AUGUST 3, 2022


A discussion on sustaining ourselves as artists, within personally taxing work, through the challenges of gig life, against self-imposed existential torment. DM with guests Travis Knights and Leah Simone Bowen.



Travis Knights is a Tap Dancer.

Born in Montreal, Canada, Travis was introduced to the rich oral tradition of Tap by his teacher Ethel Bruneau at age 10. He went on to travel the world spreading his love of rhythm across 4 continents, touring with Tap Dogs, Tapestry Dance Company, and the self-produced Tap Love Tour. He is the 2020 recipient of the Jaqueline Lemieux Prize for outstanding contribution to dance in Canada. In December 2021, in partnership with Dance Immersion, Travis, along with renowned Tap Dancer Lisa LaTouche, created and directed Legacy Series: Tap Dance Symposium which aimed to re-introduce Tap Dance to the local Black community in Toronto. He currently lives in Brampton, Ontario and hosts The Tap Love Tour Podcast, available on spotify, soundcloud and apple podcasts, (make sure to subscribe) featuring interviews of a myriad of inspiring tap dance artists.


Leah-Simone Bowen is a Toronto based writer, producer and director. As a playwright, she has been in residence at the Stratford Festival of Canada, Playwright's Workshop Montreal, Cahoots Theatre and she is the former Artistic Producer at Obsidian Theatre, the largest Black performing arts company in Canada. Her work has been featured in The Canadian Theatre Review, CBC Arts and The National Post. Her plays include, Code Word: Time, The Hallway, and The Flood which was published by Playwright’s Canada Press in 2018. She is the creator and co-host of the hit CBC podcast The Secret Life of Canada which looks at the untold and undertold history of the country. Born in Alberta, her family hails from Barbados W.I. She is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s theatre program.