, Australia and Egypt as well as festival workshops around the world.

I can facilitate virtual creative experiences

  • Yes


  • I am available for travel within the same day
  • I am available for travel overnight
Born in Montreal to Lebanese parents, Neema is a multi-disciplinary artist with 20 years experience. She has toured internationally opening for artists such as Joe Cocker & Elton John and was mentored by Leonard Cohen, who co-produced her 2nd album. Her YA historical fiction novel set on Tlicho ancestral lands in the NWT is being used in schools and was shortlisted for 3 awards. Since 2007, Neema has led creativity, songwriting and storytelling workshops to empower youth to find their own voice.

Creative Approach and Experiences Offered

Neema specializes in designing and tailoring workshops to the needs of the participants. As a professional artist she is an author, singer-songwriter & spoken word poet, recording & touring musician, video-maker, movement artist and photographer. She loves to mix mediums and to inspire others to do the same.

As a workshop facilitator and arts educator, Neema prioritizes experiential learning. She leads participants to have their own creative experiences, and aims to inspire and empower youth to find their own form of self-expression. Examples of previous workshops include -
- Creativity workshops combining voice, movement and writing
- Storytelling
- Songwriting
- Journalling
- Audio poems with visuals
- Digital media combining sounds, words and images
- She also teaches about Dene Indigenous culture using her book Journal of a Travelling Girl and award winning short film Wekweeti and Ekwo

One-Day Event Description

1. Stories and Film from the Tlicho

This workshop would introduce the students to the Tlicho culture and their way of life. I would read from my book Journal of a Traveling Girl and show a slideshow from the canoe trip that inspired the book. I would screen the award winning short-film Wekweeti and Ekwo (Wekweeti and Caribou). I would give an artist talk about my time in the North, the making of the book and the film. I would also have Q&A with the students and play some songs that I wrote inspired by my time in Wekweeti.

This workshop can work with any number of students at a time.

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2. Concert and Artist Talk

This consists of doing an hour concert accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Adam Goulet for the students followed by an artist talk sharing how I write songs and record albums, how I began touring and some things I learned being mentored by Leonard Cohen. This will be accompanied by a Q&A.

This workshop can work with any number of students at a time.

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3. Creative Expression through Voice, Movement and Writing

This is a hands-on workshop where participants are guided through their own experience of creation using improvised voice, movement and writing. They are empowered with various prompts and exercises to find their voice and self-expression. Initially everyone participates together, then the students take turns witnessing and being witnessed.

0-30 students per group

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This can be a half day or full day with the same group or 1-2 hour workshops with different groups


Song and video created with students of Alexis Arrowmaker School
love song for canine companion


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