For this sea­son, we bring you shows pro­duced by Full Cir­cle for the Talk­ing Stick Fes­ti­val. We have also part­nered with many per­form­ing arts and Indige­nous non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tions to bring you a rich­er vir­tu­al expe­ri­ence of Indige­nous arts and cul­ture con­tent from across Canada. 

Vis­it our Artist Page to find out more about the per­form­ers, artists and co-pre­sent­ing partners. 

Vis­it our Show Event Sched­ule for more details. 

Virtual Festival Events Presented by Full Circle and Partners

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Dream­s­peak­ers Inter­na­tion­al Indige­nous Film Fes­ti­val invites you to explore 35 films from Indige­nous artists and film­mak­ers around the world. Find ani­mat­ed films, doc­u­men­taries, short films, fea­ture lengths films and music videos, and more. Learn about the per­spec­tives and expe­ri­ences of Indige­nous Peo­ples from Cana­da, the US, Aus­tralia, Brazil and Fiji.

In part­ner­ship with the Dream­s­peak­ers Fes­ti­val Society

Soulpep­per The­atre offers a new oppor­tu­ni­ty to expe­ri­ence Mar­go Kane’s sem­i­nal the­atre piece, Moon­lodge, as an audio dra­ma. The play speaks to the colo­nial tragedies that shape today’s soci­ety – but also to self-deter­mi­na­tion. Pre­miered in 1990, it toured inter­na­tion­al­ly for 10 years and still serves to inspire new Indige­nous the­atre creation.

Co-pre­sent­ed with Soulpep­per Theatre.

The Sum­mer Sol­stice Indige­nous Fes­ti­val is a fam­i­ly-ori­ent­ed mul­ti-dis­ci­pli­nary annu­al arts fes­ti­val. The Fes­ti­val rep­re­sents the cul­tur­al diver­si­ty of the urban Indige­nous com­mu­ni­ty, with par­tic­i­pa­tion of First Nations, Métis and Inu­it artists. Events include live music, dance, edu­ca­tion­al work­shops, culi­nary class­es and more.

In part­ner­ship with the Nation­al Indige­nous Peo­ples Day Com­mit­tee (NIPD)

In 2019, the Miss­ing and Mur­dered Indige­nous Women and Girls Com­mis­sion released their report. In 2020, artists from var­ied dis­ci­plines respond­ed. This dig­i­tal iter­a­tion offers twelve audio-visu­al works hon­our­ing the lives of these Indige­nous women, girls, Trans, and Two-Spir­it peo­ple, cre­at­ing a sacred space to reflect, heal and find renewed hope.

Co-pre­sent­ed with Native Earth Per­form­ing Arts, Night­wood The­atre, New Harlem Pro­duc­tions and The Cultch.

Gift­ed by Indige­nous mem­o­ry-hold­ers in 3 loca­tions, Ottawa, Saska­toon and Van­cou­ver, and inter­pret­ed by Indige­nous artists, this sto­ry­telling series reveals his­to­ry and mem­o­ry of lands now obscured by cities. Lis­ten­ers are invit­ed to expe­ri­ence an orig­i­nal piece of audi­to­ry the­atre, and to go into their com­mu­ni­ty and see the land in new ways.

In part­ner­ship with Sav­age Soci­ety and the Nation­al Arts Centre

Join a unique gath­er­ing of artists, knowl­edge keep­ers, com­mu­ni­ty builders, key invit­ed allies and cul­tur­al inno­va­tors. Indige­nous artists and the music indus­try are com­ing togeth­er to hon­our tra­di­tion and forge new paths. The sched­ule includes curat­ed musi­cal show­cas­es, the Gii­wewizh series, net­work­ing activ­i­ties, pan­els, dis­cus­sions and ceremonies

In part­ner­ship with the Indige­nous Music Alliance

Jour­neys to Adä­ka is the sto­ry of sev­en indige­nous artists who look to the past for the strength to over­come a lega­cy of hurt, becom­ing cul­tur­al giants and lead­ers in the process. This one-hour doc­u­men­tary fol­lows its sub­jects as they pre­pare for the Fes­ti­val in White­horse invit­ing view­ers into carv­ing sheds, kitchens and com­mu­ni­ty halls.

The Pimootay­owin Cre­ators Cir­cle brings togeth­er six artists – estab­lished in their own artis­tic prac­tices but new to play­writ­ing – to each devel­op a play for the stage. You’re invit­ed to join their cre­ative jour­ney in this play-read­ing series. The series is led by Gov­er­nor Gen­er­al Award-win­ning play­wright Ian Ross, and assist­ed by Katie German.

Co-pre­sent­ed with the Roy­al Man­i­to­ba The­atre Center

In this edi­tion of Talk­ing Truths, we bring togeth­er four women who have blazed the trail for oth­er Indige­nous women to find their path into the per­form­ing arts. Be a wit­ness as Mar­go Kane, Renae Mor­riseau, Sharon Jinker­son-Brass and Rose­mary George­son share their pro­fes­sion­al lega­cy sto­ries and con­sid­er the future of Indige­nous women in the arts.

Co-pre­sent­ed with O. Dela Arts Society

The SSI­MAs cel­e­brate excel­lence, artis­tic voice and lega­cy in a range of music gen­res for record­ing, video and live per­for­mance, and for cul­tur­al con­tri­bu­tion, sig­nif­i­cance, lega­cy and social voice. The 2‑hour show fea­tures awards in 17 cat­e­gories, and live per­for­mances from among the 70+ final­ists. A live stream from Ottawa’s Nation­al Arts Centre.

In part­ner­ship with Nation­al Indige­nous Peo­ples Day Com­mit­tee (NIPD)

Our Ances­tors are with us; we dream of them, we lis­ten for their pres­ence, we dance with them, we dream with them and awake to new under­stand­ings to share with the peo­ple. The Talk­ing Stick Fes­ti­val is hon­oured to present dance per­for­mances by Chris­tine Fri­day, Mau­ra Gar­cía and Rebec­ca Sadowski.

Join mul­ti­ple award-win­ning author, Lee Mar­a­cle and her daugh­ters, Columpa Bobb and Tania Carter as they read from Hope Mat­ters. Writ­ten col­lab­o­ra­tive­ly, the poems in Hope Mat­ters blend their voic­es into a shared song, tak­ing us on the jour­ney of Indige­nous peo­ple from colo­nial begin­nings to hope and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion. Check June 16 for pod­cast link.

In part­ner­ship with West­ern Gold The­atre Society

Tara Williamson’s stun­ning new album, Enough, hits the streets June 18 – and you’re invit­ed to the online launch par­ty! Tara and her band play songs from the record, includ­ing the first sin­gle, “Almost” — released in March and now on the Indige­nous Music Count­down. This spe­cial con­cert is pro­duced by acclaimed musi­cian and pro­duc­er, Aidan Knight.

Nch’u7mut cheshá7 temíxw — Giv­ing back to moth­er earth Visu­al Arts (June 21)

Nch’u7mut cheshá7 temíxw /​ Giv­ing Back to Moth­er Earth is a land-based video and pho­tog­ra­phy art exhi­bi­tion that inves­ti­gates how our rela­tion to the land has shift­ed or deep­ened as a result of the dis­rup­tion caused by the pan­dem­ic. Curat­ed by Ami­na Creighton-Kelly.

It’s Ondin­nok Theatre’s 35th anniver­sary gala! To cel­e­brate 35 years of artis­tic cre­ation and resis­tance, the com­pa­ny presents Mawes­sine (“unit­ed” in Wolastqey), a gath­er­ing of their extend­ed artis­tic fam­i­ly to revis­it and hon­our the company’s his­to­ry. It includes five short per­for­mance pieces inspired by some of the company’s flag­ship productions.

Co-pre­sent­ed with Les Pro­duc­tions Ondinnok

Urban Ink 20th Anniversary The­atre, Dance (Jun 21)

Fea­tur­ing con­ver­sa­tions with Corey Payette (Urban Ink), Mar­go Kane (Full Cir­cle: First Nations Per­for­mance), and Michelle Olson (Raven Spir­it Dance) about their work as artists, the his­to­ry, and vision of the Indige­nous per­form­ing arts orga­ni­za­tions they lead.

Sto­ries around a camp­fire, dances in the woods, songs under the night sky, standup com­e­dy in a park­ing lot—the 2021 Nogo­ji­wanong Indige­nous Fringe Fes­ti­val is bring­ing fab­u­lous per­form­ing expe­ri­ences into the fresh air on the Trent Uni­ver­si­ty cam­pus in Nogojiwanong/​Peterborough. Cho­sen by lot­tery per Fringe tra­di­tion, 6 artists/​groups will perform.

Co-pre­sent­ed with the NIFF Collective

A film series cel­e­brat­ing Indige­nous voic­es in cin­e­ma, show­cas­ing strong, engag­ing sto­ries from First Nations, Métis, Inu­it and Maori film­mak­ers while show­ing the beau­ty, com­plex­i­ties and vibran­cies of Indi­gene­ity around the globe. Films select­ed by Indige­nous Cura­tors Rylan Fri­day, Jas­mine Wil­son and Sharon Fort­ney for Indige­nous His­to­ry Month.

Co-pre­sent­ed with The Greater Van­cou­ver Inter­na­tion­al Film Fes­ti­val Soci­ety and The Muse­um of Vancouver

Join the Hitch­hik­ers – Jamie Thom­son (Hai­da Nation) and Den­nis Joseph (Squamish Nation) – two of the coolest cats you’ll ever know! Be there as they jam some sto­ries with music and mix it up with some laugh­ter. Come kick back, relax, stick out your own thumb — and get your groove on! Please check back on June 25 for the YouTube link to view.

In part­ner­ship with West­ern Gold The­atre Society

The duo of Yung Try­bez and Young D from the Hais­la Nation, Kita­maat Vil­lage burst onto the Cana­di­an hip-hop scene in 2017 and show no signs of slow­ing down. Their music seam­less­ly weaves trap beats with lyri­cism- chal­leng­ing Indige­nous stereo­types and cre­at­ing a new gen­er­a­tion of club bangers that are equal parts thought-pro­vok­ing and dance-worthy.

Co-pre­sent­ed with TD Van­cou­ver Inter­na­tion­al Jazz Fes­ti­val (Tick­et­ed event)

All Togeth­er We Drum — this high ener­gy pow­er­ful tra­di­tion­al open­ing per­for­mance fea­tures the Kas­ka Dene Drum­mers & dancers and music from Dena Zag. Step back into the light and expe­ri­ence the pow­er and pride of tra­di­tion­al dance and drum . Join us as we gath­er and share sto­ries of the Yukon First Nations peo­ple through arts and culture.

Co-pre­sent­ed with Adä­ka Cul­tur­al Fes­ti­val and the Yukon First Nations Cul­ture and Tourism Association

Hon­or­ing the past visu­al and per­form­ing Adä­ka artists, the fes­ti­val high­lights events from the past 10 years. The Adä­ka Fes­ti­val pro­vides oppor­tu­ni­ties to come togeth­er as a com­mu­ni­ty, both vir­tu­al­ly and in per­son, to pro­mote the many vibrant, diverse, and resilient Yukon Indige­nous cul­tures built from the suc­cess of pre­vi­ous festivals.

Co-pre­sent­ed with Adä­ka Cul­tur­al Fes­ti­val and the Yukon First Nations Cul­ture and Tourism Association

Fea­tur­ing Indige­nous per­form­ers shar­ing songs in their First Nation lan­guage, Adä­ka will pro­duce this piece to show­case as many Yukon First Nations lan­guages as pos­si­ble. With sup­port from men­tors, Indige­nous musi­cians and com­posers, artists will cre­ate songs writ­ten only in a YFN lan­guage and launch them at this celebration!

Co-pre­sent­ed with Adä­ka Cul­tur­al Fes­ti­val and the Yukon First Nations Cul­ture and Tourism Association

Diyet will take us on a jour­ney through song that cel­e­brates the land she calls home and the lan­guage of her ances­tors. Her musi­cal moti­va­tion is the preser­va­tion of her lan­guage, the Klu­ane dialect of South­ern Tutchone. There are only 3 speak­ers left of Klu­ane and she is work­ing hard to make sure the lan­guage sur­vives in her songs and in her life.

Co-pre­sent­ed with Adä­ka Cul­tur­al Fes­ti­val and the Yukon First Nations Cul­ture and Tourism Association

Who We are Film Series (Artist Talk) Artist Talk (Jun 28)

As part of The Who We Are Film series, a pan­el dis­cus­sion will be shared livestream with the guest artists Zacharias Kunuk — Anta­nar­ju­at and Vio­let Nel­son — The Body Remem­bers When the World Broke Open, facil­i­tat­ed by Odessa Shuquaya & Rylan Friday.

A Gyp­sy Blues band born of the wild rose coun­try, A.W. Car­di­nal (vocals/​guitar) and Jas­mine Colette a.k.a. Bad­lands Jass (vocals/​bass/​drums) write and per­form orig­i­nal com­po­si­tions influ­enced by any­thing that swings, jumps or grooves. “Their musi­cal­i­ty is out­stand­ing, their pre­sen­ta­tion is spell­bind­ing and their orig­i­nal songs are unforgettable.”

Co-pre­sent­ed with TD Van­cou­ver Inter­na­tion­al Jazz Fes­ti­val (Tick­et­ed event)

Stand­ing Strong: For the Chil­dren chén̓chens iy̓ím Shi ti Mun mun Mul­ti-dis­ci­pline (Jul 1)

A cel­e­bra­tion of sto­ry, dance and song fea­tur­ing an award-win­ning Children’s Book Launch, Stand Like a Cedar by Nico­la Camp­bell with illus­tra­tions by Car­rielynn Vic­tor, Cur­tis Clearsky and the Con­stel­la­tions, Coastal Wolf­pack (Tsat­su Stalqyu), and JB The First Lady.

Chil­dren’s Book Reading  Read­ing (Jul 1)

Award win­ning sto­ry­teller Nico­la I. Camp­bell reads from her newest chil­dren’s book ‘Stand Like a Cedar’ with Car­rielynn Vic­tor’s art illu­mi­nat­ing every page of this beau­ti­ful journey.

Kookum, an Indige­nous DJ and video­g­ra­ph­er, has been mak­ing a name across the coun­try and here at home; this diverse mix diva slays on the decks and always keeps it hype, fresh, and unpre­dictable. Per­form­ing with Kookum is Sier­ra Bak­er, an award-win­ning dancer, artist, and sto­ry­teller who com­bines hip-hop, con­tem­po­rary, and Indige­nous dance styles.

Co-pre­sent­ed with TD Van­cou­ver Inter­na­tion­al Jazz Festival 

A true force of nature, actress, sto­ry­teller and social activist, Dalan­nah Gail Bowen is best known as a revered singer and song­writer – and cel­e­brat­ed as the matri­arch of the Van­cou­ver Blues scene. Here she hon­ours the endur­ing lega­cy of the great Bil­lie Hol­i­day along­side pianist Michael Cre­ber, Miles Hill (bass), and Dave Say on saxophone.

Co-pre­sent­ed with TD Van­cou­ver Inter­na­tion­al Jazz Fes­ti­val (Tick­et­ed event)

Grand Acts of Great Hope unites Tsat­su Stalqayu’s (Coastal Wolf­pack) tra­di­tion­al Sal­ish per­for­mance with Mor­tal Coil’s Euro­pean-based out­door the­atri­cal tech­niques in an event that hon­ours the land’s crea­tures, illu­mi­nat­ed by song, dance, prayer and pro­ces­sion. It hap­pens on a site join­ing past and present – sən̓aʔqʷ (set­tler name: Vanier Park).

Co-pro­duced with A Mor­tal Coil/​Tsatsu Stalqayu

Build­ing on Annea Lockwood’s clas­sic 20th Cen­tu­ry con­cep­tu­al music com­po­si­tion, Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa per­forms a new­ly com­mis­sioned piece by Rus­sel Wal­lace and Jef­frey Ryan’s For­nax Chem­i­ca (Chem­i­cal Fur­nace) on the piano (while it burns), in a Kevlar dress by Métis design­er Evan Ducharme. Fire becomes a vehi­cle for recla­ma­tion and decolonization.

Co-pre­sent­ed with the Queer Arts Festival 

Watch shows from previous seasons available for replay anytime:

Sea­son 1: Win­ter Lodge Shows

Sea­son 2: Spring Awak­en­ing Shows