Kris Demeanor is a songwriter, poet, theatre and film artist who has released seven recordings of original songs, most recently Entirely New Beasts, with beats and co-writes by Rae Spoon. He's opened for artists such as Billy Bragg, Ray Davies, Tegan and Sarah, and Black Francis and has toured Australia and Europe numerous times solo and with his Crack Band. Kris was the inaugural Poet Laureate of Calgary (2012-14) and co-edited with Dymphny Dronyk The Calgary Project, a compilation of poetry by Calgary writers. Recent work includes Making Treaty 7, a multi-disciplinary show featuring First Nations and non-aboriginal artists illuminating Alberta's history; writing songs for CBC’s The Irrelevant Show; collaborating with Ian Tyson on two songs for his latest record; and Shelter From the Storm, a songwriting project with clients of Calgary's Drop-in Centre. In January 2020 , Kris debuted his one-man show of music and monologue, Russell: Straight Up, a comedic take on the enabled white male.