Big Pond Small Fish Laboratory Board and Artists

Our Team

Krys Verrall is an artist and writer. She holds a PhD in Sociology and Equity Studies in education from Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto (2007). In the past few years she has produced collaborative librettos for choral works with the students at Lord Lansdowne Schooland Howard Park School in Toronto and a number of schools in Tasmania Austarlia at the JAF Festival. She is a research collaborator with Mammalian Diving Reflex, in Toronto. She has presented her work about young peoples culture in Canada, Denmark, USA, and Australia and her publications have appeared in Topia (Toronto); Canadian Journal of Communication Studies (Montreal) and Jeunesse (Winnipeg). She is a founding member and Producer and Head of Programming of Big Pond Small Fish Laboratory..

Bill Burns' socially engaged art about nature and civil society has been shown and published widely including projects at Hippolyte, Helsinki (2014); the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2006); KW Institute for Contemporary Art,  Berlin (2007);  MOCA, Toronto (2006, 2014). He is past president and director at Toronto's Art Metropole and is currently Artistic Director of Big Pond Small Fish where he has produced collaborative projects with youth in video, audio, and performance in Toronto, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Tasmania Australia. He holds an MA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College - University of London (1988). Bill is a founding member and Artistic Director of Big Pond Small Fish Laboratory.

Our Board of Directors

Jeffrey Canton is the President of the Board of Big Pond Small Fish Laboratory. He has been a community-based storyteller. His work as ranges from the fantastic world of Hans Andersen to sharing original stories that dig deep into the strata of Toronto’s history including the Internment Camp at Todmorden Mills and the early years of the Jewish community. As a member of Queers in Your Ears (QIYE), a GLBTQ storytelling collective since 1996, he has developed original material which, as part of QIYE, he has performed widely including at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, This Ain't the Rosedale Library and the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives. He holds a BA in English from University College, University of Toronto (1986).  

Anupa Perera is a cellist and visual artist who grew up in Colombo, Sri Lanka where she collaborated in numerous musical ventures in theatre, opera and film with her father, composer Premasiri Khemadasa. Since 2004 Anupa has been living in Toronto where she has been collaborating with its arts community. She has performed and produced opera widely in Sri Lanka, Europe, Canada and the USA. She has won major national awards for her musical work in Sri Lanka and is resident musician with Toronto’s, Mammalian Diving Reflex. Anupa also manages the Khemadasa Foundation - an institute established in 1993 to give free education in music and arts to the underprivileged youth of Sri Lanka. She has recently agreed to join the board at Big Pond Small Fish Laboratory.

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Andrew Zukerman is a multi-disciplinary artist. His practice encompasses the fields of experimental music composition, screenprinting, painting, film, installation, writing and small-edition publishing. Though these applications are diverse, the tendency toward collage and humorous re-appropriation is at the heart of his work. Andrew is the secretary of Big Pond Small Fish Laboratory. He lives in Toronto.

Geoff Bowie has been making documentaries for television for 30 years. For Geoff  it is about telling stories  about important subjects with strong characters.  His films have been screened at national and international film festivals including the Toronto International Festival, New York Festivals where The Hospital at the End of the Earth won a Silver Medal and the Columbus International Film Festival where When is Enough Enough, a story about a First Nation trying to deal with the Alberta tar sands, won a Bronze Plaque. 

Mary Anne Barkhouse  belongs to the Nimpkish band, Kwakiutl First Nation and is a descendant of a long line of internationally recognized artists that includes Ellen Neel, Mungo Martin and Charlie James. She graduated with Honours from the Ontario College of Art in Toronto and has exhibited and lectured widely across Canada. Working with a variety of media Barkhouse examines environmental concerns and indigenous culture through the use of animal imagery. Her work is housed in major public and private art collections throughout Canada. She recently agreed to join the board of Big Pond Small Fish Laboratory. 

Guest Artists at Big Pond Small Fish Laboratory have included Carrie Perreault, a Toronto based artist who is an advocate for human witnessing, which translates into research in meditative gestural acts that counter and speak to discrimination and hardship and Alan Gasser,  a renowned chorister and choral director who has performed in recent years at the Museum of Modern Art, Bard College, and Yale University

Our Funders

We thank the JAF Festival, Australia, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Toronto Arts Council for support for our projects.