Our Team

Our Team

It takes a village to raise a child – In our case, the child is a festival and the village is our community of volunteers, board members, and staff! 

Festival Staff

Artistic Director

Adrien Harpelle

Adrien Harpelle has spent the last 9 years performing in several punk/alternative acts. In the last year he has composed for 2 short films and produced I.R. Idiot’s debut ‘Spore’. He is a graduate of the Music Industry Arts program at Algonquin College and has since produced and released several albums and worked on numerous films.

Alyssa Kusik

Alyssa Kusik is a multi media expressionist artist from Thunder Bay, Ontario. A videographer, graphic artist, and painter. A graduate of two certificate programs; Introduction to Pre-Animation and for Fine Arts from Algonquin College. She is an active community member. She often collaborates with local film makers, galleries, bands and fellow artists to make animations, documentary films and music videos. Expanding her portfolio while she pursues her brand of SalsaFish Art and the arts collective: LIP Productions.  

Board of Directors

Festival Founder | Chair

Kelly Saxberg

Kelly Saxberg HeadshotKelly Saxberg is a film producer, director, editor and cinematographer who has worked on over 100 films. She works in English, French, Spanish and Finnish. Kelly founded Bay Street Film Festival in 2005 to celebrate and screen local independent films.
She has also mentored dozens of emerging filmmakers in Thunder Bay through Flash Frame workshops and collaborative film projects since 2001.
Most recently, Kelly worked as the producer of Where the Poppies Grow: The Lakehead At War which tells the story of a local soldier in World War 1.


Marcus Agombar

Starting with Vox Popular in 2017 as the Festival Administrative Intern, in 2018 he took charge as Festival Director. Marcus is an Honours Bachelor of Commerce graduate from Lakehead University with a major in Management Information Systems.
Marcus is also one of the co-founders of BaySafe Harm Reduction which is a non-profit grassroots organization in Thunder Bay. Outside of work Marcus is a father to a son and 5 pets, and a DJ under the alias of ICOSA.

Board Member

Martin King

Martin King is an Artist and Movie Director from Thunder Bay, Ontario. Martin had art in exhibits in the Definitely Superior Art Gallery and the Thunder Bay Art Gallery. Martin King been selling art as a Commission Artist since 2011. He is also a Broadcasting and Film graduate of Confederation College. Martin also took an animation course in High School. His Directing career, started when he made his first film “Wake Up” in 2017. The movie took 2 years to make. Martin King most popular short film he made so far is God’s Park in 2018. Wapikoni produced the film for him and Martin King directed it. Mr. King also did some acting for community theater such as Death of a Salesman in 2016 and Mamma Mia in 2019.


Margaret Jurcic

Margaret Jurcic has been an active community member, volunteer and film lover for many years!


Like many non-profits, Vox Popular could not thrive without its team of dedicated volunteers helping with events year-round. Thank you for your many contributions to our festival!

Arlene King
Avril Goodwin
Barb Kaye
Brenda Bottos
Caroline Sada
Charis Mesic
Chithra Raji
Dayna Ingves
Diane Brothers
Dylan Chapman
Elaine Lynch
Gary Bellinger
Jonathon Woolverton
Julie Ktytor
Kaija Ranta
Kalle Kauranen

Keegan Richard
Kelsey Duyen
Kevin Brothers
Lorraine Korhonen
Madelaine Bernard
Matthew Diegel
Meghan Beals
Melissa Chance
Niklas Kauranen
Pat Kinner
Robyn Saxberg
Roman Zawadzki
Sandy Moonias
Selma Nayebi
Shirley Kauranen
Tamara Rose

Interested in Volunteering with Vox Popular?

Please complete our volunteer application form to provide us with details including your name, contact information, and why you are interested. We will be in touch with you very soon!