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A Gath­er­ing of Hearts & Spir­it Gala Per­for­mance

The Talk­ing Stick Festival’s open­ing gala comes to your homes vir­tu­al­ly fea­tur­ing per­for­mances by M’Girl, Ost­welve, Tzokam with Rus­sell Wal­lace, and Wayne Lavallee

 

Biidaa­ban: a Son­ic Call to the Future Per­for­mance

An 8:30-minute sun­rise cer­e­mo­ny to be expe­ri­enced on the land, at dawn. This sound work invites Lis­ten­ers to con­sid­er what med­i­cine we have to gift the future. A sto­ry-seed that begins with a cer­e­mo­ny at the water, this per­for­mance-cer­e­mo­ny was cre­at­ed in asso­ci­a­tion with Delin­quent Theatre.

Rez Blues (Vir­tu­al) Music

Rez Bluez will fea­ture a mix of pre-record­ed live per­for­mances from blues venues through­out Cana­da, a radio doc­u­men­tary seg­ment, TV vari­ety series and work­shops. You’ll hear some of the most pow­er­ful, soul­ful voic­es, gui­tar grooves and foot stompin’ piano, that are all deeply root­ed in the blues. Rez Bluez presents the best of Indige­nous blues tal­ent from all over Tur­tle Island.

Vir­tu­al Med­i­cines: the Voic­es of Tur­tle Island Youth Per­for­mance

UNYA’s Over­ly Cre­ative Minds (OCM) Pro­gram has been pro­vid­ing space for youth to find and strength­en their voice through the arts. Vir­tu­al Med­i­cines show­cas­es the tremen­dous tal­ent and work of emerg­ing artists’ from the urban Indige­nous community.

A Gath­er­ing of Hearts & Spir­it Gala (Full Reprise) Per­for­mance

Catch the full length musi­cal per­for­mances from our open­ing night cel­e­bra­tion fea­tur­ing: Ost­welve, Wayne Lavallee, M’Girl and Tzokam with Rus­sell Wallace.

Urban Ink: The Can­dy Show Per­for­mance

Join Indige­nous come­di­an Can­dy Palmater and a few of her very tal­ent­ed friends for a spe­cial edi­tion of her mul­ti­ple award-win­ning nation­al vari­ety TV show, The Can­dy Show—an indul­gence in Canada’s best talent!

Urban Ink: Wolf Cull by Cheyenne Scott Work­shop Reading

Wolf Cull is about a group of young Indige­nous wom­xn who hunt down the mys­te­ri­ous crea­ture that threat­ens their com­mu­ni­ty. In Rebel’s dream, Leader, Poet, Brawn, and Wild Card dis­cov­er unusu­al tracks and use their skills as artists and hunters to uncov­er the secret of this creature.

From Talk­ing Stick to Microphone Per­for­mance

Nyla Car­pen­tier (Tahltan/​Kaska) brings togeth­er a vir­tu­al poet­ic evening in hon­our of “East Van ghet­to” poet Zac­cheus Jack­son Nyce (Black­foot), the orig­i­nal From Talk­ing Stick to Mic cura­tor. The evening will show­case a vari­ety of poets and styles.

Inter­So­cial Nations — A Vir­tu­al Dance Party Music, Dance

Join us for the clos­ing of the win­ter lodge with a live stream per­for­mance fea­tur­ing DJ O Show and DJ Kookum. Plus some sur­prise guests through­out the night. Come on out vir­tu­al­ly to shake a tail feather

Industry Series Program Info

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2Spirit Social: An IndigiQueer Art Circle Talk

Gath­er around Shane’s vir­tu­al table for shar­ing art, sto­ries, knowl­edge and sup­port. Bring your lat­est project, a doo­dle, bead­work, or any­thing else to work on while we chat. You’re invit­ed to talk about your art mak­ing process, lead a short skills share, and just enjoy being together.

Mem­o­ries, Mar­row and Matriarchs Pan­el

This con­ver­sa­tion hon­ours the work Indige­nous women have done to car­ry lega­cy and vision for artis­tic com­mu­ni­ties. It also calls us to rec­i­p­ro­cal and col­lec­tive action as artis­tic Future-Keep­ers. (Zoom-gen­er­at­ed cap­tions will be pro­vid­ed, and a tran­script will be avail­able after the event.)

Pro­to­cols of Kin­ship and Care Pan­el

How tra­di­tion­al teach­ings and Con­tem­po­rary Ther­a­py pro­to­cols and lan­guage can ground our con­flict and care along pro­duc­tive, respect­ful and mean­in­ful paths towards Right Rela­tions. Zoom-gen­er­at­ed cap­tions will be pro­vid­ed, and a tran­script will be avail­able after the event.

In the Begin­ning: A Cul­tur­al Shar­ing 1 Pan­el

From the Waters: (In Memo­ri­am) Woody Mor­ri­son, Ron­nie Dean Har­ris, Kat Nor­ris host­ed by Kim Hax­ton. Ori­gin sto­ries re-told from the three Host Nations and Rela­tions from Upriv­er in 4 sep­a­rate recordings.

Rez Blues Workshop Pan­el

Rez Bluez is a non-going move­ment of the best of Indige­nous blues tal­ent from all over Tur­tle Island. This is cel­e­brat­ed through live shows in blues venues through­out Cana­da (pre-Covid),a radio doc­u­men­tary seg­ment, TV vari­ety series, work­shops, and as a vir­tu­al con­cert series.

Indige­nous Dance Talk­ing Circle Pan­el

An invi­ta­tion to the Inter­na­tion­al Indige­nous dance com­mu­ni­ty to cir­cle togeth­er and offer our thoughts and dreams to our ances­tors dur­ing these unprece­dent­ed times.

In the Begin­ning: A Cul­tur­al Shar­ing 2 Pan­el

Musqueam—People of the Riv­er Grass: Quelemia Spar­row and Christie Lee Charles host­ed by Kim Hax­ton. Ori­gin sto­ries re-told from the three Host Nations and Rela­tions from Upriv­er in 4 sep­a­rate recordings

Indige­nous Music Reconnection  Dis­cus­sion

Indige­nous Music com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers are invit­ed to recon­nect at this vir­tu­al round­table. Hon­our­ing the work of musi­cians that have played a path for us, we will dis­cuss ways to cre­ate in these new­ly uncer­tain times and what our com­mu­ni­ty needs for growth—distanced and in-person.

In the Pres­ence of Ances­tors: Hov­er­ing Community Work­shop

A Work­shop facil­i­tat­ed by Charles Korone­ho. Join our exchange of poet­ic pre­cip­i­ta­tion, a vir­tu­al cycle of mat­ter, sub­stance and data ris­ing and falling with­in an aug­ment­ed dig­i­tal ecosys­tem. Charles Korone­ho respect­ful­ly acknowl­edges Altofest 202X for the sup­port of this workshop.

Lega­cies of Visu­al Sovereignty Pan­el

Hon­our­ing the past, present and future efforts that have rad­i­cal­ly shift­ed Indige­nous rep­re­sen­ta­tion and film­mak­ing. The pro­gram explores how Indig­neous film­mak­ers build process­es and sto­ry rela­tion­ships that de-cen­tre colo­nial sys­tems of extrac­tion and exploitation.

In the Begin­ning: A Cul­tur­al Shar­ing 3 Pan­el

Tsleil-Wau­tuth: Leah George-Wil­son and Car­leen Thomas host­ed by Kim Hax­ton. Ori­gin sto­ries re-told from the three Host Nations and Rela­tions from Upriv­er in 4 sep­a­rate recordings

Artis­tic Kin and Sov­er­eign Bones Dis­cus­sion

How do we hon­our sov­er­eign recog­ni­tion into our artis­tic prac­tice? What are some obsta­cles, old pro­to­cols and new prac­tices that ensure vis­i­bil­i­ty and voice for the local rights and title hold­ers while also ensur­ing reci­procity, pres­ence, and poten­cy for displaced/​ vis­it­ing artists?

Still. Reflect. Respond Pan­el

Respect­ed chore­o­g­ra­phers and dance artists con­tem­plate where the dance com­mu­ni­ty is in col­lec­tive prac­tice— where we’ve come from and what we car­ry with us as we nav­i­gate cur­rent cul­tur­al, social, and polit­i­cal realities.

In the Begin­ning: A Cul­tur­al Shar­ing 4 Pan­el

Squamish: Bob Bak­er, Wes Naha­nee, Tra­cy Williams host­ed by Kim Hax­ton. Ori­gin sto­ries re-told from the three Host Nations and Rela­tions from Upriv­er in 4 sep­a­rate recordings

Indige­nous Resis­tance and Artis­tic Liberation Pan­el

Recount­ing past, present and future acts of artis­tic defi­ance, nation-build­ing and space-mak­ing. This pro­gram explores how artis­tic lib­er­a­tion trans­forms tra­di­tion­al teach­ings into the jus­tice-cen­tred decolo­nial sto­ry our future ances­tors need.

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