For Tarragon: Debut
Selected Credits and Awards: Too Good To Be True (Playwright, Actor, Director) Huff (Playwright,
Actor) Buddies in Bad Times’ Vanguard Award for Risk and Innovation, two Dora Mavor Moore Awards
Outstanding Performance, Outstanding New Play, RBC’s Emerging Playwright Award, The Lustrum Award (which recognizes the greatest moments at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival) and was shortlisted for Amnesty International’s Freedom Of Expression Award. Huff has been published, translated into French, continues to tour and was released as a podcast by the CBC.
Selected Film/ Television/ Music: Cliff Cardinal and The Skylarks’ first recording, This Is Not a Mistake was released in 2016 and is available online. Cliff’s CBC Special, a songwriter/ storyteller performance, toured festivals in Ottawa, Calgary, St. Catharines, through Canada’s
North starting in Yellowknife and won the Jon Kaplan Spotlight Award for the top performance
at Toronto’s SummerWorks Festival. The band’s new album The Hard Way is being released as singles.
Other: Cliff is an associate artist at Video Cabaret where he develops his new work. Born on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, he studied playwriting at the National Theatre School of Canada, fronts Toronto Pop-Reggae band Cliff Cardinal and The Skylarks and is the son of iconic Canadian actress Tantoo Cardinal. Cardinal lives in Toronto with his wife Sage Paul (Artistic Director of
Indigenous Fashion WeekToronto), their dog, Frodo, and their cat, Tigar.