Spring Awakening Show info

This season’s shows consist of workshops, discussions, panels and video series.

Check out our Artist Page to find out more about the moderators, performers and artists.



Online Show

The Talking Stick Festival and the Vancouver Folk Music Festival are proud to virtually present the ancient traditional songs and the eerie new composition of Inuit style throat singers PIQSIQ from the Historic Theatre at the Cultch.

Song Publishing


An introduction to song publishing rights and royalties with Brittni Noble and Nigel Irwin and facilitated by Alan Greyeyes. This lab invites music makers seeking to understand how to access the different revenue streams available to them.

Songwriters on Songwriting


This virtual discussion will touch on collaboration, the songwriting process, creative flow, finding inspiration, and song structure. Three Indigenous artists will guide the discussion by sharing their creative process as well as a song. Open to Indigenous songwriters at any level who would like to dive deeper into the creative process of writing.

Write On!


Young Indigenous writers will be challenged to take their writing from page to ‘stage’ in 24 hours. Herbie Barnes will guide young writers through a series of energizing and fun storymaking and playwrighting exercises designed to ignite their creative spark over a two day workshop. Open to Indigenous youth ages 14–18.

Spring Fling Ab Cab

Online Show

We close the Spring Awakening with a variety of dance, music and poetry. Join us for a very special digital presentation of a festival staple, The Spring Fling — Ab-Cabaret!

Plant Walk with Cease Wyss


Join T’uy’t’tanat Cease Wyss, ethnobotanist, media artist, educator and activist of Skwxwu7mesh/Stó:lō/Hawaiian/ Swiss ancestry. Cease shares her extensive plant & forest knowledge, talks about medicines, traditional teachings & the interconnectedness of nature & the forest.

Seeds to Trees

Video series

A video series with thirteen Indigenous artists reflecting on the question — what seeds are you planting for the future? These artists will speak to a collective commitment to the future we all need.

Talking Circle: Mentorship as Legacy Building


This talking circle will focus on sharing new and anti-colonial strategies around mentorship and leadership, with an interdisciplinary focus. This circle is open to Indigenous artists, mentors, teachers, and learners from all disciplines and practices.
community care

Talking Circle: Community Care


Inviting all emerging Indigenous artists and those who support them: What is the broader community’s responsibility to young artists so that they can be rooted in a healthy and healing community practice?