Lena is from Wikwemikong Unceded Reserve and is a multidisciplinary artist, based in Toronto.
She is also an events planner at First Story Toronto and an administrator for the Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance.
Lena opened for Buffy Sainte-Marie in 2011 at Phoenix Concert Hall before releasing her first album “I Am Woman, Kwe”. Which went on to receive a Native American Music Award, 2013 for Best Spoken Word Recording and one medal for Debut Artist of the Year. She is also an Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards 2012 Triple Nominee: Best Album Cover Design (w/ Ireva Photography), Best Pop CD and Best New Artist.
Lena is set to prepare for her sophomore album with an audio/visual EP release this June 2015.
An actress and writer in film: Lena won the Cynthia Lickers-Sage Award for emerging talent from the ImagineNative Film + Media Festival (2006) for her film Eggs Instead.
Theatre highlights include: Annie Cook in The Rez Sisters (Centre for Indigenous Theatre) at the Hart House Theatre, Various Characters in White Wash by Robin Fulford at Theatre Passe Muraille, Hecuba/Fury in Clytemnestra-Queen of Argos (Theatre of Change) at Humber Bay Park and Native Earth Performing Arts’ Unnatural and Accidental Women by Marie Clements directed by Yvette Nolan at Buddies In Bad Times Theatre. Her recent stage and film performance on the female comedy series “She Kills Me” on APTN is now viewable at http://aptn.ca/shekillsme/
Dance: Lena participated in the Aboriginal Dance Performance program at the Banff Centre and performed in Creation: My Mother’s Story by Columpa Bobb and Dancing Circles choreographed by Rosalee Jones. Her performing and writing skills began at The Centre for Indigenous Theatre, she is an alumni of the class of 2005.