Spring Newsletter 2015
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Oki, Ske:kon, Taan-shi, Boozhoo!

Four times a year IPAA compiles a digest of Indigenous performance to connect our members, our allies, and our community from coast to coast to coast.

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Before we get to the performance on offer across Turtle Island let's take a moment to acknowledge the incredible loss in our community this winter.

             Narcisse Blood  Michael Green  Lacy Morin-Desjarlais  Michele Sereda

These individuals contributed immeasurably to the Indigenous performance community and we send our deepest condolesnces to their friends and loved ones.

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IPAA celebrated its 10th anniversary as a federally incorporated not for profit last weekend. This milestone is significant and has inspired us to look back into our history.

The work of many artists and practitioners of Indigenous performance made it possible for our arts service organization to incorporate in March 2005. The seeds of IPAA started before this date and we would like to acknowledge those that cleared the path.

If anyone has knowledge, stories or anecdotes about IPAA's early days 
please contact us:

At our celebration Elder and Knowledge Keeper Pauline Shirt provided the foundation for the traditional protocols around Smudging.  Michaela Washburn spoke of her experience Smudging in performance venues and Nicole Joy-Fraser sang the Bear Song before we enjoyed delicious nourishment from Nish Dish Catering.  

The first draft of IPAA's Smudging Document was presented and can be found online here.

We welcome the community's validation before we launch officially and invite you to view the latest draft of this resource.

Send us your feedback:

IPAA attended the opening night performance of The Unplugging by Yvette Nolan,
a co-production between Factory Theatre and Native Earth Performing Arts.

The lack of Indigenous artists in the cast and creative team has polarized our members and the community. IPAA will create a space for our members and the community to speak about best practices when engaging Indigenous artists and performance.

Stay tuned for details about how to join this conversation.

Here's a sneak peak into the beta version of our new website design by 
Archer Pechawis of All Nations MediaTo view our new website click here.

IPAA website beta version
Featured Artists

IPAA members Justin Many Fingers & Brian Solomon and their tour of What's Left of Us is an example of the emerging
Indigenous Performance Network.

Developed for Weesageechak 2014 this dance / theatre piece went on to play in Edmonton's Rubaboo Festival, Toronto's Rhubarb Festival and Vancouver's Talking Stick!

Know someone who would like to join IPAA? It's free!

 Searching for Tookoolito: An Inuk Woman’s Arctic Expedition

Reneltta Arluk is fundraising for an incredible new project.

Check out the awesome videos on the Kickstarter Page and click here for 
more info on the project!

Join other administrative professionals at the Indigenous Governance Administration Workshop 2015 for
TWO EXCITING DAYS of professional development, networking, and the opportunity to unlock your full potential.

For location dates, registration fees and additional workshop information
click here or view this brochure.

A competition!
Create a writing or art piece that explores a moment or theme in Aboriginal history or culture.This year's deadline is March 31, 2015. The contest is open to Canadians of Aboriginal ancestry between the ages of 14-29.
Info & application here:

IPAA's Executive Director Cole Alvis deep in thought at last year's Intertribal Gathering.

NEPA has announced April 15, 2015 as the new deadline to apply for Weesageechak 28 (Nov. 2015).

Click here for the application.

We are seeking new, exciting works from a variety of artistic and Indigenous backgrounds.

The CCA’s Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts is now accepting nominations.

Deadline: April 30.

The prize to be awarded in 2015 will be in the field of theatre.

See here for more information!


The Banff Centre’s
Indigenous Dance Residency

Program dates:
August 3, 2015 – August 29, 2015 

Applications accepted until May 4, 2015


IPAA Member Sister Says celebrate the release of No Island’s long-awaited studio album
also featuring Best Night Ever 

April 25 in Vancouver.

Check out Sister Says at one of their tour stops:
05/12/15 The Painted Lady, Toronto, On
05/14/15 Musideum, 401 Richmond,Toronto, On
05/16/15 Utopia Hall, Utopia, On
05/17/15 The Garnet, Peterborough, On
Check out the website for more dates & info!

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson,
writer and activist, presents
“Decolonial Love: Building Resurgent Communities of Connection” as part of EMMA TALKS, April 8 in Vancouver.

Leanne’s portion of the donations will go to supporting W.O.W. - Warriors Organizing Women! a popular education & political action group from the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre.
For more information

Kaha:wi Dance Theatre is celebrating their 10th Anniversary with a national tour of TransMigration!

March 17-21 2015, The Cultch (Vancouver East Cultural Centre), Vancouver, BC

For more dates and info click here

IPAA Member Colette Trudeau
(aka) LUVLYF, is performing at
Rock the Boat
April 10th

Canada’s hottest up and coming female DJ with a fiery passion to take over the world… one dance floor at a time. She has over a decade of experience rocking the stage and it shows
Friday, April 10th
530PM-6:00PM: Loading
6:30PM: Yacht departs

Theatre for Living presents maladjusted 
featuring IPAA Board Member 
Columpa C. Bobb 
Mar 20-28 in Vancouver!

Get your tickets now!
or call 604.689.0926

For more information click here 

Congratulations Raven Spirit Dance on their residency at Presentation House in North Vancouver.

We can’t wait to see your new work Salmon Girl.

Click here for more info on this creation.

Starr Muranko of Starrwind Dance Projects presents upcoming performances by Tasha Faye Evans
These two collaborate on her current project Spine of the Mother

May 22nd: World Indigenous Conference in Education (WIPCE) in Hawaii
July 10th and 12th: Dancing on the Edge Festival of Contemporary Dance – Mixed program in Vancouver at the Firehall Arts Centre * 2 performances at 7pm

click here for more information


Antony and Cleopatra
PJ Prudat  plays the title role!

Student performances: May 26-June 2, 2015
Public performances: June 3-June 27, 2015
Trappist Monastery Provincial Heritage Park


The Alianait Arts Festival is in its 11th year of presenting music, film, storytelling, circus, arts, dance, theatre and visual arts.

Hosted in Iqaluit, Nunavut, the festival runs from June 26 - July 1, 2015 with additional events throughout the year.


Agokwe created and performed by the newest IPAA Member 
Waawaate Fobister

June 11th to 13th, 2015

The Registry Theatre
122 Frederick St


Nicole Joy Fraser is part of the cast of Peg and the Yeti @ The Grand Theatre March 26 - 28th, 2015

The Centre for the Arts, Brock University
St. Catherines at Brock U
Sunday, March 29 at 2:30 p.m.


Spirit Horse is an adaptation by
Drew Hayden Taylor (from the Irish play Tir Na N’Og by Greg Banks).

The Spirit Horse tour is running from March through June.

Tour starts at the University of Western.
 March-April & May-June 2015


Debajehmujig Creation Centre hosts IPAA and the National Arts Centre for our event called The Repast

May 14 – 16, 2015.

Join us as we explore the history of Indigenous performance on this land.


DECLARATION by Article 11

NAC Ontario Scene - April / May 2015

Santee Smith, Monique Mojica,
Digging Roots & Aanmitaagzi


Starr Muranko of Starrwind Dance Projects presents upcoming performances by Tasha Faye Evans
These two collaborate on her current project Spine of the Mother

May 3rd: Sacred Water Conference at Trent University in Peterborough, ON
May 22nd: World Indigenous Conference in Education (WIPCE) in Hawaii

click here for more information

Harbourfront Centre presents Australia's
Gudirr Gudirr by Marrugeku’s Dalisa Pigram, May 6-9!

In this intimate performance, Marrugeku’s Dalisa Pigram, in collaboration with former Les Ballets C de la B choreographer Koen Augustijnen and visual artist Vernon Ah Kee, has threaded the physicality of contemporary dance through her vision of the rapid change affecting her land and its people as well as her own Asian-Indigenous identity.

Equity in Theatre Symposium
April 27th, 2015
The Theatre Centre
1115 Queen St W

Join us in solidarity as we advocate for a greater representation of Aboriginal and culturally diverse women in the performing arts.

Toronto Arts Foundation’s Neighbourhood Arts Network and
BMO Financial Group now accepting applications for this year’s
BMO Seeds Fund.

Deadline: April 1st.

Info & Application here:

BMO Seed Fund 

PJ Prudat's poetry was selected for the upcoming Spring 2015 book 
"Cîhcêwêsin: new writing from Indigenous Saskatchewan”.

This season PJ is also developing a new play in Factory Theatre's Natural Resources Creation Group.

The Centre For Indigenous Theatre presents UPLIFT Understanding Performance Leadership - Indigenous Futures Training. 

March 28 - April 2, 2015

The Centre for Indigenous Theatre

presents their Annual Spring Showcase 

March 20, 2015 7-9pm
180 Shaw St, Suite 209
Denise Bolduc just announced the fourth guest of the Niiganigaabwe Creative Leaders Series at CIT is Billy Merasty!

Be there Thursday, April 23rd from
6-8pm to hear from this incredible voice in our community.

Centre For Indigenous Theatre:
180 Shaw Street.

DECLARATION by Article 11

Royal Ontario Museum - June 2015

Santee Smith, Monique Mojica,
Digging Roots & Aanmitaagzi

In Spirit by Tara Beagan comes to Planet IndigenUS
August 5, 6 & 8, 2015

For more information:
Planet IndigenUS 2015

Sera-Lys McArthur

Director: Tara Beagan
Designer: Andy Moro
Production Manager: Brittany Ryan
ratio space presents Olivia Shortt
sax duo, April 9 @ 8:00 PM.

Olivia Shortt is a Toronto-based classical and contemporary saxophonist and teacher. She studied under Dr. Wallace Halladay during her Bachelors of Music degree in Saxophone Performance.
During her studies, she was a recipient of the David and Marcia Beach Summer Study Award and studied with Jean-Marc Bouchard and Marie-Chantal Leclair in Montreal.
See here for more info!
Red Sky Performance is taking bookings for Mistatim for the 14-15 and 15-16 seasons from February 1 to May 30th.

For Bookings and Information please contact:

Tel: (416) 585-9969
                                                       NATIVE EARTH PRESENTS:

The Unplugging by Yvette Nolan
featuring the work of Apprentice Production Manager - Brittany Ryan
March 14 - April 5, 2015
Factory Theatre Mainstage
125 Bathurst Street 

God and The Indian 
by Drew Hayden Taylor

May 2 - 17, 2015
Aki Studio Theatre
585 Dundas St E

Stitch by Cliff Cardinal
June 3 - 14, 2015
Aki Studio Theatre
585 Dundas St E


Ondinnok’s 30th anniversary event 
Un Printemps autochtone d’Art DEUX Montréal​, QC 
28 avril au 9 mai 2015
à la Maison de la Culture Frontenac



Aren Okemaysim joins the ensemble of Coram Boy, comprised of the University of Saskatchewan Drama program. 
Coram Boy run March 18-28, 2015
Greystone Theatre
Saskatoon, SK

Ingrid Gomez in SALSA GLAM GALA – Dinner – Showcase – Fiesta. Apr 25 in Saskatoon.

Salsa Glam Gala with the Cuban Boys. An event dedicated to fundraise funds for the International Saskatchewan Salsa & Bachata Music & Dance Festival.

The Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company will be Hosting a Graduation Rounddance Ceremony on March 21.

The Circle Of Voices program participants and Graduates invite our relations to come out and enjoy feast, ceremony and rounddance going to be held at the Oskayak school Saskatoon.

Crees in the Carribean by Drew Hayden Taylor at Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company, running at La Troupe Du Jour's Theatre May 7 – 17th.
Carol Greyeyes
Sam Bob
Ingrid Gomez
Tickets:Adults $25.00, Students/Seniors $23.00
Box Office: 306-667-1221,
See here for more information!


A workshop of Paradise by Patti Flather
In collaboration with MT Space
March 24-28, 2014

Adäka Cultural Festival will take place June 26 - July 1, 2015

At its idyllic location at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre on the Whitehorse waterfront, the Adäka Cultural Festival shines with awesome energy, arousing inspiration, pride, and excitement in the thousands of artists, visitors, and supporters who attend the Festival each year.


IPAA membership is free.

We work hard to represent you and the interests of the Indigenous performing arts and are grateful to the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council & Toronto Arts Council for their support. 

Now we're reaching out to you.

In lieu of membership fees,
please consider making a donation to IPAA by mailing a cheque to:

Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance
PO Box 97023 Roncesvalles Avenue Toronto, ON M6R 3B3

Gitchi Meegwetch to these fine members for their donations:

Alberta Aboriginal Arts
Full Circle: First Nations Performance
Jill Carter
Magnetic North
Native Earth Performing Arts
Raven Spirit Dance
Saskatchewan Native Theatre Centre
Spiderbones Performing Arts
Theatre Projects Manitoba
Yvette Nolan


Is there an Indigenous performance event we missed?

Drop us a line and send along any events, announcements and posts we should include online and in social media:

Cole Alvis, Executive Director,
Charlotte Calon, Website Administrator,
Lena Recollet & Brittany Ryan, Administrators, 

Janet Antone, Membership Coordinator,

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