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The 2021 edition of the First Peoples’ Festival will take place from Aug. 3 to 11 before live audiences. The organizers hope that the gradual reopening will allow this unmissable summer celebration to be held in Montreal. Until then, we must await the programing details for this event, which has just been recognized by the City of Montreal as one of the major festivals in the city. According to festival artistic director and co-founder André Dudemaine, this is a major news development, as it translates into a substantial increase of around 30% to the city’s contribution. Dudemaine says that in…

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May 27, 2021 (Amiskwaciy-Wâskahikan/Edmonton, AB) – Dreamspeakers Festival Society will host its 28th annual International Indigenous Film Festival from May 31 to June 7 to showcase Indigenous filmmakers, actors and artists from around the globe. “This festival offers a unique exploration into Indigenous culture and illustrates the diversity, vitality and excellence of Indigenous art,” said Executive Director Christine Frederick. “We are committed to giving Indigenous artists a platform to showcase their art, grow as artists and contribute to the community.” Due to Alberta COVID-19 regulations, the festival will be held virtually for the first time in 28 years. Festival passes…

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Montreal, April 20, 2021 – After circulating an appeal for submissions to Indigenous artists in January 2021, Centaur Theatre is extremely proud to announce Ange Loft and the Talking Treaties Tio’tia:ke Collective as its first Indigenous Artist Residency, supported in part by the Conseil des arts de Montréal (CAM). Joining Loft as a member of the Collective is Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo, a dancer and choreographer with over 25 years’ experience, who specializes in blending traditional First Nations dance with contemporary styles and has performed throughout North America. Completing the triumvirate is Iehente Foote, an actor, stage manager, costume designer and…

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Owing to government restrictions to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, the Conseil québécois de la musique (CQM) was obliged to organize its 24th Gala des prix Opus online, a first for the ceremony. The webcast was made public on Feb. 7 on the Facebook page of the Fabrique culturelle de Télé-Québec. The setting was unchanged: Bourgie Hall in the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. A total of 26 laureates were recognized for their achievements during the 2019-2020 season, before and during the pandemic. Exceptional circumstances led to an exceptional tribute to Kent Nagano, former music director of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra,…

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The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir’s next online concert, to stream on Remembrance Day, will reflect on and honour the experience of Indigenous Veterans. The TMC, under conductor Simon Rivard, is joined by composer and guest curator Andrew Balfour, and Elder Dr. Duke Redbird for a program that brings together choral music, poetry and dance. The centre piece of the program is Andrew Balfour’s Notinikew. Movements of the work will be sung by Andrew’s Winnipeg-based Camerata Nova and by the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. Andrew says of this choral drama: “Notinikew is an anti-war piece, an Indigenous identity piece – a tragedy that…

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Montreal, August 6, 2020 – The Centre des musiciens du monde is preparing to reopen! The Centre is launching its new season under the sign of hope, with the series Intimate Concerts from Around the World (“Concerts intimes des quatre coins du monde”): live, free and friendly musical events! As of August 12, 2020, the Intimate Concerts from Around the World series will offer, every Wednesday at 5 P.M., a different musical universe–8 weeks of concerts will highlight exceptional musicians who will make us discover worlds of ancient and beautifully mixed traditions. “Since immemorial times, music has stimulated exchanges and…

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Ojibwe broadcaster, curator, producer and activist Jesse Wente has been named Chair of the Board of the Canada Council for the Arts. An outspoken advocate for Indigenous rights and First Nations, Metis and Inuit art, he is the first Indigenous chairperson of the organisation. Wente is known for his 24 years as a columnist for CBC Radio’s Metro Morning as well as his work as the director of film programmes at the TIFF Lightbox. As a speaker, he has led conferences at the International Forum of Indigenous Peoples, Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, the Canadian Arts Summit and numerous universities…

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Toronto – The Canadian Opera Company is proud to partner with the National Arts Centre in co-commissioning new work to replace the music from the Kuyas aria that opens the third act of Louis Riel by composer Harry Somers and librettist Mavor Moore. Composer Ian Cusson, of Métis and French-Canadian descent, has been commissioned to create this new work for the opera, last performed at both the COC and NAC in 2017. This decision resulted from a consultation process to redress the misuse of a Nisga’a song in Louis Riel and was initiated and led by Stó:lō First Nations scholar…

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PREVIEW: of a public workshop performance with orchestra of the new opera Taking Up Serpents – libretto by Jerre Dye, score by Kamala Sankaram; presented by MassOpera, Boston; Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 3 p.m.; Deane Hall at the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts (527 Tremont Street, Boston); the opera is a commission of the Washington National Opera and this workshop is presented by MassOpera. In the final passages of St. Mark’s Gospel, Christ declares that a hallmark among his true believers shall be a willingness that “they shall take up serpents!” And in certain quarters…

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Kateri Tekakwitha has long been part of the school curriculum in Quebec. A 17th-century Mohawk girl who sought baptism in her teens and took a vow of chastity, she became, in 2012, the first North American Indigenous person to be canonized. Now Indigenous artists are paying their own form of homage in Saia’tatokénhti: Honouring Saint Kateri, a 35-minute multimedia presentation with music by Odawa composer Barbara Croall, words by Mohawk writer Darren Bonaparte, and visuals and choreography overseen by the Indigenous Colombian director Alejandro Ronceria. The premiere on Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Kahnawake Catholic Church is followed…

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