Canada 150

Indigenous Arts Festival | National Aboriginal DayFrench Translation of Canada Days

Celebrate 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.

Schedule subject to change

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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 – Kiyam, Interactive Storytelling
Kiyam will be a quiet and contemplative making space where people will work towards the collaborative building of a small, temporary installation comprised of recycled textiles, honoring the local flora and fauna that has existed at the site.

10 am – 5 pm | Jumblies Theatre audio installation
Over the spring of 2015, interviews were collected with local historians, educators, and public figures, on their relationship to, and understanding of, Treaties in Toronto. The Talking Treaties Audio Gallery transforms six of those voices into four audio art tracks.

10 am – 5 pm | NFB+ French Indigenous Films (30 minute rotation)
These are the stories of our land, told by First Nations, Métis and Inuit filmmakers from every region of the country. Powerful, and profound, these films will initiate and inspire conversations on identity, family, community, and nationhood.

10 am – 5 pm | Collaborative Painting installation by Cherokee Visual Artist Jason Gullo Mullins
Join artist and cultural ambassador Jason Gullo Mullins as he leads a collaborative painting installation over three days on the grounds of Fort York.

10:30 am | Hand drumming workshop with Veronica Johnny
STORYTELLING - CONNECTION - MUSIC. Veronica Johnny is a two-spirit artist, musician, entrepreneur & hand-drum carrier facilitating inclusive workshops encompassing music and cultural teachings. Participants are asked to stay for the entire 45 minute workshop.
*limited participation, all welcome to watch

11:20 am | Métis Jiggers (featuring live fiddle music)
Métis culture is brought to the forefront by Toronto's most recognized Métis dance collective. The Toronto Métis Jiggers combine patience, rhythm and stamina to create a powerful cultural celebration.

11:30 am | Kim Wheatley and Elder Garry Sault Storytelling in the Blue Barracks
Kim Whateley is an Anishinaabe band member of Shawanaga First Nation and Garry Sault is an Ojibway elder from Mississauga’s New Credit Nation. Both are deeply committed to creating and promoting awareness of the Indigenous perspective utilizing gifts of song, storytelling and Traditional teachings.

12 pm | Shining Water Singers with Hoop Dancer Rhonda Doxtator
The Shining Water Singers drum group will move you with their evocative traditional beats and singing. They will be joined by Oneida Pow-wow dancer Rhonda Doxtator.

1 pm | APTN 'World's Biggest Round-dance'
Join APTN and Fort York as we stitch together Canada's biggest round-dance, from coast to coast! Facilitated by Kim Wheatley and The Shining Water Singers, all are welcome at this cultural celebration of music and dance.

1:40 pm | Getting On Our Feet Workshop with Red Sky Performance
Red Sky offers a lively, instructional and inclusive workshop that get people on their feet while introducing children, youth and adults to the world of Indigenous culture.

2:30 pm | Shining Water Singers with Hoop Dancer Rhonda Doxtator
The Shining Water Singers drum group will move you with their evocative traditional beats and singing. They will be joined by Oneida Pow-wow dancer Rhonda Doxtator.

3:15 pm | Hoop Dancing workshop with Rhonda Doxtator
Join Oneida nation Pow-wow dancer Rhonda Doxtator as she teaches the hoop dance at Fort York. Come to understand the rich diversity of Indigenous cultures; gain an appreciation for the relationship between culture and dance and explore the use of drama and dance techniques to share a story.
*Participation space limited*

3:30 pm | Métis Jiggers (featuring live fiddle music)
Métis culture is brought to the forefront by Toronto's most recognized Métis dance collective. The Toronto Métis Jiggers combine patience, rhythm and stamina to create a powerful cultural celebration.

4 – 8 pm | Tim Hortons Food Truck
Enjoy complimentary coffee courtesy of National Aboriginal Day sponsor, Tim Hortons!

APTN Main Stage

4:15 pm | Fawn Big Canoe (DJ Set)
House, Classic soul, Disco, Funk, Hip hop, Rap, and Boogie – Fawn Big Canoe does it all! Catch her breaks and beats as she warms up the main stage.

5 pm | Grassy Narrows Youth sing "Home to Me"
In 2016 twelve youth from the Grassy Narrows community of Northern Ontario came together to write a song about what their home meant to them. Fusing hip-hop, traditional song, and pop beats the song "Home to Me" is a testament to the creativity and resolve of First Nations youth.

5:30 pm | William Prince
William Prince is a storytelling singer/songwriter from Peguis First Nation who sidesteps clichés to provoke thought and facilitate discovery. Fresh off his win for Contemporary Roots Album of the Year, he'll bring his baritone voice and guitar to win over some new fans.

6:45 pm | Susan Aglukark
Nunavut’s first ever Juno Award winning Inuk singer/songwriter Susan Agukark has performed for HRH Queen Elizabeth, Jean Chrétien, and Nelson Mandela. Over 7 albums she has cultivated a sound that fuses Inuit folk, country and pop music to become a Canadian legend.

8 pm | APTN Aboriginal Day Live
Fort York will burst with the sounds of some of the most recognized entertainers in Aboriginal music and television.

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
Over the spring of 2015, interviews were collected with local historians, educators, and public figures, on their relationship to, and understanding of, Treaties in Toronto. The Talking Treaties Audio Gallery transforms six of those voices into four audio art tracks.

10 am – 5 pm | Collaborative Painting installation by Cherokee Visual Artist Jason Gullo Mullins
Join artist and cultural ambassador Jason Gullo Mullins as he leads a collaborative painting installation over three days on the grounds of Fort York.

10 am – 5 pm | NFB+ French Indigenous Films (30 minute rotation)
These are the stories of our land, told by First Nations, Métis and Inuit filmmakers from every region of the country. Powerful, political, and profound, these films will initiate and inspire conversations on identity, family, community, and nationhood.

10:30 am | Opening Song/ Hoop Dancing with Rhonda Doxtator
Join Oneida Nation Pow-wow dancer Rhonda Doxtator as she opens the Indigenous Arts Festival with song and hoop dancing. All welcome!

11:45 am | Black Bull Moose Singers
The Black Bull Moose Singers are a group of Anishnawbek drummers and singers from Georgian Bay. Each year the group tours the Pow-wow circuit across Canada and beyond, delighting audiences with their inspiring brand of traditional music.

12:30 pm | Kim Wheatley Storytelling
Kim is an Anishinaabe (Ojibway) band member who is deeply committed to creating and promoting awareness of the Indigenous perspective. Join her as she weaves together her gifts of song, storytelling and Traditional teachings.

1 pm | Music for the Great Lakes with Red Sky Performance
Come and hear music from Red Sky about the Great Lakes and our waterways. Five musicians and singers bring traditional and contemporary Indigenous music for all ages, including uplifting songs for children. Not to be missed.

2 pm | Carolyn King, The Moccasin Initiative
Former Chief of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, Carolyn King talks about her latest project The Moccasin Initiative, a public art project that connects prominent Toronto sites with their Indigenous past.

2:45 pm | Black Bull Moose Singers
The Black Bull Moose Singers are a group of Anishnawbek drummers and singers from Georgian Bay. Each year the group tours the Pow-wow circuit across Canada and beyond, delighting audiences with their inspiring brand of traditional music.

3:15 pm | Hand Drumming with Veronica Johnny
STORYTELLING - CONNECTION - MUSIC. Veronica Johnny is a two-spirit artist, musician, & hand-drum carrier facilitating inclusive workshops encompassing music and cultural teachings. Participants are asked to stay for the entire 45 minute workshop.
*limited drumming participation, all welcome to watch.

4:30 pm | Manifest Destiny's Child – Indigenous Women's Comedy Troupe
Manifest Destiny's Child is a collective of Indigenous women stand-up comedians sharing their humble, humorous and gregarious perspectives on what it means to be a modern Indian getting by in a colonial world.

5 – 9 pm | David Suzuki Foundation all ages craft making
The Suzuki Foundation Butterflyway Project team will be onsite to teach folks how to make bee bombs (seed bombs for bees) and butterfly crafts for our Pollinator Parade(s).

5:30 pm | Music for the Great Lakes with Red Sky Performance
Come and hear music from Red Sky about the Great Lakes and our waterways. Five musicians and singers bring traditional and contemporary Indigenous music for all ages, including uplifting songs for children. Not to be missed.

8:15 pm | Cheri Maracle (Introduction to film and acoustic performance)
Cheri Maracle is a multi-award nominated Singer and Actress from the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. Her original music style is jazz fueled, percussion driven, and layered with her trademark smooth sultry smokey vocals at once evocative, haunting and unforgettable.

8:30 pm | Wayne Lavallee (acoustic performance)
Storyteller, gifted singer and guitarist par excellence, Wayne Lavallee's work is heavily influenced by his Metis culture. His acoustic set will draw songs from his canon of albums and tracks from The Road Forward.

8:45 pm | Wayne Lavallee + Cheri Maracle perform songs from The Road Forward
Part of the ensemble cast for The Road Forward, Wayne and Cheri will perform songs from this rousing and soul-resounding film.

9:00 pm | NFB Outdoor Film: The Road Forward
The Road Forward, a musical documentary by Marie Clements, connects a pivotal moment in Canada’s civil rights history—the beginnings of Indian Nationalism in the 1930s—with the powerful momentum of First Nations activism today.

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

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

10 am – 5 pm | Jumblies Theatre audio installation
Over the spring of 2015, interviews were collected with local historians, educators, and public figures, on their relationship to, and understanding of, Treaties in Toronto. The Talking Treaties Audio Gallery transforms six of those voices into four audio art tracks.

10 am – 5 pm | NFB+ French Indigenous Films (30 minute rotation)
These are the stories of our land, told by First Nations, Métis and Inuit filmmakers from every region of the country. Powerful, political, and profound, these films will initiate and inspire conversations on identity, family, community, and nationhood.

10 am – 5 pm | Collaborative Painting installation by Cherokee Visual Artist Jason Gullo Mullins
Join artist and cultural ambassador Jason Gullo Mullins as he leads a collaborative painting installation over three days on the grounds of Fort York.

10:30 am | Carolyn King, The Moccasin Initiative 
Former Chief of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, Carolyn King talks about her latest project The Moccasin Initiative, a public art project that connects prominent Toronto sites with their Indigenous past.

11:45 am |  Black Bull Moose Singers with Kim Wheatley
Join the Anishnawbek Black Bull Moose Singers with Anishinaabe storyteller Kim Wheatley as they explore Traditional Indigenous teachings through song and dance.  

12:30 pm | Kim Wheatley Storytelling
Kim is an Anishinaabe (Ojibway) band member who is deeply committed to creating and promoting awareness of the Indigenous perspective. Join her as she weaves together her gifts of song, storytelling and Traditional teachings.

1 pm | Music for the Great Lakes with Red Sky Performance
Come and hear music from Red Sky about the Great Lakes and our waterways. Five musicians and singers bring traditional and contemporary Indigenous music for all ages, including uplifting songs for children. Not to be missed.

1:45 pm | Hand Drumming workshop with Veronica Johnny
STORYTELLING - CONNECTION - MUSIC. Veronica Johnny is a two-spirit artist, musician, & hand-drum carrier facilitating inclusive workshops encompassing music and cultural teachings. Participants are asked to stay for the entire 45 minute workshop.
*limited drumming participation, all welcome to watch.

2:30 pm | Black Bull Moose Singers
The Black Bull Moose Singers are a group of Anishnawbek drummers and singers from Georgian Bay. Each year the group tours the Pow-wow circuit across Canada and beyond, delighting audiences with their inspiring brand of traditional music.

3:15 pm | Hoop Dancing with Rhonda Doxtator
Join Oneida nation pow-wow dancer Rhonda Doxtator as she teaches the hoop dance. Come to understand the rich diversity of Indigenous cultures; gain an appreciation for the relationship between culture and dance and explore the use of drama and dance techniques to share a story.
*Participation space limited*

4 pm | Tribal Vision: Traditional Dancing and Drumming
This high energy, informative workshop will give participants a primer in dances and songs of the Powwow and the Haudenosaunee styles of social gatherings such as the Grass, Hoop, Fancy and Smoke Dances. Loose clothing and stamina highly recommended!

6:30 pm | Jumblies Theatre: Talking Treaties Pageant
Talking Treaties is a participatory multi-arts project, with the goal of artfully sharing local Indigenous knowledge and awareness. The culmination of this project is the Talking Treaties Spectacle, an immersive performance and installation bringing together professional and community performers.

8 pm | Jumblies Theatre: Under the Concrete (Choral Piece)
A choral reflection on our themes of history, questioning, learning and acknowledging for all of who now live on this land.

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
From Native chanting to rocking guitar licks, Wayne's music transcends genres and boundaries. He is a storyteller, gifted singer and guitarist par excellence who has been honoured at the Junos, Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, and the Canadian Folk Music Awards.

7 pm | Nick Sherman
Nick Sherman's gentle voice is rich with honesty and the vitality of youth, but tempered with world-weariness, atop his strong, simple guitar. His deeply personal songs about “the best and worst days of the last four years,” are inspired by the lives of people in his community, his own upbringing and life experiences in Canada's north.

8 pm | Crystal Shawanda
Canadian Country Music and Juno award winner Crystal Shawanda is a soulful powerhouse whose country and blues captures the space where north meets south. She'll bring tracks from her forthcoming release, "Fish out of Water" as well as her hits from "Dawn of a New Day" and "The Whole World's got the Blues." 

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 | Jumblies Theatre audio installation
Over the spring of 2015, interviews were collected with local historians, educators, and public figures, on their relationship to, and understanding of, Treaties in Toronto. The Talking Treaties Audio Gallery transforms six of those voices into four audio art tracks.

10 am – 5 pm | NFB+ French Indigenous Films (30 minute rotation)
These are the stories of our land, told by First Nations, Métis and Inuit filmmakers from every region of the country. Powerful, political, and profound, these films will initiate and inspire conversations on identity, family, community, and nationhood.

11:30 am | Opening Blessing with Elder Garry Sault and Red Spirit Singers
The Red Spirit Singers are of the Ojibway, Cree, Oneida and Dakota nations who came together as a drum group in 1998. They will be joined by Elder Garry Sault who will provide a blessing for the day.

12:30 pm | Storytelling with Elder Garry Sault

12:45 pm | Red Spirit Singers with Rhonda Doxtator Hoop Dancing
Join drum group the Red Spirit Singers and Hoop Dancer Rhonda Doxtator as they electrify the grounds of Fort York with traditional song and dance.

1:30 pm | Carolyn King, The Moccasin Initiative
Former Chief of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, Carolyn King talks about her latest project The Moccasin Initiative, a public art project that connects prominent Toronto sites with their Indigenous past.

1:45 pm | Red Spirit Singers
The Red Spirit Singers are of the Ojibway, Cree, Oneida and Dakota nations who came together as a drum group in 1998. They have performed at cultural celebrations around Canada and have been featured on MuchMusic, CityTV, and TVO.

2:30 pm | Getting On Our Feet Workshop with Red Sky Performance
Red Sky offers a lively, instructional and inclusive workshop that get people on their feet while introducing children, youth and adults to the world of Indigenous culture.

3:15 pm | Métis Jiggers
Métis culture is brought to the forefront by Toronto's most recognized Métis dance collective. The Toronto Métis Jiggers combine patience, rhythm and stamina to create a powerful cultural celebration.

3:30 pm | Kim Wheatley Storytelling
Kim is an Anishinaabe (Ojibway) band member who is deeply committed to creating and promoting awareness of the Indigenous perspective. Join her as she weaves together her gifts of song, storytelling and Traditional teachings.

TD Main Stage

12 pm | Chuck Copenace
The Chuck Copenace Group is a groove based jazz project performing original music which is a blend of Indigenous Ceremonial music, R’nB, Funk, Hip Hop and Classical music.

1 pm | Twin Flames
Twin Flames is a captivating duo of singer-songwriters Chelsey June of the Cree Métis, and Jaaji, an Inuk Mohawk man from Nunavik and Kahnawake. Together they echo the voices of their ancestors as they sing songs in English, French and Inuktitut, captivating fans along the way.

2 pm | Shawnee
With her powerful voice and electric stage presence, Shawnee is a star on the rise. Blending rock and soul she has been featured on Canadian Idol and stages at Pride, drawing comparisons to Melissa Etheridge and P!nk.

4 pm | Ulali
Traditional Music for contemporary times, the Ulali Project draws on traditional hand drumming, choral singing and pre-Columbian music. Their haunting vocals and rich percussion have connected with audiences across the world and they have shared their music in honour of environmental causes and Indigenous justice issues.

Evening Performances

5:00 pm | Jumblies Theatre: Talking Treaties Pageant
Talking Treaties is a participatory multi-arts project, with the goal of artfully sharing local Indigenous knowledge and awareness. The culmination of this project is the Talking Treaties Spectacle, an immersive performance and installation bringing together professional and community performers.

6:30 pm | Jumblies Theatre: Under the Concrete (Choral Piece)
A choral reflection on our themes of history, questioning, learning and acknowledging for all of who now live on this land.


Indigenous Arts Festival is presented by
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National Aboriginal Day is funded in part by
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Program Partners
APTN Mississauga of the New Credit First Nation Na-Me-Res

Sponsored by
Tim Hortons

Promotional Partner
TTC

 

Media Partners

Toronto Star 

Pattison Outdoor Advertising 

Metroland 

Classical 96.3 

Zoomer Radio