Wednesday, June 28th, 2017 at 12:00pm
Yonge-Dundas SquareSouth-East corner of Yonge & Dundas
Toronto, ON M5B 2R8
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Join us for our 8th Annual Aboriginal History Month Celebration at Yonge & Dundas Square on Wednesday June 28th, 2017!

This year we have an exciting line-up of entertainers, including Amanda Rheaume headlining! As well as, all day Kid’s Arts & Crafts Tent, craft vendors exhibiting and selling their wares and Indigenous agencies showcasing what they are doing in the community.

12:00 Master of Ceremonies Bob Goulais
12:10 Opening
12:20 Honour Song
12:25 NCCT Board President - Lindsey Lickers & Councillor Joe Cressy
12:30 Powwow Dance Performance
1:20 Cliff Cardinal
2:00 Hand Drum Performance by Rosary Spence
2:30 Youth Talent Showcase
3:25 First Nation Communities Read Award Presentation
3:35 First Fire Dancers Youth Dance Performance
4:00 Fashion Show by NativeTalent.Net
5:00 Toronto Métis Jiggers
6:00 Evan Pang
7:00 Amanda Rheaume

Funding Support from Canadian Heritage, Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment & Training, Rogers Communications & City of Toronto

All vendor spots are currently full. Please email to be put on the wait list.
Wednesday, July 12th, 2017 at 7:00pm
Trinity-St Paul's United Church and Centre for Faith, Justice and the Arts427 Bloor St West
Toronto, ON M5S 1X7
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TSP continues to offer a monthly Taizé service. These services provide a time for entering into a contemplative space through silence and repetition of simple, beautiful Taizé songs.
Tuesday, July 25th, 2017 at 10:00am
Harbourfront Centre235 Queens Quay West
Toronto, ON M5J 2G8
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Living Ritual - International Indigenous Performing Arts Festival takes place July 25-27, 2017 in Tkaronto at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, ON, Canada on the ancestral territory of the Onkwehon:we, Anishaanbe and Huron-Wendat. Kaha:wi Dance Theatre acknowledges the spirits of the ancestors, animals and the land in the Dish with One Spoon Treaty lands and opens a space to honour our interconnectivity and interdependence.

Where: Fleck Dance Theatre
207 Queens Quay West, 3rd Floor, Toronto, ON, Canada

For Festival Registration:
Phone: 416-923-7373

Evening Performances Only:
July 25, 26, 27 @ 8:00PM - $20/TICKET
Contact Harbourfront Centre Box Office: 416-973-4000

Living Ritual hosts 3 day Indigenous platform for artists and delegates from across Turtle Island (Canada, US), Aotearoa (NZ), Australia and elsewhere to dialogue, network and promote global Indigenous performance with a focus on dance and theatre. Privileging Indigenous performance, the festival focuses on work devised from Indigenous methodology and process.

Opening with an Onkwehon:we Edge of the Woods Welcome Ceremony daytime programming includes: Provocation Addresses, panel discussions, Embodied Sharing (Master Classes) and Performative Lectures. Evening public performances include artists and companies who offer a distinctive perspective on Indigenous performance including: Spiderwoman Theater (US)/Aanmitaagzi‘s "Material Witness", Qaggiavuut Nunavut Performing Arts, new work "Kiviuq Returns"; "[MIS]CONCEIVE" by Thomas Kelly (AU); Rosy Simas Dance, "We Wait in the Darkness"; Hawaiki TŪ's, "He KaKano" (TBC) and "NeoIndigenA" by Artistic Director Santee Smith.

Evening Performances:
July 25 @8:00pm - NeoIndigenA & He KaKano (TBC)
July 26 @ 8:00pm - We Wait in the Darkness & Kiviuq Returns
July 27 @ 8:00pm - Material Witness & [MIS]CONCEIVE

Provocations Addresses:
July 25 @ 10:00am-10:50am - Rosy Simas
July 26 @ 10:00am-10:50am - Jerry Longboat
July 27 @ 10:00am-10:50am - Jaime Black

Performative Lectures:
July 25 @ 3:40pm-5:00pm - Taane Mete (TBC)
July 27 @ 3:40pm-5:00pm - Jaime Black

Embodied Sharing: Master Classes
July 25 @ 12:00pm–1:00pm - Hawaiki TŪ - Maori Movement/Haka Theatre (TBC)
July 26 @ 12:00pm–1:00pm - Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory - Greenlandic Mask Dancing
July 27 @ 12:00pm–1:00pm - Muriel Miguel and Penny Couchie - Storyweaving

Panel Discussions:
July 25
Panel #1 @ 2:30-3:30pm - State of the Field - Indigenous Performance
July 26
Panel #2 @ 11:00am-12:00pm - Indigenous Platforms, Voice, Presence
Panel #3 @ 2:00-5:00pm - Indigenous Process (Work Session)
Facilitated by Karyn Recollet & others
July 27
Panel #4 @ 11:00am-12:00pm - Indigenous process & Methodologies
Panel #5 @ 2:00-3:30pm - Indigenous Practices, Writing & Response

Living Ritual is all possible due to the sponsorship of the New Chapter Fund by the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario 150, Harbourfront Centre, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, and the KM Hunter Foundation.

This is one of the 200 exceptional projects funded through the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter initiative. With this $35M initiative, the Council supports the creation and sharing of the arts in communities across Canada.
Tuesday, August 8th, 2017 at 8:00pm
Trinity-St Paul's United Church and Centre for Faith, Justice and the Arts427 Bloor St West
Toronto, ON M5S 1X7
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Featuring live performances from...

Duke Redbird
Willie Thrasher and Linda Saddleback
Willy Mitchell
Lawrence Martin with Vern Cheechoo
Lloyd Cheechoo
Eric Landry
Leland Bell
Brian Davey
John Angaiak
Alexis Utatnaq

With MC:
Brian Wright-McLeod (The Encyclopedia of Native Music)

And film:
The Ballad of Crowfoot (Willie Dunn, NFB, 1968)

August 8, 2017

Doors 7 PM / Show 8 PM

Trinity-St. Paul’s (427 Bloor Street West, Toronto)

Tickets available at the following link

We respectfully acknowledge that this event will take place on the traditional territory of the Wendat, Haudenosaunee, Anishinabek, and the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation

Presented by Gladeye, Voluntary In Nature, and RPM

In second half of the 20th century, Indigenous musicians from across North America made their voices heard like never before. Inspired, informed, and contributing to the global explosion of youth culture, they combined words, poetry, art, film, and music to reflect a wide range of Native issues and experience: the balance and transition of traditional and modern life, language preservation, views on the land, family, love, spirituality, and the effects of colonialism. The disturbing events that unfolded at Wounded Knee in 1973 was one unfortunate catalyst for awareness, identity, protest, and change, but there was a new soundtrack coming from within the Indigenous communities during this era, provided by talented singer-songwriters like Buffy Sainte-Marie, Floyd Red Crow Westerman, Alanis Obomsawin, Willie Dunn, and their peers. These artists didn’t mince their words. They made their voices heard loud and clear: We are Native! We are Proud! These are our truths! The time is now! Their inspiration was monumental to those both inside and outside of the various Indigenous communities of Turtle Island.

Still, without industry or mass media support to help transmit these messages, a determined artist had to work extremely hard to have their songs recorded to tape. Fewer would have their recordings pressed to vinyl and distributed. Either self-released or with the assistance of an established label, cultural organization, or national broadcaster like the CBC, a number of long playing albums and seven inch singles did hit the marketplace. They were mostly sold off of the stage at gigs, in convenience stores or at Native friendship centers, and occasionally at the odd mom and pop record shop. Whether the artists were aware at the time, their music began to travel. Over the years, they provided an essential document of this decisive era to listeners lucky enough to hear them and laid the groundwork for today’s vital Indigenous music scene. Though initially marginalized through mainstream exclusion, regional focus, geographic isolation, racism, and music industry short-sightedness, these artists are now being heard by an expanded global audience in 2017.

Native North America (Vol. 1): Aboriginal Folk, Rock, andCountry 1966-1985 is a Grammy nominated 3-LP/2-CD/digital compilation of thirty-four landmark Indigenous recordings. Accompanied by an extensive liner notes book featuring biographies, archival images, and lyric transcriptions and translations, the collection was released by Seattle/Los Angeles-based Light in the Attic Records in November of 2014 after five years of production by music historian Kevin Howes (Voluntary In Nature). On Tuesday, August 8th, 2017, many of the box set’s veteran singers, songwriters, poets, musicians, and storytellers will gather from across Turtle Island for a once-in-a-lifetime concert celebration in cooperation with Gladeye, VIN, and RPM. Please help us to honour these legendary creators whose messages of love, awareness, and community have forever changed the musical landscape. Let’s continue to make it known!
Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 at 7:00pm
Trinity-St Paul's United Church and Centre for Faith, Justice and the Arts427 Bloor St West
Toronto, ON M5S 1X7
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TSP continues to offer a monthly Taizé service. These services provide a time for entering into a contemplative space through silence and repetition of simple, beautiful Taizé songs.
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