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Can someone tell me what Indigenous Performance Is?

By Santee Smith, Artistic Director of Kaha:wi Dance Theatre In a world that still likes to categorize, boxing up Indigenous performance is a near impossible challenge. Like the people, it defies homogeneity, imposed borders, stereotypes and it has been continuously unfolding on Anon:kowa / Turtle Island (North America) from time immemorial by every Indigenous Nation present and extinct. From my perspective having collaborated …

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Thank you for being part of another great Planet IndigenUS festival!

This past August, Planet IndigenUS celebrated the very best of Indigenous arts and culture with the co-production between the Woodland Cultural Centre in Brantford and at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto. This was the fourth time that the acclaimed multi-disciplinary festival has occurred and over the course of ten years, the festival has grown into the largest Indigenous arts festival on …

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Day of Dance at Planet IndigenUS

Every three years Harbourfront Centre co-hosts the largest Indigenous festival in Canada to bring you a diverse range of First Nations music, dance and art by over 300 artists. We are pleased to reintroduce you to Planet IndigenUS, a celebration designed to raise public awareness and break stereotypes in an entertaining and informative atmosphere. If you are looking for a …

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Dalisa Pigram shares the story behind Gudirr Gudirr

Gudirr Gudirr runs May 6 to 9 as part of World Stage. Here, the co-artistic director of Marrugeku, Dalisa Pigram, writes about the impetus behind this piece exploring the legacy and future of Australia’s indigenous and immigrant population. When someone looks at me or at anyone, that person begins to make a story. My story is influenced by many things. …

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Happy International Dance Day

Santee Smith, choreographer, dancer, and Artistic Director of Kaha:wi Dance Theatre — who are presenting NeoIndigenA this weekend as part of the NextSteps season  — offers her call to action, on behalf of the Canadian Dance Assembly in celebration of International Dance Day 2014.

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Q-Rock the Toronto Bronx Native

Hip hop culture has always been open to the integration of different musical styles, techniques, genres, developments and changes. Widely recognized as a powerful and universal tool for unifying people of all classes, ages and races, the culture has seen different people from all over the globe use it as a form of expression, empowerment and communication. MC/dancer Q-Rock has used the five elements to infuse his culturally rich music and unique perspective, as a Nipissing, Ontario native, into the urban scene.

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Native Women in the Arts tackles Stereotypes

Native Women in the Arts (NWIA) will be presenting I’m Not the Indian You Have in Mind next week as part of our NextSteps season. We thought we’d give readers an opportunity to learn a bit more about them, and what they do. Check out the interview below with Erika Iserhoff, Artistic Producer of NWIA. Can you tell us about …

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What does it mean to be Indigenous?

Next up in our NextSteps season is Native Women in the Arts (NWIA) with a piece that asks the question, What does it mean to be Indigenous? NWIA is a not-for-profit organization for First Nations, Inuit and Métis women from diverse artistic disciplines who share a common interest in culture, art, community and the advancement of Indigenous peoples. The piece, …

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TBW Storms Toronto

I’m in the room with The Breaking Wind (TBW) band. We’re at their stylist’s house in Milton, ON. Darko Dan, a Billy Bob Thornton look-alike and the band’s photographer, and Sarah Smith, stylist, are having a debate over plaid.

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Get in the Room with APAC

Former Assembly of First Nations Chief Phil Fontaine and Cherie Brant, environmental lawyer, spoke at a recent Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada (APAC) event where professionals like Kenn Ross (Pan Am Games Toronto 2015), Veronica Johnny (musician), and Jason Wilson (Indigenous Development Inc.

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