Dec
20

 2015 Coastal First Nations Dance...

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2015 Coastal First Nations Dance Festival produced by the Dancers of Damelahamid in partnership with the UBC Museum of Anthropology, Mar 3-8, 2015 (Vancouver)

The 2015 festival returns to the UBC Museum of Anthropology March 3-8, 2015 and will include two Signature Evening Performances on Friday March 6th and Saturday March 7th at 7:30 PM as well as festival stage performances on Saturday March 7th & Sunday March 8th from 1-4 PM. These performances will showcase the diverse and rich cultural traditions practiced by a selection of some of the best artists from coastal British Columbia, the Yukon as well as national and international guest artists. Throughout the festival the Great Hall will be transformed into a celebration of Indigenous cultures and dance traditions.

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Dec
20

 The Unplugging, Yvette Nolan and NEPA

The Unplugging

The Unplugging

Native Earth Performing Arts presents Yvette Nolan’s The Unplugging, Mar 14-Apr 5, 2015.

In a post-apocalyptic world, two aging Aboriginal women are cast out of their village and forced to wander the desolate landscape with their only tools of survival: a shared traditional knowledge and deep friendship. When a young man appears and threatens their new way of life, the two women must choose between isolation and community.

“The only way I could see us going forward is to start over again.” – Yvette Nolan

Winner of Outstanding Original Script at the Jessie’s 2013

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Dec
20

 Paradise, Gwaandak Theatre

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Paradise by Patti Flather

Gwaandak Theatre, in collaboration with the MT Space, will be holding a four-day workshop of Paradise, a new play in development by Patti Flather, Mar 24-28, 2015.

Paradise is about four linked characters living in different types of prisons: an unemployed logger with a war in his head, a family doctor searching for love, a young woman searching to score and a teenager imprisoned in the war on terror.

Patti Flather founded Gwaandak Theatre with Leonard Linklater in the Yukon in 1999 to share Aboriginal, Northern and diverse stories on the stage. She has co-produced all of Gwaandak’s productions and tours. Patti has a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of B.C. and is an award-winning, produced and published playwright. Patti is also a dramaturg, educator, fiction and screenwriter.

Dec
20

 Metis Mutt, Sheldon Elter & MT...

Sheldon Elter

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

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Dec
20

 God and the Indian, Drew Hayden Taylor

Drew Hayden Taylor

Drew Hayden Taylor

Native Earth Performing Arts, in partnership with Firehall Arts Centre, presents God and the Indian by Drew Hayden Taylor. May 2-17, 2015 (Toronto).

While panhandling outside a coffee shop, Johnny, a Cree woman, is shocked to recognize a face from her childhood, which was spent in a residential school. Desperate to hear him acknowledge the terrible abuse inflicted on her and other children at the school, Johnny follows Anglican Assistant Bishop George King to his office to confront him.

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Audience Advisory: Mature content.

Dec
20

 Agokwe, MT Space

Waawaate Forrister

Waawaate Forrister

MT Space, in partnership with the Agokwe Collective, presents Agokwe, written and preformed by Waawaate Fobister, Directed by Ed Roy. Jun 11-13, 2015.

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

Agokwe (pronounced “agoo-kway; meaning “wise woman” or “Two-Spirited”) explores unrequited love between teenage boys from neighbouring reserves. Mike is a hockey player and Jake is a traditional dancer.

Waawaate Fobister at TEDx Toronto speaking about the inspiration for Agokwe and the meaning behind “Two-Spirited” people.

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Dec
20

 Declaration, ARTICLE 11

Santee Smith in Declaration

Santee Smith in Declaration

ARTICLE 11’s Declaration will be presented April and May at the NAC Ontario Scene and again in June at the ROM, featuring Santee Smith, Monique Mojica, Digging Roots and Aanmitaagzi.

DECLARATION is a celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ right to engage to their fullest extent in the creation and development of arts and culture, as outlined in the 11th clause of the UN’s Declaration on Indigenous Rights. Join the sights and sounds of ARTICLE 11 and our stellar guest artists, for a demonstration, through practise, of our increasingly remarkable First Nations, Inuit and Métis oeuvre.

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Dec
20

 Adäka Cultural Festival

Adaka Cultural Festival

Adaka Cultural Festival

Adäka Cultural Festival will take place from Jun 26 – Jul 1, 2015 (Whitehorse).

At its idyllic location at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre on the Whitehorse waterfront, the Adäka Cultural Festival shines with awesome energy, arousing inspiration, pride, and excitement in the thousands of artists, visitors, and supporters who attend the Festival each year.

The Festival features a rich mixture of traditional and contemporary visual and performing artists from each Yukon First Nation, as well as visiting artists from British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Alaska and Greenland. The interweaving of music, dance, storytelling, traditional arts and crafts, and workshops with the warmth of the Yukon spirit will ensure this Festival is one to remember!

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Dec
20

 wîcêhtowin, Theatre Program

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wîcêhtowin – Aboriginal Theatre Program: Creating new stories for a new generation

The Department of Drama at the University of Saskatchewan is proud to announce an innovative new program of study—first of its kind in Canada— wîcêhtowin: Aboriginal Theatre Program. ATP is a Two-Year Arts and Sciences Certificate program delivered over six consecutive semesters of study for Aboriginal students.

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Dec
19

 This is my Drum, Heather Majaury

Heather Majaury

Heather Majaury

MT Space presents Heather Majaury’s This is my Drum, directed by Badih Abou Chakra, with Lisa O’Connell as dramaturge. Feb 4-8 (Kitchener).

This Is My Drum is the culmination of a personal journey taken through the female experience of blood and spirit. It confronts a deeply contradictory encounter with identity while breathing through this moment in time called Canada.

The stories we don’t tell revealed in an intimate solo sharing becoming and knowing. It honours the thundering silence and the dancing through that connects to prayer when there is little left to say about anything.

This performance constructs the body as drum and the drum as vessel, a vessel that holds the voice of our own remembering, while the body stands at the crossroads of renewal and decay.

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Dec
19

 Sarain Carson-Fox and Aria Evan

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Sarain Carson-Fox, Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs, and Aria Evan

IPAA members Sarain Carson-Fox and Aria Evan featured in lead roles in A Tribe Called Red’s first music video from their award winning Nation II Nation album.

Much Music, Canada’s #1 destination for music videos, provided the television premier of the video on April 8.

The story for “Sisters” follows three Indigenous women making their way to one of A Tribe Called Red’s “Electric Pow Wows.” Also featuring Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs.

Dec
19

 Stitch, NEPA & Cliff Cardinal

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Cliff Cardinal

Native Earth Performing Arts, in partnership with Culture Storm, presents Stitch by Cliff Cardinal, Directed by Jovanni Sy. Jun 3-14, 2015

Tickets here! More information here!

Kylie Grandview is a pornstar who has suffered massive psychological abuse and consequently makes awful life choices. After a series of self-sabotaging decisions that lead to her own disfigurement and the loss of custody of her child, Kylie makes one last attempt to redeem herself and be heard.

“NNNN – A perfect storm of exciting theatre, everything coming together just so.” – Naomi Skwarna, NOW Magazine

Audience Advisory: Mature content.

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