About Sleepover


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About Sleepover

Sleepover takes us inside an unusual social encounter, where three complete strangers agree to meet in different places—from a highrise condo to an island yurt—for an evening, night, and morning together.

In each episode, with Sook-Yin's guidance, one stranger takes the spotlight and presents a problem from their life. The other two offer advice and bring up related experiences from their own unique perspectives.

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The Team

Sook-Yin Lee Sook-Yin Lee is so excited about having sleepovers that she is losing sleep over it. She hosts and orchestrates this unusual social experiment with intense curiosity, spark and a spirit of mischief-making. Storytelling is a hallmark of her career as a filmmaker, musician, actor, artist and radio and TV broadcaster. The former MuchMusic VJ hosted and co-produced the award-winning personal storytelling program DNTO on CBC Radio One. She starred in the groundbreaking movie Shortbus which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, earning her the 2007 Best Supporting Actress award from the International Cinephile Society. Year of the Carnivore is Lee's feature movie debut as writer-director. Her photography, video and narrative dance work has been presented at TIFF Future Projections, the Ottawa Art Gallery, SummerWorks and Rhubarb performance festivals. She won the 2014 Canadian Screen Award for Best Performance by a Lead Dramatic Actress in a Program/Mini-Series for her role as in the movie Jack. She fronts the band JOOJ who released their debut album on Last Gang Records. Sook-Yin makes music for the original Sleepover score, and shoots and edits the Sleepover videos. Twitter: @sookyinlee facebook:

Veronica Simmonds is a deep sleeper and an even deeper listener. When she's not recording Sook-Yin swimming in hotel pools she can be found making experimental radio documentaries. Her work has aired on ABC, BBC and CBC as well as in a weather observatory in France and a former grain silo in Norway. She's particularly curious about the nature of time. Her doc on the subject, Dr. Clock, was a finalist for the Prix Italia in 2015. Her love of the internet has led her to create interactive web experiences such as Body of Waterand her love of hair led her to create her podcast Braidio where she braids hair on air. Twitter: @veesimmonds

Michelle Macklem is a light sleeper, but daydreams to the depths of all things radio. In addition to helping handcraft Sleepover, she's featured acclaimed radio documentaries on Third Coast and CBC Radio. She uses vivid sound design to explore the atmospheric and ambient nature of audio. Her sound-rich work "Swimmers" was shortlisted for the Third Coast Short Docs 2016 competition. Michelle has also dabbled in the world of radio fiction and has produced work for ABC and Radiotopia podcasts. When she's not mixing it up in the studio, she can be found out and about recording forests, fields and trails. Twitter: @michmacklem

Alanna Stuart can snooze just about anywhere—planes, cars, hammocks. She's the digital producer at Sleepover, engaging with our community of audio lovers. She used to host an all-Canadian, all-indie music show on CBC Radio 3, and she occasionally makes mini-docs about small music cities and queer orchestras for CBC Arts. When she's not at the CBC, Alanna is a producer, songwriter and frontwoman in indie dancehall duo Bonjay. Bonjay's received acclaim from the New York Times, The Guardian, and BBC, and has been featured in the AGO and Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal. Alanna also contributes to the creative community as a former A.M.Y (Artists Mentoring Youth) mentor, and current Music Gallery board member and Toronto Cultural Leaders Lab fellow, where she's learning how to spark change in the Toronto arts and beyond. Twitter: @alannastuart.

Craig Desson is a digital producer and occasional doc maker at CBC Radio. He has also worked at the Toronto Star, TVO and Journalists for Human Rights in Sierra Leone. Twitter: @craigdesson.