Nicimos, Curtis Peeteetuce

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SNTC presents Nicimos (nee-chee-moose) The Final Rez Christmas, written and directed by Curtis Peeteetuce, featuring Dakota Hebert, Dalton Lightfoot, Lacy Morin, Cory Dallas Standing. Dec 11– 20, 2014

After 12 long years, 9 shows, three remounts, SNTC’s most popular series will come to a close with Nicimos; a story of love, friendship and cunning(or lack thereof). Follow the kohkoms as they navigate old flames, lonely households and the ever elusive Christmas hamper. Curtis Peeteetuce pens a bitter sweet swan song as he puts this longstanding comedy series to rest.

Studio 914, 914 20th St W
8 p.m. Evening Shows $18.50 (Dec 11– 20)
2 p.m. Weekend Matinees $18.50 (Dec 11– 20)
1 p.m Student Matinees *SOLD OUT*

Tickets available at the La Troupe Du Jour Box Office.



 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 two fellow performers. 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.


 Industry Producer, Magnetic North

Magnetic North is hiring for the position of industry manager. Deadline: open until a suitable candidate is found.

Start Date: Feb 2, 2015
Completion Date: June 26, 2015
Reports to: Artistic Executive Director & Managing Director

Summary: The Industry Producer is responsible for the development and implementation of the Industry Series at the 2015 Magnetic North Theatre Festival in Ottawa, ON.

See here for more information!


 2015 Festival Schedule


Indigenous performance conference in Regina, SK Sept 17-20

Here is a list of Indigenous and culturally diverse festivals in 2015.


High Performance RodeoCalgary, AB​ Jan 7 – Feb 1

Rubaboo Aboriginal Arts Festival Edmonton, AB​ Jan 27 – February 2015

Talking Stick​ Festival Vancouver, BC February 17 – March 1​

Coastal First Nations Dance Festival​ Vancouver, BC March 3 – 8​ More...


 2014 Meeting Minutes

2014 meeting minutes post photo

Jeanette Kotowich in Raven Spirit Dance's FROST EXPLODING TREES MOON

Here is a compilation of meeting minutes from the past year:

MT7 Touring Network minutes (PDF document)

IPAA Staging Ceremony (PDF document)

IPAA Annual General Meeting (PDF document)

Prairie Touring Network Discussion (PDF document)


 Art show and sale, abORIGINAL Student...

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CHILDREN OF THE EARTH HIGHSCHOOL Art show and Sale. Sun Dec 7 from 10am- 2pm.

Main Floor Neechi Commons at 865 Main St.
Contact – Frank Atnikov

The Manitoba Cooperative Association, SEED, Neechi Niche and Children Of The Earth High School presents.
abORIGINAL Student Co-op

It’s the first ever arts and crafts sale and show created by the students of COTE.

A student co-op is a collective enterprise led by the students for the students. This co-op youth initiative aims to empower COTE students who want to learn how to start a business, and helps student artists learn how to market and sell their arts and crafts.

Come on out and support the business leaders and artists of tomorrow.


 Indians Don’t Cry, George Kenny


INDIANS DON’T CRY reading with George Kenny, Sat Dec 6 at 2pm

At Neechi Commons 2nd floor 865 Main St. (Winnipeg)
Contact –

George Kenny is an Anishinaabe poet and playwright who learned traditional ways from his parents before being sent to residential school in 1958. When Kenny published his first book, 1977’s Indians Don’t Cry, he joined the ranks of Indigenous writers such as Maria Campbell, Basil Johnston, and Rita Joe whose work melded art and political action. Hailed as a landmark in the history of Indigenous literature in Canada, this new edition is expected to inspire a new generation of Anishinaabe writers with poems and stories that depict the challenges of Indigenous people confronting and finding ways to live within urban settler society.

Indians Don’t Cry: Gaawin Mawisiiwag Anishinaabeg is the second book in the First Voices, First Texts series, which publishes lost or underappreciated texts by Indigenous artists. This new bilingual edition includes a translation of Kenny’s poems and stories into Anishinaabemowin by Patricia M. Ningewance and an afterword by literary scholar Renate Eigenbrod.

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 A Very, Very NDN Christmas

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Native Earth Performing Arts, in partnership with imagineNATIVE, presents A Very, Very NDN Christmas, with Ryan McMahon and Special Guests. Tomorrow: Nov 29!

Headlined by Anishinaabe comedian Ryan McMahon, this night of comedy features a loose variety show typed format and will feature an array of special guests, and will feature comedy shorts presented by imagineNATIVE.

Ryan McMahon is an Anishinaabe/Metis comedian, writer & actor based out of Treaty #1 territory (Winnipeg, MB). Armed with a degree in Theatre & as a graduate of the prestigious Second City Conservatory (Toronto), Ryan’s storytelling comedy style is fast paced, loose & irreverent as he explores the good, the bad & the ugly between Indian Country & the mainstream.

Don’t miss your chance to enjoy a night of “NDN Christmas” themed laughs!

Special Thanks to: CULTURE STORM & Heather Haynes.

See here for details and tickets!


 Jennifer Podemski, CIT’s...

Jennifer Podemski

Jennifer Podemski

Jennifer Podemski is the featured and distinguished speaker for November in CIT’s Niiganigaabwe Series, Nov 27, Toronto.

Niiganigaabwe pronounced nee-gan-neh-gah-bwe is an Anishnaabowin word to describe CIT’s new speakers series featuring distinguished creative leaders of the Indigenous performing arts community.

Jennifer Podemski is an award winning Film and Television Producer and Actor born and raised in Toronto, Canada. Of mixed First Nations and Israeli decent, Jennifer can be seen as Dr. Crowshoe on the award winning drama series Blackstone; HBO’s Sensitive Skin with Kim Catrall and in FireSong, written and directed by Adam Garnett Jones.

The Niiganigaabwe Series will bring together leading Indigenous artists with students, alumni and special guests to spark passion, innovate, inspire and explore. Guest speakers will share their experiences, best practices and their unique Indigenous creative processes. As motivators of creative exploration and thinking, these dynamic artists will examine the importance of creative leadership and the role of Indigenous artists within the greater creative landscape.


 Technical Director, Gwaandak

Gwaandak Theatre

Gwaandak Theatre

Gwaandak Theatre is seeking a Technical Director for its co-production of the play Paradise by Patti Flather with Kitchener, Ontario’s MT Space Theatre, directed by Majdi Bou-Matar. (Whitehorse)

JOB STARTS/ENDS: Mar 9 to Apr 2nd, 2015
Includes: 2 weeks rehearsal (Mar 9 to 23)
1.5 weeks shows and mini-tour (Mar 24 to Apr 2)

REHEARSAL & PRODUCTION DATE :Feb 23rd to Mar 28th, and possibly to Apr 2, 2015. Rehearsals at the Yukon Arts Centre studio and mainstage, Whitehorse.
Performances at the Yukon Arts Centre, Whitehorse and possibly 1 other Yukon community (Haines Junction).

The applicants should be from Vancouver area/BC (due to travel costs), but applicants fromAlberta and Saskatchewan will also be considered.

See here for more information!


 Auditions, Shakespeare in the Ruins

Shakespeare in the Ruins

Shakespeare in the Ruins

Shakespeare in Ruins in holding auditions for its upcoming production of Antony & Cleopatra, directed by Sarah Kitz. Deadline to submit: Dec 5.

Deadline to Submit: December 5 2014.
Audition Dates: January 6 & 7 2015, 10:00am to 6:00pm
Callbacks: January 8 2015, 10:00am to 6:00pm.

Rehearsals: May 4 to May 25, 2015
Student performances: May 26 to June 2, 2015
Public performances: June 3 to June 27, 2015

See below for Character Breakdown and Submission Information! See here for more information!



 Aboriginal Artists in Schools, OAC

Ontario Arts Council (OAC) presents a granting program, Aboriginal Artists in Schools.

This program to support Aboriginal artists to work individually or with a partner to teach arts workshops in First Nations schools, publicly-funded schools or provincially registered private schools. This includes Elders and language keepers/knowledge keepers who are teaching an artistic practice.

Applications are due January 15, 2015.
Applications and program information can be found here.

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