Outside The Spotlight
A Podcast Series Exploring Mental Health & Artists
Outside The Spotlight is the newest podcast series produced by the Creative City Centre.
In this series, performing artists open up about their mental health journeys and how those journeys impact and foster their art. They also share tips and tricks they’ve learned along the way.
Each episode features two artists in conversation from various artistic disciplines including music, poetry and comedy. The discussions are 100% unfiltered and led by the artists, so each episode takes on a life of its own—focusing in on whichever topics the artists feel are best suited to their conversation.
At various points throughout these discussions, the artists take breaks from chatting to perform (songs, poems or comedy bits), giving us a taste of what they’re accustomed to sharing in the spotlight amidst the discussion of their lives outside of it.
This series deals with difficult subject matter that may not be suitable for all listeners. Listener discretion is advised.
Outside The Spotlight is a six part limited series premiering on January 31, 2023 on all streaming services with a new episode every 2 weeks!
Season 1: Guest Profiles
Episode 1: Cat Abenstein & Roxie Lenton
Cat Abenstein (she/her) is a bisexual, neurodivergent, white settler from oskana kâ-asastêki in Treaty 4. (Regina, SK) She’s a spoken word artist and arts administrator at the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild where she is witness to the connection and community found through story. Cat explores addiction, mental health, consent, and family history in her work. She lives with her wife and two cats in a house older than all of their ages combined.
Roxie Lenton is a singer-songwriter born and raised in the land of the living skies (Saskatchewan). Her struggles with mental illness over the years have given Roxie an added drive to share her lyric-driven pop-folk music with the world in the hope of empowering others. Put her in front of a piano or toss her an acoustic guitar and watch Roxie’s quirky spirit come alive while her sultry voice carries you on a musical journey.