LUVLYF, Rock the Boat


LUVLYF, Colette Trudeau, is performing at Rock the Boat, April 10.

Canada’s hottest up and coming female DJ with a fiery passion to take over the world… one dance floor at a time. She has over a decade of experience rocking the stage and it shows!

#CSURockTheBoat rented the fattest yacht in Vancouver and hired some of the hottest and most up and coming DJ’s in Vancouver to bring to YOU on the last day of classes! Book this date off NOW, you don’t want to miss out on this one!

Friday, April 10th
530PM-6:00PM: Loading
6:30PM: Yacht departs
10:00-10:30PM: Yacht docks
10:30PM – Sunrise: After party!!!!!!!! 19+

See here for more info!


 TransMigration, Kaha:wi Dance Theatre

transmigration.3 Kaha:wi Dance Theatre (KDT) is celebrating their 10th Anniversary with a national tour of TransMigration!

February 20 2015, Sanderson Centre, Brantford, ON
March 7 2015, Northern Arts and Cultural Centre, Yellowknife, NWT
March 11 2015, Yukon Arts Centre, Whitehorse, YK
March 17-21 2015, The Cultch (Vancouver East Cultural Centre), Vancouver, BC
March 28 2015, Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre, Vernon, BC
April 9 2015, Imperial Theatre, Saint John, NB
April 11 2015, Fredericton Playhouse, Fredericton, NB
April 17 2015, Brock Centre for the Arts, St. Catharines, ON

For more information on this production see here!


 Spirit Horse Tour

Art by Claudia Devila

Art by Claudia Devila

Spirit Horse is a Native American adaptation by Drew Hayden Taylor (from the Irish play Tir Na N’Og by Greg Banks). The Spirit Horse tour is running from March through June. (Subject to change).

March-April 2015May-June 2015

Spirit Horse is a powerful story that chronicles an incredible adventure involving two First Nations children. Angelina and Jesse’s lives are changed forever when their grandfather, who lives by the old ways on a prairies reserve, brings them a horse that has mysteriously appeared to him. The children feel an incredible bond to this majestic animal which links these urban children and their dad to their Stoney Nation heritage and brings new hope and healing to a troubled single parent family caught between two worlds. Spirit Horse is a highly theatrical and imaginative story in which three actors play over 65 characters, accompanied by a live musician.

Interested in attending a performance of Spirit Horse? Contact Niki Poirier, Spirit Horse Tour Manager at 416-686-5199 x 226 or email (Subject to availability).



 Leanne Simpson, EMMA TALKS

simpson_250x275Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, writer and activist, presents “Decolonial Love: Building Resurgent Communities of Connection” as part of EMMA TALKS, April 8 in Vancouver.

Leanne’s portion of the donations will go to supporting W.O.W. -Warriors Organizing Women! a popular education & political action group from the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre.

EMMA TALKS: Engaging Monologues Mutual Aid: The core purpose of EMMA talks is to bring important stories by women identified* writers, activists, thinkers, storytellers, makers and doers, from the periphery to the public. Together their stories will build a powerful and engaging collection of talks, celebrating and building on the conversations, imaginings, and hard work of so many individuals, communities and movements, which will lead to a creative cross-pollination of ideas. (*including two spirited, trans* and gender non-conforming folks)

See here for more information!


 Olivia Shortt, Sax Duo

Olivia Shortt
Olivia Shortt

ratio space presents Olivia Shortt – sax duo, April 9 @ 8:00 PM.

Olivia Shortt is a Toronto-based classical and contemporary saxophonist and teacher. She studied under Dr. Wallace Halladay during her Bachelors of Music degree in Saxophone Performance. During her studies, she was a recipient of the David and Marcia Beach Summer Study Award and studied with Jean-Marc Bouchard and Marie-Chantal Leclair in Montreal.

See here for more info!


 Sister Says Spring and Summer Tour!

Sister Says at Calabash in Feb 2015

Sister Says at Calabash in Feb 2015

Sister Says has a new album and a Canadian Spring and Summer Tour! Canadian Spring & Summer Tour (full tour TBA)

Canadian Music Week, Toronto, Dates to be announced

05/12/15 The Painted Lady, Toronto, Ontario
05/14/15 Musideum, 401 Richmond W, Suite 133, Toronto, 8pm, CLICK HERE for more info
05/16/15 Utopia Hall, Utopia, Ontario
05/17/15 The Garnet, Peterborough, Ontario
06/04/15 VACFSS Coffee House Fundraiser, Historic Theatre, The Cultch, Details TBA
06/20/15 National Aboriginal Day at Canada Place, Vancouver, Details TBA
08/15 Edge of the World Festival, Haida Gwaii, BC
08/15 Concert, Haida Heritage Centre, Haida Gwaii, BC

Check out the website for more information!


 Sister Says at No Island’s

Come celebrate the release of No Island’s long-awaited full length studio album BETTER DAYS (available April 21) with a full night of music, also featuring Best Night Ever & Sister Says. April 25 in Vancouver.

$12 direct from band members
$12 + SC online at


Preview the new album at


 Indigenous Dance Residency, Banff


The Banff Centre’s Indigenous Dance Residency – Program dates: August 3, 2015 – August 29, 2015 – is accepting applications until May 4, 2015.

Faculty: Sandra Laronde (Program Director), Waneek Horn-Miller (Health & Fitness Instructor), Thomas Fonua (Guest Faculty), Jera Wolfe (Guest Faculty).

The Indigenous Dance Residency (IDR) is the only program in North America led by Indigenous faculty for Indigenous dancers. Acclaimed Indigenous faculty come together with dancers from across Canada and around the world to share, investigate, and strengthen contemporary Indigenous dance practice. The combination of high-level faculty, rigorous exploration, and power of place here in the mountains in the heart of Blackfoot and Stoney territories make this program truly transformative.

See more below or here!



 Alianait Arts Festival

Alianait Festival

Alianait Arts Festival

11th annual Alianait Arts Festival – the hottest, coolest festival on the top of the world, June 26 – July 1.

The 2015 line-up of performers will deliver a mix of world-class entertainment and a long weekend filled with fun, families & friends and creativity.

Organizers are also excited to announce a stellar line-up of shows taking place before and after the Festival: J.P. Cormier (May 23), Amelia Curran (Sept 10), Joel Plaskett (Oct 3-4), Diyet (Nov 7). See here for more information!

Click here for Alianait’s website.


 Peg and Yetti, Carousel Players


Carousel Players perform Kenneth Oppel’s tale Peg and Yetti, adapted by Monica Dufault, at Grand Theatre on May 27-28 and Sean O’Sullivan Theatre on May 29th.

A brave young girl named Peg sets out on a great adventure to climb Mount Everest. She travels across the world by boat, train and water buffalo until she reaches the Himalayas. After dodging an avalanche, she befriends a mysterious Yeti who helps her reach the top of the mountain. Led by Peg’s parents, the audience participates in the expedition by creating the imaginary events and places along the way.

Running time: 60 minutes, no intermission.
Member Child $15 and Member Adult $20 or Regular Child and $18 Regular Adult $22

See these links for details: Grand Theatre on May 27-28, Sean O’Sullivan Theatre on May 29th


 Adaka 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!

See here for more information!


 CIT Annual Spring Showcase



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