Vocal Body Workshop, Raven Spirit Dance


Jeanette Kotowich & Brian Solomon Photo Credit: Yvonne Chew

Raven Spirit Dance presents its 6-week Vocal Body Workshop Series with Catherine Lee, from April 22-May 27, combining voice and movement with body wisdom.

Dates: Wednesdays April 22nd – May 27th (the first Wednesday is 1pm-3pm, the remaining classes are from 2pm-4pm)
Fees: $150 for the full 6- week series // or $25 drop in fee for the first class and $125 for the remaining 5-weeks

Location: Scotiabank Dance Centre (677 Davie St, Vancouver)
Studio location varies from week to week so please check in at the front desk

Registration: Please email info@ravenspiritdance.com or call: (604) 646-0010

See below or here for more information!



 Casting Notice, Thousand Islands...

Casting Notice, summer job, with Thousand Islands Playhouse – Young Company for Rose’s Clothes by Jason Hall, directed by Rob Kempson. Deadline to submit: Feb 19.

Kingston Auditions: Monday, February 23, 2015
Room 106, Theological Hall, Queen’s University
Auditions: 9:30am – 2:00pm, Callbacks: 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Submission Requirements:
Please send via email a current photo, resume, and cover letter to the attention of
Rob Kempson, Associate Artistic Director – auditions@1000islandsplayhouse.com
Please indicate whether you play any instruments or have any special skills.



 Coming Into the Fire, Indigenous...

Full Circle’s Talking Stick Festival welcomes local and visiting Aboriginal and Culturally Diverse artists and companies and ALL presenters interested in programming Indigenous arts to attend Coming to the Fire – Indigenous Touring Network: An Industry Series from Feb 20-23.

The program is an open invitation to industry and communities to work in reciprocity and from a strengths-based perspective as we discuss the overarching theme of protocols through dialogue, workshops and networking sessions.

Coming to the Fire invites you to take part in a gathering dedicated to the continuing development of a First Nations touring network.

We aim to kindle a fire and collectively, fuel it!
To purchase an industry pass for $50 plus taxes and fees.


 Mistatim, Red Sky Production

Photo credit Cylla Von Tiedemann

Photo credit Cylla Von Tiedemann

Full Circle’s Talking Stick Festival presents Red Sky Productions’ Mistatim for grades K-6, Feb 18-19 at the Cultch.

ADVANCE RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED 604 683-0497 / boxoffice@fullcircle.ca

Mistatim is a coming of age story about the truest of friendships. A wooden fence is all that separates Calvin’s ranch and Speck’s reservation, but in many ways they are worlds apart. An unlikely friendship is struck between the two when Calvin attempts to ‘break’ the only horse no one else can tame in order to prove himself to his father. Speck, who is struggling to find her place in her family, discovers her incredible gift to communicate with horses. Working together to rein in the wild horse, Calvin and Speck learn to communicate with one another across the divide of their own cultures.

See here for info and tickets!


 Salt Baby, Talking Stick Festival

Photo Credit: Darrol Hofmeister

Photo Credit: Darrol Hofmeister

Full Circle’s Talking Stick Festival presents Salt Baby, written by Falen Johnson and directed by Yvette Nolan, Feb 18-20.

Written by Six Nations playwright, Falen Johnson, Salt Baby is a thoughtful and humorous look at one young woman’s struggle to find her place within her culture and her society.

See here for tickets and more information!


 Opening Gala, Talking Stick Festival

Photo credit: Chris Randle

Photo credit: Chris Randle

Join Full Circle for its opening Gala to this year’s Talking Stick Festival. WAx HOKS EN SHQULAWIN (Open your Heart) on Feb 17 @ 7:00pm (Vancouver).

Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre
181 Roundhouse Mews (Davie & Pacific), Vancouver BC

Wax hoks en Shqulawin (Open Your Hearts), Talking Stick’s Gala Celebration is always a crowd pleaser; an eclectic mix of show-stopping music and dance, this event is not to be missed! Gather with us in the Roundhouse Exhibition Hall, listen to music, share stories, mingle with one another and help us launch Western Canada’s premiere Aboriginal Arts festival. True to tradition, first class entertainment will be accompanied by an array of hors d’oeuvres. Fun Toonie Raffle prize draws and Cash bar.

See here for info and tickets!


 Reading Series, Akpik Theatre


Akpik Theatre presents 7 Days of Plays from Feb 9-15

7 Days of Plays written about the North, featuring northern and southern playwrights spanning from the 1930’s to now told by a dynamic cast of northern, indigenous and southern performers. Each evening features a different play. After each performance there’ll be a chat afterwards with the cast and audience to discuss the stories relevance to who we are as northerners. Come hear some good stories and share your voice!

NACC~2nd Space
7PM Readings (Except For Saturday @ 4pm)

See here for more information about The Northern Play Reading Series and the specific events and playwrights.


 Applications, BOLDSKOOL Collective


The BOLDSKOOL Collective is accepting applications for participant artists. Deadline: Feb 13.

The BOLDSKOOL Collective is a group of artists from diverse cultural backgrounds and artistic practices dedicated to improving their craft as performing artists. They will receive ongoing training from professional artists that focuses on varied aspects of performance work. Instruction will focus on an interdisciplinary approach to live performance creation.

From February – June 2015 the collective will meet on a monthly basis and participate in workshops on voice, movement, music, and writing as well as work collaboratively towards creating original individual and/or interdisciplinary work.

Selected artists will receive an honorarium for their participation as well as free tickets to live local performances in the Vancouver area.

See here for more information and for applications!



 Funding for students, U of T

New funding for Indigenous students at the University of Toronto. Deadline Feb 16.

Indigenous students attending the University of Toronto can apply to a new, one-time deadline for Indspire’s bursaries and scholarships.

Eligibility: Indigenous students enrolled in a full-time program for the 2014-2015 year who did not already receive funding from Indspire for an application submitted for the June 1 or November 1, 2014 deadlines.
You can also watch a free webinar that outlines the application process -
You can also apply online.
For more information, please contact Indspire at education@indspire.ca or 1.855.INDSPIRE(463.7747) x253.


 Talking Stick 2015


Full Circle First Nation’s Performance presents the 2015 Talking Stick Festival, Feb 17-Mar 1 in Vancouver.

Now in its fourteenth year, the Talking Stick Festival features artists and works in all areas of the performing arts, from theatre, dance, drumming, and music to spoken word, and multimedia performance. These artistic disciplines celebrate Aboriginal culture and showcase the new evolving contemporary work of today’s artists.

The Festival has become a place to honour Aboriginal performance and the artistic wealth of Aboriginal people. “Nurturing the talents and providing opportunities for our people to share their stories and have their voices heard has been my objective and passion,” states Margo Kane, Artistic Managing Director.

See here for more information!


 Winter Home, Michael Greyeyes


Signal Theatre presents Winter Home, created and performed by Michael Greyeyes and dramaturged by Moynan King, at York University. Feb 3

Winter Home is a mixed-media installation that examines a Cree family’s wintering history — beginning in Saskatchewan at the height of the Great Depression, moving through the intervening decades and changing locales to a new generation wintering far from home.

This performance action destabilizes trans-historical notions of memory, home, and the artist’s attenuation to family history. This performance action is approximately 90 minutes in duration and uses digital video projection, paper, wood, aluminum, steel, plastic, canvas, cotton, and wool.

See here for event details!


 The Road Forward


red diva projects, in association with Visceral Visions and in partnership with the PUSH Festival, The Cultch and Touchstone Theatre, presents The Road Forward. Feb. 5-7. (York Theatre, Vancouver)

Created and directed by Marie Clements, The Road Forward is a multi-media musical composed by Jennifer Kreisberg, and featuring an award-winning ensemble including Michelle St. John, Cheri Maracle, Jennifer Kreisberg, Wayne Lavallee, Shakti Hayes, Russell Wallace, Mwalim, Ostwelve, Doug Proulx and Maurice Nahanee. Inspired by the groundbreaking movement of the Native Brother and Sisterhood of British Columbia, and dedicated to the countless First Nations women who have disappeared on B.C.’s Highway of Tears, this blues/rock musical integrates traditional and contemporary art forms, historical media archives and interactive live performance.

See here for more information!

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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