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Indigenous Arts Festival
June 21 @ 8:00 am - June 24 @ 5:00 pm
The Bentway is proud to participate in the Indigenous Arts Festival at Fort York, June 21-24. 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 Bentway will highlight Dana Claxton’s installation, A Forest of Canoes, co-commissioned with Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, and will work with 7th Generation Image Makers to transform 3 canoe ‘skeletons’ into works of art.
The Indigenous Arts 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) and Tim Hortons. Leslie McCue, Mississauga, Ojibway from the Curve Lake First Nation, is the Artistic Curator for the 2018 Indigenous Arts Festival.
Thursday, June 21 & Friday, June 22
10 am – 2 pm | 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 10am to 2pm, 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.
Thursday June 21-Sunday, June 24
10 am – 9:30 pm | A Forest of Canoes by Dana Claxton Presented by The Bentway and Scotiabank 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.