Jul
29

 Auditions, The Nisei & The

Actor/Actress call for The Nisei & The Narnauks, written and directed by Paul Van Dyck

Showing: Feb 5-22, 2015 at LE MAI (Montreal, arts interculturels)

Using puppetry, mask, and music, The Nisei & The Narnauks chronicles a young Japanese Canadian girl as she travels from a World War II interment camp in the Slocan Valley, across British Columbia, in the hope of finding her grandmother. Along the way, the fantastical spirits of the Haida myths help and hinder her journey. In the guise of a coming of age adventure story, this play re-examines the distressing treatment of Japanese Canadians during World War II and juxtaposes it with the overall treatment of Canadian First Nation Peoples.

Please send your head shot and CV to auditions.persephone@gmail.com. Sides and information will be sent upon request.

Character Breakdown below:

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Jul
29

 Kitchen Radio, Nicole Joy-Fraser &...

Nicole Joy-Fraser in Marion de Vries' Kitchen Radio

Nicole Joy-Fraser in Marion de Vries' Kitchen Radio

Nicole Joy-Fraser stars in Kitchen Radio, written by Marion de Vries, being performed at this year’s Blythe Festival, now until Aug 9th.

Book by Marion de Vries; Lyrics & Music by Marion de Vries and David Archibald; Directed by Kelli Fox | Musical Director David Archibald

Starring Rebecca Auerbach, Jason Chesworth, Marion Day, Greg Gale, Nicole Joy-Fraser, Elizabeth Kalles, Emily Lukasik and David Archibald

It’s September 1968 and Eleanor, the lonely young wife of a bank manager, is unpacking boxes yet again – this time in a small farming town. Because she and Dan move so often, her only friends are the female country music stars she listens to on her kitchen radio and she imagines she is one of them. Suddenly Elly finds herself entangled in the lives of local women Sophie, Maggie, Helen and Angela – and her world is turned upside down! A country musical with comedy and heart.

See here for more information!

Jul
23

 Aboriginal Music Week

George Leech, photo by Aperture Photographics

George Leech, photo by Aperture Photographics

Aboriginal Music Week is set for August 20 to 24 in Winnipeg, MB.

This week-long festival presents Native, Métis, Inuit, and Indigenous artists who perform hip hop, electronic, traditional, world, folk, rock, country, and blues music.

This year, The Aboriginal Peoples Television Network is partnering with Aboriginal Music Week to add two BIG nights of music to the festival this summer.

George Leach, Leela Gilday, Burnt-Project 1, Tall Paul, Lido Pimienta, The Johhnys, Logan Staats, Spirit Sands Singers, and Astronomar at The Cube in Winnipeg’s historic Old Market Square.

Friday, August 22 and Saturday, August 23.
Outdoors | Free | Family Friendly (no beer gardens)

See here for more information on these and other events and performances!

Jul
23

 Two Indians

Two Indians

Two Indians

Two Indians, written by Falen Johnson and directed by Cole Alvis, is being performed this weekend Jul 26 & 27 in Toronto.

Featuring Sarain Carson-Fox & Lena Recollet as two Mohawk women debating what it means to be Indigenous in the city (15 mins)

Sat & Sun @ 3:15pm in the alley behind The Rhino (1249 Queen St. West)

See here for more information!

Jul
22

 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

Jul
18

 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.

Jul
18

 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

Jul
17

 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.

Jul
17

 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.

Jun
21

 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

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Jun
21

 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.

Jun
21

 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.

Events


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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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