SummerWorks Festival

Laakkaluk Bathory Williams and Cole Alvis, both featuring in this year's SummerWorks, share a laugh during the Banff Summit 2014.

Laakkaluk Bathory Williams and Cole Alvis, both featuring in this year's SummerWorks Festival, share a laugh during the Banff Summit 2014.

SummerWorks 2014 starts tomorrow, and within the excellent lineup are several Indigenous performances:

To live in the age of melting: The Idea of the North 2.0 presented by Outspoke Productions, live creators/ performers Evalyn Parry and Elysha Poirier, remote creator/performer Laakkaluk Bathory Williams. (Live Arts Series)

ROW presented by Pencil Neck Theatre, written by T. Berto, directed by Cole Alvis, music by Cris Dirksen, performed by Dillan Chiblow, Billy Merasty, and Garret C. Smith.

The Secret Garden of Lido Pimienta presented, produced, and performed by Lido Pimienta, Natasha Greenblatt, and Gustavo Cerquera Benjumea. (Music Series)

El Jinete – A Mariachi Opera presented by Puente Theatre, written and directed by Mercedes Bátiz-Benét.

Romanceship written by Cliff Cardinal, dramaturgy by Sarah Elkashef, directed by Karin Randoja, produced by Esther Jun, performed by Cliff Cardinal, D’bi Young and Leah Doz.



Native Earth Performing Arts is currently hiring for the position of Box Office – Patron Services Representative

Part time position. Compensation TBD.
Applications must be received by 5pm on Sunday August 24, 2014.

Please submit cover letter and resumé with the names and phone numbers of three references as one PDF or Word document to kat[at] with “Patron Services Representative” in the subject line.

See here for more information!

NEPA thanks everyone who applies for their interest, but only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted directly. No telephone or walk-in inquiries please. All applications are considered confidential. Native Earth Performing Arts is an equal opportunity employer.


 Appel à propositions, Watermark

Le Watermark Theatre de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard passera une commande de neuf courtes pièces, en français et en anglais, qui viseront à susciter une discussion sur l’avenir de notre pays.

Entre janvier et mai 2015, 20 communautés canadiennes accueilleront la production de ces neuf courtes pièces qui, à chaque endroit, seront jouées trois fois dans un théâtre de 150 places. Les réactions du public seront ensuite partagées avec le reste du pays à travers un site web interactif afin que le dialogue puisse se poursuivre. Suite!

Veuillez soumettre votre proposition par courriel avant le 22 août à Lynda Turnbull du Watermark Theatre:


 Call for proposals, Watermark Theatre

PEI’s acclaimed Watermark Theatre will commission nine short plays, in English and French, designed to spark conversations about the future of our country.

20 communities will each host three performances in a 150-seat theatre between Jan and May 2015. The audiences’ responses will be shared with the rest of the country through an interactive website in order to keep the dialogue going.

See here for more information!

Please submit this proposal electronically by August 22, 2014 to Lynda Turnbull of Watermark Theatre:


 Ayum-ee-aawach Oomama-mowan

Rebecca Belmore, Collection of the Walter Phillips Gallery, The Banff Centre.

Rebecca Belmore, Collection of the Walter Phillips Gallery, The Banff Centre.

Ayum-ee-aawach Oomama-mowan: Speaking to their Mother Gathering

by Rebecca Belmore, hosted by Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and curator Wanda Nanibush

Gibraltar Point, Toronto Island
Sat., August 9, 1 pm – 6 pm

Rebecca Belmore’s giant megaphone Ayum-ee-aawach Oomama-mowan: Speaking to their Mother (1991) is being brought to Gibraltar Point on Toronto Island.

The work was developed in response to the 1990 “Oka Crisis,” or Kanien’kehaka resistance, when the Canadian army violently suppressed a small Mohawk Nation trying to defend its ceremonial and burial grounds from becoming a golf course.

It was first used in 1991 in a meadow in Banff National Park where people’s voices, spoken through the megaphone, would echo back nine times. In 1992, Belmore toured the work across Canada to a number of sites where Indigenous land claims were being asserted and justice was being demanded.

See here for more information!


 Congratulations Falen!

Falen Johnson

Falen Johnson

Congratulations to Falen Johnson on being named playwright in residence for the Blyth Festival!

Falen is an actor, playwright and emerging dramaturg. Selected theatre credits include: The Only Good Indian with Turtle Gals Performance Ensemble, The Triple Truth, Savage, Strong Medicine, Death of a Chief, A Very Polite Genocide, and Tombs of the Vanishing Indian all with Native Earth Performing Arts. She has acted in The Ecstasy of Rita Joe a co-production between Western Canada Theatre and The National Arts Centre, The River with Nakai Theatre and Tout Comme Elle, a co-production between Necessary Angel and Luminato. Falen, with Planet Indigenous and the Woodland Cultural Centre, has conducted performance based art walks around Toronto and other cities, titled Invisible Stories.

Her first feature play Salt Baby is a humorous look at how stereotypes and blood quantum are viewed by society.


 Audition, I Call Myself Princess

Paper Canoe Projects/Cahoots Theatre are auditioning for a 2-week workshop production of I Call Myself Princess by Jani Lauzon. The work will have one public presentation.

Date of workshop production: November 2 – 14th
Public Performance: November 14th, Venue TBC
Audition Date: August 11th 2014
Auditions will be held in Toronto, ON.

ROLE: Alex Park 20 – 35. African Canadian. Baritone. Seeking opera singers/legit musical theatre actors comfortable with operatic style. Must read music. Strong acting skills an asset. The actor playing Alex will be required to play additional speaking roles.

I Call Myself Princess has its roots in the story of Tsianina Redfeather, (December 13, 1882 – January 10, 1985) who was a Cree/Cherokee singer and performer working in classical music at the turn of the century. The contemporary character of Alex in the play continues to support his single mother and siblings in Winnipeg while remaining empathic and supportive to his First Nations boyfriend William, currently in Toronto studying opera. But even the kindest of hearts has a breaking point.

See below (and here) for details!



 Dances of Resistance, Aanmitaagzi

Aanmitaagzi's Dances of Resistance

Aanmitaagzi's Dances of Resistance

Aanmitaagzi will premiere its our latest work, Dances of Resistance, Aug 28-29 in Nipissing First Nation.

Dances of Resistance is the culmination of three years of multi-arts workshops and creative development with professional artists and community members of all ages and abilities. Over the next five weeks we’ll be bringing in designers, a composer, set designers, visual artists, dance and theatre artists to help us in this final development of this groundbreaking project

Nbisiing Secondary School, North Bay, Ontario P0H
Doors open at 7:30pm. Show starts at 8:00pm

To volunteer onstage or backstage in this exciting production email:

See here for more information.


 ROW, Pencil Neck Theatre

Dillan Chiblow in ROW

Dillan Chiblow in ROW

Cole Alvis directs ROW, written by T. Berto, presented by Pencil Neck Theatre at the Summerworks Festival, Aug 7-17 in Toronto.

ROW is about a Cree ‘kept boy’ set in hurricane-ravaged New Orleans. The water stains are showing. Recently liberated, Sonny is past his prime and once again on the prowl. As he searches for potential new keepers to trade his sexual allure, his past and future swirl about him like a kaleidoscope.

This production immerses you into Sonny’s world – from residential school, to the street and the back rooms and limousines of the wealthy men who keep him, until he washes ashore.

Billy Merasty, Garret C. Smith and newcomer Dillan Chiblow represent Sonny from three generations along with Canadian Aboriginal Music Award winning musician Cris Derksen featured playing cello live on stage.

See here for tickets and more information!


 Auditions, The Nisei & The

Actor/Actress call for The Nisei & The Narnauks, written and directed by Paul Van Dyck

Showing: Feb 5-22, 2015 at LE MAI (Montreal, arts interculturels)

Using puppetry, mask, and music, The Nisei & The Narnauks chronicles a young Japanese Canadian girl as she travels from a World War II interment camp in the Slocan Valley, across British Columbia, in the hope of finding her grandmother. Along the way, the fantastical spirits of the Haida myths help and hinder her journey. In the guise of a coming of age adventure story, this play re-examines the distressing treatment of Japanese Canadians during World War II and juxtaposes it with the overall treatment of Canadian First Nation Peoples.

Please send your head shot and CV to Sides and information will be sent upon request.

Character Breakdown below:



 Kitchen Radio, Nicole Joy-Fraser &...

Nicole Joy-Fraser in Marion de Vries' Kitchen Radio

Nicole Joy-Fraser in Marion de Vries' Kitchen Radio

Nicole Joy-Fraser stars in Kitchen Radio, written by Marion de Vries, being performed at this year’s Blythe Festival, now until Aug 9th.

Book by Marion de Vries; Lyrics & Music by Marion de Vries and David Archibald; Directed by Kelli Fox | Musical Director David Archibald

Starring Rebecca Auerbach, Jason Chesworth, Marion Day, Greg Gale, Nicole Joy-Fraser, Elizabeth Kalles, Emily Lukasik and David Archibald

It’s September 1968 and Eleanor, the lonely young wife of a bank manager, is unpacking boxes yet again – this time in a small farming town. Because she and Dan move so often, her only friends are the female country music stars she listens to on her kitchen radio and she imagines she is one of them. Suddenly Elly finds herself entangled in the lives of local women Sophie, Maggie, Helen and Angela – and her world is turned upside down! A country musical with comedy and heart.

See here for more information!


 Aboriginal Music Week

George Leech, photo by Aperture Photographics

George Leech, photo by Aperture Photographics

Aboriginal Music Week is set for August 20 to 24 in Winnipeg, MB.

This week-long festival presents Native, Métis, Inuit, and Indigenous artists who perform hip hop, electronic, traditional, world, folk, rock, country, and blues music.

This year, The Aboriginal Peoples Television Network is partnering with Aboriginal Music Week to add two BIG nights of music to the festival this summer.

George Leach, Leela Gilday, Burnt-Project 1, Tall Paul, Lido Pimienta, The Johhnys, Logan Staats, Spirit Sands Singers, and Astronomar at The Cube in Winnipeg’s historic Old Market Square.

Friday, August 22 and Saturday, August 23.
Outdoors | Free | Family Friendly (no beer gardens)

See here for more information on these and other events and performances!

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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