Jun
21

 Digging Roots, For The Light

Digging Root's Raven Kanatakta and ShoShona Kish

Digging Root's Raven Kanatakta and ShoShona Kish

Digging Roots’ new album “For The Light” is now available on iTunes! The album release party will take place on June 24.

Digging Roots made it back into the studio after some heavy International touring and the end result is a masterpiece of Light and Love! Order their latest album, ‘For The Light’ on iTunes NOW!

Go to their website to order and a free-streaming of their title track, ‘For The Light’ and single, ‘I’ve Got It Bad.’

Digging Roots announces Tom Wilson and QuiQue Escamilla graciously opening up for their June 24th Album Release Party with Jadea Kelly joining the band vocals. Click here for tickets and full details.

Jun
21

 Jani Lauzon, storytelling

Jani Lauzon, June 5 2012, at “Democratic Dialogue via the Arts,” in Ottawa.

Lauzon provides context to the practice of indigenous storytelling, followed by stories.

This FREE symposium brought together academics, artists and the general public to showcase and discuss how the Arts is essential for democracy and social justice.

Jun
21

 Adaka Cultural Festival

Adaka Cultural Festival

Adaka Cultural Festival

Adaka Cultural Festival in Whitehorse, Jun 27 – Jul 3! This multidisciplinary cultural festival showcases Yukon, National and international aboriginal visual and performing artists.

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.

This year’s line-up is no exception!

The complete 2014 Program, as published in What’s Up Yukon, is available for download. It includes a detailed schedule, site map, and tons of useful information! All events are free unless otherwise noted.

Jun
21

 As You Like It, Vanessa Imeson

Vanessa Imeson

Vanessa Imeson

A Company of Fool’s Theatre’s As You Like It marks Vanessa Imeson’s second season as Torchlight Shakespeare’s Costume, Set & Puppet designer!

As You Like It tours Ottawa and surrounding area from Jul 3-Aug 16. See here for the full schedule.

Vanessa is a Theatre artist holding a combined BA Honours degree in Dramatic Art and English from the University of Windsor, MFA in Theatre Design from the University of British Columbia and diploma for Makeup Design for Film and Television from Vancouver Film School. She is a builder, plain and simple. Based in Ottawa, Vanessa designs costumes, make-up, wigs and puppets for theatre across Canada while simultaneously acting as Head of Wardrobe for GCTC. You can view her work at www.vanessaimeson.com

Get to know Vanessa a little more closely through this fun Q&A on The Fool’s website.

Jun
20

 Denise Bolduc, music related workshops

Join Denise Bolduc in Ottawa this weekend for the Summer Solstice Aboriginal Arts Festival 2014. Bolduc is moderating a series of exciting FREE music related workshops! You can attend at the festival or join online.

Saturday June 21, 2014 1:00 to 3:00 pm ET  available on location only ( video recording will be sent to all participants that have registered)

“Perfecting Your Performance.” This is a live performance workshop, an event where up to 5 pre-selected emerging music artists will have the opportunity to perform up to four songs (maximum 12 minutes) for a live audience. Following their presentation, each performer will receive feedback and tips on their performance.

Sunday June 22, 2014 All workshops are available on location at Vincent Massey Park, Ottawa (or online)

10:30 am From the Land, Aboriginal Drum Workshop with Grammy nominated and multiple award winning Northern Cree Singers – Northern Cree Drum will share their traditional knowledge of songs, musical style, instruction, protocol, and history of the big plains traditional (pow wow) drum. (duration 60 minutes)

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Jun
20

 Dancing on the EDGE, Raven Spirit Dance

"Spine of the Mother" by Raven Spirit Dance, performed by Tasha Faye Evans

"Spine of the Mother" by Raven Spirit Dance, choreographer by Starr Muranko, performed by Tasha Faye Evans

Raven Spirit Dance presents Spine of the Mother (solo excerpt) and Northern Journey at the Dancing on the EDGE Festival 2014, Vancouver BC.

Northern Journey July 4th – 9pm & July 6th- 2pm at The Firehall Arts Centre (tickets online)
Spine of the Mother July 10th & 12th @ 7pm at the Firehall Arts Centre (tickets online)

Northern Journey is a contemporary dance performance inspired by the land we carry inside of us. This internal landscape carves out pathways that lead to our animal instinct and images that hold our human experience. Choreography by Michelle Olsen; Music by Wayne Lavallee; Performed by Jeanette Kotowich & Brian Solomon

Spine of the Mother is a collaborative project between contemporary artists living in Canada and Peru exploring the relationship between the geography of our shared mountain range and the deep connection to our own bodies as women and to the earth. Choreography by Starr Muranko; Performed by Tasha Faye Evans

Jun
20

 10th annual Alianait Arts Festival

Alianait Festival

Alianait Arts Festival

Celebrate the summer solstice with an exciting concert, brought to you by the 10th annual Alianait Arts Festival – the hottest, coolest festival on the top of the world, June 27-Jul 1.

The 2014 line-up of performers will deliver a mix of world-class entertainment and a long weekend filled with fun, families & friends and creativity. The theme for Alianait’s 10th year is Quviasugitsi Tamaani the song title to one of Nunavut’s most popular songs, written by Arviat’s Paul Irksuk Sr.

Organizers are excited to announce a stellar line-up of performers, including New Zealand’s Pacific Curls, Nunavut’s favourite storyteller Michael Kusugak, Canadian singer/song-writer Nathan Rogers and the “Minister of Positivity” Fred Penner.

Click here for the full line-up and schedule, or here for Alianait’s website.

Jun
20

 Cris Derksen, Presence Autochtone

Cris Derksen

Cris Derksen

Cris Derksen and DJ Shub (A Tribe Called Red) perform at The Montreal First Peoples’ Festival, which takes place Jul 30 – Aug 5.

Derksen and DJ Shub perform in “Concert Electro-Choc” on Aug 1 at 8:30pm.

The Festival celebrates various facets of aboriginal life with events in film, music, theatre and art. It also features Inuit singer-songwriters Beatrice Deer and Sinupa; 21 feature and medium-length films; and a street theatre performance called Soleil pris au piège; and an exhibit of photos of Pow Wow dancers by Roland Lorente, on Ste-Catherine St. New work by aboriginal artist Eruoma Awashish will be exhibited at the Canadian Guild of Crafts, 1460 Sherbrooke St. W.

For more information, visit presenceautochtone.ca

Jun
20

 Audition call, Gwaandak & MT Space

Gwaandak Theatre

Gwaandak Theatre

AUDITION NOTICE: MT Space and Gwaandak Theatre’s co-production Paradise by Patti Flather and directed by Majdi Bou-Matar; Kitchener ON, and Whitehorse, YK.

Production rehearsal starts Nov 17th to Dec 6th, 2014. Workshop and Public Reading in Kitchener, ON Feb 23rd to Mar 28th (and possibly to Apr 4, 2015) – Rehearsals and Performances at Yukon Arts Centre, Whitehorse

Audition Dates: July 14th (1 pm to 4 pm) and July 22nd (10 am to 1 pm) in Kitchener, ON

Pam Patel (pam@mtspace.ca or 519-585-7763)

Casting for the role of Khalil, a young Canadian man who is accused of committing acts of terrorism when visiting his country of birth.

Experience in physical theatre and/or dance is an asset. We encourage submissions from actors of all ethnic/cultural backgrounds.

Jun
20

 Moosehide Gathering 2014

Moosehide Gathering

Moosehide Gathering

The Moosehide Gathering in Moosehide Village (just outside Dawson City, Yukon) is taking place from July 24-27.

The Moosehide Gathering is an inclusive event that brings together people from across Canada as well as Alaska and beyond. Come share in Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in and other Indigenous culture – enjoy performances, guest speakers, feasts, dancing, drumming, singing and more. Artisans among you are invited to bring arts and crafts; musicians are encouraged to bring instruments. Catch up with old friends and make new friends. Everyone is welcome at Moosehide Gathering 2014.

Join the Moosehead Gathering for tea and be a part of this long-standing Dawson City tradition.

See here for more information!

Jun
20

 Louis Riel Metis Dancers

Compaigni V'ni Dansi

Compaigni V'ni Dansi

Join Compaigni V’ni Dansi’s Louis Riel Métis Dancers for the following National Aboriginal Day (NAD) celebrations:

Friday June 20, Summer of Culture event in Victoria, BC
Saturday June 21, NAD celebration at Emery Barnes Park
Saturday June 21, NAD celebration at Trout Lake
Sunday June 22, NAD celebration at Canada Place

Visit Compaigni V’ni Dansi’s website for more information!

Jun
19

 Speech Acts and Joyous Utterances

University of Toronto and The Jackman Humanities Institute presents “Speech Acts and Joyous Utterances: Translating, Teaching, Learning and Living Indigenous Tribalographies Conference” on June 19-22.

As Indigenous people in Canada struggle to revitalize and preserve our languages, we are faced with some interesting challenges. Regardless of our level of proficiency with an Aboriginal language, learners and teachers alike are carried into the necessary project of translation— translation of treaties (paper, wampum, covenant chains, medals), of earth works, or of oral archives (story, song, regalia, ceremonial objects). Moving between languages, we move between vastly differing worlds governed by cosmologies and knowledge systems that cannot be reconciled with those of the dominant culture.

See here for the full conference schedule (presenters and abstracts).

Events


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Banff Summit 2014
Eleven 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.

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