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Indigenous Arts Festival | National Aboriginal DayFrench Translation of Canada Days

Celebrate the best in Indigenous and Métis culture June 21 to 25 at Fort York National Historic Site. Plan to spend the days under the open skies in downtown Toronto enjoying traditional and contemporary music, educational programming, storytelling, dance, theatre, and food. The series of events will energize the grounds of this historic site with powerful ancient traditions and compelling contemporary creations by Indigenous artists.

National Aboriginal Day June 21 – FREE

National Aboriginal Day at Fort York will provide an immersive experience with hands-on craft making, theatre performances, film and live music. The day will culminate with a concert presented by APTN Aboriginal Day Live, which will broadcast live from eight cities across Canada. www.aboriginaldaylive.ca

National Aboriginal Day is produced by the City of Toronto in partnership with the Government of Canada.

Schedule subject to change


June 21, 2017 | Fort York National Historic Site | 10am – 9:30pm | FREE

10 am – 4 pm | All-ages craft making with Red Pepper Spectacle Arts

10 am – 4 pm | Elwood Jimmy – Interactive Storytelling – tactile demos

10 am – 5 pm | Jumblies Theatre audio installation

10 am – 5 pm | NFB+ French Indigenous Films (30 minute rotation)

10 am – 5 pm | Collaborative Painting installation by Cherokee Visual Artist Jason Gullo Mullins

10 am – 8 pm | Tim Hortons Food Truck

10:30 am | Handdrumming with Veronica Johnny

11:20 am | Métis Jiggers (featuring live fiddle music)

12:30 pm | Kim Wheatley Storytelling

1 pm | APTN 'World's Biggest Round-dance'

1:40 pm | Red Sky Performance

3:15 pm | Hoop Dancing with Rhonda Doxtator

3:30 | Métis Jiggers (featuring live fiddle music)

APTN Main Stage

4:15 pm Fawn Big Canoe (DJ Set)

5 pm | Grassy Narrows Youth sing "Home to Me"

5:30 pm | William Prince

6:45 pm | Susan Aglukark

8 pm | APTN Aboriginal Day Live

June 22, 2017 | Fort York National Historic Site | 10am – 11pm | FREE

10 am – 4 pm | All-ages craft making with Red Pepper Spectacle Arts

10 am – 5 pm | Jumblies Theatre audio installation

10 am – 5 pm | Collaborative Painting installation by Cherokee Visual Artist Jason Gullo Mullins

10 am – 5 pm | NFB+ French Indigenous Films (30 minute rotation)

10:30 am | Opening Song/ Hoop Dancing with Rhonda Doxtator

11:45 am | Black Bull Moose Singers

12:30 pm | Kim Wheatley Storytelling

1 pm | Red Sky Workshop Performance

2 pm | Tribal Vision – Haudenusaunee Dancing

2:30 pm | Black Bull Moose Singers

3:15 pm | Handdrumming with Veronica Johnny

4:30 pm | Carolyn King, Indigenous 101/Moccasin Identifier

5 pm | David Suzuki hands-on activity

6 pm | Manifest Destiny's Child – Indigenous Women's Comedy Troupe

7:30 pm | Introduction from film Director Marie Clements

7:45 pm | Cheri Maracle (acoustic performance)

8:30 pm | Wayne Lavallee (acoustic performance)

8:45 pm | Wayne Lavallee + Cheri Maracle perform songs from The Road Forward

9:20 pm | NFB Outdoor Film: The Road Forward

June 23, 2017 | Fort York National Historic Site | 10am – 8:30pm | FREE

10 am – 5 pm | Jumblies Theatre audio installation

10 am – 5 pm | Collaborative Painting installation by Cherokee Visual Artist Jason Gullo Mullins

10 am – 5 pm | NFB+ French Indigenous Films (30 minute rotation)

10 am – 4 pm | All-ages craft making with Red Pepper Spectacle Arts

11:45 am | Black Bull Moose Singers with Kim Wheatley

12:30 pm | Kim Wheatley Storytelling

1 pm | Red Sky Workshop Performance

1:45 pm | Handdrumming with Veronica Johnny

2:30 pm | Black Bull Moose Singers

3:15 pm | Hoop Dancing with Rhonda Doxtator

4 pm | Tribal Vision – Traditional Dancing and Drumming

4:30 pm | Carolyn King, Indigenous 101/Moccasin Identifier

6:30 pm | Jumblies Theatre: Talking Treaties Pageant

8 pm | Jumblies Theatre: Under the Concrete (Choral Piece)

June 24, 2017 | Fort York National Historic Site | 10am – 9pm

Free Daytime Programming

5:37 am | Sunrise Ceremony

10 am – 6 pm | Craft Vendors

12 – 5 pm | All-ages craft making with Red Pepper Spectacle Arts

12 – 5 pm | Grand Entry – Na-Me-Res Traditional Outdoor Pow Wow

12 – 6 pm | Na-Me-Res Food Café

5 – 6 pm | Community Feast

TD Main Stage – Ticketed: $5 (children 12 and under free)

6 pm | Wayne Lavallee

7 pm | Nick Sherman

8 pm | Crystal Shawanda

June 25, 2017 | Fort York National Historic Site | 10am – 9pm | Ticketed: $5 (children 12 and under Free)

10 am – 5 pm | Craft Vendors

10 am – 5 pm | All-ages craft making with Red Pepper Spectacle Arts

10 am – 5 pm | Two Row Wampum Belt (installation art)

10 am – 5 pm | Jumblies Theatre audio installation

10 am – 5 pm | NFB+ French Indigenous Films (30 minute rotation)

11:45 am | Red Spirit Singers

12:45 pm | Red Spirit Singers with Rhonda Doxtator Hoop Dancing

1:45 pm | Red Spirit Singers

2:30 pm | Red Sky Performance presents: Miigis Music

3:15 pm | Métis Jiggers

TD Main Stage

12 pm | Chuck Copenace

1 pm | Twin Flames

Evening Performances

5 pm | Jumblies Theatre: Talking Treaties Pageant

6:30 pm | Jumblies Theatre: Under the Concrete (Choral Piece)