Ondinnok’s 30th Anniversaire

Ondinnok 30th 2.0Ondinnok turns 30th!

Join this incredible Franco-Aboriginal theatre company for their celebrations from April 28th to June 6th, 2015 at the Maison de la culture Frontenac in Montreal. More...


 A Fund in Memory of Josh Peltier

Josh Peltier

Press Release

Debajehmujig Storytellers is deeply saddened to announce the passing of one of our core team members, Joshua Peltier. He was the head of the Visual Art Department at Debajehmujig’s Creation Centre from 2008 and curator for The K.B. Reynolds Mastin Gallery, following his return to Wikwemikong and Debajehmujig in 2005. Josh graduated from The Ontario College of Art and Design in 2003, completed a residency with The Art Gallery of Ontario in 2003 and worked extensively in Toronto with Seventh Generation Image Makers (2003 – 2005). His work was exhibited regionally and nationally in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.

Josh was a member of the Wikwemikong First Nation, born in 1976 and surrounded by mentors from the Anishnaabe communities; Daphne Odjig, Norval Morrisseau, Leland Bell, Blake Debassige, James Mishibinijima and Carl Beam. He knew from elementary school, that he was a born artist after an arts education project led by Leland Bell. He felt a deep internal affirmation that he too would be a renowned artist and that he would share his Anishnabe world view through his work. Over the course of his career with Debajehmujig he travelled extensively throughout Europe and the United Kingdom, most recently as one of the characters in The Global Savages.

See below for a link to the memorial fund.



 After the Fire

April 22 - 26, 2015

April 22 - 26, 2015

After the Fire: Based on interviews about Idle No More

Directed by Ange Loft
Featuring Cherish Violet Blood, Iehente Foote, Dustin Frank, Rosina Kazi, Gilda Monreal, Simone Schmidt, and Ange Loft

April 22-25 7PM
April 25-26 2PM
Performances and art activities

April 24 5PM
Preshow talk with performers on oral history and art making

This oral history-based performance responds to interviews collected during the height of the Idle No More movement, weaving text, song, spoken word, and visual art with political, social, and personal calls for change. The project brings together artists, community groups, local residents, and general public through reflective and interactive art activities, with the assistance of Jumblies and SKETCH artists and interns.

The Idle No More movement saw unprecedented mass mobilization against the omnibus budget bill C-45: a bill affecting the Indian Act, the Navigation Protection Act (former Navigable Waters Protection Act), the Environmental Assessment Act, and more.



 Signal Theatre, Banff Residency The...

Photo: Yvette Nolan & Michael Greyeyes working on Nôhkom. Photo by John Lauener

Photo: Yvette Nolan & Michael Greyeyes working on Nôhkom. Photo by John Lauener

Signal Theatre in residency at The Banff Theatre Playwright’s Colony!

Signal Artistic Director and playwright Michael Greyeyes will re-examine his dance-theatre piece Nôhkom in collaboration with director Yvette Nolan and assistant director Falen Johnson. Combining text and dance, Nôhkom moves through complex moments in the life of the author’s father to examine the history of Canada’s Indian Residential school system. Nôhkom is a portrait of resilience and a testament to the potential of forgiveness. Originally premiered at The Banff Centre in 2013, this residency is an opportunity for Michael to return to the text of the piece, while maintaining the interdisciplinary process that generated its choreography and staging.

Company residencies in the Colony

The Colony is launching a new component that will invite theatre companies to develop a work through a week-long residency during the Playwrights Colony. The goal is to further broaden and diversify the forms of theatre making that are supported by The Colony, while maintaining its focus on playwright-centric creative processes. In keeping with this year’s interdisciplinary theme, Director Brian Quirt has invited two innovative companies to The Colony for an intensive creative period in which their playwright will be joined by other members of the creative team.


 Two free music showcases hosted by...

PlanetIndigenUS music showcase

Planet IndigenUS is excited to announce two musical showcases by both emerging and established Indigenous artists as part of the inaugural edition of the Toronto Indigenous Music Conference. Please join us for a two-day musical showcase premiering some of Turtle Island’s best emerging Indigenous talent.

Friday performances by Lacey Hill and Logan Staats.

Saturday performances by Melody McKiver, isKwé and Cheri Maracle.

For more information click here


 Sponsorship Tutorial Series –...

IPAA has become an affiliate of BftA to offer discounts to our members.
Business for the Arts (BftA) is offering a 6 module online training series about gaining sponsorship for the arts. IPAA has become an affiliate in order to offer a discount to our members who wish to participate in this series.

Simply register and pay for your modules, then when we receive our 30% “comission” we will mail you a cheque for that 30% to help offset the cost of these modules.

Here is the schedule for the upcoming modules:

Module 1: Sponsorship 101 – Available after April 15th, 2015
Module 2: Planning – Available after April 15th, 2015
Module 3: Prospecting – Available Spring 2015
Module 4: Making an Approach – Available Late Spring 2015
Module 5: Pitching – Available Early Summer 2015
Module 6: Fulfillment & Stewardship – Available Summer 2015
To find out more about the series and the modules offered click here: Business for the Arts Tutorial Series


 Raven Spirit Dance Presents

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Vocal Body Workshop Series with Catherine Lee
Presented by Raven Spirit Dance’s Training Series
Join us every Wednesday for this 6-week workshop series combining voice and movement with body wisdom to intuitively connect the sound of the body with its activity – Vocal Body.

Wednesdays April 22nd – May 27th (the first Wednesday is 1pm-3pm, the remaining classes are from 2pm-4pm)
Fees: $150 for the full 6- week series // or $25 drop in fee for the first class and $125 for the remaining 5-weeks
*Please note that participants are not able to drop-in after the first week as this series is progressive


 Assistant Arts Administrator

Native Women in the arts is hiring!

NWIA LogoWe are looking for an individual with familiarity and interest in arts administration and presentation in the Indigenous community to apply for the job of Assistant Arts Administrator Trainee. Reporting to the Artistic Producer and the Board of Directors, the Assistant Arts Administrator will assist with a range of activities to ensure that sound systems are in place to maintain the smooth and efficient functioning of NWIA’s procedures. The Arts Administrator will assist with office administration, delivery of artistic and cultural programming, promotion of events, community outreach, and participate in mentorship and training sessions as deemed necessary by the Artistic Producer and Board of Directors. This is a part-time position, 24 hours a week, with opportunity for growth.

For more information and to see the job posting click here


 Call for Traditional Drummers

VIVA Youth Singers are looking for a traditional drummer to perform and facilitate a workshop
The VIVA Youth Singers camp (Toronto, ON) in October 2015 are looking for someone to facilitate a drumming workshop in preparation for their concert on Nov 29, 2015 where they would also like someone to drum as well.
Contact:  Carol Ratzlaff  carol@vivayouthsingers.com

 Geordie Productions’ School Tour...

Casting call for non-equity female Aboriginal actors from Geordie Productions 2015-16 school tour.

Geordie Prodcutions are currently casting for their 2015-16 touring season and they are looking for young Aboriginal female actors who are non-Equity and would be interested in auditioning for their school tour. The tour is a crazy gig where the actors rehearse 2 plays (one for elementary and one for high school) and then perform them over the course of 8 months across Eastern Canada in the schools. They will normally perform every weekday with 2 shows a day for the entire 8 months… about 220 shows in total!

For more information about auditions click here


 Metis Mutt, Sheldon Elter & MT...

Metis Mutt

Sheldon Elter

MT Space presents Metis Mutt, written and preformed by Sheldon Elter, Dramaturgy by Kenneth Brown. Apr 9-11, 2015.

An autobiographical one-man show, which recounts a young man’s coming of age through difficult family and cultural circumstances. The play is told through a variety of media: edgy stand-up comedy and original comedy songs, story-telling, and multi-character vignette acting in which Sheldon leaps from character to character with lightning speed and precision.

LOCATION: The Registry Theatre, 122 Frederick Street, Kitchener
TICKETS: $20 advance / $25 at the door / $15 students & seniors

See here for more information!


 Biz smARTS

WorkInCulture is pleased to present a FREE five-part series of learning  meet-ups, created with the support of the Ontario Arts Council. The series will be delivered in partnership with business centres and economic development corporations in Northern and Northwestern Ontario. Click here to learn more about the presenters for this series.
Next Webinar is:

Before You Sign: Contracts and Agreements for Artist
April 8th, 2015
Central Daylight Time – 11:30-12:30 pm / Eastern Daylight Time – 12:30-1:30 pm


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Banff Summit 2014
Twelve 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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