Tamara Podemski in An Enemy of the...

Tamara Podemski & Joe Cobden

Tamara Podemski & Joe Cobden

Tarragon Theatre presents An Enemy of the People, By Henrik Ibsen, featuring Tamara Podemski!

Written in 1882, Ibsen’s parable echoes the questions of today as it grapples with how we balance our conscience and our comfort – censored scientists, environmental crises, anarchist manifestos and the pitfalls of majority rule. As Artistic Director Richard Rose recalls: “Tar sands, climate change, fracking, pipelines, Walkerton, the cod and salmon fisheries, tailing ponds and ethical oil; all came to mind as I experienced this production. I knew instantly that we had to produce it.”

Runs until October 26, 2014 in Tarragon Theatre’s Mainspace.
Regular Tickets: $27-$53 (Previews: $21-$25)
Tickets can be purchased through Patron Services at 416.531.1827 or by visiting www.tarragontheatre.com

See here for more info!


 Trans-Actions, Collective Performance...

Curtain Razors will open its 2014-15 season on Oct. 4 with Trans-Actions, created by the Collective Performance Storytelling Ensemble. (Promo photo)

Curtain Razors will open its 2014-15 season on Oct. 4 with Trans-Actions, created by the Collective Performance Storytelling Ensemble. (Promo photo)

The Collective Performance Storytelling Ensemble unveil’s its debut production Trans-Actions, a “multi-disciplinary performance,” as the opening production of the Curtain Razors 2014-15 season, this weekend, Oct 4-5, at the First Nations University of Canada (Regina).

The performance, presented by Curtain Razors, the First Nations University of Canada and the Conservatory of Performing Arts, weaves together a number of stories that speak of struggles and the power of people across different circumstances and cultures in the quest for free being.

Oct 4, performance will be free and be held in conjunction with the Sisters In Spirit Vigil for missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada. Speakers begin at 6 p.m., the Trans-Actions performance at 7 p.m. and a round dance at 7:45 p.m.

See here for more information!


 Glenn Gould, CIT Speaker Series

Glen Gould

Glen Gould

Glen Gould featured in CIT’s Niiganigaabwe Series, Oct 2, 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.

Glen left Nova Scotia at the age of 19 to pursue a career in acting. Since then, his successes include appearing in Theatre, TV and Film productions throughout North America.

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 larger creative landscape.


 Going Home Star – Truth and...

Joseph Boyden

Joseph Boyden

Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet announces the World Premiere of Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation, based on a story by author Joseph Boyden, from October 1-5.

Home Star is a representation of the many stories, both told and untold, by Indian Residential School Survivors and their families. It includes appearances by Polaris prize winner and Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq, Steve Wood and the Northern Cree Singers, KC Adams, and is produced by Tina Keeper.

The story follows the journey of a young, urban First Nations woman who discovers her ancestors and finds meaning in her own life with the help of a homeless residential school survivor.

See here for show times, and here for a CBC article describing the production’s purpose and content.


 Unrelated by Daina Ashbee

Daina Ashbee

Daina Ashbee

Daina Ashbee is presenting her new work “Unrelated” this weekend, Oct 3-4, in Montreal at The MAI (Montreal Arts Interculturels).

Unrelated is a creation that expresses the struggle of Aboriginal women through a reconstruction of their identities. It is a dark and cruel work about the disappearance of hundreds of Aboriginal women in Canada, and explores the absence of self and addiction. With a disconcerting lucidity, Unrelated unveils feelings of emptiness and loss of culture.

Daina Ashbee’s dance draws on contemporary and traditional language; her creations are deliberately dark, vulnerable, and often sensual. A study of the subconscious in its corporeality, the choreographer deconstructs the frames of reference that conditioned her personal image. Excellently interpreted by two dancers, Unrelated will tour to four Mexican cities in 2015.

See here for a teaser video, and here for more information!


 Metis Artist Showcase, Intertribal...

PJ Prudat

PJ Prudat

IPAA and SNTC, with TRIBAL INC, as part of the Intertribal Gathering, present the Métis Artist Showcase, Oct 18 in Saskatoon.

Curated by Curtis Peeteetuce
Featuring: John & Vicky Arcand and Krystle Pederson – Music
Zondra Roy – spoken word, hip hop artist
The Creeland Dancers including a cultural exchange with Jeanette Kotowich
An excerpt from The Women In My House by PJ Prudat (playwright and actor),
Raven Spirit Dance’s Frost Exploding Trees Moon created by Michelle Olson, Floyd Favel and performed by
Jeanette Kotowich which follows the journey of a woman traveling her trap line. She finds a place to set up
camp, builds her temporary home, and settles into the centre of her world of breath and perception.

For the Intertribal Gathering’s full schedule, see here!


 IPAA Talks in Wanuskewin Park,...

Photo provided by Wanuskewin Heritage Park

Photo provided by Wanuskewin Heritage Park

IPAA TALKS: The Prairie Touring Circle, presented in Wanuskewin Heritage Park, as part of the Intertribal Gathering, Oct 18.

8:30am departure for the 9am Sweat led by Elder John Sugar
9:30am departure from hotel for shuttle to Wanuskewin
10am Wanuskewin Tour
12pm Catered lunch
1pm – 5pm IPAA Talks: Prairie Touring Circle: Includes breakout sessions with artistic leaders from Saskatoon, Regina, Edmonton, Calgary and across
Turtle Island brainstorming touring productions on and off reserve and across the prairies.

The Wanuskewin area contains some of the most exciting archaeological finds in North America. To date there are 19 pre-contact sites to be found within the valley and two historic sites making this region the longest running active archaeological site in Canada. Some are 5,000 to 6,000 years old and within walking distance of one another.

For more information about the Intertribal Gathering, Oct 16-19, see here!


 Women of Saskatchewan, Intertribal...

Photo provided by Wanuskewin Heritage Park

Photo provided by Wanuskewin Heritage Park

IPAA and SNTC, with TRIBAL INC, present, as part of the Intertribal Gathering, Saskatchewan Indigenous Artist Showcase:
iskwēwak osci sohkīciwan sīpīy “Women of Saskatchewan”

Curated by Carol Greyeyes
Confirmed artists:
Violet Natowhow – Music
Rema Buschow – rhythmic Gymnastics
Tenille Campbell – Poetry
Mika Daniels (Lafond) – Poetry
Amberlin Hsu – Dance
Dakota Hebert – scene from her play, Conrad Roy
Andrea Ledding – scene from her play, Dominion and a poem

See here for more information about the Intertribal Gathering!


 One Voice, La MaMa with Spiderwoman...

Gloria Miguel

Gloria Miguel

La MaMa in association with Spiderwoman Theatre presents a staged reading of One Voice, Today (!!!) at 7:00pm in NYC.

Written and performed by Gloria Miguel
Directed by  Muriel Miguel
Set designed by Soni Moreno

Reading to be followed by talk-back
Admission by donation

47 Great Jones Street
(between Bowery and Lafayette Street)
New York, NY 10003


 Tanya Tagaq’s Animism Tour

Tanya Tagaq in Nanook of the North

Tanya Tagaq

2014 Polaris Music Prize winner Tanya Tagaq announces performances across Canada this fall. Tickets are now on sale for most of the shows listed below.

Animism, released in May 2014 on Six Shooter Records to emphatic critical praise, is an album that expresses and reflects a balance between “having more to say” and “being calmer in saying it.” In a newly released interview, Tagaq describes herself as angrier, but also more contemplative and cognizant of the necessity of speaking up and out.

Tanya’s electronic-archaic music and writhing, intensely physical performances elicit everything from fear to euphoria in audiences. Tagaq finds inspiration in experience, memory and outrage, and while Animism invokes a deep unrest, it also conjures an even deeper sense of connection with the world.

See here for tickets and more information!



 Drew Hayden Taylor, Intertribal...

Drew Hayden Taylor

Drew Hayden Taylor

Drew Hayden Taylor is reading his new piece Crees In The Caribbean at the opening night of the Intertribal Gathering presented by IPAA and SNTC, with TRIBAL INC. Oct 16 in Saskatoon.

Originally from the Curve Lake First Nations, in Central Ontario, Drew has spent the last two decades travelling the world and writing about it from the Aboriginal perspective. An award-winning playwright, author, columnist, film maker and lecturer, he has managed to bridge the gap between cultures by tickling the funny bone.

Crees In The Caribbean features Kennetch Charlette, Ingrid Gomez and Margo Kane.

Thurs, Oct. 16th at 7:00pm, Studio 914.

See here for the full Intertribal Gathering schedule, Oct 16-19!


 Tara Beagan, Writer at Berton House

Tara Beagan

Tara Beagan

Tara Beagan will be at Berton House as Writer in Residence from Oct to Dec 2014.

Beagan will be working on “a novel inspired by the innumerable fatherless boys in First Nations Communities” as well as continue to adapt a theatre script for the screen, entitled Dreary and Izzy.

Ntlakapamux and Irish “Canadian,” Beagan co-founded the Indigenous arts activist company ARTICLE 11 with Andy Moro in 2013. Their upcoming workshop production of Beagan’s The Ministry of Grace features Lorne Cardinal and a partnership with Fort York.

See here for more information.


Coming up next:
Intertribal Gathering 2014!

October 16-19 in Saskatoon SK.

For the second annual Intertribal Gathering, IPAA is partnering with SNTC and TRIBE INC. to feature a rich lineup of diverse artists from across disciplines and distances!

See here for the full schedule!

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.

Check it out!

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