Opening Night Spectacle Brings Home the Sizzle

Sometimes it’s just nice to recognize those behind-the-scene folk making all the fun happen for us at Planet IndigenUS. Jennifer Podemski, producer, and Victoria Vaughan, associate producer, of last night’s Opening Spectacle were all smiles as they should be when a job is well done.

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Hey Canada, Wab Kinew wouldn’t mind being “your man on the side”

For this “man on the side thing” to work, Canada, Wab Kinew has five things Canadians have to stop saying about his people. Go to www.harbourfrontcentre.com/planetindigenus to find out what these five things are. In the meantime, let’s stray back to the idea of Wab Kinew as “man on the side.”

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Planet IndigenUS – Kinnie Starr

Kinnie Starr is difficult to pindown. Her songs range from folk to hip hop to rock to pop. She’s a visual artist and poet. She’s tried her hand at acting, portraying the rise and fall of a Portland rock star in Down and Out with the Dolls. She’s also a producer and has been praised for her work on Digging …

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Plex and the Opening Spectacle

I just came off a movie set with Plex aka Doug Bedard. I played a love scene with Doug’s character, Tommy, as voyeur.

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Uncharted Waters Interviews: Claire Samuel

The Uncharted Waters exhibition opened June 21st and will give visitors to Harbourfront Centre the chance to see fantastic photography as they stroll down our boardwalk until next summer. At the opening, the artists were gracious enough to brave the stormy weather and tell us about their work. In today’s interview, Claire Samuel tells us about her portraiture and what …

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Mongolian folk/punk ensemble Hanggai blend traditional with modern

The thing about Hanggai, for me, has always been the way that they confound expectations.

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Planet IndigenUS – OKA

OKA is coming to Planet IndigenUS to celebrate the rich and vibrant indigenous cultures of Australia. They exemplify the theme of this years festival, giving traditional aboriginal sounds new life by playing Dub, Electronica, Hip-hop, and Jazz inspired sounds with woodwinds, slide guitar, keyboard and an electrified didgeridoo. Originally buskers, the trio of Stu Boga Fergie (Didgeristu), Chris Lane and …

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Plex and Planet IndigenUS

Edmonton-born, Plex has been a musical trailblazer for aboriginal artists for years. With his conscious and thought provoking lyricism, which he uses to provide insight into Aboriginal issues, Plex has been leading the native community while at the same time carving a place for himself with his music.

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Getting to Planet IndigenUS 2012

Having worked in the media for about 20 years, some of the Harbourfront Centre’s Planet IndigenUS 2012’s roster names are old friends. Santee Smith, Derek Miller, and Jennifer Podemski were starting their careers when I covered them in  Aboriginal Voices magazine about 15 years ago. I followed their careers as mine moved to Washington D.C. to work as managing editor of …

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How well do you know Robbie Robertson?

Planet IndigenUS, a celebration of contemporary native cultures from Canada and around the world, would not be complete without a tribute to Robbie Robertson. Robertson is a Canadian legend who has been an intrinsic part of some of the greatest rock albums and concerts of all time. He was lead guitarist and songwriter for The Band, backed Bob Dylan on …

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