LANTERN-MAKING WORKSHOP (TORONTO)
For the Kensington Market Winter Solstice Parade
Join us in preparation for the Solstice Parade by attending our annual Lantern Making Workshop a week prior to the lantern-lit procession through Toronto’s Kensington Market. Create a beautiful, personalized, glowing, hand-made lantern to celebrate the return of light on the longest, darkest night and bring it to the 24th Annual Kensington Market Winter Solstice Parade.
Toronto’s largest public art making event! Friday, December 13th from 6-10pm and Saturday, December 14th from 10am-5pm at the Steelworkers Hall – 25 Cecil Street.
Highly respected community artist Gabriella Caruso, Artistic Director of Red Pepper Spectacle Arts facilitates this popular workshop alongside a supportive team of experienced community artists. Materials and instruction provided.
A beautiful, fun activity for the entire family and friends of all ages. Absolutely all welcome to attend. Solstice Lantern Making is a not-for-profit, pay-what-you-can workshop. Suggested donation is $10 to help cover costs.
The Kensington Market Winter Solstice is a non-profit, accessible community-based event. Bring a drum, bang a pan, wear a costume, carry a lantern – this is a participatory event.
Handmade and commercial-free since 1987.
For more information redpepperspectacle.wordpress.com or call 647.929.0958
redpepper (@) bellnet.ca
Full Circle First Nation’s Performance presents Indian Acts, a series of public presentations, occurring throughout the year and includes staged readings, works in progress, musical concerts, dance performances and excerpts from pieces we have in development.
Indian Acts: Hopi Screening, December 8 @ 2:00 pm
SFU’s Woodwards in the World Arts Theatre
149 West Hastings Street
Vancouver BC, V6B 1H7
TIME-KEEPERS: CALENDARIO DESCONOCIDO (15 MINUTES-DEMO)
“Calendars are not only tools to measure time; they are also magnificent instruments to connect the cosmic time with the human time. They are doors that allow men to access the mystery of the cosmos and at the same time to correlate the activities of men with the rhythm of the Stars.”
From great media attention to the Maya cycle anticipating the world’s end in 2012 to hardly a mention in 2013 the cycle has become irrelevant. Or has it. This program is part of a series which recognizes the seating of the new cycle and entry into the new cycle with optimism and peace. In becoming aware of our indigenous calendars and the modern calendar we are directed to our Ancestor’s instructions for entering a new cycle, during the transition period when powerful harmful influences oppose life in a chaotic period of catharsis, cleansing, and purification.
This program anticipates the dawn of a new cycle and emphasizes the re-learning of the primal human consciousness present at the creation. This program impresses on the public consciousness the idea that what one is doing to the environment is reciprocated; when you scar earth/nature you scar yourself. We have not learned to do this. Instead, our primal consciousness has unraveled and continues to unravel with the loss of ancestral wisdom and knowledge.
RITUAL CLOWNS (15 MINUTES.)
This program was screened in Vancouver in 2012 in recognition of the ending of the Maya Cycle and Nahuatl Fifth Sun. It had been out of distribution since 1990 but was brought out to convey one perspective on the end of days through the performances of Hopi Ritual Clowns. This production explores the present human condition and the clown’s role in raising human consciousness to prevent planetary destruction. The program was originally produced in 1988 and is recognized as one of the first productions to apply computer animation.
Indigenous Performance Initiatives (IPI) in association with the Department of Indigenous Studies at Trent University are pleased to invite you to:
The Malintzin Project, an ANISHNAABE MAANJIIDWIN Open Rehearsal
“Colonization / Decolonization”: Exploring a Cultural / Historical / Personal Process
Friday, November 29, 2013 at 2:00 pm
Created & Choreographed by Daystar Rosalie Jones in collaboration with Norma Araiza and students from the Indigenous Performance Studies
Storytelling: Oral, Written & Performative class (INDG 3901H)
Guest artists: Heryka Miranda & Coman Poon
At Nozhem First Peoples Performance Space
Enweying: First Peoples House of Learning and Gzowski College
2510 Pioneer Road, East Bank, Trent University
Admission is free
Theatre for Living’s Vancouver finale of “Corporations in our Heads” Dec. 4-8, 2013.
Theatre for Living has partnered with the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre, and is keen to have attendees from local Indigenous communities.
Theatre for Living continues a 32 year legacy of innovation with a project about the corporate messages that live within our collective psyche.
Joked by: David Diamond
“Change our relationship to the messaging and we start to change our patterns of behaviour. Change our patterns of behaviour and sustain that change.” David Diamond
Shows start at 7:00pm and run about 2.5-3 hours. Donation for admission.
Participation is completely voluntary. No one will be dragged up on stage. Bring your experience and your curiosity!
To save your seat please email email@example.com
- Dec 4 Gordon Neighbourhood House (1019 Broughton Street)/Community Partner: Gordon Neighbourhood House
- Dec 5 Gallery Gachet (88 East Cordova Street)/Community Partner: Gallery Gachet
- Dec 6 Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre (1607 East Hastings Street)/Community Partner: Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre
- Dec 7 SFU Harbour Centre, Terasen Cinema (515 West Hastings Street)/Community Partner: SFPIRG
- Dec 8 Café Deux Soleils (2096 Commercial Drive)/Community Partner: Theatre for Living Trainee Alumni
For more information about Corporations in our Heads as well as the full itinerary please contact 604.871.0508 or www.theatreforliving.com , or read more below!
2014 Coastal First Nations Dance Festival Program
Produced by the Dancers of Damelahamid in partnership with the UBC Museum of Anthropology
The 2014 festival returns to the UBC Museum of Anthropology March 4-9, 2014 and will include two Signature Evening Performances on Friday March 7th and Saturday March 8th at 7:30 PM as well as festival stage performances on Saturday March 8 & Sunday March 9 from 1-4 PM.
These performances will showcase the diverse and rich cultural traditions practiced by a selection of some of the best artists from coastal British Columbia, the Yukon, and Alaska. Throughout the festival the Great Hall will be transformed into a celebration of Indigenous cultures and dance traditions.
More details coming on the website soon at: www.damelahamid.ca
Signature Evening Performance
Friday March 7, 7:30 PM Doors open at 7 PM
Saturday March 8, 7:30 PM Doors open at 7 PM
$25 adults, $20 students/seniors/MOA members (taxes included)
Advance tickets available starting Monday November 18 at:
Festival Stage (included with regular MOA admission)
Saturday March 8, 1-4 PM
Sunday March 9, 1-4 PM
Day Two: Friday, November 22 @ 8pm Emerging and Veteran Female Voices *Playwright in residence PJ Prudat and Gemini Award winning artist Jani Lauzon bring to life the Aki Studio with text and music
I Call Myself Princess: The Story of Tsianina Redfeather created by Jani Lauzon
Postcards created by PJ Prudat
Day Three: Saturday, November 23 @ 8pm Animikiig and Thundering Voices Night *A showcase of new and exciting Indigenous voices featuring our partnership with the 3rd year talents from the Centre of Indigenous Theatre
Deadbeats created by Garret C. Smith
Aluasa’sit created by Cathy Elliot
Good Grief created by Lorrie Gallant and L.M. VanEvery
The Circle: Visions of a Hoop Dancer created by Tjay Henhawk
The Longest Way Around created by Heather Marie Annis
IPAA closes the 26th Weesageechak festival of new Indigenous performance with a networking event in the Aki Studio Theatre (585 Dundas St. East). Catch Native Earth’s Animikiig/Thundering Voices new creators’ night this Saturday, November 23rd @ 8pm. Stick around to discuss the artistic offerings, how IPAA can support your work and build new collaborations with the people in the room. Light refreshments will be provided.
Checkout the lineup for Weesageechak 26: http://www.nativeearth.ca/current-season/
Weesageechak 26 on fbook: https://www.facebook.com/events/468286163283983/?fref=ts
Wanna paint the town red AFTER our networking after-party? Hop on over to ANDPVA’s Red Review in Parkdale @ The Sister (1554 Queen Street West).
The Red Review on fbook: https://www.facebook.com/events/415914275198187/ This party goes till 1AM.
See you Saturday!
Centre for Indigenous Theatre has a new space! 3,660 square feet! Congratulations!
The Centre for Indigenous Theatre is excited to officially announce that CIT will be moving to a new location in mid-December at the new Artscape YOUNGPLACE Building, at 180 Shaw Street, in the heart of the Trinity Bellwoods neighbourhood, just north of Queen Street West.
Founded in 1974 by the late James Buller, the Native Theatre School was started with the vision that Aboriginal people could create change in Canada through theatre. He wanted to see aboriginal actors, playwrights and directors flourish across Canada and create a network of aboriginal theatre companies. He believed that the Native Theatre School was the way to develop theatre professionals who could do that.
In 1994 the Native Theatre School was renamed the Centre for Indigenous Theatre to reflect the organizations greater commitment to the pre-professional training, professional development and promotion of aboriginal theatre in North America and around the world. In 1995, the Centre announced the development of its first new program in support of aboriginal theatre, the James Buller Awards for Aboriginal Theatre Excellence.
1998 marked the launch of the Centre for Indigenous Theatre’s newest and most ambitious program. Based on the Native Theatre School model, the Centre opened the new Indigenous Theatre School, the first full-time, 3-year theatre training program in North America with a curriculum that integrates training in acting, voice, movement and traditional aboriginal cultural classes in dance, song and oral history.
For almost 40 years, staff and students of CIT have resided under different roofs, at various locations in downtown Toronto, often struggling to maintain a clear lines of communication and cooperation. The time has finally come for us to share the same space after decades of separation. We foresee the coming move as a step forward in attracting talented and driven youth who have an interest and passion to pursue a career in the arts. We will also be in a position to provide beautiful studio space for our colleagues when our students take their summer break.
Be there when the bell rings on November 19 between 5:00 and 10:00 PM for the official public opening of Artscape Youngplace you will find us in Studio 208 and 209 in this 75,000 square foot community cultural hub at 180 Shaw Street. After sitting vacant for more than a decade, the century-old former Shaw Street School has undergone a $17 million transformation to become the largest cultural institution in the West Queen West area, one of the country’s most creative neighbourhoods and a major centre for contemporary art in Canada. Artscape representatives will be joined by government officials, lead donors from The Michael Young Family Foundation, resident artists and organizations, and members of the West Queen West community for the celebration. The Centre for Indigenous Theatre has asked elder Pauline Shirt and singer Eddy Robinson to help us officially open the event.
Please join us to help celebrate this momentous occasion. Refreshments will be provided.
What: Official opening of Artscape Youngplace
Date: Tuesday, November 19
Time: 5:00 to 10:00 PM, with remarks scheduled for 7:30 PM
Where: Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street (north of Queen, east of Ossington)
Who: Artscape Youngplace project partners, artists and organizations, government representatives. Details will be announced next week. For more information and reservations, please contact CIT, either by phone, or email. You can also visit our website for more information.
The Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society (MT7) was founded in March 2013 with the mandate to promote a greater understanding of the history, contemporary relevance and cultural significance of Treaty 7 to all people of Southern Alberta and beyond. MT7 is creating a major theatrical and cultural work that explores the historical significance, and contemporary relevance of Treaty 7, the founding event of modern Southern Alberta.
MT7 seeks an Administrative Director to oversee the business management and administrative operations of the company including: planning, financial management, administration, artist contracting, office operations, grant and proposal writing, board and governance, human resources management, fundraising, community activities and special events.
The Managing Director will help to establish MT7 as a permanent entity with achievable long-term goals and vision. The position requires a deep commitment to MT7’s artistic and educational goals, as well as a strong sense of responsibility and an excellent work ethic.
Required Knowledge & Skills:
- 3 years business or arts administrative experience;
- Organizational and communication skills, highly detail-oriented, self-motivated;
- Facilitation, speaking, and networking skills;
- Ability to develop an understanding of, commitment to, and engagement with the artistic and educational vision of MT7;
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the Creative Producer, Board of Directors, Staff, and Consultants;
- Ability to relate to First Nations, culturally diverse & mainstream community and colleagues;
- Sensitivity and interest in the Indigenous and Treaty 7 First Nations traditions and community issues;
- Knowledge and/or experience in the operations of not-for-profit arts organizations in general, particularly the performing arts;
- Knowledge of clerical & budgetary practices, including accounting and bookkeeping procedures;
- Solid understanding of Mac computer environment and relevant software, office procedures and record management;
- An administrative or business degree would be considered an asset;
- Ability to work independently as well as be a positive and collaborative team player.
This is a part-time role, with the potential to become full-time.
The Administrative Manager is responsible to the Creative Producer.
Salary is commensurate with experience.
We encourage candidates of Treaty 7 First Nations ancestry to apply, but the position is open to all candidates.
Please forward cover letter and CV to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Compaigni V’ni Dansi presents the 8th Annual Louis Riel Day Celebration at 7:30 pm on November 16th at Astorino’s Ballroom!
Our celebration will be hosted by Greg Coyes and feature: Elder Tom McCallum, master jiggers Yvonne Chartrand and Madelaine McCallum, the Louis Riel Métis Dancers, musicians Sandy Scofield, Keith Hill, and JJ Lavallee & “After Party”, as well as excerpts from “The Trial of Louis Riel”. Stay for a dance party after the show!
This evening of Métis dance, music and culture is open to all members of the Vancouver community. To buy advance tickets for the show, please visit Brown Paper Tickets (www.brownpapertickets.com). Tickets can also be purchased at the door (cash only).
Mazinaw Rocks Productions in partnership with Public Energy Wisakedjak, a magical Anishnaabe play that transforms time and space. Written by Paula Sherman with Alanis King. Co-directed by Alanis King and Alejandro Ronceria
Wisakedjak, begins with the original Anishnaabe man, Nanabozho, waking up homeless, on Victoria Island in the Kitchi Zibi, Ottawa River, only to realize his people do not know him. He is sent on a journey to Mazinaw Rock, then back in time to confront Samuel de Champlain. Clan animals come alive and inhabit the playspace to provide council and rejuvenate Wisakedjak on his travels.
“part ritual, part ceremony with lots of humour; a captivating story of the Anishnaabek people (Algonquin).”
The stellar cast of Indigenous performers including Cherish Violet Blood I, Jonathan Fisher, Justin Manyfingers, Nimkii Osawamick and Hilary Wear are joined on stage by musicians Cris Derksen and Joy On Drums. Design collaborators include costumes by Gabi Caruso of Red Pepper Spectacle Art, Set Design by Tim Hill, Videography Design by Lester Alfonso, Animation by Kachina Sherman, Lighting Design and Stage Management by Elizabeth Kantor. Critical to the development of the work were Language Translators and Cultural Advisors Edna Manitowabi, Shirley Williams and Cecil King.
Wisakedjak was developed through the vision and thesis of Dr. Paula Sherman, at Trent University with support from Marrie Mumford, Canada Research Chair and Producer of Indigenous Performance Initiatives. It was first presented in workshop form during the 2012 Ode-min Giizis Festival in Peterborough.
This five stop tour will begin October 31, 2013 in Peterborough, ON with dates to follow at the Museum of Civilization, Kitigian Zibi First Nation, University of Sudbury and Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve.
The play is dedicated to Ojigkwanong, Grandfather William Commanda. He was born in 1913 and served as a chief for his community of Kitigan Zibi. Grandfather was the keeper of several sacred wampum belts, including the Seven Prophesy Belt. He traveled the world speaking about the importance of peace. He created the Circle of all Nations as a mechanism to make this happen. Grandfather passed onto the spirit world in August 2011.
TOUR DATES AND TIMES
October 31, Market Hall Theatre, 8:00 pm Preview
November 1, 1:00 pm Matinee, Market Hall Youth Series and 8:00 pm Premiere
Gatineau, PQ Museum of Civilization Theatre
November 4 at 8:00 pm
Kitigian Zibi First Nation, PQ
November 5 at 1:30pm and 7:00 pm
University of Sudbury, ON
November 7 at 12:30 pm
Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve, ON
November 8 at 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Market Hall (705) 749-1146 or markethall.org ($15)
Museum of Civilization (819) 776-7000 ($20) also available at Wabano, Ottawa.
Kikinamadinan School Auditiorium, 41 Kikinamage Mikan, Kitigan Zibi First Nation (PWYC at door)
Canisius Hall, University of Sudbury, 935 Ramsey Lake Rd, Sudbury, (PWYC at door)
WasseAbin Pontiac School Auditorium, 2343 Wikwemikong Way, (PWYC at door)
All Welcome! A family event. You don’t want to miss it!
For more information or media enquiries please call or text:
Alanis King (613) 883-5502 Artistic Director/Producer email@example.com
Mazinaw Rocks Productions gratefully acknowledges the support of Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Department of Indigenous Studies, Trent University, Indigenous Performance Initiatives, Nozhem Performance Theatre, CUPE, Bagwaating Community Association, Market Hall Youth Series and Public Energy 20th Anniversary Season!