Saturday, June 23, 2018

Toronto Indigenous Arts Festival

Fort York Historic Site highlights traditional and contemporary Indigenous culture on from June 21 to 24, 2018. Thursday and Friday are Education Days while the Public Festival is June 23 to 24. The festival is free on the weekend and during the day and includes a Traditional Pow Wow and over 30 Indigenous artists from across Canada. The event is produced by the City of Toronto in partnership with the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation.
Celebrations of Indigenous culture will also feature dance, theatre, storytelling and concerts at the site located at 250 Fort York Boulevard. Weekend hours are Saturday from 10am to 10:30pm and Sunday from 10am to 7:30pm.

The Bentway Park outside Fort York also has an ongoing canoe installation and several old canoes are being painted out on the walkway. On the highway pillars several images of canoes have been applied to the concrete. The works are by Vancouver-based, Lakota Sioux artist Dana Claxton who "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."

Saturday, June 23 will also have the Indigenous Day Live Concert with a pre-show at 5:20pm and the concert from 7pm - 10pm. 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 and Fawn Wood & Dallas Waskahat.

See more of the festival after the jump.

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