Cole Forrest Stevens is an Ojibwe artist and spoken-word poet originally from Nipissing First Nation near North Bay, Ontario. He strives for improving compassion and acceptance within the arts and culture sector. By always seeking new horizons and pushing to be the best he can be, Cole is forever learning new techniques to hone his craft.
Currently, Cole works with the nation-wide music education group Coalition for Music Education in Canada as an ambassador for their Youth4Music Program, sits as a co-chair on their National Youth Council, and leads their First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Projects.
Cole has trained at the “Big Medicine Studio” while working with the group Aanmitaagzi on various performing arts pieces at the local, provincial, and nation-wide levels. Cole has written, directed, and acted in various student/independent short films as well as fringe festival theatre pieces, and, a musical. Cole is a recipient of the Ken and Ann Watts Memorial Scholarship of “Sears Drama”. Cole’s play “Speaking Mind Spoken Word” was shortlisted for the Wayne Fairhead New Play Award. Cole’s other play “Life Anishinaabe Youth” was the recipient of the Outstanding Original Work award at the On The Edge Fringe Festival (2017). Cole is also a recipient of the James Bartleman Indigenous Youth Creative Writers Award. As a film student, Cole continues to write, direct, create, while attending George Brown College for their Video Design and Production Program. Cole is regarded as an emerging cultural leader of Northern Ontario. He is proficient in movement, theater, media, music, and most notably, writing.