A Fun Day at the Hastings Racecourse

On Saturday, October 15th, Full Circle was invited to Hastings Racecourse to celebrate Hastings’ generous donation to the organization. Although the event took place on a rainy day, it turned out to be an exciting spectacle of nail-biting finishes in all the 10 races. Attendees enjoyed a free buffet at the beautiful Silks Restaurant and were even encouraged to get …

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Women In Film + Television Vancouver

  From March 8 to 13, Women In Film + Television Vancouver will present four Aboriginal films created by women at #VIWIFF2016. Filmmaker Doreen Manuel initiates a fasting ceremony to connect with her heritage, then shares the story of her father and renowned First Nations leader, George Manuel. Her film The Fast portrays the spirituality, tradition and history of the Secwepemc …

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Truth, Hope, and Understanding

A public forum about the legacy of Canada’s residential schools and their lasting effects on First Nations survivors, their families, and Canadians as a way to promote reconciliation for future generations. Presented in association with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s production of Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation, coming to Vancouver April 7-9, 2016. Hosted by CBC’s Andrew Chang, the forum …

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An emerging Inuvialuit filmmaker

By April Johnson at APTN National News   Tamara Voudrach studied film in Vancouver for two years before returning to Inuvik. The emerging Inuvialuit filmmaker is proving with hard work northern stories can shine on the big screen. So it made sense to return to Vancouver to show her first film Stargazers as part of the Talking Stick Festival in Vancouver last …

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Kevin Loring Interview

By Alexander Varty at Georgia Straight   In an oral culture, tales handed down from time immemorial are more than just myths and legends: they’re also maps for living. “Traditional stories contain our laws and our moralities,” explains N’lakap’amux actor and playwright Kevin Loring, on the line from the Fraser Canyon community of Lytton. “They’re all parables, right?” Uncovering the truths embedded …

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Battle of the Birds, echoes from the past

By Stuart Derdeyn at The Province The Talking Stick Festival, which explores aboriginal culture through the arts, was founded by performance artist Margo Kane in 1992. The Full Circle First Nations Performance artistic managing director has worked tirelessly to present a wide range of creative disciplines in specialized settings, and there is no question that the careers of many First …

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Tanya Tagaq enthralls her audience

By Alexander Varty at Georgia Straight If ever there was a revelatory performance, this was it—and the revelation that I had at the jam-packed York Theatre is that Tanya Tagaq’s music is deeply, thrillingly normal. Now, before you assume that I’ve lost my few remaining marbles, let me explain. Normal isn’t necessarily ordinary: Tagaq and her accompanists Jesse Zubot and …

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TSF’s Salt Baby searches for identity

By Alexander Varty at Georgia Straight Scientists have practically traced the human genome all the way back to our unicellular ancestors, but our pesky genes are still not above playing the occasional trick. Falen Johnson, for instance, was born on the Six Nations reserve in southern Ontario to parents of Mohawk and Tuscarora descent. Somewhere in the colonial past, however, …

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The Georgia Straight sponsors the TSF

By The Georgia Straight The Talking Stick Festival takes place at the Roundhouse Community Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews) and various Vancouver venues today (February 17) until to March 1. Presented by Full Circle First Nations Performance, the 14thannual festival celebrates the creative works and artistic wealth of Aboriginal arts, including theatre, dance, drumming, music, spoken word, visual arts, and multimedia …

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5 Can’t-Miss events at TSF 2015

By Remy Scalza at Insider Vancouver One of Canada’s biggest celebrations of Aboriginal music, art and theatre is coming to Vancouver. The 14th Talking Stick Festival is on Feb. 17-March 1. Dozens of events and performances throughout the city highlight everything from traditional dancing and drumming to contemporary spoken word and multimedia performances. Here’s a look at 5 can’t-miss events at …

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