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When it comes to planning our summer festivals, we have an “essentials” list that we tend to stick to. First and foremost on this list is our attendees – can we truly have a good celebration without you? The answer is obviously “no.” But in order to attract you to our festivals, we need to give you something to look forward to. That’s where item number two on our “essentials” list comes into play: the events.
This past Canada Day we celebrated our nations 146th birthday in style. Audiences were treated to a very special concert experience Celebrating Canada Women In Song featuring five leading Canadian artists: Kiran Ahluwalia, Tanya Tagaq, Lorraine Klaasen, Jackie Richardson, Jane Bunnett and the Canada Day All Stars Band (assembled especially for this show). After opening with a group number, each woman showcased two songs, which were arranged specially for this concert to feature collaborations with the other women.
On Canada Day, the WestJet Stage plays host to a special concert celebrating leading Canadian women of song. Five outstanding female artists will take the stage, collaborating for the first time in their careers for a performance that promises to be legendary.
Things are heating up at Planet IndigenUS with Red Hot Nights, an evening of burlesque and humour accompanied by the sensuous and primal music of Inuit singer Tanya Tagaq. Kitsuné Soleil (Scarlett Behave) is the matron of Cat’s Caboose Cabaret, the burlesque troupe that will be stealing your heart tomorrow night. Kitsuné was kind enough to answer a few questions …
It feels likes yesterday that we saw performances from Pacific Curls, Plex and Dallas Arcand on Plant IndigenUS’ opening night spectacle. Now, just a little over the half-way mark we get ready to draw the curtains on this remarkable ten-day festival celebrating Aboriginal culture. However, there are still many events to attend during the festival’s closing-weekend if you still want …
The Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards (APCMA) showcases the best in Aboriginal music in North America. Planet IndigenUS, the world’s biggest celebration of global contemporary Indigenous culture, is pleased to host many of the APCMA 2012 nominees at this year’s festival. The 2012 nominees have just been announced, and many of the nominees are still to perform at Planet IndigenUS: …
A Tribe Called Red made the Brigantine Room at Harbourfront Centre the place to be last night in Toronto. If you weren’t there, you were definitely square! Michelle Thrush, just off a movie set playing Benicio del Toro’s sister, looked fabulous as she mingled. Shoshona and Raven from Digging Roots strolled over from their WestJet Stage performance spectacular to take …
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 …
The thing about Hanggai, for me, has always been the way that they confound expectations.
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 …