Indigenous people of Canada are beginning to be recognized by the Juno Awards for music outside of the Aboriginal Album of The Year category. It is worth noticing that this year, specifically that not one, but three artists hold space in mainstream categories as well! Congratulations to Cris Derksen, nominee of Instrumental Album of the Year for the album “Orchestral Pow Wow”. Buffy Sainte Marie is nominated for two Juno’s ! Her album “Power in the Blood” is nominated for both categories, Contemporary Roots Album of the Year and Aboriginal Album of the Year! Don Amero’s album “Refined” is nominated for Adult Contemporary Ablum of the Year and Aboriginal Album of the Year. More nominees for Aboriginal Album of the year are: Armand Duck Chief for his album “The One”, Black Bear for the album “Come and Get Your Love, The Tribe Session” and Derek Miller for his album “Rumble”. See the media release of 2016 Juno Award Nominations here
-Prince George, BC-
DREARY AND IZZY
Theatre North West
Running January 28 to February 17, 2016
Written and Directed by Tara Beagan
Dierdre – Dakota Ray Hebert
Isabelle – Joelle Peters
Freddie Seven Horses – John Cook
Mrs. Harper – Valerie Planche
“Playwright Tara Beagan came to Prince George to direct Dreary & Izzy. This is the second time a play she has written has been presented by Theatre North West. Thy Neighbour’s Wife, a Dora Award winner, was presented in 2010.”
“Hebert takes on her role with strong body language complimented with subtle nuances in her facial expressions that work like a charm at Theatre North West.”
“Isabelle, played by Peters, is a complex character, seemingly young and innocent but with a whole other womanly side to her that needs to ultimately be protected. In the complexities of the character Peters dives right in and portrays the many facets of Izzy very well.”
“John Cook plays the vaccuum cleaner salesman that drops into their lives to shake things up a bit. Cook plays a strong character who, in his kindness and decency, rails against the injustices of the world that’s drives home the fact life’s not always fair. Cook portraits the conflicted character with a hint of innocence and underlying anger with great conviction.”
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Congratulations to Dana Jeffrey, she is part of the “Teenagers” ensemble. The Indie Series Awards acknowledges Teenagers Web Series with 4 nominations this year. Join the conversation on Twitter using the #ISA7 hashtag and stay tuned for the awards ceremony on April 6 at the El Portal theatre in North Hollywood! #teenagerswebseries Awards nominations were revealed here
Deadline is February 12th, 2016
Find out how to apply by clicking here
NAC English theatre
Audition Coaching with NAC English Theatre Ensemble
a partnership with Memorial University of Newfoundland (Cornerbrook), York University (Toronto) and Studio 58 (Vancouver)
The National Arts Centre is committed to being part of a theatrical industry that reflects the full diversity of Canadian society. As a small step towards this goal, the NAC is offering free individual coaching sessions for students planning to audition for post-secondary theatre training who self-identify as members of under-represented communities.
What is an under-represented community?
We understand this concept very broadly. Simply put: if you don’t see or hear enough people on Canadian stages who look or sound like you, then we’d like to hear from you.
Royal Winnipeg Ballet Presents: Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation
In Toronto Feb 5 & 6 book tickets here.
Use promo code Nation to get 50% off your ticket.
Story by: Joseph Boyden
Featuring music by: Tanya Tagaq, Steve Wood and the Northern Cree Singers
Congratulations to IPAA member Zoey Roy
The Indspire awards will take place on February 12, 2016 in Vancouver.
At 26, Roy is a published poet, as well as a University of Saskatchewan student where she is enrolled in the Faculty of Education.
She was also behind the Rock The Vote movement in Saskatchewan, which encouraged disenfranchised populations to make their voices heard in the 2011 federal election.
Congratulations to the other winners!
The 2016 Indspire Awards recipients are as follows:
The Pass System free film screening.
**FREE BUT LIMITED AVAILABILITY SCREENING**
Please RSVP on: https://the-pass-system.eventbrite.ca/
Feb 3, University of Toronto Scarborough, 9 AM
Humanities Wing, Room HW 214
DIRECTOR Alex Williams NARRATION Tantoo Cardinal EDITOR Igal Hecht
MUSIC Cris Derksen EXECUTIVE PRODUCER James Cullingham
PRODUCED IN ASSSOCIATION WITH TAMARACK PRODUCTIONS WWW.TAMARACKPRODUCTIONS.COM
Presented in association with Arts, Culture and Media at the University of Toronto.
Application deadline: 5:00pm Feb 1st, 2016
-Develop and promote SPARC initiatives
-Bring together rural performing arts practitioners to create connected communities
-Establish a mentor program to support the regional hubs
-Engage youth in the initiatives
-Improve digital tools for virtual networking
-support and assist with the 2016 and 2018 symposia for Performing Arts in Rural Communities
Submit a letter of interest and your resume to :
Annual Salary $43,000/32.5 hrs/week Flexible hours
Ability to work in the Haliburton office 3 days a week
Some provincial travel required
Computer and cell phone provided
Vehicle required – travel allowance
New Brunswick Aboriginal artist Natalie Sappier will join the team at TNB to create a new multidisciplinary play exploring the voice of NB’s Wolastoqiyik/Maliseet people.
2 (2)(Fredericton) Theatre New Brunswick is pleased to announce an exciting partnership with New Brunswick Aboriginal artist Samaqani Cocachq-Natalie Sappier in the development of the new multidisciplinary work, Finding Wolastoq Voice. Conceived by Sappier, the play will combine music and dance and her distinct visual artistry to tell a story of her people.
“I always dreamed of sharing stories through movement, spoken word, music and collaborating with artists of many disciplines,” said Sappier. “Theatre allows me to create that world of storytelling.”
Sappier is an artist who expresses storytelling in many forms; visual, spoken word, chanting/singing and writing. In 2014 she was part of Theatre New Brunswick’s Aboriginal Artist’s Collective and assisted in the creation of the original production, The Eighth Fire.