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.

See below for more infomation



 Akipik Theatre Website!


Congratulations to Akipik Theatre on its fantastic new website!

Based in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, AKPIK THEATRE, established itself in 2008. Adhering to its namesake, the cloudberry, Akpik Theatre strives to flourish in the northern climate it reflects.

See the new website here!


 Cowboy Smithx’s Silent X,...

Waawaate Forrister

Waawaate Fobister

Check out Cowboy Smithx’s new podcast series, Silent X. The second episode features guest Waawaate Fobister!

Cowboy Smithx is a writer, actor and filmmaker from the Piikani and Kainai Tribes of the Blackfoot Confederacy. Cowboy began his career as a filmmaker in high school and studied film theory and history in college.

Waawaate is an award-winning actor and playwright. In 2009, his production of “Agokwe” — a one-man play which he wrote and starred in — won six Dora Awards. He is also a choreographer, dancer and producer. A proud Anishnaabe from Grassy Narrows First Nation, he is a graduate and winner of the Distinguished Performance — Male award from Humber College’s Theatre Performance Program. Waawaate has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, and several from the Ontario Arts Council.


 Financial Info for Artists, Theatre...

Free workshop! Theatre Ontario presents “Financial Info for Artists,” Nov 24 (Toronto).

Monday, November 24th, 2014, 10am to 2pm
Theatre Ontario Boardroom, Suite 350, 401 Richmond Street West, Toronto

What Artists Should Know! Artists are the creative backbone of our community, yet according to StatsCan they are among the lowest income earners in Canada. Learning some basic financial skills will enable you to take control of your finances and make the best possible money decisions for now and the future!

Join us for this FREE session to discuss: Setting Financial Goals, Managing on a Low & Erratic Income, Making a Spending Plan, Dealing with Debt, All about Credit including Credit Cards, Smart Banking, Self-employed basics, Planning for Retirement. Instructor: Vernal Banton


 Spotlight on Dance, Weesageechak

Starr Muranko

Starr Muranko

Native Earth Performing Art’s Weesageechak Begins to Dance Festival presents “Spotlight on Dance” featuring five exceptional artists! Nov 21 @ 7:30pm.

Re-Quickening by Santee Smith
Spine of the Mother by Starr Muranko
RESURGENCE by Christine Friday
What’s Left of Us by Justin ManyFingers & Brian Solomon

For more information on these performers, see here! For tickets, see here!


 Woohoo Weesageechak!

Gloria Miguel

Gloria Miguel

Last night Native Earth Performing Arts opened Weesageechak with a SOLD OUT SHOW! Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue by Gloria Miguel of Spiderwoman Theater!

This piece is being shown again tomorrow (Nov 14) and Sun (Nov 16) – and are also sold out!! Congratulations to those who have tickets! This is a one of a kind show! But, this Weesageechak Festival is jam packed with amazing performances, like tomorrow night’s (Nov 14) Don’t Feed the Indians: A Divine Comedy Pageant by Murielle Borst-Tarrant, presented in partnership with La MaMa and CultureHub’s Urban Indigenous Arts & Culture Symposium.

See here for the full schedule!


 Waka/Ciimaan, NEPA & Tawata...

I, George Nepia,

I, George Nepia, Tawata Productions

Native Earth Performing Art’s Weesageechak Begins to Dance Festival presents WAKA/CIIMAAN, Tawata Productions, from Aotearoa, New Zealand. Nov 20 @ 7:30pm.

Created by Yvette Nolan, Hone Kouka, & Miria George. A Native Earth Performing Arts & Tawata Productions Partnership

Waka/Ciimaan are the Maori and Anishinaabemowin words for “canoe”. We recognize that water – wai in Māori, nibi in Anishinaabemowin – is a driving force in both our creation stories and ultimately the connecting link between all of humanity.

Tawata Productions will be at the W27 festival thanks to the support of the Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa.

See here for more information, and here for tickets!


 Congrats Jessica!

Jessica Carmichael

Jessica Carmichael

Carousel Players Appoints Jessica Carmichael as New Artistic Director!

Carousel Players, currently in its 43rd season of creating and touring theatre for young audiences, is pleased to announce that Jessica Carmichael will become their new Artistic Director. Currently the Artistic Associate at Native Earth Performing Arts in Toronto, Ms. Carmichael begins as Artistic Director at Carousel Players in February 2015. Outgoing Artistic Director Pablo Felices Luna departs for Winnipeg in November to take up the role of Artistic Director of Manitoba Theatre for Young Audiences.

Congrats Jessica!


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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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