About Us

The Red Jam Slam Society was founded on June10th, 2010 and exists to host events, celebrations, and annual festivals that feature emerging and seasoned aboriginal artists and performers. The Society encourages grassroots with inclusive strategies that honor all Aboriginal voices and encourage all to participate with continued growth, presence, and expression within all media.

The Board Members of the Red Jam Society are:

 

Stephen Lytton, Founding Board Member

Stephen moved to the Downtown Eastside (in Vancouver) in 1992. At first, he found some aspects of life in the area frightening but, as time went on, and with the involvement of friends, he grew to care deeply for the community. He loves the character, heart and courage of the Downtown Eastside. He has learned much about the human spirit and its will to survive in spite of all the challenges it encounters.

Stephen enjoys poetry, creative writing and acting. Something he particularly loves about acting is the ability to share a message in a way that provokes thought and feelings without preaching. He believes artists must think about how their work is presented, keeping in mind that sensitive issues can negatively impact audience members after they leave. Stephen believes that the arts help shed light on the issues of our community, uplift the spirit, and play a key role in building bridges to other communities.

Stephen has acted in a number of community arts initiatives with Vancouver Moving Theatre – Bah Humbug, Downtown Community Eastside Community Play, the Shadows Project, Crime and Punishment, Minotaur Dreams. Stephen participates in the Carnegie Community Choice and Mothers and Grandfathers drum group. He sits on the on the boards for Carnegie Community Centre and urban ink, Aboriginal network on disabilities society, Roundtable Dialogue in Community and speaks at city council regarding issues such as housing, homelessness, missing women, residential schools and addictions.

 

Elwin Xie, Board Member

Elwin is our technical wizard. He was the on-air technician for the Vancouver Slam Event in February, 2013. He is a tech operator for Bulland Awaaz and Media Mornings programs at Vancouver Coop Radio, and as well has been on the production team of numerous cultural events within the Downtown Eastside. Elwin is also involved with the Chinese Canadian Historical Society.

 

Gary Olver, Board Member

Gary is Woodlands Cree and an artist of many mediums, including fine arts sculpture in argilite, irvory, wood and precious metals;  as well Gary has and worked in the film and television world as an actor and now continues as a producer on projects that he developes himself.

  

 

 

Gunargie O'Sullivan, Red Jam Slam Festival Coordinator 

RJSS Founding Member Gunargie O'Sulivan
Gunargie has been dedicated to community and campus radio since 1989 and attributes her knowledge to her guests and her community. The Resonating Reconciliation project was originally her idea and she helped develop the proposal. She will be working from Vancouver four days a week and email is the best way to reach her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Gunargie is the founder of the shows “Late night with Savages” on CFRO-FM Vancouver Co-op Radio and “Nation to Nation” on CJSF-FM and currently produces “When Spirit Whispers” and “Sne’wayulh” at CFRO-FM.

She also founded the Red Jam Slam Society, which exists to initiate celebrations, events and festivals that feature Aboriginal artists and performers and encourage grassroots and inclusive strategies to honor all Aboriginal voices. The Red Jam Slam Society is also a partner organization in the Resonating Reconciliation project. Gunargie was also the Aboriginal Representative on the NCRA Board of Directors and head of the NCRA’s Native Caucus.

Gunargie was on the Board of CFRO-FM and currently sits on the Boards of WMovers and Women’s Wellness and Cultural Centre for Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. She is a member of the Tlowitsis tribe which she says “means mad, angry people ;)” Gunargie is both a direct and inter-generational survivor of Indian Residential Schools, and was fostered and then adopted by the age of seven. Her inspiration to carry out this important work has changed the landscape of Aboriginal radio.