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Plan it Indigenous at Planet IndigenUs this August

More than one hundred events at Harbourfront Centre and the Woodland Cultural Centre
as well as events at galleries, museums and concerts throughout the GTA
- Complete event listings available at the bottom of this release -

A canvas of connected cultures emerges at Planet IndigenUs: An International Indigenous Arts Festival. Performers and artists in multiple disciplines from around the globe gather at Harbourfront Centre and at events throughout greater Toronto all through the month of August to explore and celebrate the vitality of Indigenous expression. Harbourfront Centre's Planet IndigenUs festival takes place from August 13 through August 22, 2004. All events at Harbourfront Centre are free admission. For further information the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com

One of the largest festivals of its kind ever staged in North America, Planet IndigenUs is co-produced by Harbourfront Centre and the Woodland Cultural Centre in Brantford, Ontario. Seven of Toronto's most prestigious cultural institutions are partnering with Planet IndigenUs with complementary innovative Indigenous art programming. These partners include: the Art Gallery of Ontario, The Bata Shoe Museum, the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, the Royal Conservatory of Music and The Textile Museum of Canada. In total, more than 40 separate events (exhibitions, concerts, artist residencies and workshop) are being presented by these seven participating organizations featuring hundreds of contemporary and traditional works by Indigneous artists.

Planet IndigenUs at Harbourfront Centre - Event Highlights:
Planet IndigenUs
events at Harbourfront Centre present a number of Toronto premieres and debuts in all disciplines (music, film, theatre, dance, literary, visual arts). Notable international and Canadian performers present unique works seldom seen in Toronto. Throughout the festival, rarely seen Australian and New Zealand performers are also featured. Music highlights include concerts by Mexican vocalist Lila Downs and U.S. Rock N' Roll Hall of Famers Redbone, Australia's Christine Anu, New Zealand acts Wai, King Kapisi and Tama Waipara. Some of Canada's top Aboriginal acts perform, including Susan Aglukark, Kinnie Starr, George Leach, Leela Gilday, Lucie Idlout, Burnt and many more. Dance highlights offer three Canadian premieres - which includes Agua, dance performances in the Natrel Pond, and works by Mexico's renowned Ultimo Tren. Theatre highlights include rare musical cabaret performances by Canadian literary icon Tomson Highway and a solo work by Greenland artist Makka Kleist, who also performs in the theatre production 4 Arias. Film highlights encompass a number of screenings from Australia and New Zealand as well as innovative offerings from North American filmmakers. Acclaimed Canadian writers Thomas King and Drew Hayden Taylor present readings of new works while Red Hot Erotica! features Aboriginal writers reading erotica. Provocative panel discussions tackle issues like the Roots of Blues, Roots and Rights and "Tribal" Tattoo & Body Art. Eight exhibitions and artist workshops in photography, textiles, metal work and mixed media at Harbourfront Centre's galleries number among the visual arts highlights while numerous events for children and their families occur in the fifty foot tall Great Tee Pee and at locations throughout Harbourfront Centre each weekend. An International Indigenous Arts Market with more than 20 booths featuring the finest in professional Indigenous visual art, craft, literary, fashion, jewelry and textile art provides a unique shopping experience. Planet IndigenUs at Harbourfront Centre discipline highlights below:

Planet IndigenUs
Dance:
Planet IndigenUs features three Canadian premieres of new works. Agua is a multiple artist performance piece that takes place in the Natrel Pond (co-produced by Earth In Motion Indigenous World Dance Company); Ultimo Tren Presents! features two works by Mexico's renowned Ultimo Tren dance company; Angels of the World presents the concluding portion of this two-part two festival work featuring Toronto's Tamara Podemski and Norma Araiza, with choreography by Newton Moraes. New Zealand artists include the Kahurangi Maori Dance Theatre and an artist presentation by famed dance artist/impressario Lemi Ponifasio. Other performances include Zimbabwe's IYASA and the Greenlandic cultural work Uaajeerneq ("ooaayinerk") featuring Canadian artists Sylvia Cloutier and Sarah Laakkuluk Williamson.

Planet IndigenUs Film:
Planet IndigenUs film screenings focus on offerings of Australian and New Zealand film as well as a dynamic selection of films from Canadian and U.S. filmmakers. Director Merata Meta's documentary Hotere offers a fascinating journey through forty years of art via its subject, New Zealand's greatest living artist, Ralph Hotere. The film was an official selection for the 2002 Sundance Festival. Australian filmmaker and theatre thespian Wayne Blair is featured with a selection of his short films while New Zealand film director, Makerita Urale's documentary Savage Symbols is screened followed by a Q&A with the artist. 

The artists in
Vis A Vis: Native Tongues use technology to its fullest extent. Indigenous performers James Luna from Luiseno, USA and Ningali Lawford from Walmajarri, Australia piece together a narrative that compares perspectives on life and society using dialogue via satellite, scenes of their previous performances and video diaries to inform the film.
Frequency (co-produced by Vtape in conjunction with the Art Gallery of Ontario) features a rising star in Canada's hip hop scene, Daybi. Frequency presents a selection of his film work (Neutral, Possibly and The Hate) followed by a discussion of his life experiences and artistic career. Films that explore Aboriginal sexuality include Boutique of the Damned, The Other Day in Paradise and Two Cars One Night. Sherman Alexi's feature The Business of Fancy Dancing will also be shown.

Film offerings for families include Absolutely Animation! Aboriginal-themed films. Fans of bingo, and of Misty Lowey, will be delighted to take part in Bingo Misty and a Movie!, where the acclaimed film Smoke Signals follows live outdoor bingo games presented by Aboriginal Peoples Television Network's Bingo and a Movie's co-host, Misty Lowery.

Planet IndigenUs Kids and Families Activities:
Planet IndigenUs presents a rich selection of activites for families in The Great Tee Pee (a fifty foot high Tee Pee)  on Saturday and Sunday afternoons which features Canadian and international performers like the De-ba-jeh-mu-jig Theatre Company, Inuit performer Sylvia Cloutier, Maori music by Kahurangi Dance Theatre, theatre workshops with Janette Platana, Metis Jigging with Brent Poskings and storytelling by Samoan filmmaker/writer Makerita Urale. Families can enjoy Aboriginal-themed animated film at Absolutely Animation! on August 14 and August 21. Also on weekend afternoons, the Art Zone has creative activities for families (August 14, 15 and August 21, 22  - 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. - Avenue of Trees).

Planet IndigenUs - Literary and Panel Discussions:
Profile and provocative literary events and panel discussions occur on both weekends of Planet IndigenUs. Renowned Canadian Aboriginal writers and satirists Thomas King and Drew Hayden Taylor both have readings, with Hayden Taylor launching his new book Futile Observations of a Blue-Eyed Ojibway: Funny, You Don’t Look Like One #4. Richard Van Camp also reads from his new work The Lesser Blessed. Kegedonce Press presents a night of Red Hot Erotica featuring a number of writers while three panels tackle the issues and history behind the Roots of Blues, Roots and Rights and "Tribal" Tattoo & Body Art.

Planet IndigenUs Music:
Planet IndigenUs presents a stunning array of International and Canadian artists with a number of Toronto debuts and rare performances from groups around the globe. On the first weekend (August 13 to 15) Mexican vocalist Lila Downs, best known for her performance and music in the film Frida, makes her Toronto debut. Downs originally blends pre-Colombian and Mexican folk instruments with Jazz, Gospel and World music. U.S. artist Star Nayea performs her signature bluesy rock with hints of folk and traditional Native American vocals. Nayea has worked with Robbie Robertson and Keith Secola among many others. Tama Waipara from New Zealand will also be making their Canadian debut. The first weekend presents some of Canada's top Aboriginal talent including Susan Aglukark, George Leach, Andrea Menard, Derek Miller and Sandy Scofield in addition to presenting a Metis Duel and Metis Kitchen Party and a Stomp Dance & Song by the Old Mush Singers and the Six Nations Women Singers.

On Tuesday August 17 and Wednesday August 18 at noon on the CIBC Stage, Planet IndigenUs and Aboriginal Voices Radio present lunch time performances with groups Remedy and Weaselhead (Aug. 17) and Wayne Lavalle (Aug. 18).

On the second weekend (August 20 to 22) the Toronto debuts continue with performances by Australia Pop diva and actor Christine Anu and New Zealand/Samoan hip-hop innovator King Kapisi. New Zealand group Wai also make their Toronto debut. Wai merges traditional Maori poi percussion beats, body slaps and Polynesian chants along with Funk, House, Reggae, Hip-Hop and ambitious knob-twiddling in order to convey the myths, history and struggles of the Maori peoples. New York based vocalist Martha Redbone was mentored by original Ohio Players' member Walter 'Junie' Morrison and definitely has the Funk and the Soul to move audiences worldwide. Norway's Jienat also make their Toronto debut while the festival concludes with a rare performance by U.S. based
Rock N' Roll Hall of Famers Redbone. The festival continues to present some of Canada's top Aboriginal talent with peformances by Winnipeg's Burnt and Slangblossom, Nunavut's Lucie Idlout, Vancouver's Kinnie Starr and Yellowknife's Leela Gilday. The conclusion of the festival pays tribute to some of Canada's Aboriginal performers who haved paved the way for today's talent. Ontario's Willie Dunn, Don Ross and Lawrence Martin all perform on the final afternoon of Planet IndigenUs (along with Redbone).

Planet IndigenUs Theatre:
Famed Canadian playwright, author, composer and concert pianist Tomson Highway presents an intimate cabaret music experience of two of his theatrical works with Patricia Cano and Berlin based saxophone player Uli Kempendorf during three performances of Tomson Highway and Friends. Greeland Inuit mask dancer/actor/director Makka Kleist performs solo in the work Eskimo-Tales and with three women performers in 4 Arias (co-produced with Native Women in the Arts). 4 Arias is an Aboriginal conception of the universe presented in four excerpts and multiple disciplines. Native Earth Performing Arts Inc. co-presents a play reading of Frangipani Perfume - which finds three sisters redefining their Samoan identity in their New Zealand homeland.

Planet IndigenUs Visual Arts:
Harbourfront Centre
presents eight exhibitions along with workshops, residencies and artist talks while seven of Toronto's most prestigious cultural institutions are partnering with Harbourfront Centre and the Woodland Cultural Centre with complementary innovative Indigenous art programming. These partners include: the Art Gallery of Ontario, The Bata Shoe Museum, the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, the Royal Conservatory of Music and The Textile Museum of Canada. In total, more than 40 separate events (exhibitions, concerts, artist residencies and workshop) are being presented by the seven participating organizations featuring hundreds of contemporary and traditional works by Indigneous artists. Information on these exhibitions are available via a separate media release and through each of the partnering organizations. For more information please access Harbourfront Centre's summer media site at www.harbourfrontcentre.com/summerfestivals/mediakit.php

International Indigenous Arts Market:
On each Planet IndigenUs weekend at Harbourfront Centre shop and explore 22 booths featuring the finest in professional Indigenous visual, craft, literary, fashion, jewelry, textile art and more from independent artists throughout North America.

Planet IndigenUs and Gallery TPW - Street Wise
Artists Lori Blondeau and 7th Generation Image Makers create two public posters that disrupt stereotypes of First Nations in urban spaces.  Poster distribution will occur throughout the city.

Planet IndigenUs at the Woodland Cultural Centre:
Thursday August 19 - Ode:ka ge: (Big Fire)
Woodland Cultural Centre's Community Celebration (3:30p.m.)
Information: 519-759-2650, Ext. 241 (184 Mohawk Street - Brantford, Ontario)
Guests are invited to tour the Woodland Cultural Centre site, enjoy an evening barbeque and experience Six Nations performers such as Elizabeth Hill, Old Mush Singers, Sadie Buck, Kanata Native Dance Theatre and Old Chicago. An evening bonfire will mark the opening of the exhibitions; NATIVity: the art of Alan Michelson, Natural Inclinations and the Butterfly Garden.

Planet IndigenUs and Red Sky at Night:
Tuesday August 17 (8 p.m.) - Red Sky at Night  (The Carlu - 444 Yonge Street, 7th Floor- Yonge/College)
Tickets and Info: $20 at 416-973-4000 or www.harbourfrontcentre.com
Red Sky at Night promises to be a truly spectacular event featuring live music, theatre, dance and body contortion. Special guests include: Tomson Highway, George Leach, Cirque du Soleil's Jinny Jacinto, world champion hoop dancer Lisa Odjig, Makka Kleist, Patti Cano. Red Sky Performing Arts also presents dynamic excerpts from Caribou Song, Raven Stole the Sun and Dancing Americas with Sandra Laronde, Carlos Rivera, Jonathan Fisher, Rick Sacks and Rick Shadrach Lazar.

Harbourfront Centre Summer 2004 events take place at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West in Toronto. All events are free. For further information the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit online at www.harbourfrontcentre.com

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Attention Media: Hi-res jpegs and event releases available at: www.harbourfrontcentre.com/summerfestivals/mediakit.php
 
Media Contacts:
Shane Gerard, 416-973-4655, sgerard@harbourfrontcentre.com
Rebecca Webster, 416-973-4397, rwebster@harbourfrontcentre.com
Bill Bobek, 416-973-4428, wbobek@harbourfrontcentre.com
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Planet IndigenUs: An International Indigenous Arts Festival
Complete Harbourfront Cente Event Listings- August 13 to August 22

MUSIC Listings:
August 13 (8 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Caspar and Root Awakening (U.S.)
August 13 (9:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Lila Downs (Mexico)
August 13 (11 p.m. - Lakeside Terrace) - Derek Miller (Toronto)
August 14 (3 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage) - Tamara Podemski (Toronto)
August 14 (3:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Andrea Menard (Saskatchewan)
August 14 (4:30 p.m.. - Toronto Star Stage) - Stomp Dance & Song
with Old Mush Singers and Six Nations Women Singers (Six Nations)
August 14 (7 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage) - Sandy Scofield (Vancouver)
August 14 (8 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - George Leach (British Columbia)
August 14 (9:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Star Nayea (U.S.A.)
August 15 (1 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage) - Metis Duel
with Brent Poskins, Andre Giroux and Jacinthe Trudeau (Alberta/Ontario)
August 15 (3 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Wolfpack (Six Nations)
August 15 (4 p.m. - Lakeside Terrace) - Metis Kitchen Party with
Annette Chretien, Andre Giroux and Jacinthe Trudeau (Ontario)
August 15 (4 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage) - Tama Wiapara (New Zealand)
August 15 (4 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Susan Aglukark (Canada)
August 17 (Noon - CIBC Stage) - Remedy and Weaselhead (coproduced by Aboriginal Voices Radio)
August 18 (Noon - CIBC Stage) - Wayne Lavallee (coproduced by Aboriginal Voices Radio)
August 20 (7:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Burnt (Winnipeg)
August 20 (9:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Christine Anu (Australia)
Late Night NOW (presented by Labatt Blue Light)
August 20 (11 p.m. - Brigantine Room) - Slangblossom (Winnipeg)
Late Night NOW (presented by Labatt Blue Light)
August 20 (Midnight - Brigantine Room) - King Kapisi (New Zealand)
August 21 (2 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Leela Gilday (Yellowknife)
August 21 (3 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage) - The Foggy Hogtown Boys (Six Nations)
August 21 (3:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Jienat (Norway)
August 21 (7:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Martha Redbone (New York)
August 21 (9:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Wai (New Zealand)
Late Night NOW (presented by Labatt Blue Light)
August 21 (11 p.m. - Brigantine room) - Kinnie Starr (Vancouver)
August 21 (11 p.m. - Lakeside Terrace) - Lucie Idlout (Nunavut)
August 22 (1 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage) - Willie Dunn (Ontario)
August 22 (3 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Don Ross (Toronto)
August 22 (4:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Redbone (U.S.A.)
August 22 (5:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage) - Lawrence Martin (Ontario)

DANCE Listings:

Agua (Toronto) -August 20 and 21 (Dusk - 8:30 p.m.- Natrel Pond - world premiere)
Co-produced by Earth in Motion Indigenous World Dance Co.
A world premiere creation, Agua explores the Indigenous perspective and relationship to water through song, sound and movement. Featured artists are Santee Smith, Penny Couchie, Carla Soto, Newton Moraes and other special guests.

Angels of the World (Toronto) - August 21 (6 p.m.) and August 22 (2:30 pm) - (Toronto Star Stage - world premiere)
Artists Tamara Podemski and Norma Araiza collaborate to create two new dance pieces exploring common themes, traditions, values and ideas. A commissioned piece by the Ritmo y Color and Planet IndigenUs festivals. Choreographer: Newton Moraes.

Ultimo Tren Presents! (Mexico) - August 21 (3 p.m) and August 22  (4 p.m.) - (Studio Theatre - Canadian Premiere)
Mexico's renowned Ultimo Tren presents two dance pieces, Odyssey and Estas pueretas abiertas. Ultimo Tren founder, dancer and choreographer Gregorio Trejo performs solo and in a duet with Carolina Reyes.

IYASA (Zimbabwe) - August 14 and August 21 (1:30 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage)
IYASA is a pulsating musical celebration of Zimbabwean and South African song and dance which presents potent rhythms of tribal music to intricate steps of contemporary dance.

Kahurangi
(New Zealand) - August 15 (2:15 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage)
Kahurangi, which means "a cloak from heaven", presents a collection of vibrant Maori culture, music and dance styles dating back to 900 A.D.  Kahurangi Maori Dance Theatre serves as cultural ambassadors for their Aoteora/New Zealand homeland.

The Oceania Flesh
(Artist presentation with New Zealand's Lemi Ponifasio) - August 21 (2 p.m. - Studio Theatre)
Artistic director of MAU, a dancemaker and designer, Lemi Ponifasio talks about his work with MAU and Pacific performing arts. The presentation includes discussion of his latest performance series PARADISE. Ponifasio's work has been presented throughout the Pacific and at major festivals such as the Venice Biennale, Adelaide Festival and the Prague Quadrennial.

Uaajeerneq ("ooaayinerk") - August 22 (4 p.m. - Toronto Star Stage)
Uaajeerneq, a mask dance from traditional Greenlandic culture celebrates sexuality as a natural and essential part of  human existence. Described as a naughty emotional release for audiences. Featurubg Sylvia Cloutier and Sarah Laakkuluk Williamson.

THEATRE Listings:

Tomson Highway and Friends
- August 13 and August 14 at 11 p.m., August 15 at 3 p.m. (Brigantine Room)
A magical cabaret experience featuring Tomson Highway's musical compositions from the theatrical presentations of The Incredible Adventures of Mary Jane Mosquito and Rose. Joining Highway is Patricia Cano and saxophonist Uli Kempendorf.

4 Arias  - August 14 (5 p.m. - Studio Theatre) - Co-produced by Native Women in the Arts
An Aboriginal conception of the universe presented by four women in four excerpts. Includes world champion hoop dancer Lisa Odjig, Greenland Inuit mask dancer Makka Kleist, spoken word/music artists Shoshona Kish and Raven Kanatakta.

Eskimo-Tales - August 15 (7 p.m. - Studio Theatre) and August 15 (2 p.m. - Studio Theatre)
"Do people really live in Greenland?", "Why do you call yourselves Inuit?". Tired of being asked these questions - creator/actress/director Makka Kleist presents a story about how some Inuit ended up in Kallallit, Nunaat, Greenland.

Frangipani Perfume - August 22 (Play Reading - 2 p.m.- Studio Theatre)
Strengthened by references to their Samoan homeland, three sisters redefine their identity within New Zealand society. Readers and performers include: Cheri Maracle, Michelle St. John and guests. Director: Yvette Nolan. This play reading is followed by a Q&A with playwright Makerita Urale. Co-produced by Native Earth Performing Arts Inc.

FILM Listings:

August 14 -
Wayne Blair (1 pm - Studio Theatre)
A highly sought performer in the Australian arts scene, Wayne Blair is an accomplished thespian in both theatre and film. A selection of his short films are presented followed by an intimate interview with Native Earth Performing Arts' Artistic Director Yvette Nolan, who discusses Blair’s perspective of Indigenous storytellers.
 
August 14 - CBC ARTSPOTS and Interviews (1:30 p.m. - Studio Theatre - coproduced by CBC ARTSPOTS )
also screening Sunday August 22 at 1:30 p.m. in the Studio Theatre
CBC ARTSPOTS is television and new media programming, but it is also a way to encourage dialogue between artists and the public broadcaster. Created in 1998, CBC ARTSPOTS has worked with over 165 artists across the country; more than 25 are Aboriginal and First Nations artists. This screening shows both 30-second ARTSPOTS featuring the artwork of today's artists, and longer interviews with the artists themselves.  More can be found on www.cbc.ca/artspots.

August 14 - Absolutely Animation! (2 p.m. - Loft) - Magical and vibrant animation selections featuring works by Carol Geddes, Duke Redbird, Catherine Martin, Alanis Obomsawin, and Arnait Video Productions.

August 14 - Black Talk (9 pm - Short feature - Studio Theatre)
Two cousins reunite after many years apart to revisit the past wilst embracing the future. Director Wayne Blair will be present.

August 14 - Vis a Vis:  Techno Tribal  (9:15 p.m. - Studio Theatre)
Indigenous artists James Luna (U.S.) and Ningali Lawford (AUS) compare perspectives on life and society via satellite.

August 15 - Red Rhythms (1:30 pm - Loft) - A compilation of videos presenting an eclectic mix of world Indigenous music.

August 15 - Frequency (5:30 p.m. - Studio Theatre)
Co-produced by Vtape in conjunction with the Art Gallery of Ontario
A rising star in Canada's hip hop scene, musician and filmmaker Daybi presents a selection of his film work followed by a discussion of his life experiences and artistic career. Screenings will include Neutral, Possibly and The Hate.

August 17 - Boutique of the Damned  (7:30 p.m. - Short Feature)
Performance art and digital animation create a compelling view of the contemporary Native man as vibrate, sexy, defiant and stylish survivor of genocide. Director: Bently Spang

August 17 - The Business of Fancy Dancing (7:40 p.m - Feature Film - Studio Theatre)
A poetic story of growth, death and choices that define us. Director: Sherman Alexi

August 18 - Bingo, Misty and a Movie! (Free Flicks series - 8:30 p.m. - CIBC Stage)
The acclaimed film, Smoke Signals will follow live outdoor Bingo games presented by Aboriginal Peoples Television Network's Bingo and a Movie's co-host, Misty Lowery.

August 20
- Two Cars One Night (8 p.m - Short Feature - Studio Theatre)
A tale that teaches love can be found in the most unlikely of places.

August 20 - Hotere (8:15 p.m. - Documentary Feature - Studio Theatre)
A fascinating journey following the 40-year career of Ralph Hotere, one of Aotearoa's (New Zealand's) greatest living artists. Followed by a Q&A with writer/director Merata Meta. Hosted by ImagineNATIVE Film & Video Festival.

August 21 -
Absolutely Animation!  (2 p.m. - Loft)
Two magical and vibrant animation selections featuring The Little Boy Who Visited the Bears (direceted by Catherine Martin) and Stories of the Seventh Fire - Summer (directed by Gregory Coyes).

August 21 - Red Rhythms (5:30 p.m. - Loft) - A compilation of videos presenting the beats of world Indigenous artists.     

August 21 - Sequineq & Anninngaag (7:30 p.m. - 10 minutes - Studio Theatre)
Mitaartut: Inuit Dreams and Voices presents a Greenlandic story of the sun and moon. Followed by Sarah Laakkuluk Williamson performing a traditional story of lust, shame, love and hate between a brother and sister.

August 21 - The Other Day in Paradise (8 p.m. - Short Feature - Studio Theatre)
This film attempts to redress and contribute an alternative form of art methodology towards discussions on Pacific Island erotica, heterosexuality, transexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality and historical interpretations.

August 21 - Savage Symbols  (8:15 p.m. - Studio Theatre)
A documentary that reflects ancient traditions, artistic expression, cultural allegiance and 21st-century fashion. Followed by a Q&A session with film Director, Makerita Urale.

August 22 - Red Rhythms (1:30 pm - Loft) - A compilation of videos presenting an eclectic mix of world Indigenous music.

KIDS and FAMILIES Listings:

The Great Tee Pee - August 14, 15 and August 22, 22
    August 14 - The Great Tee Pee
From Story to Stage (1:30 p.m)
Janette Platana leads a theatre workshop where children transform their stories of discovery to life in movement.
Metis Jigging - Workshop (3:30 p.m.)
Brent Poskin aka "Jiggaman" is a seven-time Canadian Red River Jig Champion presenting traditional dance steps.
The Gift  (6 p.m.) - De-ba-jeh-mu-jig Theatre Group (Jo Osawabine, Elisha, Sidlar and Jimmy Sidler) explore issues around their roles and responsibilities to oral tradition/stories. This new creation includes dramatic monologue and musical composition.
    August 15 - The Great Tee Pee
Storytelling (1:30 p.m.) - De-ba-jeh-mu-jig Theatre Company shares tales of Nanabush.
Kahurangi (4:30 p.m.) - A presentation of Maori songs, drumming techniques and rhythms of Polynesia.
    August 21 - The Great Tee Pee
Ajaaja Song and Drum Dancing (1 p.m.)
Sylvia Cloutier takes audiences on a historical musical journey of Inuit stories, song and drum dancing.
The Magic Seashell (2 p.m.) - A moving fable from the Pacific tells the story of Masina and a beautiful seashell.
Acclaimed Samoan film-maker and writer, Makerita Urale reads this magical story.
From Story to Stage (3 p.m.) - See August 14
The Gift  (6:30 p.m.) - De-ba-jeh-mu-jig Theatre Group (see August 14)
    August 22 - The Great Tee Pee
Ajaaja Song and Drum Dancing (1:30 p.m.) - See August 21
Storytelling (3 p.m.) - De-ba-jeh-mu-jig Theatre Company will share tales of Nanabush.

Art Zone - Creative activities for children andfamilies (August 14, 15 and August 21, 22 - 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.- Avenue of Trees)

August 14 - Absolutely Animation! (2 p.m. - Loft)
Magical and vibrant animation selections featuring works by Carol Geddes, Duke Redbird, Catherine Martin, Alanis Obomsawin, and Arnait Video Productions.

August 21
- Absolutely Animation!  (2 p.m. - Loft)
Two magical and vibrant animation selections featuring The Little Boy Who Visited the Bears (direceted by Catherine Martin) and Stories of the Seventh Fire - Summer (directed by Gregory Coyes).

LITERARY listings:

August 14 -
Thomas King (2:30 p.m. - Lakeside Terrace)
A leader in Canadian literature, Thomas King's widely acclaimed novels include Medicine River, Green Grass, Running Water and most recently, The Truth About Stories. He is also well known nationally as the creator, writer and performer of the very popular CBC radio series, Dead Dog Café.

August 14 - "Eskimo-Tales"  (7 p.m. and August 15 at 2 p.m. - Studio Theatre)
 "Do people really live in Greenland"?, "Why do you call yourselves Inuit"? Tired of being asked these questions, creator, actress and director Makka Kleist presents a story about Inuit people and how some ended in Kallallit Nunaat, Greenland

August 20 - Red Hot Erotica! (10:30 p.m. - Lakeside Terrace)
Join Kegedonce and a renowned group of writers for the hottest evening of the festival. Red Hot Erotic!, where the readings performances and music sizzle! Co-produced by Kegedonce Press.

August 21 - Drew Hayden Taylor
book launch (2 p.m. - Lakeside Terrace)
Futile Observations of a Blue-Eyed Ojibway: Funny, You Don’t Look Like One #4
Award-winning playwright Drew Hayden Taylor has done it again. Quoted by many as the best observer of contemporary Aboriginal life in Canada. Completing the "Funny" series, this fourth and final edition will have readers laughing at Drew’s satirical and insightful humourism.

August 22
- Frangipani Perfume - Play Reading  (2 p.m. - Studio Theatre)
Strengthened by references to their Samoan homeland, three sisters  redefine their identity within New Zealand society. Readers/Performers: Cheri Maracle, Michelle St. John and special guests. Director: Yvette Nolan. This play reading will be followed by a Q&A with Playwright Makerita Urale. Co-produced by Native Earth Performing Arts Inc.

PANEL listings:

August 14 - Roots of Blues  (1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. - Brigantine Room)
The `Roots of the Blues', an interactive music & theory panel discussion, will explore the influences of Native music on the development of the early blues.  Some suggest that Native Americans and runaway slaves in the south came together and shared cultural influences to create the blues.  A stellar panel will discuss this and debate if the sharing of these cultures gave birth to the blues. Panel members: Sadie Buck, Harrison Kennedy, Amos Key, Jenesa Brown and other special guests. Host and moderator: Elaine Bomberry. Co-produced by Rez Bluez Productions

August 21 - Roots and Rights (1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. - Brigantine Room)
The importance, history and necessity of oral tradition and culture (spoken word, radio, hip-hop, storytelling) in today's world.  Can a clear message be heard in today's society? How do we bring back the roots? Participants: Kinnie Star, Richard Van Camp, Rebeka Tabobondung and Edna Manitowabi. Moderator: Brian Wright McLeod. Co-produced by SPIRIT Magazine

August 21 - "Tribal" Tattoo & Body Art  (4:30 p.m. - Lakeside Terrace)
Distinguished guests discuss the issues around cultural appropriation and the commercialization of "tribal" tattoo trends in relation to the rights of designs, histories, cultural roots and the similarities of their respected cultural tattoo patterns. Participants include Makerita Urale (Samoan), Riki Manual (Maori) and Trish Collison (Haida). Host and moderator: Kent Monkman

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Attention Media:  Hi-res jpegs and event releases available at: www.harbourfrontcentre.com/summerfestivals/mediakit.php
 
Media Contacts:
Shane Gerard, 416-973-4655, sgerard@harbourfrontcentre.com
Rebecca Webster, 416-973-4397, rwebster@harbourfrontcentre.com
Bill Bobek, 416-973-4428, wbobek@harbourfrontcentre.com
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