Workshop, the Banff Centre


Emma Donovan, 2013

Apply to the Banff Centre by April 18 for “Diverse As This Land  - Voice Intensive Workshop,” July 7 – 16, 2014

Through rigorous group technique classes and one-on-one training, singers, actors and storytellers will learn, renew, and revitalize their craft. Participants can expect to find a deeper connection to their own body through the lens of their resonant voices. The program is intended for anyone who works in any sound tradition with physical, emotional, and vocal freedom.

“Everything in my life aligned to bring me to The Banff Centre for this program. That alignment continued to resonate in the content and delivery of the program. It’s as if the instructors, participants, and scenery all conspired to anticipate my needs and challenge the core of my artistry.” —Sarah Yankoo (Algonquin),

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 General Auditions, Theatre Passe...

Theatre Passe Muraille (TPM) is accepting resumes for its 2014 General Auditions.

Deadline to submit: April 18
Audition dates: April 23 and 25
Location: 54 Wolseley Street, Suite 202.

Members of CAEA who haven’t previously auditioned will have priority. All ethnicities and body types encouraged to audition.

Requirements: 2 contrasting modern Canadian monologues totalling no more than 5 minutes.
Only those selected for an audition will be contacted.

Email applications to: robk@passemuraille.on.ca

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No agent packages. Please DO NOT send hard copies. E-mail submissions only.


 Short Cuts to Saskatoon

Short Cuts

Short Cuts

IPAA Board President Yvette Nolan is spearheading a new festival in Saskatoon!

Hardly Art presents
Short Cuts 10 Minute Play Festival

Because in 10 minutes your life can change

6 plays followed by food and reception…
an unmissable evening of theatre!

April 11 – 13 @ 8pm
Tickets: $15
The Refinery – 609 Dufferin Ave.
Saskatoon, SK

Click here for tickets
Click here for a video, how 10 minutes changed Yvette’s life.


 Poetics of Performance, Dione Joseph

Dione Joseph presents “Poetics of Performance: Identity Politics in Contemporary Indigenous Australian Theatre” at the University of Toronto’s centre for Aboriginal Initiatives, Friday April 11 @1:00pm.

Dione Joseph poster

Turtle Lounge, North Borden Building 2nd Floor, 563 Spadina Ave.

Dione Joseph is a theatre director and writer with an academic and performance background in community and cultural development. Over the past six years she has directed a range of productions including new dramas by contemporary writers, classics and their adaptations, experimental works, musicals, comedies and community-based theatre productions. In addition, she has written extensively as an arts reviewer and journalist and her academic research engages with Indigenous poetics of performance, performance as research and the developing new forms of dialogue that explore the importance of community based engagement within performance.

IPAA is proud to co-present this talk with the Centre for Aboriginal Initiatives at the University of Toronto.



 IPAA Administrator call

IPAA is hiring!

IPAA Administrator – Job Description
Part Time Position, $15/hour (40-50 hours/month)
Toronto, ON

Duties and responsibilities include:


  • Encourage new IPAA membership with a focus on academic institutions.
  • Engage with IPAA members to stay informed of their work in the Indigenous performing arts and create posts where appropriate.
  • Contact members to keep profiles current while maintaining a membership database.


  • Assist the Executive Director in establishing a website, social media and other online component strategy in consultation with the Website Coordinator.
  • Implement the online strategy set forth by the Executive Director and Website Coordinator which includes commitments to partner social media sites.
  • Create website posts using WordPress software in preparation for the member quarterly newsletter using MadMimi software.


  • Assist the Executive Director with filing and organization of the office.
  • Maintain a presence in the Toronto office and at IPAA member & community events.


Knowledgeable about the Indigenous performing arts scene
Effective analytical and problem solving skills
Excellent time management and organizational skills
Ability to operate online tools: WordPress, MadMimi / MailChimp and Microsoft Office
Excellent verbal, written presentation and listening communication skills
Ability to multitask, think critically and maintain an innovative online company profile

*Preference will be given to qualified Indigenous applicants.

Please email cover letter and resume by April 30, 2014 to Cole Alvis, Executive Director
colealvis@ipaa.ca Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance (www.ipaa.ca)


 Marketing/Development Manger, Full...

Full Circle First Nation’s Performance is looking for a Marketing and Development Manager.

Full Circle requires an energetic, enthusiastic, and passionate person to work with and lead the team in the areas of Marketing and Development.

Reporting to: Artistic Managing Director and General Manager
Working with: Managing Producer, Marketing Interns, students, and support staff

Interested applicants may apply with resume and cover letter attention:
Diane Blunt at gm@fullcircle.ca with “Full Circle ‐ Marketing and Dev Manager” in the subject line
Deadline: April 25, 2014 ‐ 5:00pm

Click here for full listing (pdf).



 inFORMING CONTENT, feat. Tara Beagan

inFORMING CONTENT: exploring contemporary theatre creation, featuring Tara Beagan, May 2 – 4 @ Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto.

inFORMING CONTENT (iC) is a three-day creation lab combining experimental approaches to theatre-making with expert academic presentation on the world-of-the-moment. Scholars illuminate contemporary issues from their various expert viewpoints, which serve as the starting point for artistic exploration and creation.

Led by Volcano Associate Artist Deborah Pearson, inFORMING CONTENT aims to expose young theatre-makers to forms of creation that are outside the scope of most traditional training in Canada. iC strives to challenge artists to collaborate with academic experts in performance creation, and thus institute a dialogue that will allow these new forms to mirror, prod at, and in some cases, explode content.

Participation at inFORMING CONTENT is free for the artists, and the lectures and performances are free for audiences. Click here for more information!


 The Winter We Danced, book launch

The Winter We Danced

The Winter We Danced

Two Toronto events launching The Winter We Danced #TWWD on April 4.

Daytime Launch 2:00-4:00 pm
Evening Launch 6:30-8:30 pm

The Winter We Danced is a vivid collection of writing, poetry, lyrics, art and images from the many diverse voices that make up the past, present, and future of the Idle No More movement. Calling for pathways into healthy, just, equitable and sustainable communities while drawing on a wide-ranging body of narratives, journalism, editorials and creative pieces, this collection consolidates some of the most powerful, creative and insightful moments from the winter we danced and gestures towards next steps in an on-going movement for justice and Indigenous self-determination.

Read below for more information and performers/speakers!



 The Legacy of Living Together, Alberta...

Alberta Aboriginal Arts presents The Legacy of Living Together. Edmonton’s Aboriginal Arts Community welcomes the National Truth and Reconciliation Commission in a “Local meets National” Cultural Tribute

With the support of the City of Edmonton and the Edmonton Arts Council, Alberta Aboriginal Arts presents The Legacy of Living Together, a “local meets national” arts project to bear witness to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s National Event in Edmonton March 27 – April 1, 2014. Professional Aboriginal artists will be highlighted in a series of presentations complementing the visiting national program. The project welcomes delegates and the general public to experience challenging artistic works that speak from a unique Aboriginal perspective. (For more information about the TRC Commission, visit www.trc.ca.)

For event specifics and more information on the partnership between TRC and the Arts, see here!


 Circle of Voices, SNTC

SNTC fundraiser

SNTC fundraiser

Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company’s 2nd Annual Circle of Voices Graduation. Round Dance, March 29th

Oskayak, 919 Broadway Ave.
Stickman: Bobby Rainey
MCs: Doin Tootoosis and Marcel Petit
Raffles, Door Prizes and Give-away
Featuring A Metis Jigging Special.
Singers will be paid
Feast at 4PM
Dance at 6PM.


 Leanne Simpson, UVIC tonight

Leanne Simpson "Islands of Decolonial Love"

Leanne Simpson "Islands of Decolonial Love"

Writer, scholar, storyteller, and activist, Leanne Simpson will the keynote speaker at University of Victoria’s Indigenous Resurgence Week on Wed. March 26th at 1:00pm. Her talk is titled, “Islands of Decolonial Love: Resurgent Bodies and Minds on the Land.”

Simpson will talk about her upcoming book and current thinking on Resurgence.

She will also be participating in the poetry evening on March 27th 6:00-9:00PM.

For more information, click here.


 Talking Stick Overview

Talking Stick 2014

Talking Stick 2014 photo by Chris Randal

The Full Circle First Nations Performance team is happy to report that their 2014 Talking Stick Festival was a huge success!

This year’s festival opened with Wax hoks en Shqalawin (Open Your Hearts) opening gala which featured the music of Kawandak with special guest Kathia Rock.

Festival audiences were treated to an exceptional array of performances, featuring top notch Canadian Aboriginal Theatre, dance, and music.

On behalf of Full Circle and the Talking Stick Festival, we’d like to send out a big thank you to all of the talented artists who performed at our festival, our dedicated audiences, and our dynamic and wonderful team of volunteers. Lastly a special thanks to our amazing sponsors, donors, and supporters. Wey chewx yu, Miigwech, Háw’aa

[Read the full overview below!]



Coming up next:
IPAA is Hiring!
We are looking for a part-time administrator (40-50 hours per month) to work with Executive Director Cole Alvis in our Toronto office.

Click here for full description!

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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