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About Dr Charity Marsh

PhD 2005 York University

MA 1999 York University

BA 1998 University of Ottawa

BMus 1997 University of Ottawa


Dr Marsh is Director of the Humanities Research Institute (HRI) , Director of the Interactive and Performance (IMP) Labs, and 

Professor in Creative Technologies and Interdisciplinary Programs in the Faculty of Media, Art, and Performance at the University of Regina. 

Imagine This!

Charity and her kiddos making the radio show, Imagine This Music!

From July 1, 2007 until December 31, 2018 Dr Marsh held a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Interactive Media and Popular Music. As part of her CRC program of research in 2007, Dr Marsh was awarded funds through the Canadian Foundation for Innovation Grant and the Saskatchewan Fund for Innovation and Science to create the Interactive Media

and Performance (IMP) Labs. Awarded her second term as CRC in 2012, she successfully applied for another Canada Foundation for Innovation grant to further expand the IMP Labs to include the Centre for Indigenous Hip Hop Cultures and Community Research, as well as the Popular Music and Mobile Media Labs. The development of the IMP Labs as a community, arts-based, accessible, public, and collaborative research space has greatly influenced Dr Marsh’s program of research, enabling an emphasis on community initiated programming and projects, as well as the development of Dr Marsh’s primary focus on populations often marginalized (i.e Indigenous youth, women, girls, trans and non-binary people, remote communities, and artists).

As Director of the IMP Labs, Dr Marsh has produced, developed, and facilitated multiple workshops on creative audio and digital technologies; she has curated the Flatland Scratch Seminar and Workshop Series; developed programming for supporting remote communities with hip hop programming; engaged in numerous collaborative hip hop and interactive media projects with many community partners (i.e. Scott Collegiate, the Northern Sport and Culture Association, Street Culture, Ranch Ehrlo, O’Neill High School, Bert Fox High School, Sask Music, and Girls Rock Regina). Dr Marsh has also developed the IMP Labs' Community Hours and Workshops Program, where she and her IMP Labs’ research team facilitate knowledge sharing and mentoring around popular music, popular culture, sound/audio cultures, and their associated media technologies. 

Charity Marsh bass

Above: Charity performing with her band, Sunset Embassy

Below: Charity DJing at T & A

DJing for T&A

Dr Marsh has hosted the Girls Rock Regina (GRR) youth since its inaugural camp held in 2017, and GRR adult camps as part of her IMP Labs community arts programming. To date there have been five youth camps, and three adult camps, along with a number of additional events developed to support the engagement of girls, women, and non-binary people in the creative practices associated with popular music. Dr Marsh has been recognized for innovation and excellence in teaching and learning. In 2009, she was awarded the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Arts and Learning, for her collaborative work on curriculum development and the creation of the Scott Collegiate/IMP Labs Hip Hop Project, which continued for 6 years. In 2009, she was part of the President’s Teaching and Learning Scholars cohort. And in 2018, along with four of her community-research partners, she was awarded a YWCA Woman of Distinction Award for her ongoing work with Girls Rock Regina. 

As part of her CRC research program on interactive media, performance, and popular music in western and northern Canada, Dr Marsh focused on music and identity, music technologies, and local and global performance. In 2013 she completed her SSHRC-funded project, “Negotiating Traditional and Contemporary Experience in Canadian Aboriginal Hip Hop,” in which she demonstrates there has been a dramatic shift in the way that Indigenous youth are telling their stories, and it is through hip hop arts practices that young people are articulating complex lived experiences and engaging in a globalized world. In 2014 Dr Marsh was awarded a SSHRC Insight Grant for a project entitled, “Hip Hop Indigenized: Imagined Communities, Diasporic Identities, and Global Youth Empowerment.” This ongoing research (extended for three years due to two maternity leaves, and Covid-19 research restrictions) further addresses the overall significance of how Indigenous youth in Canada are contributing to a global hip hop politics. As part of this research Dr Marsh has published a number of scholarly articles, book chapters, engaged in multiple presentations, invited lectures, a TedX talk, public interviews, and festivals. During this time, Dr Marsh has collaborated on and produced multiple hip hop recordings with youth, and co-edited the first collection of scholarly articles on hip hop in Canada, We Still Here: Hip Hop North of the 49th Parallel, published by McGill-Queen’s University Press (2020). 

Since March 2020, Dr Marsh began co-hosting a weekly radio show for 91.3 FM CJTR Regina’s Community Radio Station called Imagine This Music! along with her children, Ilse and Aksel, and partner Evie Johnny Ruddy. From the radio program and research, Dr Marsh in collaboration with Evie Ruddy, created the video art piece, We are a Family, as part of the augmented reality exhibition for Pride called Queering the Creek. 

Along with the Global Indigenous Hip Hop project, Dr Marsh’s current program of research focuses on GRR (formerly Girls Rock Regina) and the impacts of community arts-based initiatives on expanding possibilities for women, trans, and non-binary people within the popular music industries. Dr Marsh hosts the GRR camps (adult and youth) in the IMP Labs, and engages in multiple kinds of dissemination for both academic and non-academic community, including panel discussions, podcasts, artist in residencies, community programming, songwriting, performing, and production of special events. She has published on GRR in the Journal of Popular Music (2019), and in Summer 2020, released a 36-mins documentary that she directed and produced called, I’m Gonna Play Loud: Girls Rock Regina and the Ripple Effect. The documentary focuses on the musical experiences and impacts of Girls Rock on the organizers, musicians, and volunteer cis and trans women, and non-binary folks involved. Dr Marsh has also produced a series of short videos focusing on themes that arose from her research on the youth camps called When she plays, We hear the Revolution. Currently, along with collaborators Evie Ruddy and Elian Mikkola, Dr Marsh is producing and directing a documentary about the coming together of 5 women during the second GRRown up camp and the formation of their band Sister Stranger. She is also engaged in the SSHRC-funded research project, It's More than a Name Change!: Re-Thinking the Culture and Priorities of Girls Rock Regina.

Dr Marsh current research focuses on: the impacts of trauma-informed community arts-based initiatives on expanding possibilities for women, girls, and non-binary people; the ethics and responsibilities for listening to children; a project exploring the impact of the improvisatory practices, creative innovation, and interdisciplinary engagement that is necessary for the success of musicians living in Saskatchewan; completing a short documentary on the band Sister Stranger; and a co-edited volume on DJ Cultures in Canada.

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