Tickets on sale Wednesday for Celebration of nations
Tickets go on sale Wednesday — which also happens to be National Aboriginal Day — for a Celebration of Nations, a gathering of indigenous arts, culture and tradition.
The three day festival will showcase a wide variety of Indigenous arts and artists, ranging from traditional and contemporary music, dance and visual arts to film screenings, creative workshops and a distinguished speaker series, as well as hands-on activities for both children and adults.
The event aims to provide a far-reaching platform for the community to embrace and honour the heritage, cultures and achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples within Canada.
The first set of artists who will be featured at the event will include DJ Shub, formerly of A Tribe Called Red, Kenny Lee Lewis of Steve Miller Band and two-time Juno Awards winner, Derek Miller.
“We endeavor to pull back the curtain, in some cases quite literally, to reveal and commemorate Indigenous contributions to Canada’s defence and formation as well as to display the continuity and scope of Indigenous influence upon Canadian society today,” said Tim Johnson, former associate director at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian.
Additional programming will be announced on July 17th and will include free interactive workshops, a fashion show, a specially curated film series as well as a new theatre for a play which is in development by Falen Johnson, with direction from Carousel Players’ Artistic Director Jessica Carmichael.
The event will take place September 8-10 at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre.