Celebrate Indigenous Culture at Fort York, June 21 – 24
Presented by TD

June 21 to 22: Education Days
June 23 to 24: Public Festival

The Indigenous Arts Festival is an annual celebration of traditional and contemporary Indigenous music, dance, theatre, storytelling, film, crafts and food.

This year, in partnership with APTN, Fort York hosts the Indigenous Day Live concert and broadcast, as well as the Na-Me-Res Annual Traditional Pow Wow on Saturday, June 23. Additional mainstage performances in partnership with the Red Ride Tour will take place on Sunday, June 24. On June 21 and 22, Indigenous Education Days will feature traditional drumming, dancing, and storytelling offered free to school children of all ages.

The festival is produced by the City of Toronto in partnership with the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation and The Friends of Fort York. The event is presented by TD with financial support from the Government of Canada, Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund (OCAF), Tim Hortons and OLG. Leslie McCue, Mississauga, Ojibway from the Curve Lake First Nation, is the Artistic Curator for the 2018 Indigenous Arts Festival.

Indigenous Education Day Programming | FREE

Pre-registration for the Indigenous Education Day programming is required. Please email fortyork@toronto.ca for information on how to register your class.

Ongoing Activities:

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. | 4 Directions Collaborative Mural Painting with 7th Generation Image Makers
North Parade Grounds
7th Generation Image Makers is the staple arts program of Native Child and Family Services of Toronto. Housed at the Native Youth Resource Centre, 7th Generation Image Makers operates a fully functioning art studio open six days a week as well as a variety of arts programming for Indigenous youth ages 16-24. Join the 7th Generation Image Makers to take part in a collaborative mural that explores the sacred teachings of the Four Directions.

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. | CANOES with 7th Generation Image Makers
Fort York Visitor Centre Grounds and Bentway Skate Trail
7th Generation Image Makers is an Arts and Mural Program for Indigenous youth in downtown Toronto. Since 1995, this multidisciplinary arts program has been committed to proving accessible and professional quality workshops and opportunities in a culturally safe and supportive environment.

On June 21 and 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., join the 7th Generation Image Makers on the Bentway Skate Trail as they transform 3 canoe ‘skeletons’ into works of art, reflecting the Dana Claxton exhibit A Forest of Canoes. These canoes represent the hidden waters and streams within Toronto and the waterways we are no longer able to travel.

10 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Our Canoe by Jenny Blackbird
Fort York Visitor Centre
Jenny Blackbird (Nehiyaw-Finnish/Canadian) is a multidisciplinary artist, hand drummer, singer, fashion designer, and jingle dress dancer. Her installation Our Canoe features a mosaic pattern and the use of various objects, including tobacco ties – one of the four sacred medicines – jingle cones and more. In Our Canoe, Jenny references the Two Row Wampum and uses tile to represent birch bark ripped from the canoe, a visual statement and symbolism for what colonization has stripped from our Indigenous communities and families.

10 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Indigenous Arts Festival Community Village
North Parade Grounds
Art, creativity, youth, community. Join local Indigenous organizations and initiatives in celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day at the Indigenous Arts Festival Community Village. Organizations include The Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, Six Nations Tourism, Parks Canada and Ontario Arts Council Indigenous Culture Fund, and more.
Please note: vendor list subject to change.

10 a.m. – 3 p.m. | 2018 Indigenous Arts Festival Shorts Programme Presented by the NFB (50 minute rotation)
Visitor Centre & Fort York Orientation Theatres
Presented in partnership with the National Film Board of Canada, the 2018 Indigenous Arts Festival Shorts Programme features stories told by First Nations, Métis and Inuit filmmakers from across Turtle Island. Powerful, evocative and profound, these films will initiate and inspire conversations on identity, family, community, and nationhood.
Disclaimer: certain subject matter refers to Residential Schools and may be upsetting to some viewers.

10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. | A Forest of Canoes by Dana Claxton Presented by The Bentway and CONTACT Photography Festival
The Bentway Skate Trail
In this site-specific installation at The Bentway, Vancouver-based artist Dana Claxton (Lakota Sioux) considers the iconic role and symbolism of the canoe in Canadian, Metis, and Indigenous histories. Claxton works with photographs sourced from the Internet, and her images depict a range of canoe types, from traditional birchbark vessels to contemporary leisure crafts, reflecting a method of transportation that spans time and distance.

11 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Cedar Basket Food Booth (benefitting the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto)
North Parade Grounds
Stop by the Cedar Basket food booth for lunch! Menu items will include Indian Tacos, hot dogs, and snacks to keep you fuelled for the day.

10 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Tim Hortons
South Parade Grounds
Enjoy a complimentary size small coffee or cold beverage courtesy of 2018 Indigenous Arts Festival sponsor, Tim Hortons!

Scheduled Activities:

9:00 a.m. | Flag Raising
Fort York West Gate
The Indigenous Arts Festival is located on the Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. Join us as we raise the flag of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation to open the 2018 festival.

10:00 a.m. | Red Spirit Singers
South Parade Grounds
The Red Spirit Singers are members of the Ojibway, Cree, Oneida and Dakota Nations who came together as a drum group in 1998. They have performed at cultural celebrations around Canada and have been featured on MuchMusic, CityTV, and TVO.

10:45 a.m. | Métis Nation of Ontario Summer Youth Cultural Program  
Blue Barracks Hall
Designed to strengthen and share Métis culture and history, Métis Nation of Ontario’s (MNO) Summer Youth Cultural Program (SYCP) is a community based initiative comprised of post-secondary students who deliver Métis culture and history programs to community groups throughout the summer.

11:15 a.m. | Hoop Dance Performance + Workshop with Rhonda Doxtator
South Parade Grounds
Join Oneida nation Pow-wow dancer Rhonda Doxtator as she teaches the hoop dance on the grounds of Fort York. Come to understand the rich diversity of Indigenous cultures, gain an appreciation for the relationship between culture and dance, and explore the use of drama and dance techniques to share a story.
Please note: participation in this workshop is limited but all are welcome to watch.  

11:30 a.m. | Storytelling with Kim Wheatley
Blue Barracks Hall
Kim is an Anishinaabe (Ojibway) band member of Shawanaga First Nation. Her spirit name is “Shkoden Neegaan Waawaaskonen which translates to “Head or Leader of the Fireflower” and she is Turtle Clan. Kim’s love of Indigenous hand-drumming/singing and Anishinaabe traditional teachings shapes her commitment to creating and promoting awareness of the Indigenous perspective. She is a published author, event coordinator, cultural advisor, water protector, Mother, Traditional Grandmother and proud employee of the Earth!

12:30 p.m. | Goombine
South Parade Grounds
Goombine is a descendant of the Wadi Wadi people of the Yuin nation. He has international experience in showcasing the oldest continuing culture in the world, performing at the Opening Ceremony of the Rugby World Cup, the Opening Ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, 2009 Planet IndigenUs Festival in Toronto and more.
Also a choreographer and dance teacher, Goombine is a keeper of traditional knowledge and actively involved in the preservation of Aboriginal culture through song and dance.

1:00 p.m. | Red Spirit Singers + Rhonda Doxtator
Blue Barracks Hall
Join drum group the Red Spirit Singers and Hoop Dancer Rhonda Doxtator as they electrify the grounds of Fort York with traditional song and dance.

1:15 p.m. | Music and Dance with the Métis Jiggers
South Parade Grounds
Métis culture is brought to the forefront by Toronto’s most recognized Métis dance collective. The Toronto Métis Jiggers combine patience, rhythm and stamina with live fiddle music to create a powerful cultural celebration.

2:00 p.m. | The Moccasin Identifier Project with Carolyn King 
Blue Barracks Hall
In this session, Carolyn King, former elected Chief of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation will discuss the context, aim, and activities of the “Moccasin Identifier Project” an educational and public intervention project to promote the ongoing presence of First Nations in cities throughout Ontario. The Moccasin Identifier Project stencils images of First Nations’ footwear to remind us that we are on the traditional territory of Indigenous Peoples.

2:45 p.m. | Red Spirit Singers
South Parade Grounds
The Red Spirit Singers are members of the Ojibway, Cree, Oneida and Dakota Nations who came together as a drum group in 1998. They have performed at cultural celebrations around Canada and have been featured on MuchMusic, CityTV, and TVO.

Evening Programming | Ticketed

6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. | Indigenous Arts Festival and ANDPVA Presents: Brendt Diabo & Creation and Clan Story Teachings
Blue Barracks Hall
Join the Indigenous Arts Festival and ANDPVA in the Blue Barracks Hall for a performance by Brendt Diabo followed by a session with an Elder about Creation and Clan Story Teachings.
Tickets are $5 at the door. Please RSVP in advance as space is limited. Contact fortyork@toronto.ca to book your spot.

About Brendt Diabo:
Brendt Thomas (Kariwa:the) Diabo is an award-nominated actor and musician born and raised on the Mohawk reserve of Kahnawake on the south shore of Montreal, Que. Brendt currently resides in Toronto. His recent album “Take Me Back” (available via ITunes and Spotify) was nominated for best radio single at the 2017 indigenous Music Awards. Brendt has appeared in TV series like Frontier, Shadow Hunters, Helix,12 Monkeys, and films such as Fire Song and Angelique’s Isle.

About ANDPVA:
Association for Native Development in the Performing and Visual Arts (ANDPVA) is Canada’s oldest Indigenous arts service organization, providing support to Indigenous artists in Canada and around the world.

Indigenous Education Day Programming | FREE

Pre-registration for the Indigenous Education Day programming is required. Please email fortyork@toronto.ca for information on how to register your class.

Ongoing Activities:

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. | 4 Directions Collaborative Mural Painting with 7th Generation Image Makers
North Parade Grounds
7th Generation Image Makers is the staple arts program of Native Child and Family Services of Toronto. Housed at the Native Youth Resource Centre, 7th Generation Image Makers operates a fully functioning art studio open six days a week as well as a variety of arts programming for Indigenous youth ages 16-24. Join the 7th Generation Image Makers to take part in a collaborative mural that explores the sacred teachings of the Four Directions.

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. | CANOES with 7th Generation Image Makers
Fort York Visitor Centre Grounds and Bentway Skate Trail
7th Generation Image Makers is an Arts and Mural Program for Indigenous youth in downtown Toronto. Since 1995, this multidisciplinary arts program has been committed to proving accessible and professional quality workshops and opportunities in a culturally safe and supportive environment.

On June 21 and 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., join the 7th Generation Image Makers on the Bentway Skate Trail as they transform 3 canoe ‘skeletons’ into works of art, reflecting the Dana Claxton exhibit A Forest of Canoes. These canoes represent the hidden waters and streams within Toronto and the waterways we are no longer able to travel.

10 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Indigenous Arts Festival Community Village
North Parade Grounds
Art, creativity, youth, community. Join local Indigenous organizations and initiatives in celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day at the Indigenous Arts Festival Community Village. Organizations include The Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, Six Nations Tourism, Ontario Arts Council Indigenous Culture Fund and more.
Please note: vendor list subject to change.

10 a.m. – 3 p.m. | 2018 Indigenous Arts Festival Shorts Programme Presented by the NFB (50 minute rotation)
Visitor Centre & Fort York Orientation Theatres
Presented in partnership with the National Film Board of Canada, the 2018 Indigenous Arts Festival Shorts Programme features stories told by First Nations, Métis and Inuit filmmakers from across Turtle Island. Powerful, evocative and profound, these films will initiate and inspire conversations on identity, family, community, and nationhood.
Disclaimer: certain subject matter refers to Residential Schools and may be upsetting to some viewers.

10 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Our Canoe by Jenny Blackbird
Fort York Visitor Centre
Jenny Blackbird (Nehiyaw-Finnish/Canadian) is a multidisciplinary artist, hand drummer, singer, fashion designer, and jingle dress dancer. Her installation Our Canoe features a mosaic pattern and the use of various objects, including tobacco ties – one of the four sacred medicines – jingle cones and more. In Our Canoe, Jenny references the Two Row Wampum and uses tile to represent birch bark ripped from the canoe, a visual statement and symbolism for what colonization has stripped from our Indigenous communities and families.

10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. | A Forest of Canoes by Dana Claxton Presented by The Bentway and CONTACT Photography Festival
The Bentway Skate Trail at Fort York
In this site-specific installation at The Bentway, Vancouver-based artist Dana Claxton (Lakota Sioux) considers the iconic role and symbolism of the canoe in Canadian, Metis, and Indigenous histories. Claxton works with photographs sourced from the Internet, and her images depict a range of canoe types, from traditional birchbark vessels to contemporary leisure crafts, reflecting a method of transportation that spans time and distance.

11 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Cedar Basket Food Booth (benefiting the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto)
North Parade Grounds
Stop by the Cedar Basket food booth for lunch! Menu items will include Indian Tacos, hot dogs, and snacks to keep you fuelled for the day.

10 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Tim Hortons
South Parade Grounds
Enjoy a complimentary size small coffee or cold beverage courtesy of 2018 Indigenous Arts Festival sponsor, Tim Hortons!

Scheduled Activities:

10:00 a.m. | Wild Cubz
South Parade Grounds
Wild Cubz are a drum group of Indigenous youth from across Turtle Island who perform song and dance at events, gatherings, and on the Pow Wow trail.

10:45 a.m. | Métis Nation of Ontario Summer Youth Cultural Program 
Blue Barracks Hall
Designed to strengthen and share Métis culture and history, Métis Nation of Ontario’s (MNO) Summer Youth Cultural Program (SYCP) is a community based initiative comprised of post-secondary students who deliver Métis culture and history programs to community groups throughout the summer.

11:15 a.m. | Wild Cubz Singers + Rhonda Doxtator    
South Parade Grounds
The powerful beats of Indigenous youth drum group, Wild Cubz Singers, meets the dynamic hoop dancing of Rhonda Doxtator for a not-to-be-missed performance.

11:30 a.m. | Storytelling with Kim Wheatley
Blue Barracks Hall
Kim is an Anishinaabe (Ojibway) band member of Shawanaga First Nation. Her spirit name is “Shkoden Neegaan Waawaaskonen which translates to “Head or Leader of the Fireflower” and she is Turtle Clan. Kim’s love of Indigenous hand-drumming/singing and Anishinaabe traditional teachings shapes her commitment to creating and promoting awareness of the Indigenous perspective. She is a published author, event coordinator, cultural advisor, water protector, Mother, Traditional Grandmother and proud employee of the Earth!

12:30 p.m. | Music and Dance with the Métis Jiggers
South Parade Grounds
Métis culture is brought to the forefront by Toronto’s most recognized Métis dance collective. The Toronto Métis Jiggers combine patience, rhythm and stamina with live fiddle music to create a powerful cultural celebration.

1:15 p.m. | Métis Nation of Ontario Summer Youth Cultural Program 
Blue Barracks Hall
Designed to strengthen and share Métis culture and history, Métis Nation of Ontario’s (MNO) Summer Youth Cultural Program (SYCP) is a community based initiative comprised of post-secondary students who deliver Métis culture and history programs to community groups throughout the summer.

1:30 p.m. | Indigenous Social Dancing with Leslie McCue and Lindy Kinoshameg
South Parade Grounds
Join Leslie McCue (Mississauga, Ojibway from Curve Lake First Nation) and Lindy Kinoshameg (Odawa from Wiikwemkoong Unceeded First Nation, Manitoulin Island) for an Indigenous Social Dance workshop in which they will highlight their personal dance styles: Traditional and Prairie Chicken and then invite the audience to participate in the round dance, two-step and potato dance. All welcome!

2:00 p.m. | The Moccasin Identifier Project with Carolyn King
Blue Barracks Hall
In this session, Carolyn King, former elected Chief of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation will discuss the context, aim, and activities of the “Moccasin Identifier Project” an educational and public intervention project to promote the ongoing presence of First Nations in cities throughout Ontario. The Moccasin Identifier Project stencils images of First Nations’ footwear to remind us that we are on the traditional territory of Indigenous Peoples.

2:45 p.m. | Goombine
South Parade Grounds
Goombine is a descendant of the Wadi Wadi people of the Yuin nation. He has international experience in showcasing the oldest continuing culture in the world, performing at the Opening Ceremony of the Rugby World Cup, the Opening Ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, 2009 Planet IndigenUs Festival in Toronto and more.
Also a choreographer and dance teacher, Goombine is a keeper of traditional knowledge and actively involved in the preservation of Aboriginal culture through song and dance.

Evening Programming | Ticketed

6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. | Indigenous Arts Festival ANDPVA Presents: Creation and Clan Stories Paint Night with Moses Lunham
Blue Barracks Hall
Join the Indigenous Arts Festival, ANDPVA and Moses Lunham in the Blue Barracks for an evening of painting. Limited spaces are available. All materials are provided. All participants will work towards creating the same image, designed by Moses, and will take home their finished creation at the end of the session. The workshop will focus on Creation and Clan Story Teachings.
Tickets are $25 at the door. Please RSVP in advance as space is limited. Contact
fortyork@toronto.ca to book your spot.

About Moses Lunham:
Moses Lunham is Ojibway from Kettle and Stony Point First Nation. His family is Fish clan. Much of Moses’ art comes from images instilled in him while attending powwows with his family. In his own words, Moses states: “Powwows are very much a part of an Anishinaabeg’ way of life. It is how we as a people remember and celebrate our culture and reconnect with our spiritual understanding of creation and our place in it. Each powwow filled me with a greater sense of who I was; of my place in the circle of life. As a people we learn in a natural way. We are forever awed by the mysteries of creation. This is the essence of our worship and the spirit of my art.”

About ANDPVA:
Association for Native Development in the Performing and Visual Arts (ANDPVA) is Canada’s oldest Indigenous arts service organization, providing support to Indigenous artists in Canada and around the world. Fort York is pleased to invite ANDPVA to present two evenings of Creation and Clan Story Teachings.

Na-Me-Res Annual Traditional Pow Wow

5:45 a.m. | Sunrise Ceremony

10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Red Pepper Spectacle Arts (Kids’ Craft)

10 a.m. – 9 p.m. | Craft Vendors

12 – 5 p.m. | Grand Entry (12 pm) + Na-Me-Res Pow Wow

12 – 6 p.m. | Na-Me-Res Food Café

5 – 6 p.m. | Community Feast

Indigenous Arts Festival Programming

Ongoing Programming:

10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | 4 Directions Collaborative Mural Painting with 7th Generation Image Makers
Fort York Grounds
7th Generation Image Makers is the staple arts program of Native Child and Family Services of Toronto. Housed at the Native Youth Resource Centre, 7th Generation Image Makers operates a fully functioning art studio open six days a week as well as a variety of arts programming for Indigenous youth ages 16-24. Since 1995, this multidisciplinary arts program has been committed to proving accessible and professional quality workshops and opportunities in a culturally safe and supportive environment. See the collaborative mural painting that was created during the Indigenous Education Days, June 21-22.

10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Our Canoe by Jenny Blackbird
Fort York Visitor Centre
Jenny Blackbird (Nehiyaw-Finnish/Canadian) is a multidisciplinary artist, hand drummer, singer, fashion designer, and jingle dress dancer. Her installation Our Canoe features a mosaic pattern and the use of various objects, including tobacco ties – one of the four sacred medicines – jingle cones and more. In Our Canoe, Jenny references the Two Row Wampum and uses tile to represent birch bark ripped from the canoe, a visual statement and symbolism for what colonization has stripped from our Indigenous communities and families.

10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. | Indigenous Arts Festival Community Village
Fort York Garrison Common
Art, creativity, youth, community. Join local Indigenous organizations and initiatives in celebrating the Solstice Weekend at the Indigenous Arts Festival Community Village. Organizations include Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nations, imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival, Toronto and York Region Metis Council, Parks Canada, and more.
Please note: vendor list subject to change.

10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | 2018 Indigenous Arts Festival Shorts Programme Presented by the NFB (50 minute rotation)
Visitor Centre & Fort York Orientation Theatres
Presented in partnership with the National Film Board of Canada, the 2018 Indigenous Arts Festival Shorts Programme features stories told by First Nations, Métis and Inuit filmmakers from across Turtle Island. Powerful, evocative and profound, these films will initiate and inspire conversations on identity, family, community, and nationhood.
Disclaimer: certain subject matter refers to Residential Schools and may be upsetting to some viewers.

10 a.m. – 10 p.m. | A Forest of Canoes by Dana Claxton Presented by The Bentway and CONTACT Photography Festival
The Bentway Skate Trail at Fort York
In this site-specific installation at The Bentway, Vancouver-based artist Dana Claxton (Lakota Sioux) considers the iconic role and symbolism of the canoe in Canadian, Metis, and Indigenous histories. Claxton works with photographs sourced from the Internet, and her images depict a range of canoe types, from traditional birchbark vessels to contemporary leisure crafts, reflecting a method of transportation that spans time and distance.

4:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. | Pow Wow Café
A crowd favourite! Pow Wow Café returns to Fort York to serve up their Pow Wow-style and Indigenous-inspired cuisine.

10 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. | Tim Hortons
Enjoy a complimentary size small coffee courtesy of 2018 Indigenous Arts Festival sponsor, Tim Hortons!

APTN Presents Indigenous Day Live 2018 at Fort York:

1:30 p.m. | Round Dance
APTN Main Stage/Fort York Garrison Common
Audiences in Toronto, Winnipeg and Ottawa will participate in the round dance simultaneously, joining hands and following the beat of the drum. A portion of the round dance will be broadcast live on APTN showing the unity across our country.

5:30 p.m. | Pre-Show Entertainment
APTN Main Stage
Emerging artists will take the stage prior to the live evening concert.

  • Ansley Simpson
  • Trans-Pacific Noise Club

7:00 p.m. | Indigenous Day Live Concert
APTN Main Stage
Performers include:

Grace Dove (Host)
Samian (Host)
Kardinal Offishall with Que Rock
Shawnee
Ria Mae
Logan Staats
Shauit
Beats Collective
Daniel Roy
Valerie Dee Naranjo
Rich Brown
Jera Wolfe
Illustrated
Quantum Tangle
Fawn Wood & Dallas Waskahat

Indigenous Arts Festival Programming

Ongoing Activities:

10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. | 4 Directions Collaborative Mural Painting with 7th Generation Image Makers
Fort York Grounds
7th Generation Image Makers is the staple arts program of Native Child and Family Services of Toronto. Housed at the Native Youth Resource Centre, 7th Generation Image Makers operates a fully functioning art studio open six days a week as well as a variety of arts programming for Indigenous youth ages 16-24. Since 1995, this multidisciplinary arts program has been committed to proving accessible and professional quality workshops and opportunities in a culturally safe and supportive environment. See the collaborative mural painting that was created during the Indigenous Education Days, June 21-22.

10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. | Indigenous Arts Festival Community Village
Fort York Garrison Common
Art, creativity, youth, community. Join local Indigenous organizations and initiatives in celebrating the Solstice Weekend at the Indigenous Arts Festival Community Village. Organizations include Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nations, imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival, Toronto and York Region Metis Council, Parks Canada, and more.
Please note: vendor list subject to change.

10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. | Our Canoe by Jenny Blackbird
Fort York Visitor Centre
Jenny Blackbird (Nehiyaw-Finnish/Canadian) is a multidisciplinary artist, hand drummer, singer, fashion designer, and jingle dress dancer. Her installation Our Canoe features a mosaic pattern and the use of various objects, including tobacco ties – one of the four sacred medicines – jingle cones and more. In Our Canoe, Jenny references the Two Row Wampum and uses tile to represent birch bark ripped from the canoe, a visual statement and symbolism for what colonization has stripped from our Indigenous communities and families.

10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. | 2018 Indigenous Arts Festival Shorts Programme Presented by the NFB (50 minute rotation)
Visitor Centre & Fort York Orientation Theatres
Presented in partnership with the National Film Board of Canada, the 2018 Indigenous Arts Festival Shorts Programme features stories told by First Nations, Métis and Inuit filmmakers from across Turtle Island. Powerful, evocative and profound, these films will initiate and inspire conversations on identity, family, community, and nationhood.
Disclaimer: certain subject matter refers to Residential Schools and may be upsetting to some viewers.

10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. | A Forest of Canoes by Dana Claxton Presented by The Bentway and CONTACT Photography Festival
The Bentway Skate Trail at Fort York
In this site-specific installation at The Bentway, Vancouver-based artist Dana Claxton (Lakota Sioux) considers the iconic role and symbolism of the canoe in Canadian, Metis, and Indigenous histories. Claxton works with photographs sourced from the Internet, and her images depict a range of canoe types, from traditional birchbark vessels to contemporary leisure crafts, reflecting a method of transportation that spans time and distance.

12 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. | Pow Wow Café
Fort York Garrison Common
A crowd favourite! Pow Wow Café returns to Fort York to serve up their Pow Wow-style and Indigenous-inspired cuisine.

10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. | Tim Hortons
Fort York Garrison Common
Enjoy a complimentary size small coffee courtesy of 2018 Indigenous Arts Festival sponsor, Tim Hortons!

TD Main Stage Performances Presented by Red Ride Tour and Fort York:

12 p.m. | Red Ride Tour Presents Ziibiwan
TD Main Stage

Anishinaabe experimental-electronic producer Ziibiwan’s debut EP is a rift in the sonic cosmic flow, an expansive vision of cyclical temporalities and inner explorations rooted in Indigenous consciousness. From the ambient unfolding of tracks like “North” and “Fast Asleep” to the more beat-based flows of “Loon Song” and “Manitou”, Ziibiwan’s ethereal, sonic landscape opens into deeply hypnotic spaces where land, sky, and deep sea meet.

12:50 p.m. | Wild Cubz Singers + Rhonda Doxtator
Fort York Garrison Common
The powerful beats of Indigenous youth drum group, Wild Cubz Singers, meets the dynamic hoop dancing of Rhonda Doxtator for a not-to-be-missed performance.

1:15 p.m. | Red Ride Tour Presents Kristi Lane Sinclair
TD Main Stage
As modern rock continues to expand and evolve, it is artists like Kristi Lane Sinclair who are at the vanguard. The Toronto-based singer/songwriter draws equally from her Haida/Cree heritage and her love of both grunge and classical music to create a sound that challenges long-held preconceptions, while telling her own unique story. On her new five-song EP, “The Ability To Judge Distance”, Sinclair gets even closer to the bone in exploring themes of love and anger.

2 p.m. | Wild Cubz Singers + Rhonda Doxtator 
Fort York Garrison Common
The powerful beats of Indigenous youth drum group, Wild Cubz Singers, meets the dynamic hoop dancing of Rhonda Doxtator for a not-to-be-missed performance.

2:30 p.m. | Red Ride Tour Presents Ansley Simpson
TD Main Stage
Ansley Simpson is a Toronto-based Anishinaabe singer-songwriter known for holding audiences spellbound with her intricate guitar playing, haunting vocals and poetics. Her much anticipated debut album “Breakwall” received two Indigenous Music Award nominations and won BullsEye Media Emerging Artist award from imagineNATIVE and Slaight Music. Ansley is currently finishing her sophomore album, “She Fell from the Sky” an 11 track journey to reclamation set for release winter 2019.

4 p.m. | Red Ride Tour Presents Mob Bounce
TD Main Stage
Mob Bounce is a Hip Hop duo, formed in the later half of 2010 with the release of “Mixed Blood Mixtape.” Before the Mixtape release, Travis Adrian Hebert and Craig Frank Edes had been writing & recording music since 2004. Craig is Gitxsan and Travis is Cree/Metis. Blending their musicianship with elements of Electronic Dance Music and Hip Hop production, they incorporate aspects of a Cultural identity with an Artistic identity by experimenting with free toning, and a Cultural sound-scape influenced by sounds of Nature.

4:50 p.m. | Wild Cubz Singers + Rhonda Doxtator 
Fort York Garrison Common
The powerful beats of Indigenous youth drum group, Wild Cubz Singers, meets the dynamic hoop dancing of Rhonda Doxtator for a not-to-be-missed performance.

5:15 p.m. | Classic Roots + Rhonda Doxtator
TD Main Stage
Hailing from Thunder Bay, Joshua Classic Roots DePerry is an award winning producer and DJ who is impacting the music community with his fresh sound and meaningful collaborations with diverse artists. Drawing inspiration from his life and culture, Classic Roots established his original sound by integrating First Nations songs with Electronica music. Classic Roots is determined to continue producing his own music and share it with the world. Through the inclusion of First Nations drumming and singing in his electronic compositions, he acknowledges the continued resilience of his nation.

6:05 p.m. | Wild Cubz Singers + Rhonda Doxtator 
Fort York Garrison Common
The powerful beats of Indigenous youth drum group, Wild Cubz Singers, meets the dynamic hoop dancing of Rhonda Doxtator for a not-to-be-missed performance.

6:30 p.m. | Digging Roots
TD Main Stage

Musical partners Raven and ShoShona are the creative team and inspiration behind Digging Roots. In creating music they utilize the traditional Anishinabek Song Lines composition technique of tracing melody and rhythm from the contours of the land. This traditional method of creating songs is paired with modern Eurocentric techniques of composition. For the last year, Digging Roots have been in studios from Australia to Canada producing their latest album ‘The Hunter & The Healer’ and they have released a new single and video for their song ‘AK-47’ which explores the concept of love as a weapon in reclaiming our humanity. Digging Roots is a musical group that balances femininity and masculinity with Indigenous tradition and modern aesthetics. Their goal is to engage wider audiences to promote their Anishinabek music and cultural ideals.

Partners & Sponsors

Thank you to the 2018 Indigenous Arts Festival’s Partners & Sponsors