Casting, Young Drunk Punk

CASTING a new comedy TV series: “YOUNG DRUNK PUNK”
SEEKING MALES AND FEMALES 18-­21yrs across Canada

Compensated at standard union rates. Only talent being considered will be notified. All talent sending in a self tape must be Canadian. Union and non-union talent can send in a self tape.

This project shoots in CALGARY and is being directed by Bruce McCulloch (KIDS IN THE HALL). For character descriptions and all video audition details, see here.

No need to submit photo and resume to apply. If you feel you fit the character description, go to our website to get the audition material and send self tape to youngdrunkpunk@gmail.com by July 24.

DEADLINE FOR SELF TAPE: Thursday, July 24th 4:30pm OUTSIDE SHOOTING DATES: Early September 2014-January 2015


 Cultural Program, Indigenous Games

Sarain Carson-Fox

Sarain Carson-Fox

The 2014 Regina North American Indigenous Games taking place in Regina on Jul 20-27, will feature a host of incredible Indigenous artists as part of its Cultural Program.

Performers include IPAA members Sarain Carson-Fox, Yvette Nolan, and Archer Pechawis, as well as Digging Roots, A Tribe Called Red, George Leach, comedian Ryan McMahon, the Iskwew Singers, Don Amero, Leela Gilday, and many more!

For more information see here.

This event will showcase unity, sport, culture, youth, volunteerism and team work between First Nations, Metis and Non-Indigenous communities. The theme of the Regina 2014 North American Indigenous Games is “Raising the Bar”. With years of preparation, dedication and sacrifice, it’s time to recognize the healthy lifestyle choices young Indigenous people and future leaders from all over North America have made.


 Duke Redbird, Birds of a Feather...

Duke Redbird

Duke Redbird

Birds of a Feather Storytelling with Duke Redbird at Windup Bird Cafe (Toronto) on July 23.

Flock to the Windup Bird where storytellers Diana Tso and Rubena Sinha welcome Duke Redbird as he weaves folklore from his Saugeen ancestry into a dialogue of the modern local food movement. Join us for an evening of storytelling, poetry, and a dialogue on what local food truly means, as we cook up a 3-course dinner using Ontario’s native plants and game.

Wednesday, July 23 @ 6pm
Windup Bird Cafe – 382 College St., Toronto
3-course dinner by Chef Yumiko Kobayashi
$40* adult / $20 kids under 12 (Plus Gratuity. This is a prepaid event)

*Special price for non-profit organizations: $30 per person when booking groups of 4 or more
Call Windup Bird Cafe 647-349-6373 or Email events@windupbird.ca


 Cycle of Sari, Yvette Nolan

Yvette Nolan directs Cycle of Sari

Yvette Nolan directs Cycle of Sari

Yvette Nolan is the director and dramaturge of Cycle of Sari, written and performed by nisha ahuja, being presented in Toronto, Sept 5-7.

7pm at Annex Theatre, 730 Bathurst St.
$20/PWYC, Reservations: cycleofasari@gmail.com

A cosmic combination of storytelling, dance, aerial silks, song, myth, sound, and shadow play.

Partitioned from land and love in Sindh, Rani travelled to present day India, and eventually to Turtle Island (North America), also Partitioned Indigenous land. After her passing, Rani’s ashes are taken from her granddaughter, Asha, who calls Rani into her dreams for answers on how to move forward after this interrupted ritual. In the cosmos with grandmothers from other places and times, Rani roots into ancestral wisdom and her life during the Partition and Independence of South Asia all the while longing for her love, Farah.

See here for more information.


 Stag and Doe, Nicole Joy-Fraser

Nicole Joy-Fraser in Kitchen Radio

Nicole Joy-Fraser in Kitchen Radio

Nicole Joy-Fraser stars in Stag and Doe, written by Mark Crawford and directed by Miles Potter, being performed at this year’s Blythe Festival, Jul 30-Sept 6.

Starring Rebecca Auerbach, Jason Chesworth, Greg Gale, Eli Ham, Nicole Joy-Fraser and Elizabeth Kalles
In the community hall on a Saturday morning, Bonnie and Brad are making Jell-O shooters for their Stag and Doe with Dee, their maid of honour. Mandy shows up and demands the use of the hall that very night for her own wedding reception – because her tent blew away in the tornado. The problem is, her groom is Rob… the man who left Dee standing at the altar a few years back. Bonnie cuts a deal with Mandy to share the hall and the day spins out of control in this hilarious new comedy about the true nature of weddings.

See here for tickets. See here for more information.


 IPAA’s Indigenous Body Of Work,

IPAA’s Indigenous Body Of Work, from The Banff Summit 2014

This compilation is incomplete. Please add to our living list by including performances we’ve missed in the comments section below.

Adams, Evan & Marie Humber Clements – Dirty Dog River
Adams, Evan – Snapshot
Annis, Heather-Marie – The Longest Way Around
Arcan, Warren Ralph – The Dark Virgin
Arluk, Renlatta – TUMIT
Baker, Marie – Albeit Aboriginal
Barker, Keith – The Hours That Remain



 Petapan: First Light Symposium

Petapan: First LIght Indigenous Arts Symposium

Petapan: First LIght Indigenous Arts Symposium

“Petapan: First Light Symposium” in Millbrook First Nation, NS, is happening from Aug 15-17.

This three-day symposium will feature key-notes, demonstrations, panel discussions, evening showcases, seminars, and will provide a space for celebrating art and forging connections.

Indigenous artists and arts practitioners from across Atlantic Canada are invited to participate in a free three-day Symposium hosted at

Meals and accommodation will be provided free of charge.

Visit this website for more information on the symposium and guest speaker and performer bios.


 Tanya Tagaq, Animism

Tanya Tagaq’s latest album, Animism, was released on May 27 by Six Shooter Records (and is available for copy5 from sixshooterrecords.com).

It’s a more political work than her previous efforts, laying out “how I feel about colonialism, government and society,” the Inuk throat singer explains.

Animism has been longlisted for the 2014 Polaris Music Prize.


 Men Seeking Men, lemonTree Creations

MSM [men seeking men]

MSM [men seeking men

lemonTree Creations in association with Spiderbones Performing Arts presents MSM [men seeking men], Jun 23-29.

The online world of conversations between queer men seeking each other is the inspiration behind MSM [men seeking men], a dance theatre piece by lemonTree creations. Using real-life transcripts of Internet dialogue as its starting point, this sexy performance deconstructs the personas that gay men put on during their online encounters.

Created and directed by Indrit Kasapi. Featuring IPAA Executive Director and member Cole Alvis. Electronic beats spun by DJ Omnipotent Power.

Please consider donating to MSM’s indiegogo project! The goal is $2,500!


 Dora Award nominees

Santee Smith in NeoIndigenA

Santee Smith in NeoIndigenA

Congratulations to Santee Smith and Cris Derksen for their DORA award nominations!

Smith was nominated for “Outstanding Female Performance” for her performance in NeoIndigena with Kaha:wi Dance Theatre.

Derksen was nominated along with Jesse Zubot, Adrian Harjo (featuring Tanya Tagaq, Michael Red, Nelson Tagoona) for “Outstanding Sound Design/Composition” for NeoIndigena with Kaha:wi Dance Theatre.

See here for the full list of DORA Mavor Moore Award Nominees.


 Digging Roots, For The Light

Digging Root's Raven Kanatakta and ShoShona Kish

Digging Root's Raven Kanatakta and ShoShona Kish

Digging Roots’ new album “For The Light” is now available on iTunes! The album release party will take place on June 24.

Digging Roots made it back into the studio after some heavy International touring and the end result is a masterpiece of Light and Love! Order their latest album, ‘For The Light’ on iTunes NOW!

Go to their website to order and a free-streaming of their title track, ‘For The Light’ and single, ‘I’ve Got It Bad.’

Digging Roots announces Tom Wilson and QuiQue Escamilla graciously opening up for their June 24th Album Release Party with Jadea Kelly joining the band vocals. Click here for tickets and full details.


 Jani Lauzon, storytelling

Jani Lauzon, June 5 2012, at “Democratic Dialogue via the Arts,” in Ottawa.

Lauzon provides context to the practice of indigenous storytelling, followed by stories.

This FREE symposium brought together academics, artists and the general public to showcase and discuss how the Arts is essential for democracy and social justice.


Coming up next:
Banff Summit 2014
Eleven Indigenous artists, including several IPAA board members, members, and staff, were invited to attend the Banff Summit 2014, April 21-24.

Banff Summit Report - Cole Alvis, IPAA Executive Director.

Indigenous Body of Work - an uncomprehensive list started at the Summit; please add in the comments section.

The Medicine Project

grunt magazine looks at Aboriginal notions of medicine and how they influence the lives of First Nations people and artists today.

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