Indigenous Arts Festival 2019
June 18 @ 6:30 pm - June 23 @ 8:30 pm
The Indigenous Arts Festival @ Fort York
Tuesday, June 18 to Sunday, June 23
Free and Ticketed Events
Presented by the City of Toronto, The Friends of Fort York and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, the Indigenous Arts Festival will celebrate the best in Indigenous culture. The grounds of this national historic site will be energized by music, dance, food, film, and knowledge-sharing.
On June 20 at 6:00pm The Bentway and Fort York host Roots to Table, Indigenous Relationships with Food. The Bentway and the Fort York have partnered with Carolynne Crawley, to organize an event to gather together for meaningful conversation with one another through the learning of traditional Indigenous foods and its relationship with people today. The event includes guest speakers, vendors, and music throughout the evening. A delicious feast will be catered by Pow Wow Cafe.
The Bentway will also host Izhininjiiniwag – They Move in a Certain Way by Oasis Skateboard Factory with Chief Lady Bird, Aura Last and Evelyn Pakinewatik. Co-presented by The Bentway Conservancy and Oasis Skateboard Factory. Izhininjiiniwag- They Move in a Certain Way will be up for the entire festival and is an amalgamation of skateboard culture, pow wow regalia and photography. Skateboarding’s roots can be directly traced to surfing, itself an Indigenous technology. In honour of this connection, Oasis Skateboard factory students worked with artists Chief Lady Bird, Aura and Ev Pakinewatik to design and create regalia-inspired skate fashion. Challenging the stereotype of Indigenous culture as frozen in the past, the resulting photos feature Oasis Skateboard Factory’s Indigenous youth connecting their passion for skating with their pride in their identity.
Join the Indigenous Education Days 10am to 5pm on June 18th to the 21st, the NaMeRes Pow-Wow on June 22nd and a full Indigenous Market on June 23rd. On June 21st and 22nd contemporary artists will light up the main stage, including performances by Quantum Tangle, Beatrice Deer, Jah’kota and Midnight Shine!
This series of events will electrify the grounds of Fort York with compelling creations by Indigenous artists from across Turtle Island and beyond.