Cultures of MRU

Cultures of MRU invites the MRU community to celebrate and honour the diverse community across campus. This month-long series of events is an opportunity to highlight and share the various cultures on campus, and to create a space of dialogue, awareness and understanding of each other.

BIPOC Support Network

This network seeks to facilitate the implementation of the strategies developed to advance the vision of MRU’s brand pillars, the BIPOCSN was formed with the goal of fostering a sense of belonging on campus by providing a support network for faculty, staff and students who identify as Black, Indigenous or People of Colour. 

Friday, March 5, 2021 | 12:00-1:00 p.m.| Google Meet Link

International Music Night

Cultures of MRU is hosting International Music Night, every Friday night in March, from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. featuring a diverse range of local singers who perform music that is dear to their hearts. Genes of the weekly program include Bollywood, traditional Indigenous, acoustic music, and Philipino rap. International Music Night creates an increased connection within the MRU community, by supporting local artists as well as by learning about different cultures. Held virtually, attendees can enjoy this culturally rich entertainment from the comfort of their homes and are encouraged to bring their own food and drinks. We look forward to jamming out with you!

Friday, March 5, 2021 | 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. | Join via @SAMRUbuzz Instagram Live Stream

Randy Turning Robe Jr.

Recent MRU graduate Randy Turning Robe Jr. is a Traditional Hand Drum singer born and raised in Mohtk’iin’skiss (Calgary). Randy’s mother is from the Tsuut’ina Nation and his father is from the Siksika Nation and he is a fourth-generation drummer and singer from his family’s drum group.

Genre: Indigenous music, Traditional Hand Drum

Bebe Buckskin

Making her way from the bush of Northern Alberta, Bebe Buckskin, is a Nêhiyaw singer song-writer and matriarch, cultivates a delightful fusion of rhythm & blues, classic rock and soulful roots that warm the hearts of all who hear her perform.

With multiple chart-successes on the Indigenous Music Countdown, Buckskin is no stranger to creating, releasing and working her unique music. Her sophomore EP, “Asiskiy” which means “Earth” in Cree, is a 5 track EP and was recorded at Dog in The Window Records in Calgary, and released in April 2020 release. 

Follow Bebe Buckskin on Instagram @Bebe_Buckskin

Genre: Indigenous music, blues, rhythm & blues, classic rock

Bebe Buckskin ‘Muskeg Blues’ live at Studio Bell, National Music Centre

Friday, March 12, 2021 | 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. | Join via @SAMRUbuzz Instagram Live Stream


Fatiha (Prema) Rezwan, aka Premanition is a Bangladeshi Canadian artist. She is a self-taught guitarist and made her start singing in school choir groups for years. Prema has played functions such as Leadfest and Outrun the Stigma. She was trained in classical singing for several years and pursued electronic music in her spare time, largely influenced by her love for synth wave and 80s music. Her debut album Head Games was released in 2019 and was both composed and recorded by Prema with Evergreen Sound mixing/mastering.

Follow Premanition on Instagram @premanitionmusic

Genre: Singer-songwriter, electro-pop

Premanition ‘Sleep Talking’

Jackie Art

Jaxon Hector aka Jackie Art is a local hip-hop performer living in Calgary. Jackie is known for his energetic and engaging live performances and his passion for his craft. With over 40 original songs, Jackie’s music can be found on multiple different platforms such as Soundcloud and Youtube.

Follow Jackie Art on Instagram @Jackieartt

Genre: hip-hop, rap, rhythm & blues

Jackie Art ‘Get Moving’

Friday, March 19, 2021 | 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. | Join via @SAMRUbuzz Instagram Live Stream

Lanice Chep

Lanice Chep is a non-binary local singer-songwriter that writes honest and heartfelt originals. Lanice’s talent for music is rooted deeply from personal experience. Their music combines soft, yielding vocals matched with modern folk guitar.

Follow Lanice on their Instagram @homoiswheretheheartis

Genre: Singer/songwriter, folk

Lanice Chep ‘Ridiculous’

Melody McArthur

Melody McArthur is an Melodic Hip Hop artist hailing originally from Treaty 8 Territory in Northern Alberta, Canada. McArthur has three full-length albums under her belt: Redneck Reservation (2018), Indigenuity (2019), and Rising Waters (2020). McArthur describes her sound as a mix between Doja Cat meets JoJo and Lauryn Hill. McArthur is a multi-award winning and nominated musician, philanthropist, mentor, and mother of two. 

Follow Melody on Instagram @melodymcarthurmusic

Genre: Hip-hop and rap, Indigenous Melodic Hip- Hop

Melody McArthur ‘Learn to Breathe’

Amy Huang

Amy Huang was born in China and moved to Canada when she was seven. During her life
in China, she was introduced to a Chinese instrument called the Guzheng, an instrument that
belongs to the zither instrument family. Amy began playing the Guzheng when she was six years
old. Not long after she started playing the instrument, she moved to Canada and could not
bring the Guzheng with her. After living in Canada for three years, Amy decided to pick up the
Guzheng again after having relatives mail the Guzheng to Calgary from China. After a friend gave her a ticket to a concert hosted by the Calgary Chinese Music Development Association, Amy
was introduced to Paula Pang and not long after, she began taking lessons from Paula.

Most notable performance: Illuminasia Lantern and Garden Festival (2016), Canada Day City of Calgary Stage (2017), The Fifth International Zheng Contest in Hong Kong (2017) winning the bronze medal and The Sixth

Genre: classical Guzheng

Friday, March 26, 2021 | 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. | Join via @SAMRUbuzz Instagram Live Stream

Aera English

Aera is a second-year biology student, planning to pursue neuroscience in graduate school. She has been a musician her whole life and spent four years after high school running a studio and stage. With a passion for audio engineering and the environment, Aera moved to Calgary to pursue her dream of studying science and started university. Singing is her favourite instrument while also playing guitar, ukulele, and piano. Aera lives with two cats, the loves of her life, and her partner. Aera is also a lover of video games, medical dramas, and audiobooks.

Genre: singer-songwriter, modern folk

Aera Ladell ‘Tues Pies (Your Feet)’ Nahka & MFTP Cover

Neelam Makani

Neelam Makhani is a self-taught singer born and raised in Calgary, Alberta and has been singing since the age of eight. She is a lead vocalist in the Bollywood fusion band Ek Jhalak based in Calgary Canada. Neelam performs a variety of different music genres including English and Bollywood. Neelam has had the opportunity to perform in many cities across Canada including Regina, Vancouver as well as in Lisbon, Portugal! Neelam has been a part of multiple international collaboration projects with artists from all over the world!

Follow Neelam’s musical endeavours on her Facebook page @Neelam

Genre: Bollywood fusion


Born and raised in Nigeria, Enugu, Shalom Agu AKA “Gukie” is an independent musician, songwriter, producer, recording and performing artist, and label owner. Currently independently building his project oN tHE gO (OTG). Gukie has loved music from the moment he understood what music could do to the soul. He currently owns and runs an independent record label called OTG. The OTG label’s goal is to make you tune in and groove, no matter the kind of mood you’re in.

See what Gukie is up to by following him on Instagram @mrGukie

Genre: mixtapes, rap, songwriter, hip-hop

‘Better Days’ Gukie

Peer to Peer Advocacy Support Discussion

Tuesday March 9, 2021 | 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Google Meet Link

Join David Gomez, Student Support Coordinator for the Student Advocacy Resource Centre (SARC), for a discussion. on the top 10 issues that most students face during their time at MRU.

SARC provides confidential services, support and options for individual students experiencing both academic and or non-academic advocacy concerns and questions. If you’re experiencing a situation that is affecting your success at Mount Royal University, the Student Advocacy Resource Centre may be a support to you. Consider contacting our office for assistance. Student choice and self-advocacy are important to us.

Increasing Cultural Competency

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Google Meet Link 

Cultural competency is the understanding of diverse values, beliefs, and cultures and the ability to effectively interact with diverse groups of people. Join us as we explore how this important skill can help us to create a more dynamic and positive campus.

Register in advance for the event by completing this Google Form.

*You must be logged into your mtroyal Gmail account to access the Google Form.

International Student Meet and Greet

International Student Meet & Greet

Monday, March 15, 2021 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. |Google Meet Link

Everyone is welcome to come and visit! This program gives International students, and the broader Mount Royal community, an opportunity to meet new people and build connections.

The Loudest Silence: Anti-Racism Commemoration Open Mic

The Anti-Racism Commemoration Open Mic is a platform where SAMRU aims to uplift and amplify the voices of BIPOC students. The event will offer a space for BIPOC individuals to share their experiences as racialized students at MRU. MRU faculty, staff and administration are welcome at the event to hear and honour the lived experiences of students. This is in the format of a Google Stream Meet. Only mtroyal Gmail accounts can access the live-streamed event.

If you are a BIPOC student and you are interested in sharing your experience or looking for additional information, please contact Spirit River Striped Wolf, SAMRU president here. 

Thursday, March 18, 2021 | 3:30 p.m. | Google Stream Meet Link

Indigenous Cultural Awareness

Thursday, March 18, 2021 | 11:00-1:00 p.m. |Google Meet Link

Join Dion Simon, Medicine Trail Coordinator of the Iniskim Centre at MRU, speak about what Indigenous cultural awareness looks like and how it can be used to ensure all students feel like they belong at MRU. Simon works with faculty and students across the university to build Indigenous education programs that embrace Indigenous ways of knowing. The Iniskim Centre provides a space to support Indigenous students and is a place for the Indigenous community to grow.

Beggars, Thieves, Invalids and Freaks: Questioning our assumptions about health, wellness, and disability

Monday, March 22, 2021 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Google Meet Link 

Join us on a whirlwind tour of history as we consider the concept of disability and the way it has been understood through time. We will explore human rights issues, medicalization, and some of the more common stereotypes of persons with disabilities. Finally, we will question the role of these understandings in the way they shape current policies.

Register in advance for the event by completing this Google Form.

*You must be logged into your mtroyal Gmail account to access the Google Form.

Cultures of MRU Film Festival

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 | 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. | See below for corresponding film and Zoom links

SAMRU is excited to present its first Cultures of MRU (CMRU) Film Festival, but with a virtual twist. We hope to provide a platform that aims to share our various cultures and create dialogue, awareness and understanding, promoting cooperation, diversity, and friendship on campus. The festival will screen will feature two full-length feature films followed by a sequence of discussions. A $50 Amazon gift card will be drawn for participants at each screening!

Inventing Tomorrow (2018) | Laura Nix | 1h 45m | Hoovie Registration Link

Motivated by the desire to protect their homes, these young people are asking questions about the issues they observe in their communities, and proposing innovative solutions to fix some of the most complex environmental issues facing humanity today – right in their own backyards. (Documentary).

Inventing Tomorrow Trailer

Last Train Home (2010)| Lixin Fan | 1h 27m | Hoovie Registration Link

An intimate portrait of a moment in time: China, New Year’s holiday travel, 130 million factory workers migrating from city factory jobs to the rural towns where their families await their yearly visit (Documentary, drama).

Please note, there are two separate zoom events for each screening which means participants attending both films will just need to leave one Zoom event and log-in to the corresponding one to watch the second film. The Zoom links will be released to participants after they visit the Hoovie Registration page (Inventing Tomorrow) and the Hoovie Registration page (Last Train Home).

Last Train Home Trailer

A Snapshot of LGBTQ+ History

Discover the work of Sarah Armstrong from SAMRU Pride and MRU Professor D.A Dirks as they give a short history lesson of the LGBTQ community. Explore the Google Site using your mtroyal email address to discover LGBTQ+ History, key figures, films and resources.

Find the Google Site here | Cultures of MRU: A snapshot of LGBTQ+ History