Born and raised into a musical family in Toronto, Ontario, Janet Lumb bought her first guitar at age 12 and soon after joined The Singing Knights of St. George the Martyr church, a youth group combo which played folk cover tunes.
By the time she reached age 22 and had moved to Vancouver, Janet was starting to develop a dedicated passion for music. She took part in formulating an all womens' folk group called Contagious in which she played acoustic guitar and also provided back-up vocals.
Although Janet knew she wasn't cut out to be a lead vocalist she still yearned to find her 'lead voice' and, at age 28, eventually found it in the saxophone. The sax became Janet's instrument of choice and she eventually moved on to play it in a band called Persisters and an all women punk band known as the Moral Lepers where she backed up for the likes of Dead Kennedys and D.O.A.
Janet was also busy developing skills in social services. She started as a street worker at a community center, then later served on staff at a women's shelter and then later still, as a child care worker helping juvenile delinquents.
In 1984, Janet relocated to Montreal and continued to lend her talent to numerous bands and musical personages. These included Culture Shock, Touché, Mai Jing, Kiss My Passion and Assar Santana whom with she toured nationally and internationally. She also continued to develop her child care worker skills taking on a position working with autistic children.
Janet first began composing music for films and videos in 1990 when theatre director, Carlos Alacchi, whom she had been working with, asked her to do the music score for his first film. Janet agreed and her career as a film music composer was launched. However it wasn't until 1995 when she literally fell into her full potential after taking a bad spill in a playground while babysitting for a friend. Having badly injured her knee, Janet was temporarily hobbled into a subdued lifestyle which could no longer include working with autistic children. At this point, however, film score contracts suddenly started beating a path to her door and Janet finally realized a life-long dream to live off her music.
Along about the same time, impressario Bernard Nguyen initiated the organization of a festival promoting multidisciplinary artists of Asian descent and approached Janet to help conceive the project. Undaunted by the leg-brace and cane which she was forced to use at the time, the ever-prolific Janet agreed and the Montreal Asian Heritage Festival was born. Bernard left soon after leaving the reins to Janet who indefatigably carried on running the entire festival out of her bedroom for the first seven years. Her efforts were not in vain. In 2002, for her contribution to the arts and dedication to the community through the festival, Janet was presented with the Queen's Golden Jubilee Award.
Today, Janet continues to support herself composing music for films and videos, playing in bands, is an advisory member of numerous Canadian arts committees and engages in projects activating social change.
 2013 Presentation by Janet Lumb on the Asian Canadian Wiki at Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library at U of T
Presentation will be based on ancestry, culture and community. I will speak about who I am, my mother, Asian Heritage Month, Festival Accès Asie, cultural politics, and the Asian Canadian Wiki in 2009 that was created to engage community participation in the national Asian Heritage Month Symposium in 2010. The Asian Canadian Wiki was created in the context of the democratization of knowledge/ technology, citizen participation, popular education, opensource, blogging and Wikipedia. With the phenomena of living globally in our hands and homes, virtual realities and international migrations, culture and community plays an even more pertinent role in the 21st century.
Links, sources to my presentation Jean Lumb Foundation http://jeanlumbfoundation.ca/
Peter Jackson’s definition of cultural politics: “the domain in which meanings are constructed and negotiated, where relations of dominance and subordination are defined and contested,” papers in this session will discuss how understandings of exclusion, fragmentation, and disconnect intersect with culturally constructed social divisions such as ethnicity, race, gender, nationality, religion, class, age-grade, and/or sexuality. http://h-net.msu.edu/cgi-bin/logbrowse.pl?trx=vx&list=H-CAE&month=0803&week=b&msg=GcohxmT627IhtsnvhLAsgw&user=&pw=
Festival Accès Asie, Montreal Asian Heritage Festival http://accesasie.com/?lang=en
Arts and technology, OBORO and Accès Asie-1998 http://www.oboro.net/en
Zab Maboungou/Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata and William Lau, Little Pear Garden Collective, 2005 http://www.oboro.tv/en/video/7-moments
Asian Canadian Wiki -2009 National Asian Heritage Month Symposium http://www.asiancanadianwiki.org/w/National_Asian_Heritage_Symposium_2010
Citizen participation Sherry Arnstein Sherry Arnstein discusses eight types of participation in A Ladder of Citizen Participation (1969). Often termed as "Arnstein's ladder", these are broadly categorized as: Citizen Power: Citizen Control, Delegated Power, Partnership. Tokenism: Placation, Consultation, Informing. Non-participation: Therapy, Manipulation. citizen participation: redistribution of power that enables the have-not citizens, presently excluded from the political and economic processes, to be deliberately included in the future. http://www.google.ca/imgres?imgurl=http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_4zN2YcMsVMM/S6C8z5SXoqI/AAAAAAAABNg/wIRx50dAWWQ/s400/pubs-5xkj6p-ladder.gif&imgrefurl=http://environmentalistonamission.blogspot.com/2010/03/closer-look-at arnsteinsladder.html&h=357&w=387&sz=16&tbnid=10Sr663Ul_hHgM:&tbnh=90&tbnw=98&zoom=1&usg=__j-M7GQnA41g-tV8RkLtpjrzYIXE=&docid=sR58-rUWd5kOaM&sa=X&ei=EiJfUdCbFtO-4APetIGoCw&ved=0CEgQ9QEwBA&dur=2730
related influences and inspirations to my presentation...
popular education http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Popular_education
Open Documentary Lab http://opendoclab.mit.edu/