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NOTE: All programming is subject to change.

 

 

Wednesday June 20th

5:30 pm

 

Festival Opening

In partnership with Indigenous Performance Initiatives in association with Department of Indigenous Studies at Trent University and the Art Gallery of Peterborough

Art Gallery of Peterborough

250 Crescent Street  Peterborough

 

 

 

Jiigbiing, the visual art exhibition and Gaabinjigabaa’aang, a site-specific dance performance of a work-in-progress will be presented at the Art Gallery of Peterborough during the opening of the Ode’min Giizis Festival. The visual art exhibition jiigbiing: at the edge where the water and the earth meet, curated by William Kingfisher, includes work by Vanessa Dion Fletcher and stories gathered by regional Elders and traditional knowledge holders for the artists in the process of researching the importance of clean water.  

 

 

jiigbiing: at the edge where the water and the earth meet

Gaabinjigabaa’aang: where we came ashore, following the flood at the end of the first world

 

Melissa General  from the Six Nations of Grand River Territory has her exhibit Longing and Belonging at the Art Gallery of Peterborough until June 24th.

For more information contact the Art Gallery of Peterborough at 705 743 9179 and visit www.agp.on.ca

 

Wednesday June 20th  

9:00 pm

 

Performance Art
James Luna/Gómez-Peña: Solid Gold


All Saints Anglican Church

235 Rubidge Street  Peterborough

Tickets $12. Available in advance from Market Hall (705-749-1146 or online www.markethall.org) and in person at Green Eyewear, 374 George St. N., 705-775-3937

 

 

Luna and Gómez-Peña have been collaborating since 1993. Solid Gold is their most recent performance. This piece is an anthology of past and recent work in the form of a live art record album. Performing within the architecture of a Long House, the artists challenge the audience to move, groove and experience the performance actions from multiple perspectives and “git down” to participate in the celebration. They are joined by curator, producer and cowgirl performance artist Heather Haynes who has been on tour with them for the past three years.

 

Is everybody in? In everybody in? The ceremony is about to begin- Jim Morrison

 

Brief History of the project: Since the early 1990s, conceptual artist James Luna and performance artist/writer Guillermo Gómez-Peña have worked on an ongoing project titled The Shame-man meets El Mexican’t, in which they challenge assumptions and lazy thinking about ethnicity and culture in our society with a strong dose of melancholic humor and sharp- edged conceptualism.

 

By using performance, writing, photography and video, the artists have remained flexible and relevant to our shifting culture. The project uses nostalgia as style, a form of resistance and reinvention, exploring the cultural, symbolic and iconographic dimensions of “nostalgia” both on the Native American “rez” and in the Chicano “barrio.”

 

Thursday June 21st  

7:30pm

 

Theatre

Preview/Dress Rehearsal The (Post) Mistress

Produced by OKW and Public Energy

The Market Hall

140 Charlotte Street,  Peterborough

$12

Tickets are available at the door and in advance from Market Hall, 140 Charlotte St. Phone 705-749-1146 or online www.markethall.org.

 

 

 

The (Post) Mistress a new one-woman musical written and composed by Tomson Highway, recounts the adventures of a small-town postmistress, Marie-Louise Faucon (performed by Patricia Cano) who divines the contents of sealed letters that pass through her hands.  After having worked at the same post office for many years the postmistress has come to know the emotional lives of her clients.  Through twelve songs (the letters) and text, she shares with us details and episodes of their lives.   

 

 

Written and Composed by: Tomson Highway

Director: Ruth Madoc-Jones

Costume Design: Martha Cockshutt

Lighting and Set Design: Ted Roberts

Movement: Marie-Josée Chartier

Stage Manager: Elizabeth Kantor

Featuring Patricia Cano as the postmistress, Tomson Highway on piano and Marcus Ali on saxophone

 

Supported by the Pine Tree Lecture Series in conjunction with the Department of Indigenous Studies and the First Peoples House of Learning at Trent University.

 


Thursday June 21st 

10:00 pm


Music

with Tara Williamson, special guests and Rosary Spence

The Garnet

231 Hunter St West, Peterborough

By Donation

 

 

Come out to  enjoy an evening of contemporary music hosted by Tara Williamson with Rosary Spence and local rising stars & touring guests!
Friday June 22nd 

 

Bimaadiziwin

a cultural educational day designed for area students

In partnership with the Art Gallery of Peterborough

Art Gallery of Peterborough

250 Crescent Street  Peterborough

Bimaadiziwin: a cultural educational day designed for area students in partnership with the Art Gallery of Peterborough Local schools will celebrate the cultural richness and the contributions of First Nations peoples on Friday June 22, at the Art Gallery of Peterborough, 250 Crescent Street in Peterborough.  The day will feature culturally-grounded learning opportunities through interaction with some of the leaders in indigenous education and artistry including: 

 

•   Storytelling in the Performance Tipi.

•   Gitigaan: Garden: Being within Nature with William Kingfisher.

•   Interpretive tours of Art Gallery of Peterborough exhibitions with artists and curators.

•  Hands-on art making workshop in the AGP Studio with artist Jimson Bowler.

For more information contact the Art Gallery of Peterborough at 705 743 9179 and visit www.agp.on.ca

 

 

Friday June 22nd  

2pm and 6pm

 

Theatre

Weskeyjack, a work-in-progress

Produced by Mazinaw Rocks Productions in partnership with Indigenous Performance Initiatives in association with the Department of Indigenous Studies.

Nozhem: First Peoples Performance Space

Trent University

1600 West Bank Drive, Peterborough

By Donation
To reserve tickets please call 705-748-1011 ext.7906

Weskeyjack, original man, responsible for naming all life aka the trickster, returns home to the Kiji Sibi but his family, the Algonquin people, now only ignore him. Weskeyjack is bewildered by the change in his people and sets out on a journey through time and transformation challenging historical figure – Champlain.  Time is running out and he must decide to stay or leave them all behind forever – to a land void of culture or language or original people.  A magical play portrays the story of an old way of life all around the legends and clans including their relationship to natural law. 

 

Written by: Paula Sherman

Director and Script Mentor: Alanis King Co-Director and Dramaturge: Alejandro Ronceria Assistant Director: Karyn Recollet

Language and Cultural Consultant: Shirley Williams

Film and Sound Design: Sarah DeCarlo

Costume Design: Melanie McCall

Lighting Designer: Don White

Set Design: Jimson Bowler

Featuring: Cherish Violet Blood, Nimkii    Osawamick, Karyn Recollet, Jeff Legacy, Sundance Crowe with Cris Derkson on cello and Joy Mullen on drums.

 

Friday June 22nd  

7:30pm

 

Theatre

The (Post) Mistress

(Opening Night)

The Market Hall

140 Charlotte Street,  Peterborough

$22, $15 students, underwaged

Tickets are available at the door and in advance from Market Hall, 140 Charlotte St. Phone 705-749-1146 or online www.markethall.org.

 

 

 

The (Post) Mistress a new one-woman musical written and composed by Tomson Highway, recounts the adventures of a small-town postmistress, Marie-Louise Faucon (performed by Patricia Cano) who divines the contents of sealed letters that pass through her hands.  After having worked at the same post office for many years the postmistress has come to know the emotional lives of her clients.  Through twelve songs (the letters) and text, she shares with us details and episodes of their lives.   

Written and Composed by: Tomson Highway

Director: Ruth Madoc-Jones

Costume Design: Martha Cockshutt

Lighting and Set Design: Ted Roberts

Movement: Marie-Josée Chartier

Stage Manager: Elizabeth Kantor

Featuring Patricia Cano as the postmistress, Tomson Highway on piano and Marcus Ali on saxophone

 

Supported by the Pine Tree Lecture Series in conjunction with the Department of Indigenous Studies and the First Peoples House of Learning at Trent University.

 


Friday June 22nd 

10:00 pm

 

Theatre

Huff

Gordon Best Theatre

216 Hunter Street West, Peterborough

$15

Available in advance from Market Hall (705-749-1146 or online www.markethall.org) and in person at Green Eyewear, 374 George St. N., 705-775-3937

 

Huff is a new one-man show by Cliff Cardinal about the wondrous lives of Wind and his brothers, caught in a torrent of solvent abuse and struggling to cope with the death of their mother. Wind’s fantastic gas-induced dream-world bleeds into his haunting reality as he’s preyed on by the trickster through the hallways at school, the abandoned motel he loves more than home, and through his own fragile psyche.  

 

Wrought with dark humor, and vivid imagery Huff weaves a violent, spellbinding tale. Modern pace mixed with First Nation’s mythic meets biting stand-up routine. Video games and trickster collide and Huff conjures a theatrical storm.

Written and Performed by: Clifford Cardinal

Director: Karin Randoja

Dramaturge: Jiovanni Sy

Production Design/Stage Manager: Elizabeth Kantor

 

Friday June 22nd  

11pm

 

Music

Sarah DeCarlo and special guests

The Garnet

231 Hunter St West, Peterborough

By Donation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Come and enjoy a night of contemporary music hosted by Sarah DeCarlo and other special guests!

Saturday June 23rd 

 

Noon – 2pm

 

Visual Art

Indigenous Guerilla Art and The Missing Island by Jimson Bowler – Portage Walk

Big Loon Studio
212 Hunter St. W. (behind the Benevolent Stranger)

 

Portage Walk 

Join artist Jimson Bowler on a walk along the Chemong Portage. Retrace this historic footpath and hear the local lore, with special surprises along the way. Meet at Big Loon Studio, 212 Hunter St. W. (behind the Benevolent Stranger)

 

 

 

Saturday June 23rd 

Noon – 5 pm

 

Community Street Fair

On Hunter Street (between Aylmer Street and Chambers Street)

 

Featuring craft vendors, story-telling, lacrosse clinic, art making, music, food, and a walking tour along the historic Chemong Portage.
Saturday June 23rd  

2-4 pm

 

Storytelling with Douglas Williams and Leanne Simpson

In partnership with Wii-Kendiming Nishinaabemowin Saswaansing

Fleming Park
At the corner of Brock and Alymer St.


Please join local Anishnaabeg superstars Douglas Williams and Leanne Simpson for an afternoon of storytelling. Doug will be sharing his oral account of Mississauga People and the Land, and Mishibizhiw and Chemong Lake and Leanne will share two stories Zhiisib Makes Everybody Lunch and Tails Actually Don’t Make Great Fishing Poles.
Saturday June 23rd 

 

3pm

 

Visual Art

Indigenous Guerilla Art and The Missing Island by Jimson Bowler – Painting Our Stories


Big Loon Studio
212 Hunter St. W. (behind the Benevolent Stranger)

 

 

Painting Our Stories 

Meet the young artists from the Wii-Kendiming Nishinaabemowin Saswaansing (The Art of Learning Language in the Little Nest), and join us while we bring our own stories to life on a huge canvas mural in the Great Anishinaabe/Woodland style. Bring chalk and help re-create Jackson Creek!

Saturday June 23rd  

2pm and 6pm

 

Theatre

Weskeyjack, a work-in-progress

Produced by Mazinaw Rocks Productions in partnership with Indigenous Performance Initiatives in association with the Department of Indigenous Studies.

Nozhem: First Peoples Performance Space

Trent University

1600 West Bank Drive, Peterborough

By Donation
To reserve tickets please call 705-748-1011 ext.7906

 

 

Weskeyjack, original man, responsible for naming all life aka the trickster, returns home to the Kiji Sibi but his family, the Algonquin people, now only ignore him. Weskeyjack is bewildered by the change in his people and sets out on a journey through time and transformation challenging historical figure – Champlain.  Time is running out and he must decide to stay or leave them all behind forever – to a land void of culture or language or original people.  A magical play portrays the story of an old way of life all around the legends and clans including their relationship to natural law. 

 

Written by: Paula Sherman

Director and Script Mentor: Alanis King

Co-Director and Dramaturge: Alejandro Ronceria Assistant Director: Karyn Recollet

Language and Cultural Consultant: Shirley Williams

Film and Sound Design: Sarah DeCarlo

Costume Design: Melanie McCall

Lighting Designer: Don White

Set Design: Jimson Bowler

Featuring: Cherish Violet Blood, Nimkii Osawamick, Karyn Recollet, Jeff Legacy, Sundance Crowe with Cris Derkson on cello and Joy Mullen on drums.

 

Saturday June 23rd  

4pm

 

Theatre

Huff

Gordon Best Theatre

216 Hunter Street West, Peterborough

$15

Available in advance from Market Hall (705-749-1146 or online www.markethall.org) and in person at Green Eyewear, 374 George St. N., 705-775-3937

 

 

Huff is a new one-man show by Cliff Cardinal about the wondrous lives of Wind and his brothers, caught in a torrent of solvent abuse and struggling to cope with the death of their mother. Wind’s fantastic gas-induced dream-world bleeds into his haunting reality as he’s preyed on by the trickster through the hallways at school, the abandoned motel he loves more than home, and through his own fragile psyche.  

 

Wrought with dark humor, and vivid imagery Huff weaves a violent, spellbinding tale. Modern pace mixed with First Nation’s mythic meets biting stand-up routine. Video games and trickster collide and Huff conjures a theatrical storm.

Written and Performed by: Clifford Cardinal

Director: Karin Randoja

Dramaturge: Jiovanni Sy

Production Design/Stage Manager: Elizabeth Kant

 

Saturday June 23rd  

7:30 pm

 

Theatre

The (Post) Mistress

 

The Market Hall

140 Charlotte Street,  Peterborough

$22, $15 students, underwaged

Tickets are available at the door and in advance from Market Hall, 140 Charlotte St. Phone 705-749-1146 or online www.markethall.org.

 

 

The (Post) Mistress a new one-woman musical written and composed by Tomson Highway, recounts the adventures of a small-town postmistress, Marie-Louise Faucon (performed by Patricia Cano) who divines the contents of sealed letters that pass through her hands.  After having worked at the same post office for many years the postmistress has come to know the emotional lives of her clients.  Through twelve songs (the letters) and text, she shares with us details and episodes of their lives.   

Written and Composed by: Tomson Highway

Director: Ruth Madoc-Jones

Costume Design: Martha Cockshutt

Lighting and Set Design: Ted Roberts

Movement: Marie-Josée Chartier

Stage Manager: Elizabeth Kantor

Featuring Patricia Cano as the postmistress, Tomson Highway on piano and Marcus Ali on saxophone

 

Supported by the Pine Tree Lecture Series in conjunction with the Department of Indigenous Studies and the First Peoples House of Learning at Trent University.

 


Saturday June 23rd  

7pm-11pm

 

Music

Hunter Street Outdoor Concert

Corner of Hunter and Alymer St.

by donation

 

 

 

 

 

With Sean Conway, Cris Derkson and Joy Mullen, Imbayakunas and Grupo Granma from Santiago de Cuba.

 

Enjoy live music at this annual street party!

 

 

 

Saturday June 23rd  

11pm

 

After Party

A Tribe Called Red

Gordon Best Theatre

216 Hunter Street West, Peterborough

$10

 

 

They’re back. A Tribe Called Red returns to Peterborough June 23rd for the Ode’min Giizis Festival. Bear Witness, DJ NDN, and DJ Snub bringing in not just their signature style of sound known as PowWow Step, but also a performance that presents the collectives re-appropriation of pop culture’s depiction of indigenous culture. Their performance electrifies all senses with their dubbing of popular music and blending of multimedia to enhance the experience. With a mix of traditional Aboriginal pow-wow drumming and vocals with modern powerful Electronic and Club music, A Tribe Called red will have you dancing for more. These Ottawa based Indigenous djs are paving the way for Indigenous urban culture with their eclectic sound that brings Pow Wow music, Hip-hop, and poetry together. Come out and experience what everyone has been talking about!
Sunday June 24th 

2:00 pm

 

Theatre

The (Post) Mistress

 

The Market Hall

140 Charlotte Street,  Peterborough

$22, $15 students, underwaged

Tickets are available at the door and in advance from Market Hall, 140 Charlotte St. Phone 705-749-1146 or online www.markethall.org.

 

The (Post) Mistress a new one-woman musical written and composed by Tomson Highway, recounts the adventures of a small-town postmistress, Marie-Louise Faucon (performed by Patricia Cano) who divines the contents of sealed letters that pass through her hands.  After having worked at the same post office for many years the postmistress has come to know the emotional lives of her clients.  Through twelve songs (the letters) and text, she shares with us details and episodes of their lives.   

Written and Composed by: Tomson Highway

Director: Ruth Madoc-Jones

Costume Design: Martha Cockshutt

Lighting and Set Design: Ted Roberts

Movement: Marie-Josée Chartier

Stage Manager: Elizabeth Kantor

Featuring Patricia Cano as the postmistress, Tomson Highway on piano and Marcus Ali on saxophone

 

Supported by the Pine Tree Lecture Series in conjunction with the Department of Indigenous Studies and the First Peoples House of Learning at Trent University.

 

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