Nov
10

 Red Works in TO for November!

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Red Works photographer Nadya Kwandibens is in Toronto this month Nov 7th to 28th and is booking portraiture, promotional, and headshots sessions.

For rates and available time-slots please email the Red Works booking agent, Kim Wheeler, booking@redworks.ca or call (204) 782-3266.

Nov
10

 Emerging Artists from Animikiig...

Jessica Lea Fleming

Jessica Lea Fleming

Native Earth Performing Art’s Weesageechak Begins to Dance Festival presents Emerging Artists from Animikiig Playwrights’ Program! Nov 19, 7:30pm at the Aki Theatre in Toronto.

Featuring:

Cheyenne Scott
Jessica Lea Fleming
Darla Contois
Cathy Elliot

Followed by Perdida by Lilia Leon

See here for more information!

Nov
10

 Insatiable Sisters, Beany John &...

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Buddies in Bad Times Theatre presents Insatiable Sisters, featuring Beany John, curated by Kim Katrin Milan and Gein Wong. Nov 14.

Indigenous Hoop Dancing has traditionally been done by men and masculine identified individuals. It’s only in recent times that womyn have been performing hoop dance and the number of queer womyn hoop dancers can probably be counted on your fingers. With all this in mind, it is such an honour to have Beany John coming into town as part of #InsatiableSisters this year. She is going set the tone of the evening with her incredible hoop dancing skills that span from traditional dance, to contemporary and hip hop influenced hoop work, to a merging of all these forms.

ASL & Accessible Venue
Tickets on sale now!

Nov
09

 Zoey Pricelys Roy

Zoey Pricelys Roy

Zoey Pricelys Roy

We are proud to announce new IPAA member Zoey Pricelys Roy: activist, spoken word poet, hip hop artist.

She has received the Canadian Heritage Success Story (2012) Queen Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012), the YWCA Women of Distinction Youth Award (2013) and the National Aboriginal Youth Achievement Award for the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (2013) and nominated for the 2015 Indspire Award in the Métis Youth Category for her innovative approaches in addressing social issues through positive movements and education.

Nov
07

 Weesageechak, Nov 18

Monique Mojica

Monique Mojica

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Native Earth Performing Art’s Weesageechak Begins to Dance Festival presents a night of incredible performances! Nov 18, 7:30pm at the Aki Theatre in Toronto.

Side Show Freaks and Circus Injuns by Monique Mojica
Victorian Secret by Spy Dénommé-Welch & Catherine Magowan
The Last Few Steps to My Death by Keith Barker
Romanceship by Cliff Cardinal
Inua by Naja Dryrendom Graugaard
No Fixed Address by Tantoo Cardinal

See here for more information!

Nov
06

 SpiderWoman Theatre, a retrospective...

photo credit: Martha Swope Associates

photo credit: Martha Swope Associates

Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance, Native Earth Performing Arts and Native Women in the Arts present: SpiderWoman Theater – A retrospective and panel discussion, Nov 15.

Saturday, Nov. 15 from 1 – 4pm
UofT, Multi-Faith Centre, 569 Spadina Ave. Main Activates Hall, Second Floor

This is event is free. All are welcome.

The two surviving founders of the historic theatre company that broke new ground for Aboriginal theatre artists across Turtle Island will be joined by their genealogical and aesthetic inheritors to reflect upon Spiderwoman’s colourful journey across the world’s stages. The discussion will consider the development and evolution of Spiderwoman’s storyweaving process within the works of the generations of Aboriginal artists who walk the path they forged.

This retrospective and panel discussion will include Muriel Miguel and Gloria Miguel of Spiderwoman Theater, Muriel Borst (Playwright and Director), and Monique Monica (Playwright and Performer), moderated by Jill Carter (UofT, Aboriginal Studies).

More...

Nov
04

 Paddle Song, Christie, Hill, Maracle

Cheri Maracle

Cheri Maracle

Native Earth Performing Art’s Weesageechak Begins to Dance Festival presents Paddle Song by Dinah Christie with Tom Hill, performed by Cherie Maracle. Nov 15 at the Aki Theatre in Toronto.

Paddle Song explores the life and times of E. Pauline Johnson, famed Mohawk poet from Six Nations Ontario. We follow Johnson from little girl on Chiefswood to writer and performer, touring across the countryside and home again. Pauline was a trailblazer artist of mixed blood heritage who toured across Canada, the United States, and Europe at a time when it was unheard of for women to travel alone.

See here for more information, and here for tickets!

Nov
04

 The Silent X, Cowboy Smithx with Dana...

Cowboy Smithx

Cowboy Smithx

Check out Cowboy Smithx’s new podcast series, Silent X. The first episode features guest Dana Claxton!

Cowboy Smithx is a writer, actor and filmmaker from the Piikani and Kainai Tribes of the Blackfoot Confederacy. Cowboy began his career as a filmmaker in high school and studied film theory and history in college.

Dana Claxton is of Hunkpapa Lakota ancestry. She works in film, video, photography, single and multi channel video installation and performance art. Her practice investigates beauty, the body, the socio-political and the spiritual. Her work has been shown internationally at the Museum of Modern Art (NYC), Walker Art Centre, Sundance Film Festival, Eiteljorg Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney, AU) and held in public collections including the Vancouver Art Gallery, National Gallery of Canada, Art Bank of Canada and the Winnipeg Art Gallery. She has received numerous awards including the VIVA Award and the Eiteljorg Fellowship.

Nov
03

 Keith Barker in “The Best Plan...

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Keith Barker

Keith Barker performing in a workshop production of Julia Lederer’s The Best Plan for Living Happily Nov 10 (Toronto).

Lederer has been developing this piece with Iris Turcott and Factory Theatre for the past two years. It is directed by Aurora Stewart de Peña.

It’s a warm, thoughtful, hilarious, melancholy script, one of Lederer’s most personal to date.

November 10th, 8pm
Please do RSVP and let us know if you can come!
aurorahello@gmail.com

Oct
30

 Don’t Feed the Indians, Murielle...

Muriel Borst-Tarrant

Muriel Borst-Tarrant

Native Earth Performing Arts’ Weesaheechak Begins to Dance Festival, in partnership with La MaMa and CultureHub’s Urban Indigenous Arts & Culture Symposium, presents Don’t Feed the Indians: A Divine Comedy Pageant by Murielle Borst-Tarrant, Nov 14.

Watch out when Indian show business meets the Doctrine of Discovery. A raucous play and political satire loosely based on Dante’s Inferno. A comedic look at the negative marginalization of Indigenous Peoples and the appropriation of Indigenous cultural and intellectual property. See what happens when the Indians push back.

See here for more information, and here for tickets!

Oct
30

 I Call Myself Princess, Jani Lauzon and...

Jani Lauzon

Jani Lauzon

Native Earth Performing Art’s Weesageechak Begins to Dance Festival presents I Call Myself Princess by Jani Lauzon and Paper Canoe Projects. Nov 13 at the Aki Theatre in Toronto.

I Call Myself Princess explores the complex world of “Indian” identity through the world of Opera, borrowing passages from the turn of the century opera Shanewis: The Robin Woman (based on the life of Mezzo Soprano Tsianina Redfeather) with the journey Métis Opera student of William Morin.

Current Playwright-in-Residence at Cahoots Theatre Company, Jani Lauzon is a three time Dora Mavor Moore Award nominated actress and has enjoyed such theatre roles as Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, Raven in Whale, White Girl in the world premier of Almighty Voice and his Wife, and Selsa in the Collected Works of Billy the Kid.

See here for more information, and here for tickets!

Oct
30

 Something Old, Something New, Gloria...

Gloria Miguel

Gloria Miguel

Native Earth Performing Art’s Weesageechak Begins to Dance Festival, in partnership with Native Women in the Arts, presents Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue by Gloria Miguel with Steve Elm. Nov 12, 14, 16 at the Aki Theatre in Toronto.

Tu Tu Kapsus, a Kuna woman, comes down from the stars to land in the Brooklyn of the 1920’s. Through her journey, she rediscovers the influences that shaped her life and recounts stories of her daily life as a “senior” in our culture. Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue is Gloria Miguel’s humorous and poignant look at being an Elder in her community and the treatment of Elders in our society. (Originally produced and created by Spiderwoman Theater.)

See here for more information, and here for tickets!

Events


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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.

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